The sale of Impressionist and Modern Art in Paris on December 5th will present a host of remarkable modern paintings, sculptures and drawings, notably a superb 1969 composition by Pablo Picasso, Femme et jeune garcon nus, and the dazzling Peinture, nous t’attendons by Wifredo Lam. Acquired directly from the artist by his friend, the illustrious surrealist poet, Joyce Mansour soon after its completion, this monumental painting has remained within the family ever since. The sale will also showcase an ensemble of exquisite surrealist works, chiefly Roberto Matta’s spectacular Morphologie psychologique de l’attenteand André Masson’s 1936 La Réunion des insectes, as well as iconic works by Francis Picabia, Joan Miró, Max Ernst, René Magritte and Man Ray. Henri Matisse will also be represented with an exceptionally rare triptych of drawings from the celebrated Thèmes et Variations series. Other highlights include works by Fernand Léger, Marc Chagall, Henri Rousseau, and a powerful 1938 portrait of Picasso by Dora Maar.
Surrealism triumphed overall, with strong prices realized for works by Duchamp, Picabia, Tanguy, Masson and Matta.
Leading the sale was Wilfredo Lam’s Peinture Nous t'Attendons, one of the last masterpieces of post-war Surrealism, which achieved an impressive €2,976,750 – a result that Sotheby’s Thomas Bompard notes, “fully reflects its quality, rarity and provenance.” This monumental composition painted during a turbulent period in the artist’s life was acquired by Joyce and Samir Mansour directly from the artist. André Breton selected the work to illustrate the 1965 edition of his Surréalisme et la Peinture.