& Modern Art day auction at Sotheby's November 6, 2003 is
highlighted by a delicate and lovely watercolor by Piet Mondrian,
a fine Cubist painting by Jean Metzinger, three nice drawings
by Vincent van Gogh, a superb watercolor and a good painting by
Wassily Kandinsky, a three fine seascapes by Eugene Boudin, a
strong landscape by Maurice de Vlaminck, an interesting landscape
by Pierre Bonnard, two good works by Kees van Dongen, an impressive
pastel sketch by Mary Cassatt, two good drawings by Honoré
Daumier, a good seascape by James Ensor, a good still life by
Louis Marcoussis, a stunning portrait by Tamara de Lempicka, a
good Joan Miró, good Cubist compositions by Henri Laurens
and Albert Gleizes, two interesting works by Max Ernst, a fabulous
drawing and a sumptuous oil painting by André Masson, and
a very good drawing by Pablo Picasso.
Henry Moore and Marc Chagall are also nicely represented in this
Lot 204 is an exquisite watercolor on paper of a chrysanthemum
by Piet Mondrian (1872-1944). Although Mondrian is best known
for his geometric abstractions, he also was fascinated by trees
and flowers and this 13 3/8-by-9 ½-inch watercolor on paper
is very beautiful. It was executed circa 1925 and has been consigned
by the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. It has a modest estimate
of $80,000 to $100,000. It sold for $181,600 including the
buyer's premium as do all results mentioned in this article.
is a lovely Cubist oval composition by Jean Metzinger (1883-1956)
entitled "Femme à sa Toilette." The oil on canvas
measures 36 ¼ by 23 5/8 inches and was painted in 1918.
It has a modest estimate of $180,000 to $250,000. It sold for
nice Cubist work is Lot 212, "Paysage au moulin à
vent," by Albert Gleizes (1881-1953). An oil on canvas that
measures 22 ¼ by 15 ½ inches, it was painted in
1913. It has an estimate of $180,000 to $250,000. It failed
Boudin (1824-1898) is highly regarded as an important precursor
to the Impressionists especially for his beach and harbor scenes.
Lot 103, "Bateaux de Peche," is a lovely seascape by
the artist that is a strong composition with lively brushwork.
An oil on canvas, it measures 16 ½ by 21 7/8 inches. Executed
in 1887, it has an estimate $100,000 to $150,000. It sold for
$198,400. The auction has two other good seascapes by Boudin,
Lots 116 and 125. The former is entitled "Port de Trouville,
Maree Haute," and is an oil on cradled panel that measures
12 ½ by 16 inches. It has an estimate of $180,000 to $250,000.
It sold for $207,600. The latter is entitled "La Cote
de Brest dans la Rade (Estuaire aux Environs de Camaret)."
An oil on canvas, it measures 11 ¾ by 18 ½ inches
and was painted circa 1871-3. It has an estimate of $70,000 to
$90,000. It failed to sell.
has three drawings by Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890). Lot 132A,
"Allee Bordee d'Arbes," is a strong vertical composition.
A pencil, brush and white chalk on paper, it measures 8 1/8 by
4 7/8 inches. Executed in 1884, it has a modest estimate of $300,000
to $400,000. It failed to sell.
Lot 130 is another van Gogh drawing, which is entitled "Pecheur,"
and measures 18 ½ by 9 7/8 inches. Executed in 1883, the
work is not signed but is a highly detailed study of a fisherman
and has an estimate of $200,000 to $300,000. It sold for $232,000.
The third van Gogh drawing is Lot 138, which is entitled "Moissonneur
à La Faucille (d'Après Millet)." A pencil on
sepia wash on paper that measures 22 by 12 inches, it was executed
in 1881 and has an estimate of $350,000 to $450,000. It failed
Kandinsky (1866-1944) is one of the giants of abstract act and
Lot 214 is a very elegant watercolor and pen and pencil abstraction
on paper. Entitled "Konzentrisch (Concentric), it measures
13 ¾ by 9 inches and was executed in 1924. It has a modest
estimate of $70,000 to $90,000. It sold for $142,400.
