13 May 1999
Joan Mir (1893-1983)
signed 'Mir' (lower right); dated '20/III/70.' (on the reverse)
gouache, watercolor, pastel, brush and India ink on paper
35 x 23 in. (90 x 59.8 cm.)
Painted on 20 March 1970
Pierre Matisse Gallery, New York
Joseph H. Hirshhorn, New York and Washington, D.C. Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C. (by bequest from the above); sale, Christie's, New York, 11 November 1987, lot 191.
Anon. sale, Habsburg & Feldman, New York, 12 November 1989, lot 93.
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A photo-certificate from Jacques Dupin dated Paris, 7 March 1991 accompanies this gouache.
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Chinese Works of Art specialist Olivia Hamilton reckons this pair of superb sculptures — around 1,300 years old — are ‘the finest I've seen come up for sale‘