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Christie's New York

7 PM, May 12, 2016

Sale 12069

water lillies


Lot 27, "Le bassin aux nympheas," by Claude Monet, oil on canvas, 39 3/8 by 40 7/8 inches, 1919

By Carter B. Horsley

The evening auction of Impressionist & Modern Art May 12, 2016 at Christie's New York is highlighted by a great painting by Georges Braque, two very good paintings by Claude Monet, a very nice portrait of a woman by Amedeo Modigliani, two lovely works by Pierre Auguste Renoir, and a good painting by Frida Kahlo and several very impressive sculptures by Rodin, Gonzalez, Moore and Giacometti.

Lot 27 is a large waterlily painting by Claude Monet (1840-1926) that originally had been twice its current size of 39 3/8 by 40 7/8 inches.  It was painted in 1919 and is entitled "Le bassin aux nympheas."  The catalogue entry notes that Monet painted more than 200 canvas of his waterlily pond in Giverny, "an extraordinary outpouring of creativity that stands as the culminating achievement of his long and visionary career."

Water Lillies detail

Detail of Lot 27

The lot has an estimate of $25,000,000 to $35,000.  It sold for $27,045,000 including the buyer's premium as do all results mentioned in this article

The sale total was $141,532,000 with 86 percent of the 51 offered lots selling.  In a May 13, 2016 article in The New York Times, Scott Reyburn and Robin Pogrebin noted that "proceeds from the sale - which included only one guarantee - were down 30 percent from the $202.6 million achieved at the equivalent sale last year. The article also noted that the other half of the auction's waterlily painting by Monet is at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art.

Monet reiver

Lot 16, "Au Petit-Gennevilliers," by Claude Monet, oil on canvas, 21 1/2 by 28 7/8 inches, 1874

The cover illustration of the auction catalogue is Lot 16, "Au Petit-Gennevilliers," by Claude Monet, a superb oil on canvas that measures 21 1/2 by 28 7/8 inches.  It was painted in 1874.  It is property from the H. O. Havemeyer Collection and was exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1993.  It has an estimate of $12,000,000 to $18,000,000.  It sold for $11,365,000.


Braque

Lot 19, "Mandoline a la partition (Le Banjo)," by Georges Braque, oil on canvas, 42 3/8 by 35 1/8 inches, 1941

Lot 19 is a great still life oil on canvas by Georges Braque (1882-1963) entitled "Mandoline a la partition (Le Banjo).  It measures 42 3/8 by 35 1/8 inches and was painted in 1941.  It was exhibited at The Phillips Collection in Washington in 2013 and has been widely published.  It has an estimate of $7,000,000 to $10,000,000.  It sold for $10,245,000.


Cezanne

Lot 29, "Village derriere-des-arbes, Ile-de-France," by Paul CÚzanne, oil on canvas, 22 by 18 1/4 inches, 1879

Lot 29 is an excellent landscape by Paul CÚzanne (1839-1906) entitled "Village derriere-des-arbes, Ile-de-France."  An oil on canvas, it measures 22 by 18 1/4 inches and was painted in 1879.  It has been widely exhibited and very widely published.  It has a very modest estimate of $3,500,000 to $4,500,000.  It sold for $3,413,000.


Renoir divan

Lot 31, "Madame de Galea a la meridienne," by Pierre-Auguste Renoir, oil on canvas, 45 by 63 7/8 inches, 1912

Lot 31 is a very large and superb oil on canvas by Pierre-Auguste Renoir of "Madame de Galea a la meridienne."  It measures 45 by 63 7/8 inches and was painted in 1912.  The woman in the painting was, according to the catalogue entry, "the long-time paramour of the now-legendary modern pictures dealer Ambrose Vollard."  The entry notes that the painting took more than 50 sittings. 

Divan detail

Detail of Lot 31

The lot has an estimate of $8,000,000 to $12,000,000.  It failed to sell!


Fenoir woods

Lot 28, "La marchande de pommes," by Pierre-Auguste Renoir, oil on canvas, 25 1/2 by 21 1/4 inches, 1890

Lot 28 is a very lovely oil on canvas by Renoir entitled "La marchande de pommes."  It measures 25 1/2 by 21 1/4 inches and was painted in 1890.  The catalogue entry reproduces a much darker version of the painting that is at The Cleveland Museum of Art.  The lot has a very modest estimate of $1,200,000 to $1,800,000.  It sold for $2,965,000.


