Lot 122
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LÉONARD TSUGUHARU FOUJITA | Portrait de Marie-Berthe Aurenche

50,000 - 70,000 GBP
50,000 GBP
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  • Léonard Tsuguharu Foujita
  • Portrait de Marie-Berthe Aurenche
  • signed Foujita and in Japanese and dated 1926 (centre right)
  • pen and ink and estompe on paper


Private Collection (acquired in Paris by 1970)
Thence by descent to the present owner

Catalogue Note

Marie-Berthe Aurenche (1905-1960), sister of screenwriter Jean Aurenche, was a French painter. In 1927, the year after the present work was executed, she married the artist Max Ernst, and was immersed in the Surrealist set, becoming firm friends with Man Ray and Lee Miller. Divorcing Ernst in 1936, she became Chaim Soutine's mistress until his death in 1943; they are buried together in Montparnasse.