The origin of this work remains a mystery. Primary information provided by Sotheby's auction house in London indicated that Composition is a collective work, completed by numerous artists in the mid 1930s—yet to be identified.
Research done in 1988 by CAM Research Assistant Sara Gregg, found that this work may have been created by Bocian (1912-2002), a Czech-born artist working in Paris in the 1930s. Although independent of the Surrealists working in Paris at that time, Bocian did exhibit regularly at the Galerie du Dragon. Additional correspondence indicated that reproductions of this painting served as a promotional poster for one of the Dada Group exhibitions (date unknown) held in the Galerie du Dragon in Paris.
Further research found that Bocian’s formal name was Bohumir Strohalm (Czechoslovakian, 1912- 2002), and that he would have been in his early twenties at the time it was created. Our research into the definitive origins of this work is ongoing.