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ART & LITERATURE, from a private collection I wednesday december 16 2015 at 4.30 pm

One of the highlights of the PIASA sale of Modern  & Contemporary Art on 16 December 2015 will be a market-fresh work by Chaïm Soutine (1893-1943). 

La femme au rocking-chair, painted around 1916, is one of Soutine’s very first portraits. It has hitherto been held in private collection, and is being offered at auction for the first time.

Although, sadly, he destroyed many of his paintings, Chaïm Soutine is considered one of the leading figures of early 20th century art in general, and of the School of Paris in particular. Lady in a Rocking-Chair, shown at the Soutine exhibition at the Orangerie in 1973, displays the delicate colour harmony and sensitivity portraiture characteristic of Soutine’s work. Only around twenty of his portraits from this important period have survived.

Soutine was friends with Léopold Zborowski and Marcellin & Madeleine Castaing,  and part of an intellectual milieu that included Blaise Cendrars, Erik Satie and Henry Miller. His first show in America took place in Chicago in 1935. He was born near Minsk into an Orthodox Jewish family, and grew up in poverty. He never forgot the tough conditions of his troubled childhood and became fired by an intense desire to become an artist, settling at La Ruche – the artists’ residency in Montparnasse – in 1913. He fought in the trenches during World War One before being discharged due to poor health. Back in Paris he became close friends with Modigliani. Their work is often compared; both were fascinated by the form and colour of an expressionism imbued with the Russian soul.