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Leonor Fini

L'homme aux masques or Portrait de Enrique Álvarez Félix

C'est Fini: An Important Private Collection of Surrealist Art

Leonor Fini

Leonor Fini

L'homme aux masques or Portrait de Enrique Álvarez Félix

L'homme aux masques or Portrait de Enrique Álvarez Félix

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C'est Fini: An Important Private Collection of Surrealist Art

Leonor Fini

1908 - 1996

L'homme aux masques or Portrait de Enrique Álvarez Félix


signed Leonor Fini (lower right)

oil on canvas

61.3 by 38.2cm., 24⅛ by 15in.

Framed: 83.3 by 60cm., 32¾ by 23⅝in.

Painted in 1949.

The canvas is not lined. The canvas is slightly undulating. Inspection under UV light reveals a thick milky varnish through which UV light cannot fully penetrate, but does reveal a few small spots of retouching to the composition with some associated pigment loss. There are some tiny scattered pigment losses in places, the most notable of which include: a few above the figure's head, two diagonal lines to the left of the figure, one to the figure's proper left hand and another above the figure's foot, some of these correspond to what appear to be surface scratches. There are fine lines of craquelure throughout. There is some frame abrasion to the edges. This work is in overall fairly 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."

Sale: Christie's, London, 25th June 2003, lot 210
Purchased at the above sale by the present owner 
Richard Overstreet & Neil Zukerman, Leonor Fini Catalogue Raisonné of the Oil Paintings, vol. II, Zurich, 2021, no. 406, illustrated in colour p. 342
Venice, Palazzo Reale, Galleria dell'Ala Napoleonica, Leonor Fini, 1951, no. 20
Trieste, Museo Revoltella, Leonor Fini: L'Italienne de Paris, 2009
San Francisco, Weinstein Gallery, Leonor Fini—Une Grande Curiosité, 2009-10
New York, CFM Gallery, Leonor Fini: Paintings 1931-1987, 2010
Umeå, Bildmuseet, Leonor Fini. Pourquoi pas?, 2014
Utrecht, Centraal Museum, The Tears of Eros: Moesman, Surrealism and the Sexes, 2020
Reno, Lilley Museum of Art, University of Nevada, Leonor Fini. Not A Muse, An Artist, 2021