M odern Art Online celebrates the diversity of creative output from the most celebrated artists of the late 19th and 20th centuries. Leading the sale is an important painting dedicated to the story of Nausicaa by Maurice Denis and a gestural still-life by Pierre-Auguste Renoir in his quintessential Impressionist style. Further highlights include works from artists including Marc Chagall, Gusave Loiseau, Leonor Fini, Léon Spilliaert and Henri Matisse.
We are also delighted to present a selection of works by Pablo Picasso from the collection of the artist’s granddaughter, Marina Picasso.
With a number of works with estimates below £10,000, this sale is the perfect way to start a collection.
“Too much of water hast thou, poor Ophelia, And therefore I forbid my tears”
Odilon Redon, Ophélie. Estimate: 120,000 - 180,000 GBP
The tragic image of Ophelia has inspired artists since her story was told in Shakespeare’s longest play, Hamlet. A helpless figure, whose unsolicited doom was determined by the decisions of the powerful men around her, she finds her final escape in death, drowning amidst the flowers she has just picked. Odilon Redon has beautifully conjured a dreamlike atmosphere in Ophelia’s moment of release. Potent accents of blue and purple elevate the painting, suggestive of her blissful departure from the pain of mortal existence. Redon returned to this theme a handful of times; one version, Ophelia Among the Flowers, resides in the National Gallery, London and was the first significant painting by Redon to enter a public collection in the UK in 1977. Another version resides in the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.