Picasso pieces at Impressionist Modern sale



2015-06-26 10:44:18

Picasso pieces at Impressionist Modern sale

November 7th’s Evening Sale of Impressionist and Modern Art at Christie’s New York will include nine works by Pablo Picasso.

This selection from various private collections presents an exciting opportunity to acquire works long kept from public auction, and some never before seen.

The rare bronze sculpture Coq will be offered for the first time, modelled in 1932 and cast in the 1950s. It dates from the time Picasso spent in his Normandy chateau with his mistress Marie-Therese Walter, and presents a proud and flamboyant rooster strutting. This motif would reappear at later points in Picasso’s career, but Coq itself is unique among his works dating from that summer. It is expected to fetch $10-$15 million at the auction.

Following this strident image of male virility, a gallery of portraits showcasing his various loves and muses, will also be offered.

His 1929 depiction of wife Olga Khokhlova, Buste de femme, captures their volatile and turbulent relationship. Olga’s profile reflected in a mirror is punctuated by a row of white teeth and a reptilian tongue, suggestive of a hidden inner self being glimpsed. It is valued at $3-$5 million.

Picasso’s 1937 Buste de femme presents a tender contrast to this dark portrait. His muse Dora Maar, the photographer, is presented in an evening dress and smiling – also a contrast to Dora’s visage in Weeping Woman, distorted and deformed into sorrow, painted just months earlier. Picasso kept Buste de femme 1937 work in his personal collection for nearly 30 years, a testament to his admiration of Dora and his enjoyment of this work. It is valued at $8-$12 million.

1952’s Tete de femme depicts Picasso’s lover, and the mother of his children, Francoise Gilot. This representation of stylistic development is valued at $4-$6 million. The life-sized portrait of Picasso’s second wife and last great love Jacqueline Roque painted in 1962, Femme au chien, is expected to sell for $5-$7 million.

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