"Composition Futuriste," by Jules Schmalzigaug, oil on canvas, 32 by 39
1/2 inches, 1914
By Carter B. Horsley
The May 3, 2012 day
auction of Impressionist & Modern Works of Art at Sotheby's is
highlighted by fine works by Jules Schalzigaug, Emil Nolde, Edouard
Manet, Pierre Bonnard, Henri Le Sidaner, Georges Roualt, Henri Martin,
Auguste Herbin, and Louis Hayet.
358 is a very striking work entitled "Composition Futuriste," by Jules
Schmalzigaug (1882-1917). An oil on canvas, it measures 32 by
1/2 inches and was executed in 1914. It was exhibited at a
retrospective on the artist 2010-1 at the Musées Royax des Beaux-Arts
de Belgigue in Bruissels.
truly unique painter with a brief yet intense career, Jules
Schmalzigaug is the only Belgium artist to have fully participated in
the Futurist movement....In 1911, Schmalzigaug exhibited three
paintings at the Salon des Independants alongside works by
Duchamp, Picabia, Delaunay and Kandinsky....In April 1914, Umberto
Boccioni invited him to participate in the Esposizione Libera Futurista
Internazionale at the Galleria Futurista in Rome where Schmalzigaug
exhibited six paintings (possibling including the present work).
This event was the first Futurist exhibition
Italy that was open to foreign artists, and it included works by
Kandinsky and Archipenko." Schmalzigaug eventually became
depressed during World War I and took his own life in 1917.
It has an estimate of $250,000 to $350,000. It
failed to sell.
"Roter und Blauer Mohn (Red and Blue Poppies)," by Emil Nolde,
watercolor on paper, 13 7/8 by 18 3/4 inches
341 is a great and very vibrant watercolor on paper of "Red and Blue
Poppies" by Emil Nolde (1867-1956). It measures 13 7/8 by 18
3/4 inches. It has a modest estimate of $100,000 to $150,000. It sold for $206,500.
Lot 152, "Le Vieux Musicien,
Etude pour L'ensemble du tableau," by Edouard Manet. colored pencil,
pencil and pen and ink on paper, 9 1/2 by 12 1/8 inches circa 1861-2
152 is a very fine colored pencil, pencil and pen and ink study on
paper for "L'Ensemble duTableau," by Edouard Manet (1832-1883) in the
collection of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC.
It measures 9 1/2 by 12 1/8 inches and was executed circa
1861-2. It has a very modest estimate of $120,000 to
$150,000. It was once in the collection of the British Rail
Pension Fund Collection. It
sold for $410,500.
Lot 150, "Les
Raisins," by Pierre Bonnard, gouache on paper mounted on canvas, 13 1/4
by 10 1/8 inches, circa 1943-4
150, "Les Raisins," by Pierre Bonnard (1867-1947), is a very lush
gouache on paper mounted on canvas 13 1/4 by 10 1/8 inches, circa
1943-3. It has a modest estimate of $180,000 to $250,000.
The composition has a masterly asymmetry. It sold for $278,500.
392, "Nature Morte, Trois Grappes de Raisin," by Pierre Bonnard
(1867-1947). A luscious oil on canvas that is a bit more
conventionally composed than Lot 150, it measures 15 3/4 by 16 3/8
inches and was painted in 1922. The lot, has an
$500,000 to $700,000. It was consigned by the Israel Museum
in Jerusalem. It
sold for $542,500.
Lot 161, "Les
Hortensias," by Henri Le Sidaner," oil on canvas, 38 3/4 by 37 1/4
Lot 161 is an excellent
painting of flowers in pots in a window by Henri Le Sidaner
(1862-1939). An oil on canvas, it measures 38 3/4 by37 1/4
inches and was painted in 1918. It is property of the
Asheville Art Museum. It has an estimate of $500,000
sold for $932,500.
Lot 186, "Le
Clown Pale," by Georges Roualt, oil on paper mounted on canvas, 28 3/8
by 16 1/4 inches, circa 1920-9
186 is a fine and very strong oil on paper mounted on canvas by Georges
Roualt (1871-1958). Entitled "Le Clown Pale," it measures 28
3/8 by 16 1/4 inches and was painted circa 1920-9. It has an
estimate of $250,000 to $350,000. It sold for $278,500.
368, "La Joie de Vivre," by Henri Martin, oil on canvas, 79 by 185 1/4
largest work in the auction is Lot 368, a very impressive and lovely
oil on canvas by Henri Martin (1860-1943). Entitled "La Joie
Vivre," it measures 79 by 185 1/4 inches and was executed in 1905.
The painting was first owned by Edmund Rostand, the author of
Cyrano de Bergerac. It has an estimate of $600,000 to
sold for $1,706,500.
163, "Matin aau Parc Montsouris" by Jean Metzinger, oil on canvas,19
5/8 by 26 5/8 inches, circa1906
163 is a strong oil on canvas by Jean Metzinger (1883-1956).
It is entitled "Matin au Parc Montsouris" and it
measures 19 5/8 by 26 5/8 inches. It wasa painted circa 1906.
It has an estimate of $80,000 to $120,000. It failed to sell.
