From Beckmann to Pechstein: Specialists Pick Impressionist Day Sale Highlights

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Highlights of the upcoming Impressionist & Modern Art Day sale in London on 2 March include Emile-Othon Friesz's La Ciotat, Tamara de Lempicka's Il fondo rosa (Portrait de Bibi Zögbe) and Léonard Tsuguharu Foujita’s stunning portrait Youki au chat. The sale also includes notable examples of Surrealism and German and Austrian Expressionism, such as Max Pechstein’s colourful Herbstabend. Ahead of the auction, our specialists took time out to pick their personal favourites and to tell us what the works mean to them.

Impressionist & Modern Art Day Sale
2 March 2017 | London

From Beckmann to Pechstein: Specialists Pick Impressionist Day Sale Highlights

  • Tamara de Lempicka, Il fondo rosa (Portrait de Bibi Zögbe) (Pink Background (Portrait of Bibi Zögbe)), 1923. Property from a Private Collection. Estimate £300,000–500,000.
    Olimpia Isidori: Increasing attention is drawn to female artists and their role in art history and Tamara de Lempicka’s images of independent women evoke an age of glamour and historical transition. Il fondo rosa (Portrait de Bibi Zögbe) highlights the admiration between two female artists, de Lempicka and Zögbe, as well as bringing to life the artist’s inimitable style… and the iconic 20s garçonne look!

  • Gustave Loiseau, Les Rives de l’Eure, 1990. Property from a Private Swiss Collection. Estimate £100,000–150,000.
    Dorian Büchi: The first time I saw this painting , it seemed to shimmer. The juxtaposition of colours and the wonderful effect of mist on river L’Eure is Impressionist genius.

  • Marc Chagall, Deux profils verts au cirque, 1966. Estimate £300,000–500,000.
    Marie-Edmée de Malherbe: In Deux profils verts au cirque Chagall enthrals us with the colourful and magical atmosphere of the circus. I can sense his fascination with the circus performers, with their outlandish costumes and garish make-up - ideal characters to populate Chagall's dream-like compositions. And what a blue! Deep, crisp, bright… perfect!

  • Claude Monet, La Seine à Lavacourt, 1879. Property from a Distinguished Private Portuguese Collection. Estimate £600,000–800,000.
    Georgina Gold: La Seine à Lavacourt is a picture all about beautiful reflections – when I first stood in front of this work I was immediately transported to the banks of the Seine with the morning mist rising off the water.

  • Emile-Othon Friesz, La Ciotat, 1907. Property from a Private European Collection. Estimate £500,000–700,000.
    Marie-Edmée de Malherbe: This painting takes me instantly to the magical calanques near la Ciotat : when I look at the painting I can feel the heat, the explosion of colours from the red rocks, the deep blue sea, the trees, and I can even hear the sound of the cicadas mixing in with the wind and the sea. Friesz, who was painting alongside Braque at the time, encapsulates in this painting all of these unique sensorial effects in the vibrant and daring colours and in the spontaneity and rhythm of the brush strokes. This is definitely one of Friesz’ most beautiful and vibrant fauve pictures.

  • Léonard Tsuguharu Foujita, Youki au chat, 1923. Property of a Private Belgian Collector. Estimate £220,000–280,000.
    Holly Braine: Youki au chat takes my breath away every time I see it. The white ground gives the canvas a smooth quality upon which Foujita’s arabasque lines seem to dance and glide. It is an extremely sensuous work in subject and technique.

  • Chaïm Soutine, Paysage arbreux, circa 1919. Property from a Private Collection, London. Estimate £600,000–800,000.
    Georgina Gold: What a powerful and expressive landscape ; the strong brush strokes, the topsy turvy perspective and expressive palette are quintessential Soutine - no one else could have painted this picture.

  • Salvador Dalí, Portrait de Mme Ducas, 1935. Property from an Important Private Collection. Estimate £400,000–600,000.
    Siân Folley: The precision of Dalí's brushwork in Portrait de Mme Ducas is just extraordinary. I notice a new detail every time I stand in front of this picture, it absorbs me completely and I am transported away to the Catalonian landscape of Dalí’s youth.

  • Marc Chagall, Les Trois Bouquets (Le Bouquet renversé), 1947-48. Property from a Private Collection, United States. Estimate £500,000–700,000.
    Siân Folley: This painting is an unbridled celebration of life and love - busting with wonderfully personal imagery. For me, its magic lies in the artist’s capacity to find joy in the darkest of times for this work was painted only months before Chagall returned to Europe after the war without his beloved wife Bella who had died suddenly in 1944.

  • Max Beckmann, Brandung, kleine Marine (Breakers, small marine), 1925-26. Property from a Distinguished Private European Collection. Estimate £450,000–650,000.
    Bettina Oechsle: Brandung, Kleine Marine , painted in 1925-26, is a very personal picture from the artist's Frankfurt years. There is an emotional depth to the work which reminds us of the artist’s personal struggle following the First World War. At the same time the work seems soothing, offering comfort to the viewer. The longer I think about the work the more I feel drawn to it.

  • August Macke, Frau mit Kind und Mädchen auf der Strasse (Woman with Child and Girls on the Street), 1913. Property from a Distinguished Private Collection. Estimate £70,000–90,000.
    Victoria Kleiner: I absolutely love this charming image of figures strolling through the trees, a theme which was of major importance for Macke. It conjures up recollections of sun-filled walks in the park on a summer weekend, idling blissfully along without any sense of urgency or haste… Yet there is also an element of poignancy to Frau mit Kind und Mädchen auf der Strasse , since it illustrates a way of life which was to vanish forever with the beginning of WWI the following year.

  • Hans Arp, Colonne de muse. Property from an Important Private Collection. Estimate £400,000–600,000.
    Victoria Kleiner: When I saw Colonne de muse , the first thing that struck me was its impressive scale – it is taller than me! Yet there is also a wonderful sense of tactility to the material. Its graceful form reflects the concept of woman as muse – one of Arp’s most significant creative themes.

  • Max Pechstein, Herbstabend (Autumn Evening), 1927. Property from an Important Private Collection. Estimate £700,000–1,000,000.
    Dorian Büchi: This work embodies for me everything I love about German expressionism; magnificent colours, a compelling disquiet and expressive swirls of paint.


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