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It’s a Crime!

Peter Campbell, 8 December 1994

Chaim Soutine: Catalogue Raisonné, Vols I-II 
by Maurice Tuchman, Esti Dunow and Klaus Perls.
Benedikt Taschen Verlag, 780 pp., £49.99, December 1993, 3 8228 1629 9
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... 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 ...

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