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Saturday, January 18, 2014

Beauford's Art: The Tricoire Collection - Part 2

Robert Tricoire's brother, Jacques Tricoire, is also enamored of Beauford's work and owns original Delaney paintings.

The painting shown below is one of them. It is utterly fascinating to me because it is the only one I have ever seen by Beauford that is predominantly white!

The story behind the painting tells all:

Jean-Claude Killy
(1962) Gouache on paper
© Estate of Beauford Delaney,
by permission of Derek L. Spratley, Esquire,
Court Appointed Administrator

In 1962, alpine skier Jean-Claude Killy* was slated to compete in the World Cup Championship in Chamonix, France. Only a couple of weeks prior to this competition, Killy broke his leg in an attempt to qualify for a downhill competition in Italy and was unable to compete for the World Cup. This is what inspired Beauford to paint Jean-Claude Killy.

Jean-Claude Killy (detail)
(1962) Gouache on paper
© Estate of Beauford Delaney,
by permission of Derek L. Spratley, Esquire,
Court Appointed Administrator

Jean-Claude Killy (signature)
(1962) Gouache on paper
© Estate of Beauford Delaney,
by permission of Derek L. Spratley, Esquire,
Court Appointed Administrator

We can presume that the white in this painting represents snow and the blue-brown arcs that cross the painting represent ski tracks. Splotches and specks of blue add the "chill factor" of winter.

*Killy would go on to win several gold medals at the World Championship competition in Portillo, Chile in 1968 and at the 1968 Winter Olympics in Grenoble, France.


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