Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Works by Matisse and, Picasso Among Highlights of Swann Galleries' March 5 Auction

 Lot 388 Henri Matisse’s Tête de jeune fille, brush and black ink on paper from 1950 is the sale’s top lot, with a presale estimate of $300,000 to $500,000. This large drawing comes with a detailed provenance. Brush and black ink on cream wove paper, 1950. 520x400 mm; 20 1/2x15 3/4 inches. Signed and dated "Mai 50" in ink, lower left recto. 

Lot 61 Also estimated in the low six figures is Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s Nu endormi au bras levé, a color pastel counter proof on tissue-thin Japan paper, circa 1885, with the outlines of the subject’s face and hair and contours of the body reinforced by the artist in pencil, ex-collection Ambroise Vollard, Paris ($100,000 to $150,000). Color pastel counter proof with additions in pencil on tissue-thin Japan paper mounted on cream wove paper, circa 1885. 430x500 mm; 16 7/8x19 3/4 inches. Initialed in pencil, lower left recto. 

Lot 361 A pen and ink drawing by Pablo PicassoFemme nue couchée, 1969 is featured ($60,000 to $90,000) as is a circa 1956 color crayon on paper design for a necktie involving colorful flowers ($20,000 to $30,000). Pen and ink on light tan wove paper, 1969. 215x278 mm; 8 1/2x11 inches. Signed and dated "16.8.69" in ink, lower left recto.

Lot 344 A run of Picasso prints features his monumental Tête de Femme (Portrait de Jacqueline de Face, II), color linoleum cut, 1962 ($80,000 to $120,000); Tête de jeune fille, lithograph, 1947 ($60,000 to $90,000); and Magicienne captant et renvoyant sur son plafond les rayons du soleil, etching, 1934 ($30,000 to $50,000). Color linoleum cut, 1962. 645x526 mm; 25 1/4x20 3/4 inches, full margins. One of approximately only 20 artist's proofs, aside from the edition of 50. Signed and inscribed "Epreuve d'artiste" in pencil, lower margin. Printed by Arnéra, Vallauris. Published by Galerie Louise Leiris, Paris. A brilliant, richly-inked impression of this large, important print, with vibrant colors. 

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