It’s a Crime!
- Chaim Soutine: Catalogue Raisonné, Vols I-II by Maurice Tuchman, Esti Dunow and Klaus Perls
Benedikt Taschen Verlag, 780 pp, £49.99, December 1993, ISBN 3 8228 9504 0
Destroying his Céret paintings became an actual diversion, strangely entertaining to him, enjoyable like the savagery of the wrestling matches he regularly attended. He would install his mistress in a café, go in search of a Céret picture he had heard some dealer owned, exchange with him a new picture for the old one, and ritually, happily, destroy it.