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POL BURY, 1922 - 2005

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POL BURY, 1922 - 2005

Size 92 x 88 cm (variable dimensions)
Material Masonite boards, acrylic paint
Origin Belgium


Plans mobiles - circa 1953 - 

This relief used to belong to the collection of Robert L. Delevoy, the Brussels based gallerist and art critic who was the founder of the Jeune Peinture belge group. Delevoy was the first to host in his gallery "Apollo" a show of mobile reliefs by Pol Bury, titled "10 Plans mobiles" (4 -17 December 1953). This show would change the artistic career of Pol Bury.

Victor Vasarely brought the French gallerist Denise René to this show, where she decided to include Pol Bury’s "Plans Mobiles" in her future show "Le Mouvement". This exhibition, which eventually took place in 1955, is considered as the birthplace of the kinetic art movement. Works by Pol Bury were shown alongside those of Alexander Calder and Marcel Duchamp, considered as the godfathers of the movement, and contemporaries such as Yacoov Agam, Jesus-Rafael Soto, Robert Jacobsen, Victor Vasarely and Jean Tinguely.

The way this relief is painted does not correspond to the other "Plans mobiles" by Pol Bury. The relief is without any doubt by Pol Bury, but the painting bears more similarity to the style of Victor Vasarely (for example the composition Leyre). Could it be that during the years both artists were rather close they created a work "à quatre mains", or was this relief made by Pol Bury as an homage to the artist who introduced him to one of the leading French galleries from that epoch? Unfortunately, no archival material has been found to prove either hypothesis so far.

With certificate of authenticity by Velma Bury, widow of the artist.

According to a certificate by Suzanne Delevoy, widow of Robert Delevoy, this relief was also included in the 1953 exhibition at Galerie Apollo.

Collection Robert L. Delevoy, Brussels
Mrs. Suzanne Delevoy, Brussels
Private collection, Brussels

G. Marquenie, Pol Bury Online Catalogue Raisonné, R491

1953, Brussels, Galerie Apollo, Pol Bury. 10 Plans Mobiles