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By Culturekiosque Staff

LONDON, 14 JANUARY 2010 — The Impressionist and Modern Art Evening Sale and the auction of The Art of the Surreal will take place on 2 February 2010 at 7pm with a pre-sale estimate of £56,505,000 to £80,805,000. The leading highlights include Gitane by Kees van Dongen (1877-1968) (estimate: £5.5 million to £7.5 million); Espagnole by Natalia Goncharova (1881-1962) (estimate: £4 million to £6 million); Homme assis sur une chaise (estimate: £3.5 million to £5.5 million) and Tête de femme (Jacqueline) (estimate: £3 million to £4 million), both by Pablo Picasso; and Nu aux jambes croisées by Henri Matisse (1869-1954) (estimate: £2.5 million to £4 million).

Henri Matisse (1869-1954): Nu aux jambes croisés
Photo: Christie's Images Ltd

A further highlight is a group of four works from a Private French Collection which have been in the possession of the current owners for the last 60 years, three of which will be exhibited in public for the first since the 1960s. This group is led by Mademoiselle Grimprel au ruban rouge, a portrait by Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841-1919) (estimate: £1.8 million to £2.5 million).  Exhibited twice during the artist’s lifetime, it portrays Hélène Grimpel, the granddaughter of Armand Grimpel, a wealthy banker who became a great patron of the artist (estimate: £1.8 million to £2.5 million). Vase au guerrier japonais by Odilon Redon (1840-1916), an outstanding pastel of monumental size, is expected to realise £1.8 million to £3 million; Les courses, Longchamp (triptyque), 1897, by Pierre Bonnard (1867-1947) carries an estimate of £700,000 to £1,000,000; Intérieur aux rocking-chairs, 1902, by Edouard Vuillard (1868-1940) which is estimated to realise £250,000 to £350,000.

Further highlights of the sale include Danseuses, circa 1896, a pastel of ballet dancers by Edgar Degas (1834-1917) last sold at auction in 1989 (estimate: £2 million to £3 million); Le compotier rouge (Compotier de poires), 1925, a still life by Fernand Léger (1881-1955) (estimate: £1.5 million to £2 million); Zwei nackte Mädchen in flacher Wanne (recto), circa 1912-1913; Elbkähne vor gelben Haüsern, Dresden (verso), 1920, an important double-sided canvas by Ernst Ludwig Kirchner (1880-1938), each of which represents a crucial period from the development of the artist (estimate: £1.4 million to £1.8 million); Jeune femme en robe verte (Germaine Maréchal) by Théo van Rysselberghe (1862-1926) (estimate: £800,000 to £1,200,000); Casseur de pierres (Le tas de pierres), circa 1882, a masterful portrayal of stone-breakers by Georges Seurat (1859-1891) (estimate: £1.2 million to £1.8 million); Sitzende Frau, 1909, by Alexej von Jawlensky (1864-1941) which is expected to realise £600,000 to £800,000; and Bayerische Landschaft mit Fuhrwerk, circa 1918, by Heinrich Campendonk (1889-1957), one of the artist’s fullest and finest expressions of the ideal of man, animal and nature which will be sold for the first time in over 60 years (estimate: £700,000 to £1,000,000)

Coinciding with the exhibition The Real Van Gogh; The Artist and His Letters at The Royal Academy from January 2010, the sale will offer two works by the celebrated Dutch artist; Six Pines near the Enclosure Wall, 1889, a mesmerizing drawing of trees that was executed while he was committed to the asylum of Saint Rémy de Provence which is expected to realise £600,000 to £800,000; and The Iron Mill in The Hague, an early landscape painted in 1882, which carries an estimate of £450,000 to £550,000.  

The Art of the Surreal

The Art of the Surreal Evening Sale will immediately follow the Impressionist and Modern Art Evening Sale, and will offer 38 lots with a total pre-sale value of £8,185,000 to £11,695,000.

 The sale will offer 7 works by René Magritte (1898-1967), including Le Baiser, 1957, a representation of the ‘Sky-Bird’, one of the artist’s most celebrated motifs (estimate: £600,000 to £800,000) and Les grains de beauté, 1965, which will be offered at auction for the first time (estimate: £500,000 to £800,000). La robe du soir, 1955, (illustrated above) which was painted for the celebrated Belgian writer Jan-Albert Goris (1899-1984) (whose pseudonym was Marnix Gijsen) and which has since passed by descent to the present owner will be offered with an estimate of £400,000 to £600,000 and Feu-bouteille, circa 1959, which was presented to the writer on his 60th birthday having been sent to the United States in a shoe box by Magritte is expected to realise £120,000 to £180,000.

Le triomphe de Tourbillon, 1943, by Salvador Dalí (1904-1989) is one of an important group of paintings executed by the artist in the mid-1940s on the theme of obscure allegories that fuse barren landscapes, classical motifs and dancing nudes into wondrous fantasy scenes, all rendered in the manner of stage-sets for ballet. Two similar examples can be found in the Dalí Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida. Offered at auction for the first time since 1988, it is expected to realise £600,000 to £900,000.

Profanation of Spring, 1945, by Max Ernst (1891-1976) is a richly detailed and bizarrely animated painting prompted by the artist’s fascination with the natural environment. It is expected to realise £700,000 to £900,000. Le tambour major de l’armée céleste, 1970, is a large scale work by the artist which illustrates his developing fascination with cosmology. Offered at auction for the first time, it is expected to realise £400,000 to £600,000.

Further highlights include Nerii, an important work executed circa 1929-1931 by Francis Picabia (1879-1953) (estimate: £500,000 to £800,000); Scuola di Gladiatori, 1927, by Giorgio de Chirico (1888-1978) (estimate: £350,000 to £550,000) and Sans titre (Répondre), 1938, by Yves Tanguy (1900-1955) (estimate £300,000 to £400,000).

Impressionist/Modern Evening Sale: 2 February 2010
The Art of the Surreal Evening Sale: 2 February 2010
Impressionist/Modern Works on Paper: 3 February 2010
Impressionist/Modern Day Sale: 3 February 2010

London, King Street 

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