A Defining Moment in Modern Art. The Most Important Cubist Painting to Come to Auction in Decades. Picasso’s ‘Femme assise’ to Lead Sotheby’s London.
Impressionist & Modern Art Evening Sale in June.
Helena Newman, Global Co-Head of Sotheby’s Impressionist & Modern Art Department, said: “Cubism not only underpins Picasso’s entire creative output but also marks a defining moment in Modern Art. Whilst major paintings from other key periods by Picasso have appeared on the market in recent years*, it has been decades since a Cubist painting of this calibre has been offered at auction, since virtually all the significant works of this period are in international museums and institutions. Femme assise, painted in 1909, is one of the artist’s greatest masterpieces to be sold in a generation.”
Cubism is considered to be Pablo Picasso’s most important contribution to Modern art, and Femme assise of 1909 is one of the artist’s greatest Cubist portraits. It comes from the series of canvases that revolutionised Picasso’s working methods and established his path to Cubism, and will lead Sotheby’s June Impressionist & Modern Art Evening sale in London (estimate upon request). The painting will be on view in Sotheby’s New York galleries from 16th May, in Hong Kong from 26-30 May and in London from 10 June, prior to the Evening Auction on 21 June 2016.