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May 7, 2008

Sale 1995

"Bord d'un canal, près de Naples" by Caillebotte

Lot 317, "Bord d'un canal, près de Naples," by Gustave Caillebotte, oil on canvas, 15 5/8 by 23 1/2 inches, circa 1872

By Carter B. Horsley

The morning auction of Impressionist & Modern Art at Christie's May 7, 2008 contains numerous nice floral still lifes, a couple of excellent works by Georges Roualt and a great landscape by Gustave Caillebotte (1848-1894).

The Caillebotte is Lot 317, which is entitled "Bord d'un canal, près de Naples." An oil on canvas, it measures 15 5/8 by 23 1/2 inches and was painted circa 1872. The painting is a masterpiece of landscape painting. Its composition is very abstract and its palette unusual and rich. The painting has a very, very conservative estimate of $400,000 to $600,000. It sold for $445,000 including the buyer's premium as do all results mentioned in this article.

Caillebotte came from a wealthy family and was an early patron of the Impressionists and his collection would eventually become the foundation of the collection of the Musée d'Orsay in Paris. "Though Caillebotte is perhaps best remembered for his treatment of urban subjects in the late 1970s, the present work provides deep insight into the atist's career-spanning exploration of perspective, his appreciation for in situ painting, and his refusal to glamorize the environments he portrayed.

(It should be noted that Christie's catalogue this season have resorted to printed the artist's name and the estimate for each lot in an extremely light shade of gray that is exceedingly hard to read even in bright light. In addition, the fractions in the catalogue's descriptions of a lot's dimensions are printed in such a small font as to be almost unreadable without a magnifying glass. Shame on the auction house's art director!!!)

"Trouville, La Nourrice" by Boudin

Lot 303, "Trouville, La Nourrice," by Eugene Boudin, oil on cradled panel, 5 1/2 by 9 1/4 inches, 1885

Lot 303 is a fine, small beach scene by Eugene Boudin (1824-1898) that is entitled "Trouville, La Nourrice." An oil on cradled panel, it measures 5 1/2 by 9 1/4 inches and it was painted in 1885. It was formerly in the collection of Janice Levin and is being sold to benefit the Philip and Janice Levin Foundation. It sold for $229,000.

"Le fardeau" by Daumier

Lot 322, "Le Fardeau," by Honore Daumier, oil on cradled panel, 18 1/8 by 14 1/2inches, circa 1855-6

Lot 322 is a fine grisaille oil on cradled panel by Honore Daumier (1808-1879), one of the great urban artists in history, entitled "Le Fardeau." It measures 18 1/8 by 14 1/2 inches and was painted circa 1855-6. It is related to a sculpture by the artist in the collection of the Walters Art Gallery in Baltimore. It is one of five versions of this composition and the artist, according to the catalogue treated the subject of a washerwoman in 13 other paitings. The unsigned work has a modest estimate of $300,000 to $400,000. It sold for $361,000.

"La Parisienne" by van Dongen

Lot 355, "La Parisienne," by Kees van Dongen, oil on board, 16 1/2 by 11 3/4 inches, 1904

Lot 355 is a very fine small work by Kees van Dongen (1887-1968) that is much better than larger works by the artist that appear in the evening auctions this season. Entitled "La Parisienne," it is an oil on board that measures 16 1/2 by 11 3/4 inches and was executed in 1904. This lot is property formerly in the collection of Janice Levin sold for the benefit of the Philip and Janice Levin Foundation. This work may have been included in the artist's first exhibition at the gallery of Ambrose Vollard in 1904. It has a veryt conservative estimate of $180,000 to $250,000. It sold for $253,000.

"Saint-Adresse" by Dufy

Lot 354, "Sainte-Adresse," by Raoul Dufy, oil on canvas, 25 5/8 by 31 7/8 inches, 1908-9

Lot 354 is a strong and interesting landscape painted in 1908-9 by Raoul Dufy (1877-1953). Entitled "Sainte-Adresse," it is an oil on canvas that measures 25 5/8 by 31 7/8 inches. After painting in an Impressionist style, Dufy would became influenced by Cézanne and the Fauves during the period when he painting this work and before he eventually developed his own famous, decorative style of illustration that would highly influential commercially. This lot has an estimate of $300,000 to $400,000. It failed to sell.

"La fenetre aux geraniums" by Le Sidaner

Lot 347, "La fenetre aux geraniums," by Henri Le Sidaner, oil on canvas, 31 7/8 by 25 5/8 inches, 1925

Henri Le Sidaner (1862-1939) created a pastel-like like style of oil painting with a muted but elegant palettes that he applied to strong and interesting compositions. Lot 347 is a fine example of his art. Entitled "La fenetre aux geraniums," it is an oil on canvas that measures 31 7/8 by 25 5/8 inches and was executed in 1925, a year in which a retrospective of his work was held at the Galerie Georges Petit in Paris and he won first prize in an exhibition at the Carnegie Institute in Pittsburgh. The lot has a modest estimate of $200,000 to $300,000. It failed to sell.

