A cluster of sublime works by Pablo Picasso from the prestigious André Level collection will take a starring role in the Impressionist and Modern Art sale in Paris on June 3rd. In 1904 André Level (1863-1946) founded the legendary Peau de l'ours, the world's first modern art investment fund, and he was one of the first collectors to focus his attention on Picasso, developing a special relationship with the artist. Sotheby's is honoured to be presenting a selection of twenty-nine works bearing this impeccable provenance, including the extraordinary ink and wash drawing by Picasso, Le Repos du sculpteur. This multi-layered work from 1933 depicts the sculptor contemplating his masterpiece Tête de femme, and is a remarkable legacy of the artist's productive years in Boisgeloup.
The sale will also showcase one of the most accomplished still lives ever painted by Chaïm Soutine. Almost abstract in its violently rich pictorial matter that explodes across the canvas, energizing the composition, Le Canard blanc prefigures both the Expressionism of Willem De Kooning and the vibrant colours of Gerhard Richter.
Cubism will also take centre stage in this sale with a refined selection of paintings from private European collections, including Femme au collier et à l'eventail by Jean Metzinger and luminous works by Louis Marcoussis, Henri Hayden and Georges Valmier. Francis Picabia will also be represented, notably with the enchanting Couple amoureux, which is joined by iconic works by Fernand Léger, Victor Brauner and Wassily Kandinsky. Other highlights from the sale include a striking portrait of Goethe by André Masson, and exquisite works on paper by Georges Seurat and Léon Spilliaert.