1942 Leopold Survage Painting

Value (2012) | $8,000 Auction$10,000 Auction

It came here by a friend of mine who was in France right after the war. Bought it in Paris and then after his death, it came to me.

We can see the painting is signed Survage, and dated '42 lower right. And it's by a surrealist painter named Leopold Survage, who was born in 1879 and died in 1968. And while he's not a household name like Man Ray, or Rene Magritte or Salvador Dali, this painting really speaks to the style of the Surrealist movement. And this little painting is really a landscape of tremendous surrealism-- dreams and nightmares. And we have the disembodied figures, we have the de Chirico open square. We have the Freudian allusions and obsessions. Surrealism was a very abstract and very psychological and interesting movement. Do you like the painting?

Oh, I think it's delightful.

It's a wonderful example. And I would value this piece at probably between $3,000 and $5,000.

Wow, that's wonderful. (laughs)

Appraisal Details

Colleene Fesko Works of Art
Boston, MA
Update (2012)
$8,000 Auction$10,000 Auction
Appraised value (1998)
$3,000 Auction$5,000 Auction
Louisville, KY (July 11, 1998)

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