When in 1887, a tall, physically imposing and enigmatic young man arrived in Paris from the Ile-de-la-RÃ©union, a French colony far away in the Indian Ocean, no-one could have guessed that within a decade he was to become one of the most fascinating and significant figures in the history of modern art. Ambroise Vollard (1866-1939) had an extraordinary instinct for detecting unrecognised genius. Not only was he responsible for a series of stellar exhibitions by such then unknown names as CÃ©zanne, Van Gogh, Gauguin and Picasso, but he had a passion for original prints and for publishing the most beautifullivres d'artiste or artists' books. This historic sale at Sotheby's in Paris will reveal the broad range of his enthusiasms. Highlights of the sale include an early portrait by CÃ©zanne of his childhood friend, the great novelist Emile Zola as well as risquÃ© monotypes by Degas including the celebrated La FÃªte de la patronne. The sale also showcases a striking example of Gauguin's rare and inventive monotypes or transfer drawings that he made with Vollard's encouragement and such important early prints by Picasso as Le Repas frugal, 1904 from the artist's Blue Period and Les Saltimbanques, 1905 from the slightly later Rose Period. There is also a very touching self portrait by Renoir dedicated to Ambroise Vollard as well as a striking colour lithograph of Le Chapeau EpinglÃ©, one of the most popular printed works by the artist. Alongside these remarkable pieces, collectors will ...
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