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Impressionist and Modern Art

Sotheby's New York


10 A.M., May 3, 2012


Sale 88510

Abstraction

Lot 358, "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.

Lot 358 is a very striking work entitled "Composition Futuriste," by Jules Schmalzigaug (1882-1917).  An oil on canvas, it measures 32 by 39 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.  

"A 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 organized in 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.
 
Flowers by Nolde

Lot 341, "Roter und Blauer Mohn (Red and Blue Poppies)," by Emil Nolde, watercolor on paper, 13 7/8 by 18 3/4 inches

Lot 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.


Manet top hat

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

Lot 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.

Still life by Bonnard

Lot 150, "Les Raisins," by Pierre Bonnard, gouache on paper mounted on canvas, 13 1/4 by 10 1/8 inches, circa 1943-4

Lot 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. 


Still life by Bonnard 2

Lot 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 estimate of $500,000 to $700,000.  It was consigned by the Israel Museum in Jerusalem.  It sold for $542,500.


Flower pots

Lot 161, "Les Hortensias," by Henri Le Sidaner," oil on canvas, 38 3/4 by 37 1/4 inches, 1918

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 to$700,000.  It sold for $932,500.

Seated man by Roualt

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

Lot 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.


Really big painting

Lot 368, "La Joie de Vivre," by Henri Martin, oil on canvas, 79 by 185 1/4 inches, 1905


The largest work in the auction is Lot 368, a very impressive and lovely oil on canvas by Henri Martin (1860-1943).  Entitled "La Joie de 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 $800,000.  It sold for $1,706,500.


Two trees

Lot 163, "Matin aau Parc Montsouris" by Jean Metzinger, oil on canvas,19 5/8 by 26 5/8 inches, circa1906

Lot 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.

Steeple

Lot 134, "La Place Maubert à Paris," by Auguste Herbin, oil on canvas, 25 5/8 by 19 3/4 inches, 1907

Lot 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.

Feininger

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.


Kandinsky

Lot 336, "Vasilkevskoe - Scheune Mit Pferdchen (Barn with Pony)," by Wassily Kandinsky, oil on board 9 by 12 5/8 inches, 1903

Lot 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.


Abstraction by Dali

Lot 308, "Nature Morte. Invitacio a la son (Invitation a dormir).  Portrait of Frederico Garcia Lorca,"  by Salvador Dali, oil on canvas, 39 inches square, 1926

Lot 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.


Hayet

Lot 165, "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.

The catalogue 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.


Head of a Young Boy by Picasso

Lot 125, "Tete de jeune garcon," by Pablo Picasso, oil on canvas, 21 3/4 by 18 1/4 inches, 1965

The 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.


Leger

Lot 110, "Composition Polychrome," by Fernand Léger, oil on canvas, 25 1/2 by 19 3/4 inches, 1939

Lot 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 $782,500.

Gonzales

Lot 389, "Personnage allongé," by Julio González, bronze, 13 3/4 inches long, 1936

Another work consigned by the Israel Museum in Jerusalem is Lot 389 is a very handsome bronze by Julio González (1876-1942).  It was created in 1936 and is 13 3/4 inches long.  It is property of the Israel Museum in Jerusalem.  It has an estimate of $100,000 to $150,000.  It sold for $98,500.

"Three Squares and Circles" by Hepworth


Lot 106, "Three Squares and Circles," by Barbara Hepworth, Serravezza marble, 10 3/8 inches high, 1966

Lot 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 to $250,000.  It sold for $962,500.


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