Soutine "Le Boeuf Ecorche"
On February 6th Christie's aution sold "Le Boeuf Ecorche" for 7.8 million pounds to an unknown bidder. It was stated, that this was the last of Soutines' series of full size Carcasse-paintings in private hands, painted around 1924 in the size of 128,9 x74,6 cm. My congratulations to the new owner, thats an amazing and outstanding painting !
and a informative text on the paintings and Soutines background here at Christie's
But where are the other five full size "Carcasses" ?
1) Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands
166,1 x 114,9 cm, 1925
2) Musee de Peinture and de Sculpture, Grenoble, France
201,9 x 114 cm, 1925
3) Kunstmuseum Bern, Switzerland
72,5 x 49,8 cm, 1925
4) Albright-Knox Art Gallery Buffalo, New York, USA
140,3 x 107,6 cm, 1925
5) Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minnesota, USA
116,2 x 80,6 cm, 1924
The painting in the Stedelijk in Amsterdam I saw quite often on my regular visits of their collection from 1990-1993 and I was always impressed about the restrained and quiet expression of this work. The surface was more plain and the paint much thinner, than what I expected from the earlier seen reproductions in books.
In general it is annoying, that still quite a lot of bigger museums and collections have very bad websites and show only very few items online. The Stedelijk shows no items online, Grenoble works in Flash and shows almost nothing, and Bern makes a long lasting relaunch of the collection website. The best impression makes the Minneapolis Institute of Fine Arts, where you can send Soutines " Carcass of Beef " even as an E-card (scroll down)
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