Chaïm Soutine (1893-1943)
Chaïm Soutine (1893-1943)

Portrait de Charlot

Chaïm Soutine (1893-1943)
Portrait de Charlot
signed twice 'Soutine' (upper right)
oil on canvas
11 3/4 x 9 7/8 in. (30.4 x 25.1 cm.)
Painted circa 1935-1937
Marcellin & Madeleine Castaing, Paris, by whom acquired from the artist.
Michel Castaing, Paris, (son of the above), and thence by descent; sale, Sotheby's, London, 22 June 2004, lot 168.
Triton Collection Foundation, Netherlands, by whom acquired in 2006.
J. Lowe, "The New and the Old Soutine, Cross-Section of the Emotional Painter", in Art News, vol. 38, no. 29, New York, 20 April 1940, p. 11.
M. Castaing & J. Leymarie, Soutine, London, 1965, pl. XXIV (illustrated).
P. Courthion, Soutine, Peintre du déchirant, Lausanne, 1972, no. A, p. 281 (illustrated; dated '1935-1936').
R. Barotte & M. Castaing, "Soutine, le témoignage de Madeleine Castaing", in Plasir de France, no. 409, Paris, May 1973, p. 46 (illustrated).
M. Tuchman, E. Dunow & K. Perls, Chaim Soutine, Catalogue raisonné werkverzeichnis, vol. II, Cologne, 1993, no. 168, p. 752 (illustrated p. 754; dated 'circa 1937').
S. van Heugten, Avant-gardes, 1870 to the present: The Collection of the Triton Foundation, Brussels, 2012, p. 564 (illustrated p. 338; dated 'circa 1937').
New York, Carroll Carstairs Gallery, Paintings by Soutine, April - May 1940, no. 6 (dated '1936').
New York, Niveau Gallery, Soutine, October - November 1944, no. 13 (dated '1936').
Paris, Musée de l'Orangerie, Soutine, April - September 1973, no. 58, pp. 8 & 91 (dated 'circa 1931-1932').
Montrouge, Centre Culturel et Artistique, C. Soutine, April - May 1986, no. 25.
Milan, Galleria Bergamini, Chaïm Soutine, I dipinti della collezione Castaing, March - April 1987, no. 11 (illustrated; dated 'circa 1935-1926').
Chartres, Musée de Chartres, Soutine, June - October 1989, no. 66, p. 292 (illustrated p. 293; dated '1935-1936').
Andorra, Sala d'exposicions del Govern d'Andorra, Modigliani al cor de Parìs, April - May 2004, no. 32, pp. 120 & 202 (illustrated p. 120; dated 'circa 1937').
The Hague, Gemeentemuseum, Têtes Fleuries, 19e- en 20e-eeuwse portretkunst uit de Triton Foundation, July - December 2007 (illustrated p. 23).
Paris, Pinacothèque de Paris, Soutine, October 2007 - January 2008, no. 95, pp. 209-210 (illustrated; dated 'circa 1937').
Rotterdam, Kunsthal, De collectie van de Triton Foundation, October 2012 - January 2013.

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Lot Essay

Christie’s is honoured to be offering for sale a significant group of works from the Triton Collection Foundation, which continues to evolve and grow in new areas. The last major de-acquisition from the collection took place in our salerooms in Paris in March 2015 when the Exceptional Works on Paper from the Triton Collection Foundation sale elicited huge interest from collectors around the globe: Those works, which had been collected by Triton’s Founders over many years, saw spectacular prices for top quality pieces, such as Camille Pissarro’s Paysannes travaillant dans les champs, Pontoise, which sold for €1,381,500 against a pre-sale estimate of €250,000-350,000, further to numerous world records achieved for works on paper by artists such as Claude-Emile Schuffenecker, Paul-Elie Ranson and Frédéric Bazille. This strong market reaction is in recognition of the eye with which they had originally been selected.

Over many years the Foundation has considered public access to its works as a fundamental pillar of its collecting ethos. A continuous dialogue with curators around the world and an extensive loan programme to over seventy museums globally has made this dream a reality and benefited exhibitions at the likes of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, Madrid, the Seoul Museum of Art and the Cleveland Museum of Art. These collaborations have ensured that an international audience has consistently had the opportunity to appreciate the quality and breadth of the collection, which stretches from classic Impressionism through to Surrealism and beyond to Post-War work by the major American artists. The sales of the major works in this season’s auctions will give the opportunity to the Foundation to continue its excellent, philanthropic work.

The group of works being sold across our Impressionist sales here in London includes seminal examples of French Impressionism, Post-Impressionism and the European avant-garde, from Claude Monet’s luminous Vétheuil of 1879 to Jan Toorop’s resonating symbolist 1902 composition, Faith and Reward. Each of these works has been bought with a very discerning eye, and often the provenances of the pieces are as noble as the works themselves. We wish the Foundation great success with these sales as well as their future projects.

Jussi Pylkkänen
Global President, Christie’s

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