Two works on paper from the second half of the artist's life are heading for the auction room, and could yet again fire the bidding.
Romare Howard Bearden (1911-1988), Saturday Evening, 1975, collage and pencil lines, 20 x 25 cm.
While only a handful of French collectors are interested in this artist, born in South Carolina to a well-off family (his great-grandfather was an influential member of the black community; his mother a journalist with the Chicago Defender), Americans are wild about his painting. On 6 June 2018 (Ferri auction house), eight works from the former collection of Fritz Salomon, a friend of the painter's, inspired enthusiastic bids, when the highest, €259,120, went to a 1940s gouache, The Rites of Spring. A fine performance, given that the top prices generally go to more recent, non-figurative works often involving collage, his most iconic technique. So there is good reason to expect a fine score for not only Saturday Evening, but also for a watercolour and gouache, probably from the 1960s, entitled Cavalier, which has a moderate estimate of €8,000/10,000. Like the ones last year, these pictures belonged to Fritz Salomon.