Always in Style: The Collection of Herbert Kasper | Christie’s

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From Old Master drawings to contemporary paintings and photographs, Kasper’s unique collection spans centuries and movements Kasper’s first serious acquisition was a charcoal sketch by Edgar Degas, Etude pour une danseuse ajustant son corsage (circa 1897), which he purchased from Victor Waddington’s gallery in London. It set the tone, not in terms of taste, which evolved and changed as Kasper’s knowledge increased, but in terms of the main medium that defined his collection: drawing, which Kasper described as the ‘first thoughts of an artist’. Over the next 50 years, Kasper went on to amass an exceptional collection of drawings, sketches, collages and watercolours on paper. He was first attracted to the 19th- and 20th-century masters — Jean Dubuffet, Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse and Juan Gris. Cubism was of particular interest as ‘it marked a real break from everything that came before’, Wright points out. ‘Kasper was really interested in that moment of transformation in art history.’ Learn More:

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