Paris, Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, L'Ecole de Paris, November, 2000 - March 2001
Jean Cassou, Kikoïne, Lausanne, 1973, illustrated p.68-69 and no. 194, p. 263
This work, one of several self-portraits from this era in Kikoine's career, shows the stylistic influence of his lifetime colleague Chaim Soutine. The two artists met in Minsk, about 1905; Kikoine had recently moved to Minsk from Vitebsk with his family, while Soutine came from a small village near Minsk. Together they moved to Vilnius before settling in Paris (Kikoine in 1912, Soutine in 1913).
The work is in good condition. The canvas is not lined. Some craquelure throughout. Several horizontal creases which are presumably a result of the canvas being rolled at one time. UNDER UV; a few spots fluoresce though difficult to tell with artist's brushstrokes and pallette. One at center on figure's scarf, the other to the left of the figure's face. In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.