Picasso's 'escape from celebrity' could realise £5.5m

The Impressionist and Modern Art Evening Sale and the auction of The Art of the Surreal will take place on February 2 at Christie's, with estimated total sales of £56,505,000-80,805,000.

Leading lots will include Gitane by Kees van Dongen (1877-1968), estimated at £5.5m-7.5m and Espagnole by Natalia Goncharova (1881-1962), estimated at £4m-£6m.

Picasso's Homme assis sur une chaise,
from 1956 (£3.5m-5.5m)

Also among the major highlights is Homme assis sur une chaise, 1956, by Pablo Picasso (1881-1973).

The imposing portrait was painted soon after the artist had escaped the great attention that he was attracting in Paris and had moved to La Californie, a spacious villa overlooking Cannes.

Settled at his new home, it didn't take long for the proximity of the sea to have an influence on Picasso's work.

The portrait shows a subject with traditional fisherman's shirt, and a fisherman's rugged features.

It is expected to realise £3.5m-5.5m when it goes to auction.

The sale will be preceded by an exhibition between January 27-February 2, at Christie's, King Street, London.


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