Artcurial will be auctioning 20 works from Tino Rossi's collection. A passionate art lover, musician and friend to artists, Tino Rossi collected art in an eclectic manner, constantly mixing genres and styles. Artcurial will present works from artists such as Eugène Boudin, Alexander Calder as well as Bernard Buffet who Rossi knew personally.

Tino Rossi was an artist who loved artists. In 1982 he said, "An artist is not like another man! It would be wrong however, to think that only the art world can produce one. A workman can be an artist."

Throughout his life, Toni Rossi formed strong friendships with his contemporaries including Marcel Pagnol, Vincent Scotto, Mistinguett and Pablo Picasso. His friendship circles reached out beyond the world of song and music.

"What was quite moving in Tino Rossi's collecting approach was his desire to approach fellow artists of his time. Just like he did with his public, the singer created a relationship based upon emotion, admiration and sharing. This can be seen in the wonderful photo of the moment when Bernard Buffet and Toni Rossi, met. Both men boasted strong personalities and the singer and collector greatly admired the painter," explains Bruno Jaubert, Director of the Impressionist and Modern department at Artcurial.

On a constant quest for beautiful and rare objects, Tino Rossi was captivated by art and used his personal judgement as a guide to acquiring artworks in an eclectic and spontaneous manner. He mixed genres and styles and surrounded himself with pieces by Utrillo, Foujita, Calder and Giacometti. During his concert tours, the singer's favourite paintings would travel with him and decorate his dressing room to calm his nerves before going on stage.

Highlights from the 20 works from the Tino Rossi's collection include: Nature more aux cerises, 1942 by Bernard Buffet which is estimated at €70 000 – 100 000, two works by André Derain, watercolours by Paul Signac, Raoul Dufy and Alexander Calder's Composition, 1956 which is estimated at €50 000 – 70 000.

Screen Shot 2015-12-02 at 11.11.34 Nature more aux cerises, 1942 by Bernard Buffet

Screen Shot 2015-12-02 at 11.12.19 Camille Claude, L'abandon, 1895

Artcurial's Impressionist and Modern art evening sale on 7th December is a panorama of artistic creations from the 20th century. Just as the Musée Rodin reopens on 12th November, Artcurial presents two works by his student, Camille Claudel. The two bronze statues which will be included are L'abandon, which is estimated at €600 000 – 800 000, and La valse estimated at €700 000 – 900 000. Made in 1895, La valse is one of the sculptor's most daring and personal works and is breathtaking and intriguing from all angles.

Screen Shot 2015-12-02 at 11.12.36 Pierre Bonnard's La jeune fille à l'estampe japonaise

The sale will also feature one of Pierre Bonnard's most intimate paintings, La jeune fille à l'estampe japonaise in which the artist chose to honour women. The artist plays upon light and shadow, gracious lines on her face and gentle colour tones to carefully depict his subject. Even if the young lady remains anonymous, she appears to be familiar.

From 19th July to 1st August 1944, Pablo Picasso painted 14 works featuring the same motif of a glass, lemon and jug. When Picasso exhibited his still life series at the Salon d'automne in 1944, he unleashed a real scandal. Artcurial will be showing the last work from the Glass and Jug series which was also the most radical. The painting was dedicated to the poet and artist friend of Picasso, Georges Hugnet.

Screen Shot 2015-12-02 at 11.13.09 Pablo Picasso, Verre et Pichet, 1944

Screen Shot 2015-12-02 at 11.13.32 Antoine Pevsner's Construction spatiale aux troisième et quatrième dimensions

This sculpture by Antoine Pevsner entitled Construction spatiale aux troisième et quatrième dimensions is one of the artists most well known and distinctive works. This piece by one of the leading abstract scuptors of the 20th century, was the second to last sculpture made before his death. Antoine Pevsner gave it to the art critic René Massat as a gift. An original example of this piece can be found at the Centre Georges Pompidou and four other monumental versions are housed in collections in Chicago, The Hague, Princeton and Geneva.

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