For the third consecutive year, Sotheby’s Paris will present an evening sale entirely devoted exclusively to works on paper and coinciding with the Salon du Dessin. This sale will offer a significant selection of quality drawings which highlight key trends from the 19th century to the dawn of contemporary art.
28 March 2019 | Paris | full auction details
Alongside important works by Degas and Picasso, several sections of the sale will focus on Surrealism. For example, Miró’s Chez le Roi de Pologne: Ubu Roi plate III is a major work combining the Catalan painter’s motifs and naïve, fanciful colours. Made in 1954 at the request of Tériade, the one-off work was intended to illustrate Alfred Jarry’s late-19th-century play Ubu Roi, which enthralled many Surrealists. They saw the fat, cowardly, treacherous Père Ubu as the embodiment of the anti-modern hero and the absurdity of always wanting more.
Magritte’s Les Grâces naturelles, from the same period, is a rare red chalk drawing featuring one of the Belgian painter’s emblematic, recurring motifs: the bird-plant. Raymonde Becquevort, founder of Brussels’ La Sirène gallery, bought this particularly graceful model of metamorphosis directly from Magritte in 1953. Ponge, Artaud and Michaux often visited her gallery, a meeting place of the Surrealist intelligentsia where words and images met. Another surrealist artist represented in the sale is Hans Bellmer with a fascinating and rare ensemble of erotic from a private French collection.
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