Image: Pablo Picasso’s Femme assise dans un fauteuil, 1948
Phillips’ New York Evening Sale of 20th Century & Contemporary Art will feature an exceptional selection of modern artworks, which will be exhibited internationally prior to the November auction.
Pablo Picasso’s Femme assise dans un fauteuil, a portrait of Françoise Gilot, is among the most tense and explosive of his meditations on his partners. Painting many images of Gilot over their near decade-long relationship, Picasso’s depictions of her are special masterworks in their own right, uniquely infused with the passion and jealousy that fueled their relationship. This notion is encapsulated in the present work, with the portrait capturing the complexities Picasso faced as a man in his sixties living with a woman in her early twenties.
Pablo Picasso, Femme assise dans un fauteuil, 1948
Dated October 24, 1948, Femme assise dans un fauteuil was conceived during a particularly fractious time in Picasso and Gilot’s relationship; she was pregnant with their second child and Picasso had been away from their home in Vallauris for an extended period. In the work, Picasso revisits his earliest iconographic representations of Gilot but reinterprets them in a new light that perhaps betrays the difficulties in their relationship at that time. Gilot was all the more challenging a partner in her refusal to so readily fit his caricatured depictions of her as muse, lover, object—she was an artist in her own right and in her prime.
Last shown publicly almost two decades ago, Femme assise dans un fauteuil has remained in the same family collection since circa 1972, one year prior to the artist’s death in 1973.
Phillips’ New York Evening Sale of 20th Century & Contemporary Art
14 November, 2019, New York
Femme assise dans un fauteuil, 1948
Estimate: USD 5,000,000 - USD 7,000,00
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