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LÉON SPILLIAERT | VASE ET COQUILLAGE

Estimate:

60,000

to
- 80,000 EUR

A TRIBUTE TO LEON SPILLIAERT: IMPORTANT WORKS FROM A BELGIAN COLLECTION | UN HOMMAGE A LEON SPILLIAERT: IMPORTANTES ŒUVRES PROVENANT D'UNE COLLECTION PARTICULIERE BELGE

LÉON SPILLIAERT | VASE ET COQUILLAGE

LÉON SPILLIAERT | VASE ET COQUILLAGE

Estimate:

60,000

to
- 80,000 EUR

Lot sold:

81,250

EUR

A TRIBUTE TO LEON SPILLIAERT: IMPORTANT WORKS FROM A BELGIAN COLLECTION

LÉON SPILLIAERT

1881 - 1946

VASE ET COQUILLAGE


signed L. Spilliaert and dated 1911 (lower left)

pastel on cardboard

89,5 x 70,3 cm; 35¼ x 27⅝ in.

Executed in 1911.


This work will be included in the forthcoming catalogue raisonné in preparation by Dr. Anne Adriaens-Pannier.

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UN HOMMAGE A LEON SPILLIAERT: IMPORTANTES ŒUVRES PROVENANT D'UNE COLLECTION PARTICULIERE BELGE

LÉON SPILLIAERT

1881 - 1946

VASE ET COQUILLAGE


signé L. Spilliaert et daté 1911 (en bas à gauche)

pastel sur carton

89,5 x 70,3 cm; 35¼ x 27⅝ in.

Exécuté en 1911.


Cette œuvre sera reprise au catalogue raisonné en préparation par Dr. Anne Adriaens-Pannier.

Executed on cardboard, not laid down and affixed to the overmount along all four edges with tape. Carboard is stable. There are two pinholes to the upper edge. The lower left and right corners are scuffed. There are some tiny pastel losses, inherent to the artistic process, and a few superficial scratches in places. There is some mount staining along the extreme edges. Colours are fresh and well preserved. This work is in overall good condition.


In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue.

NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE.

Sale: De Vuyst, Lokeren, December 6, 1997, lot 474

Acquired at the above sale by the present owner

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Vente: De Vuyst, Lokeren, 6 décembre 1997, lot 474

Acquis lors de cette vente par le propriétaire actuel

Knokke-Heist, Casino Knokke-Heist, Léon Spilliaert, onbekende werken, œuvres inédites, 2000, no. 37, illustrated in the catalogue p. 71

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Knokke-Heist, Casino Knokke-Heist, Léon Spilliaert, onbekende werken, œuvres inédites, 2000, no. 37, reproduit dans le catalogue p. 71


A TRIBUTE TO LEON SPILLIAERT: IMPORTANT WORKS FROM A BELGIAN COLLECTION (LOTS 107-110)


These four works on paper by Spilliaert come from a prestigious Belgian private collection and place Ostend, the artist's birthplace, at the heart of his maritime compositions.

Dunes et mer ['The dunes and sea'] and the two seascapes are bordered by wide beaches in atmospheric tones. By using a mixed-media technique, combining watercolour with ink, Spilliaert creates a silent inner world, emblematic of the symbolism that prevailed at the beginning of the 20th century.

The nocturnal landscape also appears as a leitmotif in the artist's oeuvre. In this respect, Chantier naval is emblematic of Spilliaert's unique view of maritime activity when at a standstill. He chooses to only render the architectural elements in a geometric manner, symbolically creating an interplay of vertical and horizontal lines. The lack of human figures, as in the nocturnes of William Degouve de Nuncques, reveals the artist's solitary sensibility.

Spilliaert not only depicts the external environment, but also explores the realm of the intimate. As Anne Adriaens Pannier explains in her monograph on the artist, Spilliaert 'looks at the immediate environment, scenes from day-to-day life, everyday objects [...] to inspire original thought and achieve a deeper introspection.' There is originality in the close-up framing, which highlights the elements of the beautiful 1911 still life, Vase et coquillage.

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UN HOMMAGE A LEON SPILLIAERT: IMPORTANTES ŒUVRES PROVENANT D'UNE COLLECTION PARTICULIERE BELGE (LOTS 107-110)


Provenant d’une prestigieuse collection particulière belge, ces quatre œuvres sur papier de Spilliaert placent Ostende, la ville natale de l’artiste, au cœur de ses compositions maritimes.

Dunes et mer et les deux marines sont abordées par de larges plages de couleurs atmosphériques. En employant une technique mixte, mêlant l’aquarelle à l’encre, Spilliaert crée un univers silencieux et intériorisé, emblématique du symbolisme qui perdure au début du XXème siècle.

Le paysage nocturne apparaît en outre comme un leitmotiv dans l’œuvre de l’artiste. Chantiel naval est à cet égard emblématique du regard singulier de Spilliaert, qui envisage l’activité maritime lorsque celle-ci est en arrêt. Il choisit de ne retranscrire que les seuls éléments architecturaux de manière géométrique, créant symboliquement un jeu de lignes verticales et horizontales. L’absence de figure humaine, à l’instar des nocturnes de William Degouve de Nuncques, dévoile la sensibilité solitaire de l’artiste.

Spilliaert ne représente pas seulement l’environnement extérieur, mais explore aussi le domaine de l’intime. Comme l’explique Anne Adriaens Pannier, dans sa monographie consacrée à l’artiste, Spilliaert a un "regard sur l’environnement immédiat, la scène quotidienne, l’objet usuel […] pour nourrir une pensée originale et parvenir à une introspection plus profonde." L’originalité se révèle dans le cadrage serré, qui met en valeur les éléments de la belle nature morte de 1911 intitulée Vase et coquillage.