Tomorrow, to mark the 90th anniversary of the birth of French film director Gérard Oury [1919 - 2006], his art collection will be revealed to the public at auction. As a boy, Oury was influenced greatly by his mother Marcelle who was friends with many artists of the period. The walls of his childhood apartment were lined with pictures by Villon, Gromaire, Lapicque and Dufy. As Oury's film career took off in the 1960s with comic hits like La Grande Vadrouille (Don’t Look Now–We’re Being Shot At), he began buying the sunlit paintings by the artists he had loved since childhood, including over 90 works by Raoul Dufy.
The 300 lots will be sold under the gavel of Francis Briest at the Hôtel Marcel-Dassault beginning tomorrow April 21-22nd in Paris.