Impressionist and Modern Art and Works on Paper Sales at Christie's NY this Fall
Date: 23 Oct 2008 | | Views: 3603
NEW YORK, NY. - The cover lot of the sale is Joan Miró’s Femmes devant la lune (estimate: $600,000-800,000), coming directly from the family of Pierre Matisse, the artist’s dealer who launched the artist’s career to America. Executed in 1944, Miró arranges biomorphic and cosmological forms in richly colored media to create a dense, fantastical and complex composition. The sale also includes two paintings by Gabriele Münter, Gasse im Murnau (estimate: $500,000-700,000) and Dorfstrasse im Murnau (estimate: $400,000-600,000). Both painted in 1908, Münter’s work expresses her deep affection for Murnau, a small town south of Munich. Also noteworthy is René Magritte’s bronze sculpture of Les grâces naturelles (estimate: $700,000-900,000). Conceived and cast in 1967, Magritte creates four elegant, distinctly surreal birds with leaf wings outstretched in a harmonious arrangement, demonstrating his interest in the intimacy and quiet beauty of the natural world.
Impressionist and Modern Works on Paper- November 7
The Works on Paper Sale cover lot is Portrait de femme (Estimate: $400,000-600,000), a gouache on paper by Pablo Picasso. Executed in 1942, the portrait depicts Dora Maar, Picasso’s lover from 1936-1944. He gifted this work to his friend and artistic rival Henri Matisse and it was part of Matisse’s personal collection until his death in 1954 and has remained with his family ever since.
Another important Picasso drawing on offer is Guitare (estimate: $500,000-700,000). Drawn in 1911-1912, pivotal years in both his career and personal life, Guitare is a clear and elegant charcoal on paper example of the artist’s final stage of analytical cubism.
The sale also includes Paul Klee’s iconic Kurze Seereise, 1930 (estimate: $600,000-800,000); twenty-one beautifully rendered drawings by Henri Matisse from the Estate of Pierre-Noel Matisse with estimates ranging from $20,000 to $250,000; Marc Chagall’s Vase de fleurs dans la fenętre (estimate: $500,000-700,000), a traditional still life subject injected with emotion and nostalgia from the Collection of Joan Fontaine; and an illustrious suite of works on paper by Salvador Dalí, who was known for his innovative and eccentric imagination from the Property of the Del Mintz Collection with estimates ranging from $20,000 to $300,000.