On November 14 in New York, Sotheby's sells a bronze 50 cm high of Françoise's head, lot 16 estimated $ 6M, from an edition of 2 cast by Valsuani. This larger than life head was designed in 1951.
At the same time Valsuani also edited earlier sculptures like the head of Dora after a plaster made in 1941, 80 cm high including the base. One of the two copies was sold for $ 29M including premium by Sotheby's on November 7, 2007. Two other copies were cast by Susse.
Dora's head was a realistic portrait. For Françoise, the artist is inspired by his experiences in ceramics. The eyes and the mouth are shown by incision on the surface, giving to this head a volume smoother than nature which idealizes his companion.
Please watch the video shared by Sotheby's, including also a painting of the Peintre et son modèle previously discussed in this column.
SOLD for $ 8.5M including premium