Head of a Man, 1956 signed 'Appel' (lower left) gouache on paper 19 1/2 x 15in. (49.5 x 38.1cm)
PROVENANCE: Collection of Anthony Quinn, Rhode Island. By descent from the above to the present owner.
PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF THE LATE ANTHONY QUINN
Alongside acting accolades and a successful film career, Anthony Quinn's passion for the arts guided him in his devout practice as a painter and sculptor, as well as shaped him to be an avid art collector. Amassing a vast collection, from oil paintings and sculpture to traditional works from Africa and Asia, Quinn's eye primarily engaged with portraiture - seemingly connecting a natural story-teller (in Quinn) with works that brim with emotion, depth and pure engagement. From a dynamic and richly hued Karel Appel to a stunning Rafael Coronel, this selection of works from the late Anthony Quinn's collection mirrors the eye of a true champion of the arts.
In 1957, Quinn won his second Best Supporting Actor award for his portrayal of Paul Gauguin in the film Lust for Life. The experience, according to those who knew him, transformed Quinn as he gained the respect of his peers. Additionally it was a great commercial success.
At the insistence of Greta Garbo - herself an esteemed paintings collector (see Sotheby's, New York, 15-18 November 1990), Quinn began with his first paintings acquisition in Los Angeles in the 1950s. This group of works represents well Quinn's vision as both an artist and his appreciation as a collector.
A selection of works will also be offered in the Impressionist & Modern Art Sale on May 7, 2013.
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