While we are accustomed to Kandinsky's wild abstractions, his
earlier work was quite different. Lot 220, a depiction of the
Murnau coastline, is a very strong, dark and abstract landscape.
Painted in 1908, the oil on board measures 13 by 16 1/8 inches
and has an estimate of $250,000 to $350,000. It sold for $265,600.
Dongen (1877-1968) is known for his occasionally brazen portraits
but Lot 170 is a rather cheery portrait of an exotic bird. Executed
in 1908, the oil on canvas measures 18 1/8 by 15 inches. It has
an estimate of $50,000 to $70,000. It sold for $60,000.
de Vlaminck (1876-1958) was a very important Fauve painter whose
early works were extremely bold in their palette. Lot 188, "Les
Toits d'un Village," is an interesting townscape that shows
the influence of Cézanne" as well as a darkening of
his palette. An oil on canvas that measures 21 ¾ by 21
½ inches, it has a modest estimate of $90,000 to $120,000.
It sold for $187,200.
Daumier (1808-1879) is a great artist whose paintings tend to
be rather dark. Lot 118, however, "Tete d'homme," is
a small but quite bright and magnificent drawing of the head of
a man. The pen and ink and ink wash on paper measures only 4 7/8
by 3 ¾ inches but almost seems like a large Rembrandt portrait.
It has a conservative estimate of $10,000 to $15,000. It sold
for $28,800. Another Daumier of interest is Lot 121, "Apollon,"
a quite detailed pen and ink, watercolor and chaulk on paper.
Executed circa 1853, it measures 11 1/8 by 8 1/8 inches and has
a modest estimate of $20,000 to $30,000. It failed to sell.
James Ensor (1860-1949) is best known for his quite eerie and
abstract depictions of masks, but Lot 184 shows his Turnesque
influence in a seascape that is quite interesting. Entitled "Bateaux
au Soleil," it is an oil on canvas that measures 21 ¾
by 26 ½ inches. Executed between 1923 and 1930, it has
an estimate of $70,000 to $90,000. It sold for $96,000.
Lempicka (1898-1980) was a very stylish portrait painter and Lot
233 is a great small work by her that epitomizes the Art Deco
style. Entitled "La Polonaise," it is an oil on panel
that measures 13 ¾ by 10 ½ inches. It was painted
in 1933 and has a modest estimate of $150,000 to $200,000. It
sold for $433,600.
is a fabulous Surrealist drawing by André Masson (1896-1987)
entitled "Femme violoncelle, instrument anthropomorphique."
An India ink on paper, it measures 14 ¾ by 20 ¾
inches and was executed in 1942. It has a modest estimate of $20,000
to $30,000. It sold for $33,600.
Another fine Masson is Lot 285, "Nu Eclaire Par Le Feu,"
an oil on canvas that measures 49 ½ by 40 ¾ inches.
Painted circa 1946, it is extremely painterly with a very "hot"
palette. It has an estimate of $150,000 to $200,000. It sold
(1891-1876) is represented in the auction with two nice works,
Lots 261 and 265. The former is untitled and appears to illustrate
two birds within a frame against a light blue gray background.
An oil on panel mounted on card, it measures 21 ½ by 17
7/8 inches and was executed circa 1961. It has an estimate of
$80,000 to $100,000. It sold for $84,000.
Ernst is Lot 265, a very painterly still life that was executed
in 1948. An oil on canvas, it measures 12 1/8 by 10 inches. It
has a modest estimate of $50,000 to $70,000. It sold for $170,400.
pleasant works in the auction by Marc Chagall (1887-1985) is Lot
300, "Jour et Nuit." This charming small oil on canvas
laid down on plywood measures 11 7/8 by 9 ¾ inches. Executed
circa 1965, it has an estimate of $100,000 to $150,000. It is
rather unusual in its strong vertical separation. It sold for
is a very complex and fine pen and ink and inkwash drawing by
Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) over linocut rincé, printed in
white, on paper. The work measures 24 ½ by 29 ½
inches and is very imposing. Executed in 1964, it has an estimate
of $200,000 to $300,000. It failed to sell.