Sotheby’s Paris is pleased to announce its upcoming Impressionist and Modern Art online auction. The auction will offer a great selection of Impressionist, Post-impressionist, Modern and Surrealist works.
Highlights of the auction include several remarkable works on paper by Pablo Picasso, such as a moving portrait of Olga as well as innovative paper cut outs, shimmering oils by Henri Lebasque, Kees van Dongen and Louis Valtat as well as a selection of Surrealist works, from Francis Picabia to Salvador Dalí.
Yvette Guilbert inspired many artists, from Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec to Théophile-Alexandre Steinlen. When Picasso arrived in Paris in 1900, she was already a celebrity and one of the stars of the legendary Moulin Rouge.
He notably conceived 66 etchings dedicated to this subject, which are part of Picasso’s 347 Suites. He also executed many works – drawings and oils – related to the same theme, including lot 18 of the present sale. More than strict illustration, these works embody a personal vision of one of the most significant works of Spanish literature, first published in Burgos in 1499.
The Female Nude: Interpretations
The sale offers a panorama of the female nude and its various interpretations from the Belle Epoque to the 1950s. From more classical representations by Breton and even Picabia, inscribed within the secular tradition of the academic nude, the sale moves on to more innovative modernist interpretations by artists such as Matisse, Le Corbusier, and Villon. The nude female bodies become more abstracted and geometric as the machine age enters the scene. The same transformation is witnessed in sculptures presented in the sale with works ranging from the classical forms of Maillol’s female nudes to Gargallo’s exploration of empty space as means of defining the modern figure.