Lot 134, "La
Place Maubert à Paris," by Auguste Herbin, oil on canvas, 25
5/8 by 19 3/4 inches, 1907
134 is a very pleasant urban scene by Auguste Herbin (1882-1960)
entitled "La Place Maubert à Paris." An oil on canvas, it
measures 25 5/8 by 19 3/4 inches and was painted in 1907. It
has an estimate of $400,000 to $600,000. It sold for $458,500.
Lot 333, "St. Johannis Kirche.
Luneburg (St. John's Church, Luneburg)," by Lyonel Feininger,
watercolor, pen and ink and charcoal on paper, 19 by 14 1/2 inches, 1942
Lot 333 is a handsome
watercolor pen and ink and charcoal on paper of St John's Church in
Luneburg by Lyonel Feininger (1871-1956). It measures 19 by
14 1/2 inches and was executed in 1942. It has an estimate of
$30,000 to $40,000. It
sold for $64,900.
Lot 336, "Vasilkevskoe - Scheune
Mit Pferdchen (Barn with Pony)," by Wassily Kandinsky, oil on board 9
by 12 5/8 inches, 1903
336 is a non-abstract but painterly oil of board of a barn
with a pony by Wassily Kandinsky (1866-1944). It measures 9
by 12 5/8 inches and was executed in 1903. It has an estimate
of $300,000 to $400,000. It
sold for $338,500.
"Nature Morte. Invitacio a la son (Invitation a dormir).
Portrait of Frederico Garcia Lorca," by Salvador
Dali, oil on canvas, 39 inches square, 1926
308 is a 39-inch-square oil on canvas by Salvador Dali (1904-1989)
entitled "Nature Morte. Invitacio a la son (Invitation a
dormir). Portrait of Frederico Garcia Lorca." It
was painted in 1926 and has been widely published. It has an
estimate of $400,000 to $600,000. It
sold for $1,010,000. The catalogue entry notes
that Dali was "dumbstruck, perhaps even intimidated, by Garcia Lorca's
intellectual acrobatics at the after-hours literary tables of Madrid.
Of these late evenings when Garcia Lorca held court Dali
recalled: 'This was the cuilminating moment of
[Lorca's] irresistble personal influence - and the only moment
in my life when I thought I glimsped the torture that jealously can
be.'" Forcia was assassinated at the start of the Spanish
Civil War in 1936.
"Bord de L'Oise à l'aube, Pontoise," by Louis Hayet, oil on canvas, 20
1/2 by 28 1/4 inches,1888
Lot 165 is a lovely oil on
canvas by Louis Hayet (1864-1940) that is entitled "Bord de L'Oise à
l'aube, Pontoise." It measures 20 1/2 by 28 /4 inches and was
painted in 1888. It was exhibited at the Musée Tavet in
Pontoise in a retrospective on the artist in 1991.
provides the following commentary:
"A decorative painter
by trade and largely self-taught, Louis Hayet took interest in the
scientific study of optical and color theories which in turn
informed his Neo-Impressionist technique. Eventually, he befriended
Camille and Lucien Pissarro, both of whom offered crucial connections
that allowed Hayet a brief and extremely productive period as a
successful artist in Paris. It was during those years, from
1887 to 1890, that Hayet executed his finest works.
He was troubled and brooding, however, and in 1890 he
unexepectedly withdrew from Parisian artistic circles by resigning from
the Independants and renouncing Divisionism. He
worked the remainder of his life in relative obscurity.
Borddde l'oise à l'aube, Pontoise is a superb and extremely rare
example of Hayet's oeuvre at the apex of his short career
Exceptional not only in quality but also in size, for the
artist was known to paint on smaller scale, the image captures the
misty and atmospheric qualiities of the early morning air in
an array of staccato brushstrokes."
The lot has an
estimate of $150,000 to $200,000. It
failed to sell.
"Tete de jeune garcon," by Pablo Picasso, oil on canvas, 21 3/4 by 18
1/4 inches, 1965
cover illustration of the catalogue for this auction is Lot 125, "Tete
de jeune garcon," by Pablo Picasso. An oil on canvas, it
measures 21 3/4 by 18 1/4 inches and it was painted in 1965.
It has an estimate of $800,000 to $1,200,000. It sold for $2,714,500.
"Composition Polychrome," by Fernand Léger, oil on canvas, 25 1/2 by 19
3/4 inches, 1939
110 is a classic and excellent abstraction by Fernand Léger (see The City Review article)
(1881-1955), entitled "Composition Polychrome." An oil on
canvas, it measures 25 1/2 by 19 3/4 inches and was painted in 1939.
It is property from the collection of Marvin Lundy of
Philadelphia and is the back-cover illustration of the auction's
catalogue. It has an estimate of $500,000 to $700,000.
It sold for
"Personnage allongé," by Julio González, bronze, 13 3/4 inches long,
Another work consigned by the
Israel Museum in Jerusalem is Lot
389 is a very handsome bronze by Julio González (1876-1942).
created in 1936 and is 13 3/4 inches long. It is property of
Museum in Jerusalem. It has an estimate of $100,000 to
$150,000. It sold
"Three Squares and Circles," by Barbara Hepworth, Serravezza marble, 10
3/8 inches high, 1966
106 is a fine, small marble abstract sculpture by Barbara Hepworth
(1903-1975). It is 10 3/8 inches high and was created in
1966. It is
property of the Museum of Modern Art in New York and is being sold to
benefit the acquisitions fund. It has an estimate of $180,000
sold for $962,500.
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