Bonnard

Lot 14, "Jeune fille a table," by Pierre Bonnard, oil on canvas, 18 by 26 1/2 inches, 1925

Lot 14 is a nice oil on canvas by Pierre Bonnard (1867-1947) entitled "Jeune fille a table."  It measures 18 by 26 1/2 inches and was painted in 1925.  It once belonged to Mr. and Mrs. Joshua L. Logan of New York.  It has an estimate of $700,000 to $1,000,000.  It sold for $785,000.


Modigliani

Lot 7, "Jeune femme a la rose (Margherita)," by Amedeo Modigliani, oil on canvas, 25 5/8 by 18 1/8 inches, 1916

Lot 7 is a very good and strong portrait oil on canvas by Amedeo Modigliani (1884-1920) that is entitled "Jeune femme a la rose (Margherita)."  It measures 25 5/8 by 18 1/8 inches and was painted in 1916. 


Modigliani detail

Detail of Lot 7

It has an estimate of $12,000,000 to $18,000,000.  It sold for $12,765,000


Kahlo

Lot 21, "Dos desnunos en el bosque (La terra misma)," by Frida Kahlo, oil on metal, 9 7/8 by 11 7/8 inches, 1939

Lot 21 is a painting of two nude woman in a landscape by Frida Kahlo (1907-1954).  Entitled "Dos desnunos en el bosque (La terra misma)," it is an oil on metal that measures 9 7/8 by 11 7/8 inches.  It was painted in 1939.  It has been widely exhibited and published.  It was onced owned by Dolores Del Rio, the actress, and the catalogue entry remarks that "if the women in Two Nudes in a Forest are seen as different women, the dark one probably refers to Dolores Del Rio with whom Kahlo is known to have had an intimate relationship. It has an estimate of $8,000,000 to $12,000,000.  It sold for $8,005,000, an auction high for a Latin American artist.


Hepworth

Lot 4, "Sculpture with Color (Eos)," by Barbara Hepworth, hopton wood stone with grey and blue paint, 23 1/4 inches high, 1946

Lot 4 is a very fine sculpture by Barbara Hepworth (1903-1975) that is entitled "Sculpture with Color (Eos)."  It is 23 1/4 inches high and was created in 1946.  It has been widely exhibited.  It has an estimate of $1,200,000 to $1,800,000.  It sold for $5,429,000.


Gonzalez

Lot 36, "Monsieur Cactus (Homme cactus II)," Julio Gonzalez, bronze, 27 inches high, conceived in 1939 and cast by the artist's estate

Lot 36 is an imposing bronze sculpture by Julio Gonzalez (1876-1942) entitled "Monsieur Cactus (Homme cactus II)."  It is 27 inches high and was conceived in 1939 and cast by the artist's estate.  It has an estimate of $2,000,000 to $3,000,000.  It sold for $2,345,000.

Rodin
Lot 41, "The Burgers of Calais," by Auguste Rodin, bronze, 17 7/8 inches high, conceived 1895 and cast in 1935-45

Lot 41 is a small bronze version of famous "The Burgers of Calais" sculpture by Auguste-Rodin (1840-1917).  It is 17 7/8 inches high and was conceivedin 1895 and cast in 1935-45. It has an estimate of $2,000,000 to $3,000,000.  It failed to sell.

Moore

Lot 5, "Girl Seated Against Square Wall," by Henry Moore, bronze, 40 1/4 inches high, conceived in 1957-8 and cast in the artist's lifetime

Lot 5 is a large and fine bronze by Henry Moore (1898-1986) that is entitled "Girl Seated Against Square Wall."  It was conceived in 1957-8 and cast in the artist's lifetime.  It is40 1/4 inches high.  It has an estimate of $1,000,000 to $1,500,000.  It sold for $1,085,000.

Giacometti

Lot 33, "Annette X," by Alberto Giacometti, bronze, 17 3/8 inches high, conceived in 1965 and cast in 1982

Lot 33 is a nice bronze bust of "Annette X" by Alberto Giacometti (1901-1966).  It is 17 3/8 inches high and was conceived in 1965 and cast in 1982.  It has an estimate of $800,000 to $1,200,000.  It sold for $1,565,000.


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