Along with the Munch announced this morning, Sotheby’s has secured works from Joan Oestreich Kend which include this Picasso, Le Peintre et son modele. Here’s Sotheby’s release:
The works are led by Pablo Picasso’s Le Peintre et son modèle, which will be offered in the Impressionist & Modern Art Evening Sale with an estimate of $12/18 million. Painted in 1963 and measuring more than five feet across, the painting exemplifies the dynamic force of the artist’s late work on a magnificent scale. Here Picasso depicts the powerful relationship between artist and model, one of the greatest recurring motifs of his late career. In this striking example, the male figure – a recognizable amalgamation of self-portraits – paints a female nude reminiscent of the female subjects of Rubens and Ingres. Le Peintre et son modèle is entirely fresh to the market, having descended through the Oestreich family since it was acquired in 1968 from Galerie Louise Leiris, Paris.