New York, Leonard Hutton Galleries, Fauves and Expressionists, 1968, no.53
The present lot comes from the collection of Beverly Whitney Kean (1921-2011), both a remarkable actress and art historian. In 1944, she starred in two Hollywood films alongside Anthony Quinn, Ladies of Washington and Irish Eyes Are Smiling. She visited Russia in 1959, and fascinated by the French paintings in Soviet museums, she decided to write about their original owners, Sergei Shchukin and Ivan Morozov. Her book All the Empty Palaces: The Merchant Patrons of Modern Art in Pre-Revolutionary Russia was published in 1983. Based on extensive original research (she was the last person to interview Picasso’s legendary dealer Daniel-Henry Kahnweiler), the book is still considered the definite account of the two great Moscow collectors. She was a collector herself, at one point owning a Goncharova and an early Kandinsky.
The edges of the sheet are uneven. There is a very minor tear to the lower right edge. There is a layer of surface dirt. There are remains of adhesive to the reverse. The sheet is hinged to the mount in two places along the top edge. Held in a simple gold painted wooden frame behind glass. Unexamined out of frame. "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."