The star of the sale, this Matisse “Visage” is a brush and Indian ink drawing from the collection of Claude Duthuit, Matisse’s grandson. It is one of a series of faces drawn two years before the artist’s death. Some other Matisse “faces” are currently housed in major world museums like The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation. Image: Sotheby’s/Art digital studio via AFP Relaxnews
Coinciding with the French capital’s “Salon International du Dessin”, the Sotheby’s auction house is holding its first sale of modern and contemporary drawings on March 23 at Galerie Charpentier in Paris.
The “Oeuvres sur Papier” auction features 145 works.
These will include drawings by Victor Hugo, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Edgar Degas and Joan Mirό. JB
The auction also features drawings by Pablo Picasso from the later years of his life, such as “Le peintre et son modèle” dating from 1970. Image: Sotheby’s/Art digital studio via AFP Relaxnews
This brown ink wash on paper is dedicated to the sculptor Robert David d’Angers, a close friend of the French writer Victor Hugo. Image: Sotheby’s/Art digital studio via AFP Relaxnews
This pastel work by Berthe Morisot has an interesting background. Over 70 years after being confiscated by the Nazi authorities, it was returned to the beneficiaries David and Flora David-Weill on April 27, 2016, following the decision of the Salzburg state government in Austria. Investigations began after doubts over the work’s provenance were expressed in 2009. Berthe Morisot is one of few women to be accepted into the closed circle of Impressionist artists. Image: Sotheby’s/Art digital studio via AFP Relaxnews
From the estate of a private Swedish collector, “Composition avec profil” is an oil on canvas estimated at €80,000 to €120,000. Image: Sotheby’s/Art digital studio via AFP Relaxnews
This portrait of the poet Louis Aragon by Alberto Giacometti is another of the auction’s gems. Image: Sotheby’s/Art digital studio via AFP Relaxnews
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