10 Impressionist & Modern Artworks Under $10,000

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This December's Impressionist & Modern Art Online auction features more than 100 lots, which will appeal to both established and burgeoning collectors. Works by titans of art history, such as Henry Moore, Françoise Gilot and Tamara de Lempicka, are on offer, as well as those by artists deserving of more attention, like Pinchus Krémègne, Hilla Rebay and Félix Labisse. Click ahead to discover ten of the must-see works in the sale, all attainable at extraordinary prices.

10 Impressionist & Modern Artworks Under $10,000

  • Paul Delvaux, Étude pour ‘L'heure du sommeil.' Estimate $6,000–8,000.
    Paul Delvaux’s works are regarded as some of the most alluring examples of Surrealist art. His compositions are renowned for their hallucinatory scenarios and dream-like imagery, as well as their serene atmosphere. Étude pour “L’heure du sommeil” illustrates the phantasmagoric urban environment, which is characteristic of Delvaux’s best work. The back of this study includes a written dedication from Madame Paul Delvaux to Kenneth Kingrey, the second owner of the work, indicating that it was taken directly from the artist’s sketchbook.
  • Hilla Rebay, Untitled. Estimate $2,000–3,000.
    Perhaps most commonly recognized as the principal advisor to Solomon R. Guggenheim during the early stages of his collecting, Baroness Hilla Rebay was also a respected artist in her own right. Often overlooked, her whimsical non-objective drawings, paintings and collages are comparable to those of Rudolf Bauer and Wassily Kandinsky. Rebay completed this untitled work between 1927 and 1935, around the time of her move to New York City.
  • Eugène Boudin, Plage de Trouville. Estimate $5,000–7,000.
    Plage de Trouville is a beautiful example of Eugène Boudin’s favorite subject: fashionably dressed figures on the beach. Having settled in Paris after his marriage in 1863, Boudin traveled every summer to the coast of Normandy throughout the 1860s and 1870s, usually staying at the neighboring resorts of Trouville and Dauville. Here, he found the inspiration to paint endless variations on the themes most dear to him.
  • Françoise Gilot, Paysage. Estimate $5,000–7,000.
    Color was of paramount importance for Françoise Gilot. Painted in the years 1964-65, Paysage was possibly inspired by Gilot’s trip to Greece, in which the family chartered a boat to sale among the Greek islands, with her two children. The influence of Greece and the intense palette of its landscapes appear to echo the ochre, coral and ultramarine tones of the present work.
  • Tamara de Lempicka, Nu assis. Estimate $3,000–5,000.
    Tamara de Lempicka’s distinctive portraits and nudes, predominately of women, conveyed the opulence and liberation of the années folles, Paris’s legendary Jazz Age. As a child, Lempicka lived in St. Petersburg, before moving to Paris in 1918. She spent the 1920s and 1930s cultivating a glamorous international persona and establishing herself as the quintessential portrait painter to the new social elite. Nu assis is representative of Lempicka’s pioneering and distinct style, combining the geometric aesthetic of Cubism, the proportionality of Neo-Classicism and the dynamic lines of Futurism.
  • Pinchus Krémègne, Vue de Céret et du Canigou. Estimate $4,000–6,000.
    Often overlooked, Pinchus Krémègne was an important contributing member of the French avant-garde in the interwar period. Fleeing his native Russia in 1912, Krémègne settled in the famed artists’ residence known as La Ruche in the Montparnasse district of Paris. La Ruche hosted an extensive list of artistic residents at the turn of the century including Fernand Léger, Jacques Lipchitz, Amedeo Modigliani and Constantin Brancusi, among others. Krémègne would later relocate to the Pyrenees village of Céret, where he would remain until his death. The present work depicts the landscape of Céret and the hills surrounding his home, known as Le Canigou.
  • Henry Moore, Vase Form. Estimate $5,000–7,000.
    This sculpture reflects Moore’s interest in medieval armor, while referencing his most important motif: that of mother and child. The artist explained the inception of his interest in the shell form: "The idea of one form inside another form may owe some of its incipient beginnings to my interest at one stage when I discovered armor. I spent many hours in the Wallace Collection, in London, looking at armor. Now armor is an outside shell like the shell of a snail which is there to protect the more vulnerable forms inside, as it is in human armor which is hard and put on to protect the soft body. This has led sometimes to the idea of the Mother and Child where the outer form, the mother, is protecting the inner form, the child, like a mother does protect her child" (quoted in Alan Wilkinson, Henry Moore: Writings and Conversations, Berkeley, 2002, pp. 213-214).
  • Pavel Tchelitchew, Study for ‘Phenomena.’ Estimate $3,000–5,000.
    In 1930s Paris, Russian-born Pavel Tchelitchew and his partner Charles Henri Ford ran with a glamorous but motley crew of artists and socialites, which included Jean Cocteau, Christopher Isherwood and Cecil Beaton. With the threat of war on the horizon, Tchelitchew and Ford moved to New York City in 1934. In subsequent years Tchelitchew would begin a projected series of three major paintings entitled Phenomena, which would prove to be among the most prized oils in his oeuvre. The present work is a study for Phenomena of 1936-38, now in the Tretyakov Art Gallery in Moscow.
  • Félix Labisse, Sans titre (Nu assis dans les dunes). Estimate $6,000–8,000.
    The French Surrealist painter Félix Labisse was born in the North of France, but he spent much of his adult life between Paris and Belgium. Heavily influenced by the Belgian painter James Ensor, Labisse's paintings often depict fantastical creatures. The present work reflects Labisse's love for the coastline, as well as his interest in mythological female subjects.
  • Élisée Maclet, Moulin de la galette. Estimate $5,000–8,000.
    Élisée Maclet deftly captures the spirit of provincial Montmartre in this work . A predecessor of Maurice Utrillo, Maclet painted the most recognizable scenes from La Butte Montmartre including the Lapin agile and maison de Mimi Pinson, as well as Le Moulin de la galette, featured in the present work.

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