27 November 2006
La Route Peu Rassurante (Route montante) signed and dated 1919.
Oil on canvas, 65 by 54.5 cm.
A famous expressionist artist of the Paris school, Soutine was born in the small Lithuanian town of Smilovichi into the family of a poor Jewish tailor. At the age of 16, he ran away from home to Minsk, and from there to Vilno. There he attended the School of Art, and in 1913 he left for Paris and settled in the Beehive artists’ colony.
Soutine’s individual style manifested itself for the first time in a series of expressionist landscapes containing views of the Pyrenees and the Riviera.
Soutine’s paintings began to enjoy successful sales in the 1920s, when Albert Barnes, a collector from Philadelphia, became a regular buyer. In 1927 Soutine held his first solo exhibition in the Bing gallery in Paris, and this was followed with great success by exhibitions in New York, London and Paris.
Shown below the work on sale is his painting Tree Roots.
Provenance: Musee de Lucerne; Galerie de l'Elysee (Alex Maguy), Paris; Chozo Yoshii, Tokyo. Acquired by the present owner at the Christie's Sale New York, Nov. 2002, Lot 314.
The work will be included in M. Tuchman's and E. Dunow's forthcoming supplement to their Soutine catalogue raisonne.
Exhibited: Tel Aviv, Museum of Art, Exposition Inaugurale: Maitres Francais du XXe Siecle, April-June 1971, No. 78, titled 'Route montante'. Soutine, Galerie Yoshii, Paris, Jan-Feb 1974; illus No. 11 in catalogue, titled 'Route montante'.
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