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Pierre Le-Tan

Tête de jeune homme, d’après Parmigianino

Estimate:

800

to
- 1,000 EUR

Pierre Le-Tan

Pierre Le-Tan

Tête de jeune homme, d’après Parmigianino

Tête de jeune homme, d’après Parmigianino

Estimate:

800

to
- 1,000 EUR

Lot sold:

12,600

EUR

Pierre Le-Tan

1950 - 2019

Tête de jeune homme, d’après Parmigianino



black ink, watercolour and white gouache on a photograph, in a 17th Century French frame

7,5 x 6,8 cm; 3 x 2⅝ in.

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Pierre Le-Tan

1950 - 2019

Tête de jeune homme, d’après Parmigianino



plume et encre noire, aquarelle, rehaussé de gouache blanche, sur photographie, dans un cadre français du XVIIème siècle

7,5 x 6,8 cm; 3 x 2⅝ in.

The work has been examined framed. Executed on paper. The sheet is undulating and is a bit light stained. This work is in overall 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."

This face was drawn on a photograph of a drawing by Parmigianino (1503-1540) dating from 1540 and now at the Getty Museum, (inv. 2017. 79). That drawing appeared in a sale at Christie's in New York on 23 January 2003.


At the time of the sale, Le-Tan must have been fascinated by the precise pen strokes of the drawing, which are very similar to his own, and by the strangeness of the face. He cut the photo out of the catalogue to put it in one of the small frames from his collection, and he completely enhanced the photo with his pen and brushwork to make it a work of art in its own right, to the point where none of Parmigianino's marks are still visible today.


From 2003 on, Le-Tan was never apart from this small drawing, and he placed it on the mantelpiece in his apartment. It has become one of the images that is most emblematic of his taste.

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Cette tête a été dessinée sur une photographie d’un dessin de Parmigianino (1503-1540) datant de 1540 et aujourd’hui au Getty Museum, (inv. 2017. 79). Le dessin apparu en vente chez Christie’s à New York le 23 Janvier 2003.


Au moment de la vente, Le-Tan dû être fasciné par la précision de l’exécution à la plume de ce dessin, très proche de la sienne, et par l’étrangeté de la tête. Il découpa la photo du catalogue pour l’adapter à l’un des petits cadres de sa collection et rehaussa complétement la photographie à la plume et au pinceau pour en faire une œuvre d’art à part entière, au point qu’aucun des traits de Parmigianino n’est encore visible aujourd’hui.


Depuis 2003, Le-Tan ne s’est jamais séparé de ce petit dessin et l’a placé sur le manteau de cheminée de son appartement. Il est devenu l’une des images les plus emblématiques de son goût.