By Carter B. Horsley
Berthe Morisot (1841-1895)
and Mary Cassatt are the two famous woman Impressionists. Lot
179, shown at the top of this article, is a sensational painting
by Morisot that is a great example of an artist recognizing that
a sketch can often be more exciting than a "properly"
finished work. Some observers might argue that such sketches represent
the finest inspirations of both artists and also of William Merritt
Chase, the American Impressionist. This Morisot entitled "LEnfant
au Tablier Rouge," is an oil on canvas, 23 5/8 by 19 5/8
inches, and was painted in 1886. It depicts her daughter, Julie
Manet, and the catalogue maintains it was "probably executed
in the dining room of their house in the Rue de Villejust"
in Paris. It had a very conservative estimate of $250,000 to $300,000
when it was offered in the day auction at Sotheby's May 11, 2000
and sold then for $280,750. This time is still has a very modest
estimate of only $500,000 to $700,000 since it is one of the finest
masterpieces of Impressionism!
There are far too many small
portraits in the art market by Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841-1919).
The vast majority are sketches of very poor quality. Lot 167,
however, is the exceptional exception, an exquisite small portrait
of a young girl. An oil on canvas, it measures 16 1/8 by 12 5/8
inches and was painted in 1875. It has an estimate of $700,000
Lot 117 is a fine Fauvist landscape
by Emile Othon Friesz (1879-1949) that is entitled "Paysage
à la Ciotat." An oil on canvas, it measures 23 5/8
by 28 1/4 inches and was painted in 1907. It has a modest estimate
of $350,000 to $450,000.
Lot 128 is a sprightly harbor
scene by Albert Marquet (1875-1947). An oil on canvas, it is entitled
"Le Pavillon Blue à Saint-Cloud" and measures
25 5/8 by 31 7/8 inches. It was painted in 1905. The catalogue
entry for this work remarks that this "jubliant" work
belongs a "well-lnown series completed during the artist's
Fauve period." It has a modest estimate of $600,000 to $900,000.
Lot 163 is a lovely gouache,
watercolor and charcoal on paper by Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890).
Entitled "The Beach at Scheveningen," it measures 10
7/8 by 18 1/8 inches and was done in 1882. It has a modest estimate
of $450,000 to $650,000.
Lot 164 is a luscious and beautiful
harbour scene by Eugene Boudin (1824-1898). Entitled "Trouville,
Le Port," it is oil on canvas that measures 14 7/8 by 21
5/8 inches.. It was painted in 1895 and has considerable more
color than many of his paintings. It has a modest estimate of
$150,000 to $250,000.
Another exquisite Impressionist
work is Lot 134, "Lagny, Bords de la Marne," by Henri
Lebasque (1865-1937). An oil on canvas, it measures 23 1/2 by
28 3/4 inches and was painted in 1900. It has a modest estimate
of $100,000 to $150,000.
Lot 131 is a large and very
fine landscape by Henri Martin (1860-1943). Entitled "Effet
du Matin, Labastide-du-Vert," it is an oil on canvas that
measures 39 3/4 by 34 inches. It has a modest estimate of $200,000
Lot 130 is a very strong Impressionist
work by Charles Camoin (1879-1965) that shows a woman walking
along a path in a park in Saint Cloud. An oil on canvas, it measures
25 9/16 by 21 3/4 inches and was painted in 1902. It has a modest
estimate of $55,000 to $75,000.
Lot 157 is a lovely still life
in front of a window by Henri Le Sidaner (1862-1939). It is an
oil on canvas that measures 36 5/8 by 29 inches. It was painted
in 1922. It has an estimate of $700,000 to $900,000.
Lot 198 is a very pleasant
landscape by Pierre Bonnard (1867-1947). Entitled "Paysage
de Saint-Tropez," it is an oil on canvas that measures 14
5/8 by 22 1/2 inches and was painted circa 1928. It has an estimate
of $250,000 to $350,000.
Lot 200 is lovely small landscape
in oil by Edouard Vuillard (1868-1940) that could have served
as a fine model for Mark Rothko or Wolf Kahn. It measures 6 3/4
by 7 7/8 inches and was painted circa 1896. It has an estimate
of $45,000 to $65,000.
Lot 111 is an intesresting
composition by Andrew Lhote (1885-1962) entitled "Les Soeurs
Dolly." An oil on canvas, it measures 41 1/2 inches square
and was created in 1925. It has a modest estimate of $80,000 to
$120,000. It was once in the collection of Mr. and Mrs. William
Preston Harrison of Los Angeles.
Lot 334 is a strong composition
by Albert Gleizes (1881-1953). An oil on canvas, it measures 39
1/8 by 25 3/8 inches and was painted circa 1923. It was included
in the 1964 exhibition on the artist at the Solomon R. Guggenheim
Museum in New York. It has an estimate of $200,000 to $300,000.
Lot 202 is a very sweet and
rather haunting painting of a naked young girl by Odilon Redon
(1840-1916). A pastel on paper laid down on board, it measures
20 1/8 by 14 1/8 inches and was painted circa 1906. It has an
estimate of $80,000 to $120,000.
Another Redon is Lot 203, a
lush floral still life that is an oil on canvas that measures
24 3/8 by 19 7/8 inches and was painted circa 1905. It has an
estimate of $500,000 to $700,000.
Lot 128 is an unusual sculpture
by Robert Delaunay (1885-1941) made of mixed media with casein
and cork. It measures 26 by 17 inches and was created in 1932.
It has an estimate of $80,000 to $120,000.
Lot 149 is a superb bronze
os a deated chimpanzee by Rembrandt Bugatti (1884-1916), one of
11 works by Bugatti from the collection of S. Joel Schur that
Christie's is auctioning this season. It has an estimate of $300,000
to $500,000. Bugatti's older brother designed the famous Bugatti