In 1954, under the Sicilian blazing sun, Nicolas de Staël painted Agrigente, an authentic masterpiece done three years before the artist's death. The Sicilian landscapes, have always been considered as one of de Staël's most successful series: combining the shocking colors inherited from the Fauves to the abstract schematization of surroundings coming from his own vision. Sotheby's Paris is thrilled to feature such an incandescent highlight along with other rare pieces in our Contemporary Art sale on 1 June including La Flamme by Wols, one of the only 80 oils on canvas by the father of Informal Art. Acquired directly from the famous French Art dealer René Drouin, it remained in the same collection since 1948. The Evening Sale also boasts two important canvases by Zao Wou-Ki, one of them comes from the Estate of Patti Birch, the artist's legendary dealer. A suite of 12 sheep designed by François-Xavier Lalanne - half sculptures, half seats, on the back of which the visitors of the Young French Painting Exhibition in 1966 could gather and chat - also will be included in this sale.