Among the highlights on offer this May are a treasure-trove of Impressionist and Modern paintings, drawings and sculpture from The Collection of Alex & Elisabeth Lewyt. Including Cézanne’s exquisitePommes and the sensational L'Amazone by Modigliani, this renowned New York collection comes to the market for the first time in over 50 years.
Sotheby's auction will also feature a brilliantly colorful Fauve landscape by Georges Braque; Picasso’s finest metal sculpture of Sylvette and a rare, lifetime cast of Rodin’s iconic Thinker. Léger’s Purist masterwork Trois femmes à table rouge has been consigned by Madonna, and will be sold to benefit the Ray of Light Foundation in Support of Girls' Education Projects.
Sotheby's is proud to offer property from the Estate of Gregory & Veronique Peck, the Estate of Milton Ginsburg and The Museum of Modern Art, New York.
Exceptional works from prominent estate collections drove Sotheby’s Evening sale of Impressionist & Modern Art in New York to a strong total of $230,040,000, nearing its pre-sale high estimate of $235.1 million. Both the sale total and the sell-through rate of 84.5% rank among Sotheby’s highest in this category in recent years, worldwide.
Simon Shaw, Head of Sotheby’s Impressionist & Modern Art department in New York, commented: “Tonight’s results affirm the vibrancy of the truly global market for Impressionist and Modern art. We had the privilege of offering an extraordinary group of works from estate collections, which attracted collectors with remarkably consistency across media, styles and periods. We saw a great deal of activity in the room, on the phones and online, with bidders from 35 countries participating – this includes the greatest participation from Latin America and Asia that we have ever witnessed in an evening sale of Impressionist and Modern art at Sotheby’s."
Please note this work has been requested for an exhibition titled The World is an Apple: The Still Lifes of Paul Cézanne at the Barnes Foundation from June 14, 2014 until September 22, 2014 and then traveling to the Art Gallery of Hamilton, Ontario from November 1st, 2014 to February 8, 2015.
Please note that this work has kindly been requested for the upcoming exhibition, German Expressionism and France: From van Gogh and Gauguin to the Blaue Reiter, to be held at the following venues: Kunsthaus Zürich, February 7 - May 11, 2014; Los Angeles Country Museum of Art, June 8 - September 14, 2014; and Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, October 6 - January 25, 2015.
Please note the amended provenance for this work:
Knoedler & Co., New York
Mr. and Mrs. Martin Segal, New York (acquired from the above in 1970)
Promised and fractional gift from the above in honor of Agnes Gund in 2005 (completed in 2012)
According to the Henry Moore Foundation, Pointed Torso was cast in 1969 in a bronze numbered edition of 12, plus 1 artist's proof.
This work has been requested for the forthcoming exhibition, Honoré Daumier: The Heroism of Modern Life, to be held at the Royal Academy of Arts, London from 22 October 2013 through 26 January 2014.
The authenticity of this work has kindly been confirmed by Danielle Ghanassia.
Please note the full provenance for this work is as follows:
Liane Dyade, Paris (acquired by 1950)
Philippe Cazeau, Paris
Claire Simard Odermatt (acquired in 1990)
Catherine Vedovi (acquired from the above)
Please note that the dimensions are reversed in the printed catalogue.
Please note the amended last lines of the provenance:
Private Collection (acquired at the above sale)
Acquired from the above