In a distinguished collection since 1993, Rufino Tamayo’s Dog Howling at the Moon is the last picture of a dog from the artist’s Animal series in private hands; all others reside in museum collections. The painting will be offered in Sotheby’s Impressionist & Modern Art Evening Sale (14 May, New York) and is the first Latin American painting to travel to Hong Kong as part of a Sotheby’s highlights exhibition. Discover how Tamayo took inspiration from Picasso, Miró and more artists to create a portrait of a dog that is powerful and political. Rufino Tamayo spent his life filtering European modernism through his own Mexican identity. He made a career of not being political, setting himself in opposition to the didactic public murals and ideological discourse of his contemporaries, particularly Diego Rivera and David Alfaro Siqueiros. His paintings, he argued, were “purer,” generally engaging with timeless universal themes. In 1949, in a tersely worded artistic statement, he declared, “Painting is not literature, or journalism, or demagogy. Painting is… the wonderful combination of poetry, which bears the message, and visual qualities, which transmit that meaning.”1
From Rufino Tamayo’s Perro aullando a la Luna – the last picture of a dog from his Animal series in private hands, to Modigliani’s 1917 masterpiece Nu Couché – his largest canvas ever, this May’s Impressionist & Modern Art Evening Sale is set to make history. Amongst sculptures by Giacometti and paintings by Munch and Monet are Picasso portraits depicting two of his greatest loves, Marie-Thérèse Walter and Françoise Gilot, as well as some of his most iconic motifs, including the harlequin. Click ahead to preview some of the must-see works on offer. Impressionist & Modern Art Evening Sale 14 May | New York
Artworks by the biggest names in Latin American art will highlight the upcoming Impressionist & Modern Art and Contemporary Art auctions this May. Works by Jesús Rafael Soto, Rufino Tamayo, Fernando Botero, Matta and other Latin American masters will be presented alongside their international peers, reinforcing the key connections and relationships between these artists. Click ahead to see Latin American highlights of the Spring auction season. Impressionist & Modern Art Evening 14 May | New York Impressionist & Modern Art Day 15 May | New York Contemporary Art Evening 16 May | New York Contemporary Art Day 17 May | New York
In this Antomy of an Artwork, discover the intense anguish of Auguste Rodin’s "Esculape Dit Aussi Ex Voto", offered in our Impressionist and Modern Art Day Sale on 15 May. This striking work portrays a wounded woman cradled by Asclepius, the Greek god of healing. Rodin drew great inspiration from Michelangelo and his traditional pieta arrangement here recalls the marble "Pieta" by the Italian master. Conceived of towards the end of his career, "Esculape" exemplifies Rodin’s extraordinary ability to render the physical extremes of human experience in bronze.
In this video Barbara and Morton Mandel recount their journey as passionate collectors of 20th and 21st-century art. Throughout their lives, the Mandels have acquired examples by Modern and Post War masters – from Pablo Picasso to Donald Judd. The collection’s breadth attests to the couple’s dedication to selecting only great works. Raising The Bar: Masterworks from the Collection of Morton and Barbara Mandel will be held on the evening of 16 May prior to our Contemporary Art Evening Auction.
Each morning during the summer and early fall of 1896 and 1897, Claude Monet would rise before dawn at his home in Giverny, don dew-resistant clothing and head to the river. There he would board his bateau-atelier, a rowboat from which he could work his canvases en plein air as the sun rose. The resulting body of work, the Matinée sur la Seine, reflects the artist’s determination to capture the effects of the lightening sky on the same view at the confluence of the river Epte and the Seine.
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