The Collection of Martin and Barbara Zweig

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Sotheby’s is honored to be offering fine art from the collection of Barbara and Martin E. Zweig, the influential investor, writer, and professor who was world-renowned for his pioneering approach to understanding and predicting the movements in the markets. While Marty, as he was affectionately called by all who knew him well, brought the same rigorous analytical approach to art collecting, he and his wife Barbara also acquired works with the joy, passion and curiosity that marks all true collectors.

Impressionist & Modern Art Evening Sale
New York | 14 November

The Collection of Martin and Barbara Zweig

  • Paul Cézanne, Nature morte, circa 1890. Estimate $7,000,000–10,000,000.
    Picasso proclaimed, “Cézanne was like the father of us all.” His paintings, and especially his still-lifes, continue to influence artists in the twenty-first century. His still-lifes have long been recognized among Cézanne’s greatest achievements and Nature morte displays the brilliance and economy that characterize his best work.

  • Edgar Degas, Après le bain (Femme s'essuyant les cheveux), circa 1903. Estimate $5,000,000–7,000,000.
    In his pastels of the 1890s and early 1900s, Degas’ focus moved away from the linear toward a new interest in the power of color. This work is a magnificent example of how his newfound freedom of expression allowed him to transform an everyday scene into a firework of strong, bright colors. Although Degas is often considered an Impressionist, Après le bain is decidedly modern in its approach and form.

  • Edgar Degas, Avant la course, circa 1882-88. Estimate $3,000,000–5,000,000.
    Avant la course draws inspiration from Degas’ lifelong study of the works of antiquity and the Old Masters, notably heroic paintings of equestrian processions from the Renaissance. Prior to its place in the Zweig’s storied collection, this painting was initially acquired by Vincent van Gogh’s younger brother Theo for his gallery. It was later purchased by John Hay Whitney, a U.S. Ambassador to the United Kingdom, a publisher of the New York Herald Tribune and a president of the Museum of Modern Art. The Whitney family’s Greentree stable have produced many of the greatest horses in American racing history.

  • Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Baigneuse (assise), circa 1882. Estimate $2,000,000–3,000,000.
    This is an exceptional example of Renoir’s key subject, rendered at a critical moment in his career. The 1880s mark a period in which Renoir returned repeatedly to the subject of the female nude in the landscape inspired in part by the bathers of the Italian Renaissance – Titian in particular. The flesh tones of this nude set against a cool blue and unstructured ground makes for one of the more contemporary renditions that Renoir executed on the bathers theme.

  • Pierre Bonnard, Femme accoudée avec chien et nature morte, 1917. Estimate $1,800,000–2,500,000.
    The subject of Femme accoudée avec chien et nature morte is likely Bonnard’s model, muse, and eventual wife, Marthe accompanied by her dog Ubu. It is an exceptional example of Bonnard’s Nabi interiors with its flattened perspective and rich patterning which also suggests the work of Gauguin and Matisse.

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