Lucien Pissarro, London.
Private collection, London (early 1940s).
By descent from the above to the present owner.
Dr. Joachim Pissarro has confirmed the authenticity of this work.
WORKS FROM A PRIVATE LONDON COLLECTION
Christie's is delighted to offer for sale a selection of oils and works on paper from a private London collection. Unveiled to the public art market for the first-time since the parents of the present owner acquired them in the 1940s and 1950s, these works are, nonetheless, very well known to connoisseurs and academic institutions through important exhibitions to which they have been generously lent over the past decades. They have been the pride and joy of two generations of collectors, gracing the walls of the beautiful London houses where the owners lived with their children and grandchildren.
The family's passion for art took root in the 1920s--love for art and music was always encouraged. In the early 1930s, it became a real commitment, especially for the parents of the present owner. They soon became enlightened, daring, risk-taking collectors, immersed in the contemporary art scene of their time, visiting regularly galleries and museums in London and Paris, befriending the most important dealers of their generation, meeting the most renowned artists, from Chagall to Léger, and even financially supporting artists of the Ecole de Paris, such as Atlan, through yearly contracts and constant acquisitions.
Art became an intrinsic, fundamental part of family life--the children grew up surrounded by these pictures and were the subjects of tender portraits by the artists, who dedicated them works at pivotal moments of their lives (marriages, births).
The selection of works, offered for sale by Christie's in four different locations in the forthcoming months (Tel Aviv, Amsterdam, New York and London), underlines a unique sense of appreciation of rarity and beauty, that one finds only in the most sincere art-lovers and collectors.
In this sale, works from this collection are lots 108-112.
Property of a Private Collector
London, Ben Uri Art Gallery, 40th Anniversary Exhibition, 1956, no. 105.
London, Marlborough Fine Art, Ltd., Pissarro in England, June-July 1968, no. 39 (illustrated, p. 67).
Ferrera, Palazzo dei Diamanti, Camille Pissarro, February-May 1998, p. 75, no. 41 (illustrated).