Sam Szafran, the awakening of the market?
As its post-mortem retrospective at the Musée de l'Orangerie draws to a close, Sotheby's is selling an unprecedented collection of works and memorabilia by the artist on February 15 in Paris.
Museum recognition now brings out the treasures of this autodidact, dreamlike poet of reality, king of a figuration conceived far from fashion, in the privacy of his studio.
These come directly from his lair, a former foundry in Malakoff where he settled in 1974. It was populated with pieces by Picasso, Matisse, Giacometti, Miro and Zao Wou-Ki as well as works of art by Africa and Oceania (15,000 to 200,000 euros for the tatanua mask from New Ireland which belonged to André Breton and Paul Éluard, then to the critic Georges Sadoul).
83 lots, including 36 by his hand, reveal the singular universe of the artist who died in 2019, at the age of 85.
A Gaudi bench
The public reconnected with this dreamer of enclosed spaces, whose imagination unfolded in impressive staircases...
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