Picasso's 'escape from celebrity' could realise £5.5m
Picasso's 'escape from celebrity' could realise 5.5m
A portrait from the artist's period of retreat from his booming celebrity status will star at Christie's
The Impressionist and Modern Art Evening Sale and the auction of The Art of the Surreal will take place on February 2 at Christie's, with estimated total sales of 56,505,000-80,805,000.
Leading lots will include Gitane by Kees van Dongen (1877-1968), estimated at 5.5m-7.5m andEspagnole by Natalia Goncharova (1881-1962), estimated at 4m-6m.
Picasso's Homme assis sur une chaise, from 1956 (3.5m-5.5m)
Also among the major highlights is Homme assis sur une chaise, 1956, by Pablo Picasso (1881-1973).
The imposing portrait was painted soon after the artist had escaped the great attention that he was attracting in Paris and had moved to La Californie, a spacious villa overlooking Cannes.
Settled at his new home, it didn't take long for the proximity of the sea to have an influence on Picasso's work.
The portrait shows a subject with traditional fisherman's shirt, and a fisherman's rugged features.
It is expected to realise 3.5m-5.5m when it goes to auction.
The sale will be preceded by an exhibition between January 27-February 2, at Christie's, King Street, London.