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Sotheby's

7 PM, November 20, 2006 (Lots 1-63)

10 AM, November 21, 2006 (Lots 70-230)

Sale 8248

"Pere et enfant" by Lam

Lot 20, "Pere et enfant," by Wilfredo Lam, gouache on paper, 40 1/2 by 28 3/4 inches, 1938

By Carter B. Horsley

This Latin American Art auction at Sotheby's November 20 and 21, 2006 is highlighted by a major work by Fernando Botero, three good works by Wilfredo Lam, three good works by Gunther Gerzso, and a good drapery painting by Claudio Bravo.

Lot 20 is an excellent gouache by Wilfredo Lam (1902-1982) entitled "Pere et enfant." It measures 40 1/2 by 28 3/4 inches and was painted in 1938. It was once in the collection of Helena Rubenstein. It has an estimate of $175,000 to $225,000. It failed to sell.

"Nous Sommes Presents" by Lam

Lot 39, "Nous Sommes Presents," by Wilfredo Lam, oil on canvas, 41 3/8 by 35 3/8 inches, 1962

Lot 39 is an exceptionally bright work by Lam that is entitled "Nous Sommes Presents." An oil on canvas, it measures 41 3/8 by 35 5/8 inches. It was painted in 1962. It has a modest estimate of $100,000 to $150,000. It sold for $251,200 including the buyer's premium as do all results mentioned in this article.

Another fine and classic work by Lam is Lot 28, "5 Centrimetros Sobre La Tierra," a 1955 oil on canvas that measures 39 1/8 by 50 inches and is property from the Hans and Alice de Jong Collection, Hengelo/Ascona. It has a modest estimate of $200,000 to $300,000. It sold for $688,000.

Lot 18, "Jugadoras de Cartas II," is a large painting of card-players by Fernando Botero (b. 1933). An oil on canvas, it measures 62 3/4 by 79 3/8 inches and was painted in 1989. It has an estimate of $1,500,000 to $1,800,000. It sold for $1,696,000.

"La Tierra" by Toledo

Lot 133, "La Tierra," by Francisco Toledo, pen, gouache and collage on cork, 30 3/4 by 22 7/8 inches, 1982

Lot 133 is a very beautiful and magnificently textured work by Francisco Toledo (b. 1940) that is entitled "La Tierra." A pen, gouache and collage on cork, it measures 30 3/4 by 22 7/8 inches. It was executed in 1982. It has a modest estimate of $50,000 to $70,000. It sold for $54,000.

"Paisaje" by Gerzso

Lot 12, "Paisaje," by Gunther Gerzso, oil on masonite, 43 1/4 by 25 5/8 inches, 1957

Lot 57, "Paisaje," is a very handsome abstraction by Gunther Gerzso (1915-2000). It is the back cover illustration of the auction catalogue. An oil on masonite, it measures 43 1/4 by 25 5/8 inches and was painted in 1957. It has an estimate of $225,000 to $300,000. It sold for $625,800, an auction record for the artist.

"Combate" by Gerzso

Lot 27, "Combate," by Gunther Gerzso, oil on masonite, 24 1/8 by 17 3/8 inches, 1946

An earlier and more vigorous work by Gerzso is Lot 27, "Combate," an oil on masonite that measures 24 1/8 by 17 3/8 inches. Executed in 1946, it has a modest estimate of $50,000 to $70,000. It sold for $78,000.

The catalogue provides the following commentary:

