Pablo Picasso - 20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale, Morning Session New York Tuesday, May 14, 2019 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Galerie Louise Leiris, Paris
    Private Collection (acquired circa 1975)
    Private Collection (thence by descent)
    Private Collection, Europe

  • Literature

    Christian Zervos, Pablo Picasso, vol. 10, Paris, 1959, no. 584, p. 174 (illustrated)
    The Picasso Project, ed., Picasso’s Paintings, Watercolors, Drawings, and Sculpture, Europe at War, 1939-1940, San Francisco, 1998, no. 40-403, p. 197 (illustrated)

  • Catalogue Essay

    “To draw, you must close your eyes and sing.” - Pablo Picasso

  • Artist Biography

    Pablo Picasso

    Spanish • 1881 - 1973

    One of the most dominant and influential artists of the 20th century, Pablo Picasso was a master of endless reinvention. While significantly contributing to the movements of Surrealism, Neoclassicism and Expressionism, he is best known for pioneering the groundbreaking movement of Cubism alongside fellow artist Georges Braque in the 1910s. In his practice, he drew on African and Iberian visual culture as well as the developments in the fast-changing world around him.

    Throughout his long and prolific career, the Spanish-born artist consistently pushed the boundaries of art to new extremes. Picasso's oeuvre is famously characterized by a radical diversity of styles, ranging from his early forays in Cubism to his Classical Period and his later more gestural expressionist work, and a diverse array of media including printmaking, drawing, ceramics and sculpture as well as theater sets and costumes designs. 

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Buste de femme assise dans un fauteuil

signed "Picasso" lower left; further inscribed and dated "Royan 01.6.40" lower right
india ink on paper
8 7/8 x 7 1/2 in. (22.5 x 18.9 cm.)
Executed on June 1, 1940.

Claude Picasso confirmed the authenticity of this work on December 16, 2013.

$250,000 - 350,000 

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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale, Morning Session

New York Auction 15 May | On View at 432 and 450 Park Avenue