CHRISTIE’S TO WITHDRAW BLUE PERIOD PICASSO FROM FALL IMPRESSIONIST AND MODERN ART SALE hristie’s and The Andrew Lloyd Webber Art Foundation today announced that – with great reluctance – they will withdraw the magnificent Blue Period Portrait de Angel Fernández de Soto, 1903, that had b
and Fascism at a time when no one else was prepared to help. This past spring we managed the sale of the Sunflowers sold for the Grunwald heirs and this fall are managing the sale of the celebrated Bloch-Bauer Klimts. We are repeatedly entrusted with restituted art and with such consignments comes the responsibility to reject baseless claims. We regret that the litigant deliberately chose to avoid the sort of good faith discussions that are keynote to the legitimate claimant community.”
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Notes to Editors:
Exhibitions of Portrait de Angel Fernández de Soto:
Buenos Aires, Galeria Müller, Exposición Pablo Ruiz Picasso, October 1934, no 4. Philadelphia, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Exhibition of French Art, 1937.
New York, Knoedler & Co., Loan Exhibition of Allied Art for Allied Aid, 1940, no 18.
New York, Knoedler & Co., Exhibition Celebrating Knoedler's One Hundred Years, 1846-1946, 1946, no 76.
New York, Knoedler & Co., Picasso before 1907, 1947, no 15.
New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Summer Loan Exhibition, 1949, p. 2.
New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Summer Loan Exhibition, 1960, p. 8, no. 87.
New York, Knoedler & Co, Picasso: An American Tribute 1895-1909, 1962, no 18, (as The Absinthe Drinker) (ill).
New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Summer Loan Exhibition, 1962, p. 7, no. 63, loan no. L 62.63.6.
Toronto, Art Gallery of Toronto and Montreal, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Picasso and Man, 1964, no 17 (ill no 37).
Dallas, Dallas Museum of Fine Arts and Fort Worth, Fort Worth Art Center Museum, Picasso: Two Concurrent Retrospective Exhibitions, p. 14, no. 7 (as The Absinthe Drinker), 8 Feb - 26 March 1967.
New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Summer Loan Exhibition, 1968, loan no. 68.85.9.
New York, Marlborough Gallery Inc., and Saidenberg Gallery Inc., Homage to Picasso for his 90th Birthday, 1971, no 2.
New York, Acquavella Galleries, Inc., Picasso. A Loan Exhibition for the Benefit of Cancer Care, Inc., The National Cancer Foundation, April-May 1975 (illustrated as The Absinthe Drinker).
New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1990.
New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1991.
London, National Gallery, on loan to the collection, May-September 2005, loan no. 665.
London, Royal Academy of Arts, Pre-Raphaelites and other Masters: The Andrew Lloyd Webber Collection, 20 September-12 December 2003, no. 282.
London, National Gallery, Rebels and Martyrs: The Artist in the 19th Century, 2006.
As per the above, the picture was exhibited widely in the last 60 years.
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