Top Lots: 19th & 20th Century Prints & Drawings

Pablo Picasso reigned supreme in Swann’s September 20 auction of 19th & 20th Century Prints & Drawings. The top lot, Picasso’s Tête de Femme (Portrait de Jacqueline de Face II)brought $102,000. The print, a color linoleum cut made in 1962, is a portrait of Picasso’s longtime muse Jacqueline Roque. Also among the top lots was Picasso’s Buste au corsage à carreaux, a lithograph, 1957, which brought $52,800.

Pablo Picasso‘s Tête de Femme, color linoleum cut, 1962, was the day’s top lot.

An etching and aquatint by Marc Chagall, Der esel über dem Dorf, with hand coloring in watercolor, 1951-52, far exceeded it’s $12,000 to $18,000 estimate, selling for $45,600.

Marc Chagall, Der esel über dem Dorf, etching and
aquatint with hand coloring in watercolor, 1951-52. 

The top drawing in the auction was Amedeo Modigliani’s sketch of Gaston Longchamp. The drawing, made by Modigliani in Paris circa 1914, was gifted to Longchamp, a figure in the Parisian art scene until the 1920’s. It brought $38,400. 

Amedeo Modigliani, Gaston Longchamp, pencil drawing, circa 1914.