Years go by. Leo and Gertrude are jealous of each other and their sensibilities diverge. While Leo admires the naturalistic figuration of Matisse and Renoir, Gertrude supports the cubism of Picasso and Gris. Alice's permanent presence with Gertrude becomes the pretext for their final break. Leo leaves for Italy in early 1914.
The split of their very important collection was easy as their tastes had become so different. An oil on canvas 13 x 26 cm by Cézanne focuses nevertheless their antipathy. Leo takes it and Gertrude leaves an empty place on the wall of her apartment.
During that year Picasso is much involved in cubism. Nine years earlier Leo and Gertrude admired his drawing skill. He does not miss this new opportunity to show Gertrude that he is comparable to Cézanne. The painting lost by Gertrude displayed five apples. For Christmas, Picasso offers and inscribes to Gertrude and Alice an apple in the style of Cézanne.
Alice had kept Gertrude's collection of 47 artworks including 38 by Picasso and several by Gris. After her death a consortium of six private buyers created by David Rockefeller buys and shares that set. The anecdote of the creation of Pomme gives it a place of choice in the auction of the Rockefeller collection by Christie's in New York. This gouache and watercolor on paper 14 x 18 cm estimated $ 1M is the lot 1 of the first evening sale, on May 8.
SOLD for $ 4M including premium