PARIS – For this second selling exhibition, entitled Regards Croiséswe have opted to showcase paintings by Jean-Michel Atlan. His work is impossible to classify: he was described as belonging to both the Second School of Paris and to the COBRA movement; the absence of stylistic overlap with other artists casts a mysterious veil over his paintings. Atlan had fervent admirers throughout Europe, and a number of his works are to be found in prestigious collections. His style is rich, complex, unusual and unique.

Jean-Michel Atlan, Atlantide, 1957 (detail). Shown with a Fang reliquary figure, to be offered in Paris on 18 June.

As with Pierre Soulages and Serge Poliakoff, offered at our first sales of Contemporary Art in Paris in 2006, Sotheby’s is keen to help the work of this extraordinary painter to be rediscovered. Our selling exhibition will be unprecedented in scope: to bring out the special magic that emanates from Atlan’s paintings, we have chosen to place them in dialogue with African sculpture, which Atlan greatly admired and looked to for inspiration. Atlan’s paintings will therefore be shown in the same exhibition gallery as highlights from our spring sales of African and Oceanic Art in New York and Paris. We are sure this unique display will offer a new approach to Atlan’s work!

Regards Croisés: Jean-Michel Atlan / African & Oceanic Art
A Selling Exhibition
Open and free to the public
Wednesday 9 April–Thursday 17 April
(closed Sunday 13 April)