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RENE BUTHAUD (1886 - 1986)

Massive untitled preparatory drawing of a nude athlete, France, ca. 1937 (framed); Gouache, charcoal, and graphite, fabric-backed paper; Signed R. BUTHAUD; Sight: 79" x 34"; Provenance: The artist; Michel Fortin, Paris; Collection of Stephen Engel, Florida; Literature: Cruège, René Buthaud 1886 - 1986, 1996, p. 14-15, 185; Exhibited: René Buthaud: Collection of the Artist, Michel Fortin Gallery, New York, 1981, cat. p. 19; Design for one of four massive vases for the Stade du Parc Lescure (now the Stade Chaban-Delmas), Bordeaux. Twelve preparatory drawings were completed; one is in the permanent collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, two are in private collections, and the other nine are being offered in this sale. The vases were completed in 1937 and remain outside the stadium today.

Sale Price: $5,625

Estimate: $4,500 - $6,500

Condition Report

Several tears from edges (longest approx curving 9") and one long crease from right margin almost to left margin approx. halfway down sheet. One minor 1/4" x 1/2" loss near toe. Not examined out of frame. Framed behind Plexiglas, re-framing recommended. Some scuffs/scratches to Plexi.


Lots 1000-1008 are full-scale studies for one of four monumental urns made for the Stade Lescure, now the Stade Chaban-Delmas, in Bordeaux. Adrien Marquet, mayor of Bordeaux from 1925-44, had the arena built as part of a public works program between 1930-40. As one of Bordeaux’s most famous citizens by that time, Buthaud was invited by Marquet to design four monumental urns outside of the stadium’s forecourt. Each urn is over twelve feet high and decorated with three images of heroic athletes in earthenware tile mosaic set onto cast concrete. Buthaud completed twelve studies, one of which is in the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s permanent collection in New York, with the other two remaining in private collections.