O n the occasion of celebrating five decades in Asia, Sotheby’s Hong Kong 50th Anniversary Modern Evening Auction will feature artworks that capture the multifaceted, creative spirit of artists working around the world during the 20th century, pioneers who broke past the boundaries of established norms to create a vision of modern and post-war art.
Leading the sale, and in commemoration of 50 years after the artist’s passing, will be Pablo Picasso’s Femme dans un fauteuil, a glorious portrait of his muse, lover and partner of a decade – the French painter Françoise Gilot. Completed on Christmas Day of 1948, Picasso attributes Gilot with a regal quality, seated in an armchair that bears a resemblance to a throne. Alongside Picasso’s Femme dans un fauteuil, is Joan Miró’s untitled painting from 1947 which was painted in New York, where enthusiasm for the Spanish titan of modern art was at fever pitch following two shows of the Constellations series organised by his dealer Pierre Matisse in 1945.
Other highlights include Zao Wou-Ki’s 25.03.85, Vietnamese modern master Le Pho’s La famille dans le jardin, Belgian painter and self-declared Impressionist Adrien Jean Le Mayeur de Merprès’s Balinese garden with ladies, among many others – each representing the encapsulation of century-defining ideas. This auction will be a wonderful opportunity for collectors to engage in creative encounters with the most significant names from the modern era.
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Pablo Picasso 巴布羅・畢加索
Femme dans un fauteuil 《坐椅女子》
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50 Years New in Asia: Picasso's Femme dans un fauteuil
50 years after the passing of Pablo Picasso, we are proud to offer Femme dans un fauteuil and Homme portant un enfant, a pair of classic portraits from a distinguished private collection.
Completed on Christmas Day of 1948, Femme dans un fauteuil is a richly colored and joyful portrait of one of the most significant figures in Picasso’s life—his lover and muse Françoise Gilot. Seated in an armchair that bears a resemblance to a throne, Picasso attributes Gilot with a regal quality that is heightened by the extravagant outfit, the direct way that the sitter looks out at the viewer and the strength of line with which Picasso delineates her.
Painted almost twenty years later in 1965, Homme portant un enfant showcases the complexity that defines Picasso’s mature period. The work belongs to a series of têtes and half-portraits featuring unidentified young men, some of which are portrayed with children, such as the present.
Joan Miró 胡安・米羅
Sans titre 《無題》
Estimate: 32,000,000 - 50,000,000 HKD
50 Years New in Asia: The Making of a Joan Miró
Created during Joan Miró’s first trip to the United States in 1947, 'Sans titre' is a truly extraordinary work that displays a newfound sense of optimism after the war years. Encompassing many key poetic elements found in Miró's Surrealist œuvre, the work marks a period when the artist experienced considerable critical acclaim internationally.
Whilst working on the mural commissioned by the Cincinnati Terrace Plaza Hotel, Miró became acquainted with the well-known filmmaker Thomas Bouchard, who documented Miró painting 'Sans titre'. What is so fascinating about this particular work, as opposed to those that Miró completed in the privacy of his studio, is that his audience could also witness his creative process.