The sale achieved a total of £2,241,750. The top lot of the Abstraction sale was a supreme work by Patrick Heron, Atmospheric Strata (1958), which sold for £626,500. Exceptional paintings by Patrick Heron, William Scott, Roger Hilton, Alan Davie and Peter Lanyon attracted international bidding for works that encapsulate the significant contribution of British artists to the international development of post-war abstract painting.
Timothy Prus, from the David Thomson Collection, comments, “We are very happy indeed with the sale results. This collaboration with Sotheby’s – intended to inspire a deeper appreciation for these artists - was a wonderful experience and its success was reflected in the enthusiasm with which collectors responded, with all the works sold exceeding their estimates. Those who placed winning bids will, I am sure, be delighted with the works they now own, and there is also a certain momentum in the growing regard for and enjoyment of works by these artists, which we will be following with great interest.”
A collaboration between leading collector David Thomson and Sotheby’s specialists, this sale highlights the significant contribution of British artists to the international development of abstract painting in the post-war years. Four of the five painters represented – Alan Davie, Patrick Heron, Peter Lanyon and William Scott – exhibited regularly in New York’s most cutting-edge galleries during the 1950s and early 1960s; whilst the fifth, Roger Hilton, was widely acclaimed in Europe. All of them would be feted at the international art biennals of Venice and Sao Paulo, where British artists experienced unparalleled success during these years.
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