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Christie's

10 AM, November 9, 2006

Sale 1724

"Dans la loge" by Picasso

Lot 118, "Dans la loge (Portrait of Jane Avril)," by Pablo Picasso, charcoal and pastel on paper, 12 5/8 by 9 7/8 inches, 1901

By Carter B. Horsley

This morning sale at Christie's of Impressionist & Modern Art works on paper November 9, 2006 is highlighted by some very attractive female portraits, an excellent Edouard Vuillard, an important study by Gustave Caillebotte, and several very pleasant sketches by Lyonel Feininger.

Lot 118 is a very strong portrait of Jane Avril, the Parisian singer immortalized by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. Entitled "Dans la loge," it is a charcoal and pastel on paper that measures 12 5/8 by 9 7/8 inches and was executed in 1901 by Pablo Picasso (1881-1973). In 1901, the critic Gustave Coquiot wrote the preface to Picasso's successful exhibition at Ambrose Vollard's gallery and commissioned from him an album of portrait drawings he intended to publish featuring famous female entertainers. A year later, Picasso started on the project choosing as his subjects Jane Thylda, a Spanish dancer known as Teresina, Rose Demag, Anna Tibault, Jeanne Bloch, andthe most important of all, the still glamorous and much-loved dancer Jane Abril...Two drawings of Avril by Picasso have survived and this is one. "Strongly characterized and vigorously rendered, the only hint of Picasso's melancholy Blue Period stylization may be discerned in his use of blue pastel in Jane Avril's hat," the catalogue entry noted. The entry also quotes John Richardson that the only of the women Picasso actually liked was Avril and his portraits reveal that picasso was derermined to comeup with a new image for the fact that Toulouse-Lautrec's posters had made into an incon. He succeeeded. He found Jane Avril far more sympathetic than the other vedettes he drew, Picasso said. For one thing she had started life as an equestriene in the circus. This endeared her to him. She not only adored Toulouse-Lautrec but understood the finer points of his work and enjoyed discussing him with Picasso."

This lot has an estimate of $500,000 to $700,000. It sold for $1,528,000 including the buyer's premium as do all results mentioned in this article.

The sale was quite successful with 80 percent of the 117 offered lots selling for $13,769,000.

"Mademoiselle Lender" by Toulouse-Lautrec

Lot 104, "Mademoiselle Lender," by Henri Toulouse-Lautrec, sanguine over pencil on paper, 6 3/8 by 10 5/8 inches, 1893

Lot 104 is a very lively and strong drawing of "Mademoiselle Lender" by Henri Toulouse-Lautrec (1864-1901). Sanguine over pencil on paper, it measures 6 3/8 by 10 5/8 inches and was drawn in 1893. It was formerly in the collections of Paul Mellon and Ray Stark. Toulouse-Lautrec was infatuated with Marcelle Lender, a dancer, but the catalogue entry notes that his interest was not reciprocated. The lot has a modest estimate of $40,000 to $60,000. It sold for $156,000.

"Comédiens dans les sous-bous - II" by Vuillard

Lot 153, "Comédiens dans les sous-bois - II," by Edouard Vuillard, peinture à la colle on paper laid down on canvas, 27 1/2 by 47 1/8 inches, 1912

Lot 153 is a fine work by Edouard Vuillard (1868-1940). Entitled "Comédiens dans les sous-bous - II," it is a peinture à la colle on paper laid down on canvas that measures 27 1/2 by 47 1/8 inches. The work is a study for a decorative panel the artist planned to install at the Comédie des Champs-Elysées in Paris, but the finalized version was not realized. Executed in 1912, it has a modest estimate of $140,000 to $180,000. It failed to sell.

"Merry Xmas!" by Feininger

Lot 170, "Merry Xmas!" by Lyonel Feininger, watercolor, gold paint, pen and India ink on paper, 4 3/4 by 7 7/8 inches, 1955

The auction has several charmings small works by Lyonel Feininger (1871-1956). Lot 170, "Merry Xmas!" is a good example. A watercolor, gold paint, pen and India ink on paper, it measures 4 3/4 by 7 7/8. Executed in 1955, it has a modest estimate of $6,000 to $8,000. It sold for $15,000.

"Nature morte à la cruche et aux fruits" by Gauguin

Lot 115, "Nature morte à la cruche et aux fruits," by Paul Gauguin, gouache and watercolor over monotype on Japan paper, 9 by 11 3/4 inches, circa 1899

Lot 115 is a very nice still life by Paul Gauguin (1848-1903) that was executed circa 1899. A gouache and watercolor over monotype on Japan paper, it measures 9 by 11 3/4 inches. The catalogue entry for this lot notes that this work "represents the only known still-lie among the artist's monotypes." It has an estimate of $400,000 to $600,000. It failed to sell.

"Homme et femme sous un parapluie" by Caillebotte

Lot 113, "Homme et femme sous un parapluie," by Gustave Caillebotte, pencil on paper, 18 1/2 by 12 1/8 inches, 1877

Lot 113, "Homme et femme sous un parapluie," by Gustave Caillebotte (1848-1894) is a pencil on paper study for one of the artist's most famous works. The lot was consigned by the Collection of Elyn Zimmerman and the late Kirk Varnedoe. It measures 18 1/2 by 12 1/8 inches and was drawn in 1877. It has a conservative estimate of $250,000 to $350,000. It sold for $777,600.

"Spitz im Werck" by Kandinsky

Lot 143, "Spitz im Werck," by Wassily Kandinsky, watercolor, pen and India ink on paper mounted at the edges on board, 9 7/8 by 14 1/4 inches, 1927

Lot 154 is a bright and colorful abstraction by Wassily Kandinsky (1866-1944). A watercolor, pen and India ink on paper mounted at the edges on board, it measures 9 7/8 by 14 1/4 inches. Executed in 1927, it has a modest estimate of $100,000 to $150,000. It sold for $262,400.

Study for a ballet set by Léger

Lot 150, "Etude pour le rideau du ballet Les Patineurs," by Fernand Léger, gouache and watercolor on paper squared for transfer laid down on board, 14 1/2 by 17 3/4 inches, 1921

Lot 150 is a wonderful gouache and watercolor by Fernand Léger that is a study for a set design for the ballet Les patiners that was based on Ricciotto Canudo's poem Skating-rink à Tabarin: Ballet aux patins that had music by Arthur Honegger. The work measures 14 1/2 by 17 3/4 inches and was executed in 1921. It is full of energy and epitomizes the spirit of Art Deco. It has an conservative estimate of $220,000 to $280,000. It sold for $284,800.

"Museales Stilleben" by Klee

Lot 161, "Museales Stilleben," by Paul Klee, gouache on joined paper laid down by the artist on paper, 11 1/2 by 16 1/4 inches, 1940

A equally joyous and fine companion to the Léger is Lot 161, "Museales Stilleben," a gouache on paper by Paul Klee (1879-1940). It measures 11 1/2 by 16 1/4 inches and was drawn in 1940. It has an estimate of $300,000 to $400,000. It sold for $856,000.

"Family group" by Moore

Lot 204, "Family Group," by Henry Moore, ballpoint pen, pencil, white wax crayon, charcoal and brush and ink wash on paper, 10 by 11 7/8 inches, 1981

Lot 204 is a very fine drawing by Henry Moore (1898-1986) entitled "Family Group." A ballpoint pen, pencil, white wax crayon, charcoal and brush and ink wash on paper, it measures 10 by 11 7/8 inches. It was executed in 1981 and has a conservative estimate of $40,000 to $60,000. It sold for $96,000.

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