"Roses dans un pichet" by Vuillard

Lot 314, "Roses dans un pichet," by Edouard Vuillard, oil on canvas, 17 by 18 1/2 inches, circa 1905

Lot 314 is a very good floral still life by Edouard Vuillard (1868-1940). An oil on canvas, it measures 17 by 18 1/2 inches and was painted circa 1905. It sold for $337,000.

"Bouquet de fleurs sur une table" by Bonnard

Lot 339, "Bouquet de fleurs sur une table," by Pierre Bonnard, oil on board laid down on cradled panel, 16 3/8 by 20 3/4 inches, 1900

Lot 339 is an excellent albeit somewhat muted floral still life by Pierre Bonnard (1867-1947). Entitled "Bouquet de fleurs sur une table," it is an oil on board laid down on cradled panel. It measures 16 3/8 by 20 3/4 inches and was executed in 1900. It has a modest estimate of $300,000 to $400,000. It failed to sell. "With its chinoiserie vase, heavily impastoed blooms, richly textured table, and active brushwork, Bouquet de fleurs sur une table represents the influence of flattened Japanse prints on the artist's oeuvre, as well as his burgeoning interest in the depiction of the domesstic interior scenes which would occupy him for the duration of his career. With a seeming disregard for perspectival acuracy, Bonnard depicts the table in the present work as though it is tipping over before our very eyes, sheets of paper pouring forth even as the vase remains entirely uptight," according to the catalogue entry.

"Vase d'anemones" by Renoir

Lot 344, "Vase d'anemones," by Pierre-Auguste Renoir, oil on canvas, 14 1/8 by 12 3/8 inches, circa 1903

This simple but strong still life of anemones by Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841-1919) was once in the famous collection of Emil Buhrle in Zurich. An oil on canvas, it measures 14 1/8 by 12 3/8 inches and was painted circa 1903. It has an estimate of $400,000 to $600,000.

"Le plat de raisin" by Braque

Lot 413, ""Le plat de raisin," by Georges Braque, oil and sand on canvas, 7 1/2 by 25 5/8 inches, 1922

Lot 413 is a lovely still life by Georges Braque (1881-1963). An oil and sand on canvas, it is entitled "Le plat de raisin" and measures 7 1/2 by 25 5/8 inches. It was painted in 1922. It has an estimate of $250,000 to $350,000. It sold for $421,000.

"Le tribunal de Province" by Roualt

Lot 392, "Le tribunal de Province," by Georges Roualt, oil on paper laid down on canvas, 25 5/8 by 40 1/4 inches,1938

Lot 392 is an excellent work by Georges Roualt (1871-1958). Entitled "Le tribunal de Province," it is an oil on paper laid down on canvas. It measures 25 5/8 by 40 1/4 inches and was painted in 1938. It was once in the collection of Edward G. Robinson. It is part of the artist's "judgment" paintings that the catalogue entry maintains is "the most sophisticated and complex works of the artist's career." It has an estimate of $350,000 to $450,000. It failed to sell.

"Paysage animé" by Roualt

Lot 394, "Paysage animé," by Georges Roualt, oil on canvas laid down on cradled panel, 21 3/4 by 27 3/8 inches, 1929-1939

Another good Roualt is Lot 394, "Paysage animé," an oil on canvas laid down on cradled panel that measures 21 3/4 by 27 3/8 inches. It was executed between 1929 and 1939. It has an estimate of $140,000 to $180,000. It sold for $169,000.

"Quasimodo genetis" by Ernst

Lot 415, "Quasimodo genetis," by Max Ernst, oil on canvas, 24 by 18 1/4 inches, 1956

Lot 415 is a dark, mysterious and macabre work by Max Ernst (1891-1976) that is entitled "Quasimodo genetis." An oil on canvas, it measures 24 by 18 1/4 inches and was painted in 1956. There are some skeleton figures on the trees. The lot has an estimate of $200,000 to $300,000. It sold for $241,000.

 

"Composition" by Ernst

Lot 430, "Composition," by Max Ernst, oil on panel, 6 1/4 by 8 3/4 inches, circa 1964

Another excellent painting by Ernst is Lot 430. Entitled "Composition," it is an oil on panel that measures 6 1/4 by 8 3/4 inches. It was painted circa 1964 and is from the estate of William S. Liberman and is being sold for the benefit of Harvard University Art Museums. It has an estimate of $60,000 to $80,000. It sold for $61,000.

"Buste" by Giacometti

Lot 431, "Buste," by Alberto Giacometti, oil on canvas, 11 3/8 by 7 3/8 inches, circa 1947-8

Lot 431 is a good work by Alberto Giacometti (1901-1966) entitled "Buste." An oil on canvas, it measures 11 3/8 by 7 3/8 inches and was executed circa 1947-8. It has an estimate of $600,000 to $800,000. It failed to sell.

 

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