The Modern Art Evening Sale presents an exquisite selection of masterpieces, led by works of Sanyu and Zao Wou-Ki. Created during Sanyu’s new expressive peak in the 1950s, Quatre nus demonstrates the artist’s awe of the female nude in all its vitality. Veneration of the female form provided the impetus for an extraordinary body of work, and Quatre nus is arguably the most alluring nude masterpiece. Sanyu did not often depict female nudes in groups, and for such a work to appear on the market is in itself a rare event, not to mention such a painting on a grand scale. The present lot is also the only masterpiece throughout Sanyu’s career for which he went through painstaking effort of creating three oil paintings of similar composition to perfect. Quatre nus certainly represented a work of great significance to the artist himself.
oil on masonite
100 by 122 cm; 39 ⅜ by 48 in. Estimate Upon Request