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    Sale 7737

    Impressionist/Modern Day Sale (immediately following Impressionist/Modern Works on Paper)

    24 June 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 298

    Jean Pougny (1892-1956)

    Au bord de la mer

    Price Realised  


    Jean Pougny (1892-1956)
    Au bord de la mer
    signed 'Pougny' (lower right)
    oil on canvas laid down on board
    8 x 13 in. (20.3 x 32.9 cm.)
    Painted in 1953

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    Hermann Berninger has confirmed the authenticity of this painting.

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    Pre-Lot Text


    Christie's is delighted to offer for sale a selection of works 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 last 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 family. 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, regularly visiting 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 works to them at pivotal moments of their lives, such as marriages and births.

    The selection of works Christie's has offered for sale from this collection over the past year underlines a unique sense of appreciation of rarity and beauty that one finds only in the most sincere art-lovers and collectors.



    Paris, Musée National d'Art Moderne, Rétrospective Pougny, January - February 1958, no. 75, p. 19.