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An Eye for Impressionism: Property from an Important American Estate

Pablo Picasso

Courses de taureaux

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May 16, 12:52 AM GMT


5,000,000 - 7,000,000 USD

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An Eye for Impressionism: Property from an Important American Estate

Pablo Picasso

1881 – 1973

Courses de taureaux

signed Picasso (lower left)

oil on canvas

18 ¼ by 21 ⅞ in.

46.3 by 55.5 cm.

Executed in 1901.

Ambroise Vollard, Paris (acquired by 1932) 

Étienne Bignou, Paris (acquired from the above by 1938)

Max Pellequer, Paris (acquired by 1955)

Mrs. Chester Beatty, London (acquired by 1957) 

Private Collection, Paris 

Private Collection, United States (acquired circa 1988)

Sotheby's, London, 23 June 2003, lot 10 (consigned by the above)

Acquired at the above sale by the present owner

Jaime Sabartès and Wilhelm Boeck, Pablo Picasso, Paris, 1955, p. 115, illustrated in color and p. 118 (titled Bullfight)

Christian Zervos, Pablo Picasso. Oeuvres de 1895 à 1906, vol. I, Paris, 1957, no. 88, pl. 44, illustrated 

Jean Cassou, Picasso, Paris, 1959, p. 11, illustrated in color  

Gaston Diehl, Picasso, Paris, 1960, p. 10, illustrated in color (titled Bullfight)

Pierre Daix and Georges Boudaille, Picasso: The Blue and Rose Periods. A Catalogue Raisonné of the Paintings, Greenwich and London, 1967, no. IV.5, p. 142, illustrated (titled Bullfight)

Josep Palau i Fabre, Picasso vivo (1881-1907), Barcelona, 1980, p. 224, no. 557, illustrated in color (titled La Corrida)

John Richardson, A Life of Picasso, 1881-1906, vol. I, New York, 1991, n.n., p. 190, illustrated and p. 539 (titled Bullfight with incorrect measurements) 

Exh. Cat., Washington, D.C., National Gallery of Art and Boston, Museum of Fine Arts, Picasso: The Early Years1892-1906, 1997-98, fig. 12, pp. 303-04, illustrated and p. 369 (titled La Corrida)

Carsten-Peter Warncke, Pablo Picasso, vol. I, Cologne, 1997, p. 63, illustrated in color

Exh. Cat., Kunsthaus Zürich, Picasso: His First Museum Exhibition 1932, 2010-11, p. 99, illustrated (in a photograph of the 1932 Kunsthaus Zürich exhibition); no. 3, p. 210, illustrated in color (titled Stierkampf, Course de taureux (Corrida))

Paris, Galeries Ambroise Vollard, Exposition de tableaux de F. lturrino et de P. R. Picasso, 1901, no. 35 (titled L'Arène)

Paris, Galeries Georges Petit, Picasso, 1932, no. 2 (titled La Corrida

Zurich, Kunsthaus, Picasso, 1932, no. 3, p. 1 (titled Stierkampf)

Paris, Grand Palais, Hommage à Pablo Picasso, 1966-67, no. 7, illustrated

London, Alex Reid & Lefevre, L'école de Paris

, 1938, no. 49 (titled La Corrida)

Basel, Galerie Beyeler, Aus privaten Sammlungen, 1986, no. 42, n.p., illustrated in color 

Paris, Musée Picasso; Bayonne, Musée Bonnat and Barcelona, Museu Picasso, Picasso: Toros y toreros, 1993-94, no. 21, p. 105, illustrated in color and p. 252 (only exhibited in Paris)

Philadelphia Museum of Art (on extended loan in 2010)