Peinture mescalinienne. 1956. Mixed media. Gouache and oil-based paint. Signed in lower right. On light board (with truncated watermark). 49.8 x 32.2 cm (19.6 x 12.6 in), size of sheet. [CH].
• Part of the Collection Haniel for 30 years. • Michaux experimented with mescaline for the first time in 1956 and captured the experiences in literature, painting and drawing. • The present work is one of the rare works from the "Mescaline" series in which Michaux uses gouache and oil colors instead of Indian ink (one of these very rare works with the same title is at the Center Pompidou, Paris). • For the poet Michaux, painting is a means to visualize what can’t be put into words. • Color drawings of this size are very rarely offered on the international auction market.
This work will be included in the ongoing catalogue raisonné by Micheline Phankim, Rainer Michael Mason and Franck Leibovici.
PROVENANCE: Galerie Fred Jahn, Munich. Collection Haniel, Duisburg (acquired from aforemtnioned in 1990).
EXHIBITION: Henri Michaux, Galerie Di Meo, Paris, October 9 - November 22, 1987, p. 55, cat. no. 17 (with illu.). Henri Michaux, Galerie Fred Jahn, Munich, November 26, 1987 - January 23, 1988 (with illu. on wrapper of ex. cat.). Henri Michaux. Momente, Kunstmuseum Winterthur, September 7 - November 24, 2013, p. 105, cat. no. 46 (with illu.).
LITERATURE: Franck Leibovici, Henri Michaux, Voir (une enquête), Paris 2014, p. 253, cat. no. 258.