Peter’s picks for today was the Pablo Picasso “Francoise”, Lot 330 and Jerome Kirk sculpture, Lot 1.
This large-scale lithograph from an edition of 50 by Picasso rarely comes on the market. Picasso took a very keen interest in the lithographic process and savored the many different techniques available to a creative artist’s hand. In typical Picasso style he has forced the arrangement of elements on a woman’s face into a shape of his own creation. The woman, Françoise, was a muse, lover, and girlfriend that he returned to time and time again during the 40’s as a subject for his lithographs. Using only a single color (black) Picasso creates a rich detailed composition. Circles and ellipses are combined to create the subject’s hair, which frames a simply drawn face. This example was exhibited at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s landmark exhibit on Picasso’s graphic work in 1966. The consignor has kept the work in a flat file since the end of the exhibition and the result is a remarkably fresh, unfaded copy.
American artist Jerome Kirk, most noted for his work in kinetic sculpture, has clear influence by such artists as Alexander Calder, Harry Bertoia, and David Smith. But unlike other artists who created mobiles, each of Kirk’s objects were unique and were never made in multiples. This example comes from the original owner and has a beautiful patina. The undulating planes are graceful and almost create a meditative atmosphere for the viewer.