Lot 7, "Les Pommes," by Paul Cézanne, oil on canvas, 15 1/8 by 18 1/8 inches, 1889-1890
painting has an estimate of $25,000,000 to $35,000,000 and was the
highlight of the large collection of Alex and Elisabeth Lewyt consigned
to the auction. Mr. Lewyt (1908-1988) invented the clip-on bow-tie and
a vacuum cleaner with no dust bag that was designed to operate without
distorting television and radio reception The catalogue notes
that "according to Joachim
Gasquet, Cézanne once claimed to overhear conversations between the
fruit he was painting, and approached each item in a group as he would
a human portrait."
Tobias Meyer auctioning off the Cézanne painting
painting sold for $41,605,000, a very healthy price considering the
painting's small size and simple composition. In an interview
after the auction, Simon Shaw, the head of Sotheby's Impressionist
Department told The City Review that the artist intentionally made the
composition a bit askew to stress its monumentality.
After the auction, Simon Shaw of David Norman of Sotheby's discuss the Cezanne
Shaw said that the auction sold 60 of the 71 offered lots, a quite
respectable 84.5 percent, for $230,040,000, very close to the pre-sale
estimate of $235,100,000. The auction, he continued, indicated
that Impressionist works are doing very well indeed with a global
audience. He said that bidder at the auction came from 35
countries with the strongest representation yet of Asian buyers and a
strong showing from Latin American buyers.
Lot 11, "Pommes et Poires," by Paul Cézanne, watercolor and pencil, 8 1/2 by 12 5/8 inches, 1882-5
from the Lewyt consignment is another Cézanne, a very beautful
watercolor and pencil of apples and pears that is dated to 1882-5. It
measures 8 1/2 by 12 5/8 inches. It has been widely published and
exhibited. It has a very modest estimate of $400,000 to $600,000. It sold for $1,565,00.
Lot 23, "Paysage à La Ciotat," by Georges Braque, oil on canvas, 20 1/8 by 24 5/8 inches, 1907
most striking and beautiful work in the auction is Lot 23, "Paysage à
La Ciotat," by Georges Braque. An oil on canvas, it measures 20
1/8 by 24 5/8 inches and was painted in 1907. It is a classic
Fauve landscape. It has an estimate of $10,000,000 to
Detail of Lot 23
It has an estimate of $10,000,000 to $15,000,000. It sold for $15,845,000.
Lot 2, "Le Modèle," by André Derain, oil on voard laid down on cradled panel, 17 1/8 by 19 7/8 inches, circa 1904
Fauve work is Lot 2, "Le Modèle," by André Derain, an oil on board laid
downon cradled panel. It is 17 1/8 by 19 7/8 inches and was
painted circa 1904. It is part of the Lewyt consignment and has
been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. The
catalogue entry notes that "The warm, vivid coloration of the model and
the objects occupying the interior of the artist's studio anticipates
the Fauve revolution tahtt was soon to change the course of 20th
Century Art. It has a very modest estimateof $400,000 to
$600,000. It sold for $665,000.
Detail of Lot 2
It has a very modest estimate of $400,000 to $600,000. It sold for $665,000.
Lot 12, "L'Amazone," by Amedeo Modigliani, oil on canvas, 36 1/4 by 25 3/4 inches, 1909
12 is a very striking painting of a woman wearing a hat, gloves and a
jacket with a withering gaze at the viewer by Amedeo Modigliani.
It is entitled "L'Amazone" and is an oil on canvas that measures
36 1/4 by 25 3/4 inches and was painted in 1909. It is part of
Lewyt consignment and has been widely exhibited and published.
The catalogue entry notes that the subject of the painting is
Baroness Marguerite de Hasse de Villers, a glamorous socialite and
the lover of Paul Alexander's younger brother Jean, who
commissioned this portrait of his girlfriend" The
entry added that "A femme fatale to rival hi smost revealing nudes
"L'Amazone reveals Modigliani's deeply passionate artistic version." It
has an estimate of $20,000,000 to $30,000,000. It sold for $25,925,000.
Lot 8, "Femme à L'Eventail," by Berthe Morisot, oil on canvas, 24 3/8 by 20 1/2 inches, 1876
8 is a fine oil on canvas by Berthe Morisot entitled "Femme à
L'Eventail." It measures 24 3/8 by 20 1/2 inches and was painted
in 1876. It is from the Lewyt consignment. Morisot's
painterly technique is among the most dazzling of all Impressionists
for her sketchy and loose brushwork. The lot has been widely
exhibited and published. It has an estimate of $2,500,000 to
$3,500,000. It sold for $4,365,000.
Lot 17, "Matinée d'Automne (La Grande Vue de Vernon)," by Pierre Bonnard, oil on canvas 42 5/8 by 51 5/8 inches, circa 1922
17 is a very impressive large and complex landscape by Pierre Bonnard
entitled "Matinée d'Automne (La Grande Vue de Vernon). An oil on
canvas, it measures 42 5/8 by 51 5/8 inches and was executed circa
1922. It is also part of the Lewyt consignment. It has been
widely exhibited and published.
Detail of Lot 17
It has an estimate of $1,800,000 to $2,500,000. It sold for $1,445,000.
Lot 54, 'Danseuse en pied vue de dos," by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, oil on board, 26 3/4 by 20 1/4 inches, 1890
54 is a nice oil of board of the back of a dancer by Henri de
Toulouse-Lautrec (1864-1901). It measures 26 3/4 by 20 1/4 inches
and was painted in 1890.
