The Evening sale devoted to Surrealist Art will present notable examples by many of the key figures of the Surrealist movement. These include a magnificent gouache by Joan Miró’s Le Fermier et son épouse executed in 1936.
One of the highlights of this sale will be the outstanding Portrait of Mrs Harrison Williams (Mona Bismarck) by Salvador Dalí. This arresting image depicts the famous society figure amidst myriad mythological motifs in a dazzling manner.
An important group of works by René Magritte including the magical Les belles relations and his gouache Le Banquet. A crucial moment in the Surrealist movement is represented by Max Ernst’s painting Surrealism. Other works by the artist show the remarkable breadth of his œuvre such as the sculpture Jeune homme au cœur battant and À l’intérieur de la vue: l’œuf, which was painted in 1929.
Further highlights of the sale are two paintings by Paul Delvaux from the most celebrated periods of his career, an important canvas by André Masson and highly notable works by Victor Brauner and Francis Picabia.
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TUESDAY, 5 FEBRUARY, LONDON - In a packed saleroom, Sotheby’s Impressionist, Modern & Surrealist Art Evening Sales brought a total of £121,075,400 /$190,500,035 / €140,798,252 (est. £103.2–149million), establishing the second-highest total for a Sotheby’s Evening Sale in this category in London. In total, 18 lots sold for over £1 million, 28 sold for over $1 million.The auction of Surrealist art achieved £16,670,500 / $26,229,365 / €19,386,079 (est. £16.5- 23million).
Le fermier et son épouse (est. £5.5-7.5 million), an intense and brilliantly coloured painting by Joan Miró from 1936 achieved £5,865,250/ $9,228,384 / €6,820,683. Previously in the collection of the great American film director Billy Wilder, the work was not seen in public until 1989, when his collection was sold at auction in New York.
One of Salvador Dalí’s most accomplished portraits, Portrait of Mrs Harrison Williams, commissioned directly from the artist in 1943, sold for £2,281,250 / $3,589,319 / €2,652,859 (est. £1.5-2 million). The painting - offered for the first time at auction - depicts Countess Mona Bismarck (1897-1983), one of the most glamorous and beautiful women of her day. The work was sold as part of a major fundraising campaign for the Mona Bismarck American Center for art & culture in Paris.