The November 3rd Impressionist and Modern Art Day Sale is the most impressive assembly of high quality, fresh to the market artworks offered in recent years. At its core is an unprecedented wealth of property from private individuals and institutions, much of which has not been seen on the market for decades, if ever before.
We are proud to offer an extraordinary group of 19 highlights being deaccessioned by the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, in the Day sale. Included in that offering is the cover of the catalogue, lot 115, a rare 1911 still life by Auguste Herbin from the height of his Cubist period. Also to be sold is a beautiful and tender portrait of a young girl in a flower-strewn hat by Pierre Auguste Renoir, lot 118. Eugene Boudin's bustling view of Portrieux's port under a beautifully rendered sky is another highlight of this wonderful selection, lot 127.
The sale boasts a fantastic group from The Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, highlighted by a radiant Pechstein oil painted in Italy in 1913, and an exquisite cast of Ernst Barlach’s Der Singende Mann, lot 161.
Major Private Collections on offer include Property from an East Coast Collection, an extensive, consummately Modern group highlighted by a vibrantly colored 1946 oil by Fernand Léger and two figural works in oil painted over monotype by Joan Miró.
Property from a New York Estate includes an extraordinarily rare lifetime cast of Archipenko’s Gondolier, uniquely emblazoned with the artist’s runes, as lot 311.
Property of a New England Collector debuts an incredible group of previously unknown works, most of which were acquired directly from the respective artists, including a superb still-life in oil by Picasso painted June 4, 1945, as lot 205.
In addition, Sotheby’s is honored to offer Property from the Collections of Lily & Edmond J. Safra, including two expressively painted and richly textured oils by Chaïm Soutine as well as Balthus’ large scale Portrait d’Hélène Anavi.
Individual highlights from a diverse range of works on offer include a jewel toned Pierre Bonnard of St. Tropez from 1911, lot 169, and a bold Neoclassical oil by de Chirico is impressive in scale, lot 325.
Works on paper include a Henri Matisse in expressive pen and ink of a nude in a richly patterned interior by Henri Matisse, lot 315. A dreamy vision of a young couple wooed by the pipes of pan form the central theme of Picasso's pen and ink drawing of 1923, lot 139. Picasso's tumultuous love affair with Dora Maar is documented by his powerful Femme accroupie of 1939, lot 133.
Henri Matisse's 1904 Vue de la Seine, le Pont Saint-Michel, lot 152 and Auguste Herbin's gorgeous Une rue à Bastia, a 1907 street scene in Corsica, lot 151 both represent the bright coloration of the Fauve period.
Odilon Redon's Char d'Apollon, lot 375, represents the Symbolist movement while also referring back to the powerful influence of Eugène Delacroix, and Pointillism is charmingly represented by Georges Seurat's small jewel, Trois bateaux et un marin, lot 185.
Marc Chagall's Couple bleu of two winsome lovers, lot 239, represents one of ten works by the artist in the sale, executed in nearly every medium he employed, from oil and pastel to a monotype and a bright tapestry woven from his design.
We look forward to welcoming you to Sotheby's this fall.