Sotheby's Spotlight: The Waller Collection

Paris | 25 October 2022

The Waller collection brings together the various avant-garde movements in France and post-war Europe. It includes works by the painters of the Paris new school, including Hans Hartung, Pierre Soulages and Olivier Debré, pioneers of lyrical abstraction such as Georges Mathieu and Jean Degottex, and even the great figures of informal art with masterpieces by Antoni Tàpies, Jean Dubuffet or Manolo Millares. The collection also includes some historical works by artists such as César, Arman or Jean Tinguely, proud representatives of New Realism, as well as others of exceptional quality by the artists Jean Messagier and René Duvillier of the Nuagisme movement.

The highlight of this cherished collection is an impressive work by Andy Warhol from the “American Indian” series, dated 1977. Using his unmistakable pop colours, the artist represents Russell Means, a prominent member of the American Indian Movement, through which Means became a symbol for a contemporary crisis with deep cultural undertones. This highly symbolic portrait in shimmering colours sums up the eclecticism and exceptional quality of the Waller collection.

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