Sotheby’s France is holding its first Impressionist and Modern Art sale of the year on 1st June.
Sotheby’s France is holding its first Impressionist and Modern Art sale of the year on 1st June. For this occasion, the auction house has drawn up a catalogue of works with powerful compositions in bright and luminous colours, with the spotlight on great masters of modern art like Fernand Léger, Marc Chagall, Kees Van Dongen, Léon Spilliaert, Odilon Redon and Man Ray.
FERNAND LÉGER (on top)
"The object is really the ‘subject’ of my easel painting. I took the object, I got rid of the table, and I placed the object in the air without any perspective or support." From 1926 onwards, Fernand Léger's major preoccupation was to remove all constraints from the object, and make it independent in relation to the figure. Painted in 1929, Composition d’objets, (estimate: €1,000,000-1,500,000) is a speaking illustration of this goal. One of a series known as "Objets dans l’espace" (1925-30), this work combines the human figure, objects and fragmented motifs.
A FAUVE WORK BY KEES VAN DONGEN APPEARS FOR THE FIRST TIME ON THE MARKET (below)
Coming from an outstanding European collection, Portrait de femme, L’Egyptienne, painted in 1909 (estimate: €300,000-400,000) is a work by Kees Van Dongen that has never been exhibited or come on the market before. The rarity of its subject has produced a hypnotic composition echoing the words of Guillaume Apollinaire: "European and exotic in turn, Van Dongen has a personal, violent feeling for Orientalism. His painting often has a whiff of opium and amber." (Preface to the Van Dongen exhibition at the Paul Guillaume Gallery in 1918). A magnificent later composition by the same artist will also be on offer. Vue sur Cannes (estimate: €500,000-700,000), painted in a shimmering palette of pink, blue and green, can be dated to 1923 through the writings and photographs of Jacques Henri Lartigue.
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