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Christie's is honoured to offer at auction a selection of key works from the private collection of Kay Saatchi. Representing a wide spectrum of Impressionist, Modern and Contemporary art from Post-War to present day, Kay Saatchi's collection includes works of quality with a unique insight into the human condition. As Kay herself has professed, 'I dont believe art is art unless it moves your emotions. That's why I feel quite bold as a collector; if something doesn't move me after all this time I have spent looking at art, its not for me. I have to trust my heart as well as my eyes and my intellect.'
Kay Saatchi's works display a special insight and sensitivity to their subjects. Spanning the war years of 1942-1944, the Kay Saatchi
collection of works on paper by Lucian Freud mark some of the most important and exquisitely rendered pictures ever realised by the artist including Man in a Spotted Jacket (1942), the earliest in the group, Boy with a Pipe (1943), Dead Bird (1943), Rabbit on a Chair (1944), Dead Monkey (1944) and The Sleeping Cat (1944). A consummate observer of life, Freud created these drawings in the tender years of his early twenties. They embody his most detailed investigations into form, shape, texture and substance, each fold and crease treated with an extreme devotion of care. Regardless of the still life or human sitter of his composition, Freud imbued his early drawings with a unique sense of their own inner life, allowing the subject to breathe from the paper. This sense of vivid animation was to become a hallmark of Freud's practice, abundantly evident in the artists etchings from the 1980s depicting those friends and family closest to him, including his daughter Isobel and his pet whippet, Pluto.
In Paula Rego's acknowledged masterpiece Looking Back, the artist offers a profound meditation on the dynamics of family life, realised at a time of her own personal tragedy with her beloved husband, the artist Victor Willing, slowly passing away. Depicting three generations of women, Looking Back channels all of Rego's emotional anguish and confusion into a monumental work, showcased to great acclaim at the landmark Serpentine Gallery retrospective in 1988. It was this exhibition that marked the beginning of Kay Saatchi's lifelong affection for Paula Rego and formed the basis for her expansive collection, including six delightful etchings.
Other highlights of the Kay Saatchi collection include a striking group of ceramics by Pablo Picasso, a dream-like transparency painting by Francis Picabia, as well as a series of early prints by Andy Warhol and contemporary works by Martha Rosler, Man Ray, Gregory Crewdson, Sam Taylor-Wood, Jodie Carey and Martin Maloney.
Kay Saatchi first arrived in London in 1986 at the recommendation of her friend and mentor, the formidable New York art dealer Leo Castelli. Kay Saatchi began her career by working at the pioneering Waddington Galleries, soon after meeting and marrying Charles Saatchi, whose consuming passion for art she shared. Together they entered their profound adventure on the British Art scene in the 1990s. Art continues to define Kay Saatchis life, an avid curator and collector, she remains involved with projects in London including Anticipation, a showcase for the very best of young graduates leaving art school in the capital. Relocating to Los Angeles, Kay Saatchi opens a new chapter, exploring fresh opportunities on the West Coast but maintaining her focus on the fertile ground of new artistic talent. In bringing works from her private collection to auction, Kay Saatchi hopes to share with others the great pleasure that they have brought her over many years.
PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF KAY SAATCHI