The authenticity of this work has been confirmed by Sylvie Buisson.
Private Collection (acquired in Paris by 1970) Thence by descent to the present owner
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.
Executed on fibrous cream wove paper, not laid down and attached to the backing board with tape in three places at the centre of the upper edge. There are a few spots of foxing to the sheet, to the background and to the sitter's neck. The sheet is very gently undulating. Otherwise this work is in very good condition. "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. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."