Chanteur Aveugle (Mask of a Blind Singer)
Also referred to in original purchase receipt as Tete de Homme
1903 (cast in 1960)
bronze with black patina
inscribed Picasso, numbered 2/9, with foundry mark C. Valsuani Cire Perdue
Original purchase receipt and subsequent communications from Knoedler & Co. included
A letter from Diana Widmaier Picasso, noting the record of the bronze in the Picasso archives included
Bronze: 5 1/2" ht. (9" total with base)
Purchased by present owner from M. Knoedler & Co. on April 11, 1962 (receipt included with lot)
Taft Museum of Art, Cincinnati, 1994
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Caza Sikes is excited to present The Friedlander Collection, amassed by multiple generations of a keen and enthusiastic collecting family.
The collection was assembled in two phases, spanning the better half of a century: first by Jane and Alfred Friedlander, with purchase history for individual works dating to the early 20th Century, and continued by Susan and William Friedlander, with works collected as recently as the 2000s.
Notably, Jane and Alfred Friedlander collected important works from a group of respected and celebrated dealers in the 1950s and 60s. These include Theodore Schempp (1904-1988), a graduate of Oberlin College, personal friend of Georges Braque, and expatriate dealer who navigated many works to Midwestern collectors during the middle of the 20th century. Original receipts of purchase on Schempp letterhead, as well as other correspondence, remain with the Collection related to included original works by Paul Klee and Georges Braque. Other important dealers are the famed Knoedler and Co. in New York, and Gimpel Fils Ltd., a seminal European gallery which dealt in top modernists of the 20th century.
Susan and William Friedlander continued the trend of collecting modernist work, primarily via noted Cincinnati modern dealer Carl Solway. Led by a Tom Wesselman original still life as a highlight and a Saul Steinberg original mixed media work featured on the May 19, 1962 cover of The New Yorker, there are many works on paper by top 20th century artists assembled by the Friedlanders, including Magritte, Albers, Giacometti, among others. Additional works by well-known artists such as Pablo Picasso and Maria Helena Vieira da Silva round out the sale.
Many of the works in the Collection were heavily exhibited at institutions. This provenance is well documented, and in most instances exhibiting a clear and unbroken lineage to current day. In some extraordinary cases, such as the Braque, works were purchased directly from the artist.