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Houston, TX, United States
DoneWed, Sep 21, 2016 11:30 PM GMT

Fine Art & Antiques Auction Featuring Picasso

Featuring Lot 100: Picasso, Still life in tempera, 1931 From the estate of Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Hitchcock Monsieur Picasso and Mr. Hitchcock A still life painting with a silver-screen connection. The work from 1931 ? a scene depicting a classical bust, wine bottle, fruit, and a window surrounded by a flourish of ironwork ? is signed Picasso in the upper right. The back bears a faded label from its last exhibition: ??Bonne Fte? Monsieur Picasso,? at the UCLA Art Galleries, 1961, on the occasion of the modern master?s 80th birthday. It appears in the exhibition catalog ? which featured loans from Hollywood notables Kirk Douglas, Vincent Price, and Mrs. Gary Cooper, as well as the Los Angeles Museum of Art ? as number 95. The painting, a tempera (gouache) on paper, measures19 5/8 x 25 inches, and its original owner was Alfred Hitchcock, who lent it to the UCLA exhibition. It came to Houston via the late director?s only child, daughter Pat Hitchcock O?Connell, who gifted it to her best friend, Georgia Waller, and her husband, Gerard Waller. It was bestowed upon them in 1982, after Hitchcock and his wife Alma had both passed on. Mrs. Waller died in 2008, and Mr. Waller is now sending the painting with the Hollywood provenance to auction. (Hitchcock is known for employing artwork throughout his films to great effect; he also commissioned Dal to create a dream sequence for his 1945 filmSpellbound.)