In 1950 Pierre Matisse asks for a new exhibition which will confirm the great success of the previous one in 1947. It is necessary to include new works but Alberto had not found a satisfactory answer concerning human communication. He will never find any. What to do ?
In his studio Alberto has multiplied the individual figures with mostly standing women in a gradually increasing elongation. Suddenly he looks at the mess of his studio as a whole. The sculptures had been divided into small groups without any voluntary intervention. He will accordingly create three artworks without modifying this assembly of chance.
Compared to the groups calculated by him two years earlier, two differences appear : the figures remain on their bases and the uniqueness of scale is canceled. When the bronzes come back from the foundry Alberto has a new vision : his women are so stretched that they look like trees. He had created La Forêt (the forest) and La Clairière (the glade). The third group is named La Place in a pun between the public square of his 1948 artwork and the immutable place of each figure standing on its base.
La Clairière, 59 cm high on a surface of 65 x 52 cm, is the most complex with nine standing women and the least illogical because it does not include a bust. A copy cast by Alexis Rudier company between 1950 and 1952 is estimated $ 10M for sale by Christie's in New York on May 15, lot 17 A.
SOLD for $ 15.8M including premium