The authenticity of this work has been confirmed by Anne Varichon.
Private Collection (acquired in 2003; sale: Christie's, London, 24th June 2010, lot 143) Purchased at the above sale by the present owner
Tête d'homme is closely related to a drawing and painting of the same title and date in the collection of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (Anne Varichon, Albert Gleizes, Catalogue raisonné, vol. I, Paris, 1998, nos. 420 & 421). The work is thought to possibly be a self-portrait by the artist.
Executed on cream wove paper not laid down and affixed to the mount through photo corners. There is a faint pencil sketch on the reverse. The sheet is time stained and the upper edge is slightly irregularly cut, with some associated paper losses and small tears. There are are three tears to the extreme right edge, the largest of which (4mm) to the centre of the edge, with a diagonal crease, and two tears, one with an associated crease to the lower extreme edge. A tiny diagonal crease is visible to the upper left corner. This work is in overall 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."