Live Auction: 28 October 2020 • New York
For the art lover and collector enthusiasts, the Sotheby’s Auction House Impressionist & Modern Art Evening Sale and Contemporary Art Evening Auction in New York on Wednesday, 28 October is not to be missed. Hosted in a marquee, the event will also be live-streamed in the same virtual control-center format debuted in the June hybrid sales that together peaked at $363.2 million. Following the strong run of Hong Kong sales this past week which brought in $280 million, this is indeed a highly anticipated event!
The Contemporary Art Evening Auction will feature the majestic Mark Rothko’ untitled (Black on maroon) painting from 1958. This unique artwork preempts the artists celebrated Seagram Murals in the Tate Collection in London. The estimated value of this oil on canvas piece (182.9cm x 114.3cm) is USD25,000,000 – 35,000,000, dated 1958 with 5071.58 inscribed on the back.
The Impressionist and Modern Art Evening Sale will be highlighted by Vincent van Gogh’s exquisite Fleurs dans un verre, translated flowers in a glass, from 1890. Estimated at USD 14,000,000 – 18,000,000, this oil on canvas (41.3cm x 33.3cm) is a masterpiece which was painted in a fever of activity only days before his untimely death. The tragedy of Van Gogh’s life story, coupled with the exceptional artistry of his work has enthralled millions around the world. In just over a decade, he created about 2,100 artworks, including around 860 oil paintings, most of which date from the last two years of his life. Having only achieved fame after death, Van Gogh is now regarded as one of the most influential figures in the history of Western Art.
Additional highlights include iconic examples such as:
Clyfford Still’s 1957-G is a dramatic oil on canvas with contrasting colours that create a visually complex composition. The painting is signed and dated 1957 on the reverse and is sized at 275cm x 234.3 cm. It has an estimated value of USD 12,000,000 – 18,000,000.
Brice Marden’s 3, estimated at USD 10,000,000 – 15,000,000, is a quintessential American masterpiece created by one of the country’s most prolific artists. It is signed, titled twice, dated 1987-8 and variously inscribed on the reverse, oil on linen, 213.4cm x 152.4 cm.
Helen Frankenthaler’s April is property from an Important Private Collection, Chicago, and is estimated at USD 1,000,000 – 1,500,000. The American painter has built her reputation on her incredible skill to capture beautiful emotional strength and liveliness simultaneously. The painting is titled and dated 1963 on the stretcher bar, acrylic on canvas, 179.7cm x 124.5 cm.
George Condo’s Transparent Figures is a stunning composition which combines complexity, with an almost effortless simplicity. It is property from an Important Private American Collection and is estimated at USD 2,500,000 – 3,500,000, signed and dated 2016 , oil and graphite on linen, 228.8cm x 355.9 cm.
Giorgio de Chirico’s Il Pomeriggio di Arianna (Ariadne’s afternoon), showcases the Greek mythological figure of Aridane – a dreamy escape into the classical past. This fantastical artwork, with an estimate value of USD 10,000,000 – 15,000,000, is signed G. de Chirico and dated 1913 (lower right). This is an oil on canvas piece, 135.3cm x 64.6 cm and painted in 1913.
Marc Chagall’s impressive Les amoureux aux coquelicots (Deux Bouquets à high falls) (translated Poppy lovers (Two Bouquets at high falls), with an estimate value of USD 4,000,000 – 6,000,000 is magnificent in its colours and detail. Signed Marc Chagall (lower right), dated 1948 –1952, and inscribed extensively in Russian (on the original stretcher bar). This oil on canvas is 99.1cm x 73 cm.
Offered from the Brooklyn Museum, the stunning canvas Claude Monet Les es îles à Port-Villez (translated “The islands in Port-Villez”), is estimated at USD 2,500,000 – 3,500,000 and signed by the master himself. The 1897 painted artwork depicts a cluster of tidal islands just south of his beloved Giverny where he masterly defies conventional depictions of landscape composition. It is dated 97 (lower left) and sized 83.5 cm x 100.4 cm.
The signed artwork Le Verre (translated “Glass”) by Pablo Picasso, known for his prolific efforts to reimagine various art forms, is estimated at USD 1,400,000 – 1,800,000. This wonderful watercolor on paper is 29 cm x 22.5 cm and was executed in Céret in Summer 1911.
and René Magritte’s incredible La belle lurette, estimated at USD 1,200,000 – 1,800,000, is also up for auction. This glorious oil on canvas, signed Magritte (lower left), is 33 cm x 41 cm, and was painted in 1965.
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