P aul Delvaux and Rufino Tamayo lead the Impressionist & Modern Art Day Sale with large-scale, atmospheric oils painted within years of each other. The Modern and Surrealist offerings are complemented by ground-breaking works by José Clemente Orozco, Alice Rahon, Cundo Bermúdez, Mario Carreño and Tilsa Tsuchiya, among others, from an important Latin American collection.
The sale includes graphic work by Wassily Kandinsky, Fernand Léger, George Grosz and a superb selection of works on paper by Françoise Gilot. Sculpture highlights range from a dynamic piece by Max Ernst to bronzes by Julio Gonzáles, Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth and marbles by Agustín Cárdenas.
ESTIMATE $1,000,000 – 1,500,000
An alluring example of the unnervingly serene and theatrical atmospheres of Paul Delvaux’s works, L’Impératrice contains some of the most iconic motifs of the artist's hallucinatory and dream-like imagery.
ESTIMATE $1,500,000 – 2,000,000
An exceptional painting of ambitious proportions, Figuras embodies Tamayo’s exaltation for humankind – his most enduring source of inspiration. Painted in the early 1970s, a a defining decade in which the artist was lauded with international and market recognition, Figuras presents two archaic shapes whose synthesized, automated bodies tower with a graceful presence over the viewer.
Completed just one year before Léger's death, the mural-sized La grande parade (état définitif), 1954, is considered a defining work within the artist's oeuvre; it's the "culmination of his career-long endeavor to both represent and reach a public beyond the small circle of connoisseurs familiar with fine art," writes Nancy Spector for the Guggenheim. (Nancy Spector, 'Fernand Léger, 'La grande parade [état définitif]', guggenheim.org)