Sans titre, 1928
signed and dated verso albert Fiks 28
oil on canvas
50 x 40 cm. (19 ½ x 15 ½ in.)
Anon. sale; Sotheby’s, Amsterdam, 7 April 1987, lot 268.
Galerie Maris, Amsterdam (inv. no. 23), acquired at the above sale.
Private Collection, Switzerland, acquired from the above in July 1987.
Albert Fiks was a versatile artist whose development was cut short by his premature death, shortly after the end of the Second World War. In his brief career, Fiks created a small but varied body of work, transitioning from a figurative style to Cubist abstraction. In 1926, Fiks became a member of Amersfoort’s Artists Society (AKG), where he worked alongside other Dutch modernists such as Jakob Nieweg and Thijs Rinsema. Rinsema, whose own style demonstrated an awareness of the innovations of Kurt Schwitters and Piet Mondrian, challenged Fiks to greater experimentation, thereby catalysing his engagement with Cubism in the late 1920s; it is to this era that Sans titre dates.