20th/21st Century Art

April 2328, 2022
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LOT 124

Lot 124

Michel Ciry (1919-2018)

Michel Ciry (1919-2018)
Lot 124 Details
Michel Ciry (1919-2018), French


Watercolour on paper; signed, titled and dated /66 in ink lower left.
Sight 20.25 ins x 28.5 ins; 51.4 cms x 72.4 cms

Estimate $1,000-$1,500

Realised: $564
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Michel Ciry (1919-2018)
  • Michel Ciry (1919-2018)
  • Michel Ciry (1919-2018)
  • Michel Ciry (1919-2018)
  • Michel Ciry (1919-2018)

Galerie Dresdnere, Toronto gallery label verso, Inventory No. 6606;
Private Collection, Toronto




Michel Ciry was a multi-talented French artist. He was a master of the etching medium; he also designed postage stamps and illustrated literary classics by authors ranging from Emily Bronte to Franz Kafka. In addition. Ciry was a composer of six symphonies and a soloist; and he published 36 volumes of memoirs that he had begun writing in 1942.

First published in 1971, his memoirs, recorded by dated entries, made no secret that he would rather have lived in the 17th century than in an age of decline “when the lie is sacred and counterfeiting is legalized.”

Ciry was a devout Christian whose art was largely devoted to sacred themes. He chose to remain celibate, living in self-imposed exile from the Paris art scene for over 50 years on the seacoast of Normandy in Varengeville-sur-Mer. Ciry has been described as an “artist of solitude.” His figure studies are testimony to the solitary life he lived. They are like lone actors on a stage empty of all but essential props. Similarly, his landscapes are barren. There is no one present in the mist of “Fog in New York, Central Park.”


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LOT 124

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