Detail of Lot 54
It has an estimate of $2,000,000 to $3,000,000. It sold for $3,413,000.
Lot 53, "Femme au chapeau," by Henri Matisse, oil on canvas, 15 3/8 by 22 inches, 1919
53 is a pleasant oil on canvas by Henri Matisse (1869-1954) entitled
"Femme au chapeau." It measures 15 3/8 by 22 inches and was
painted in 1919. It has an estimate of $3,500,000 to $5,000,000.
It sold for $5,529,000.
Lot 48, "LaCité, Paris," by Paul Signac, oil on canvas, 23 3/8 by 28 3/4 inches, 1934
48 is an excellent oil on canvas by Paul Signac (1863-1935), entitled
"La Cité, Paris." It measures 23 3/8 by 28 3/4 inches and was
painted in 1934. It has an estimate of $3,000,000 to $4,000,000. It sold for $3,143,000.
Lot 33, "Trois Femmes à La Table Rouge," by Fernard Léger, oil on canvas, 21 1/2 by 32 inches, 1921
33, "Trois Femmes à La Table Rouge," is an oil on canvas by Fernand
Léger (1881-1955). It measures 21 1/2 by 32 inches and was
painted in 1921. It was consigned by Madonna to benefit The Ray
of Light Foundation in support of Girls' Education Projects. It
has an estimate of $5,000,000 to $7,000,000. It sold for $7,165,000.
42, "Les Avocats - Le Parquet des Avocats," by Honoré Daumier, pen and
ink, watercolor and gouache on paper, 23.5 by 31.5 centimeters, early
42 is an excellent pen,ink,
watercolor and gouache on paper by Honoré Daumier (1810-1879) of
lawyers. It was created in the early 1860s and measures 23.5 by
centimeters. It was once in the collection of John Nicholas Brown of
Providence and John T. Dorrance Jr. of New York. It has a modest
estimate of $600,000 to $800,000. It sold
Shaw of Sotheby's, left, extolling the virtues of "Gates of Hell"
with the artist's "Thinker," in the background, Lot 45, "Le Penseur,
Taille de la Porte dit moyen modéle," by Auguste Rodin (1840-1917),
28 1/8 inches high, conceived in 1880 and cast in 1906
45 is a bronze version of "The Thinker" by Auguste Rodin (1840-1917)
that was conceived in 1880 and cast in 1906. It is 28 1/8 inches
high. It was acuired from the artist in 1906 by Ralph Pulizer and
was later owned by William S. Paley of New York. Rodin had
conceived the figure to crown the tympanum of his remarkable and very
great "Gates of Hell" in 1880. The lot has a modest estimate of $8,000,000 to $12,000,000. It sold for $15,285,000.
Lot 30, "Peinture," by Joan Miró, oil on canvas 6 1/4 by 8 5/8 inches, 1927
30 is a "dream" painting by Joan Miró (1893-1983) that is an oil on
canvas that measures 6 1/4 by 8 5/8 inches. It was painted in
1927 and was once in the collection of Walter Bareiss and Charles R.
Bronfman. It has an estimate of $750,000 to $1,000,000. It sold for $1,865,000.
31, "Sylvette," by Pablo Picasso, painted metal, 27 1/2 inches high,
1954, front shown at the left and rear shown at the right
31 is a very lovely painted metal sculpture by Pablo Picasso that is 27
1/2 inches high. It was executed in 1954 and is entitled
"Sylvette." The catalogue notes that of the four metal sculptures
of Sylvette this is perhaps "Picasso's most complex work devoted to his
elusive model," adding that it "among his most powerful interpretation
of the human face." Picasso would in 1968 create a monumental
public sculpture of Sylvette that is installed in the plaza of
University Towers just to the north of Houston Street in Greenwich
Village. This lot has an estimate of $12,000,000 to $18,000,000. It sold for $13,605,000.
Lot 59, "Eglogue en Provence, Un Couple d'Amoureux," by Vincent van Gogh, oil on canvas, 12 3/4 by 9 inches, 1888
59 is a small but charming oil on canvas of a man and woman strolling
romantically in Provence by Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890). It
measures 12 3/4 by 9 inches and was painted in 1888. It has
been widely published. It has an estimate of $5,000,000 to
$7,000,000. It sold for $7,109,000.
Lot 26, "Arlequin," by Georges Roualt, oil on paper laid down on canvas, 24 3/4 by 17 3/4 inches, ccirca 1956
26 is a very strong painting of the head of a harlequin by Georges
Roualt (1871-1958). An oil on paper laid down on canvas, it
measures 24 3/4 by 17 3/4 inches and was executed circa 1956. It
is property from the estate of Gregory and Veronique Peck. It has
a modest estimate of $500,000 to $700,000. It sold for $785,000.
Lot 19, "Eva," by Chaim Soutine, oil on canvas, 25 3/8 by 21 1/4 inches, 1928
19 is a simple but powerful portrait of "Eva" by Chaim Soutine
(1893-1943). An oil on canvas, it measures 25 3/8 by 21 1/4
inches and was painted in 1928. It has a modest estimate of
$500,000 to $700,000. It sold for $1,805,000.
Lot 10, "Vase d'Anémones," by Odilon Redon, pastel on paper, 28 3/4 by 21 1/8 inches
10 is a pleasant pastel on paper of a vase of anemones by Odilon Redon
(1840-1915). It measures 28 3/4 by 21 1/8 inches It has an
estimate of $1,200,000 to $1,800,000. It failed to sell.