"Gunther Gerzso is situated within the history of Mexican modern art as one of the pioneers of abstraction - an artist who successfully merged elements of Mexico's past with diverse aspects of Cubism, Constructivism, and Surrealism to develop a signature style that redefined the possibilities of European abstraction and provided an alternative to more traditional notions of 'mexicanidad.' Gerzo embarked upon a career as a painter shortly after his return to Mexico City in 1941 after a successful stint as a set desginer at the Cleveland Play House. And, although his early work explored many of the themes characteristic of the Mexican school, these formative years also included the close study of European Surrealism and Abstraction. His immersion into Surrealism was further bolstered by Mexico city's emergence at that time as a great center of artistic ideas sparked by the giants of Mexican Muralism, the Mexican renaissance, and the influx of artistic exiles from war torn Europe. ....Gerzso began a close association with many in the circle of European surrealist exiles including the influential and noted poet and poltical activist Benjamin Peret and artists Leonora Carrington, Gordon Onslow Ford, Estaban Frances, Wolfgang Paalen, and Remedios Varo. Painted in 1946, Combate reveals Gerzso's fluency and absorption of the formal and conceptional language of Surrealism. Combate depicts the familiar surrealist subject of the ethereal being or personnage - a spirit presence that transcends the corporeal body. Gerzso's treatment of the subject is reminiscent of Yves Tanguy's horizonless landscapes (a source the artist acknowledged) while his use of primary colors, biomorphic forms, and linear patterns recall elements of Miro's work. Likewise, the presence of protruding angular forms mimics some of the compositional elements employed by Matta and Estaban Frances to create a multidimensional space."

Lot 145, "Azul y Rojo," is another good work by Gerzso. An oil on masonite that measures 10 1/4 by 21 1/4 inches, it was painted in 1965. It has an estimate of $30,000 to $40,000. It sold for $66,000.

"Madera Constructiva" by Torres-Garcia

Lot 10, "Madera Constructiva," by Joaquin Torres-Garcia," oil on incised wood panel, 12 by 7 1/2 inches, 1930

Lot 10 is a small but fine work by Joaquin Torres-Garcia (1874-1949) that is entitled "Matera Constructiva." An oil on incised wood panel, it measures 12 by 7 1/2 inches. It was created in 1930. It has an estimate of $80,000 to $100,000. It sold for $96,000.

"Arabesco Numero 1" by Merida

Lot 32, "Arabesco Numero 1," by Carlos Merida, mixed media on artist's board, 24 3/8 by 17 3/4 inches, 1966

Lot 32 is a very strong abstraction by Carlos Merida (1891-1984). Entitled "Arabesco Numero 1," it is mixed media on artist's board and measures 24 3/8 by 17 3/4 inches. It was painted in 1966. It has a modest estimate of $35,000 to $45,000. It failed to sell.

"Gallo Floral" by Bravo

Lot 142, "Gallo Floral," by Claudio Bravo, colored pencil on paper mounted on masonite, 40 1/8 by 28 3/8 inches, 1963

Lot 142 is a bravura colored pencil on paper mounted on masonite by Claudio Bravo (b. 1936). Entitled "Gallo Floral," it measures 40 1/8 by 28 3/8 inches and was executed in 1963. It has a modest estimate of $35,000 to 445,000. It sold for $48,000.

Lot 58, "Visus Tactus," is a large painting of drapery by Bravo. An oil on canvas, it measures 78 1/2 by 58 3/4 inches and was painted in 2000. It has an estimate of $350,000 to $450,000. It sold for $688,000.

"Invierno, Las Cuatro Estaciones" by Varo

Lot 26, "Invierno, Las Cuatro Estaciones (Winter, The Four Seasons)," by Remedios Varo, gouache on paper, 9 3/8 by 10 1/2 inches, 1943-4

A suite of "The Four Seasons," gouaches on paper, each 1943-4 and about 9 3/8 by 10 1/2 inches, by Remedios Varo (1908-1963) were auctioned individually. Lot 26, "Invierno, Las Cuatro Estaciones (Winter, the Four Seasons)," has an estimate of $25,000 to $35,000. It and the others failed to sell.

"Alacena" by Izquierdo

Lot 55, "Alacena," by Maria Izquierdo, oil on canvas, 41 1/4 by 33 1/2 inches, 1942

Lot 55 is a lovely study of a cabinet with many colorful objects by Maria Izqierdo (1902-1955). Entitled "Alacena," it is an oil on canvas that measures 41 1/4 by 33 1/2 inches and was executed in 1942. It has an estimate of $200,000 to $250,000. It failed to sell.

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