1905 Garçon à la pipe by Picasso
2004 SOLD 104 M$ including premium by Sotheby's
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1905 Water Landscapes
2015 SOLD for $ 54M including premium
The artist begins a synthesis of this new theme with his concern from the previous twenty years for the changing colors and reflections under various time and weather. He had the good fortune to catch in his own garden the most subtle theme of modern painting.
The paintings of the first year of the Nymphéas series are very rare on the art market. One of them, 81 x 100 cm, was sold for £ 18.5 million including premium by Sotheby's on 19 June 2007. In this close-up view, the edge of the pond is already off the field, also providing an impression of infinity that anticipates Mondrian.
In 1905, the water lilies are more sparse to offer a better role to reflections that became recognizable although the trees are still out of field. The plants form a floating cohort simulating a nice horizontal movement.
A view in clear weather under a gentle sun, oil on canvas 90 x 100 cm, was sold for $ 44M including premium by Christie's on November 7, 2012.
On May 5 in New York, Sotheby's sells an oil on canvas 81 x 100 cm, lot 30 estimated $ 30M. Also dated 1905, it shows the blocks at the water surface in an atmosphere of early or late hour providing a superb harmony of deep blues and greens.
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1905 Les Noces de Pierrette by Picasso
1989 SOLD for FF 300M before fees by Binoche et Godeau
1905 Monet overwhelmed by his Nymphéas
2012 SOLD 44 M$ including premium
Constable had been the painter of the wind. Monet was the artist of the water surface. After the development of Impressionism, the Nymphéas series is the second revolution brought about by Monet in art history.
In June 19, 2007, Sotheby's sold £ 18.5 million including premium an oil on canvas, 81 x 100 cm. Dated 1904, it demonstrates the first systematic experiments on this subject: the horizon disappears to let the water remaining alone in space. The green reflections are almost abstract, already.
The oil on canvas, 90 x 100 cm, for sale by Christie's in New York on November 7, is dated in the following year, 1905. The water lilies have a botanical accuracy, the more readable reflections are a better tribute to the pleasure of the garden. It is estimated $ 30M, and illustrated in the release shared by Artdaily.
Durand-Ruel was the first to understand and support the transformation of the art of Monet. In 1909, he assembled in an exhibition 48 Nymphéas by Monet, including the painting now for sale at Christie's. Through this unique theme, careful observers could detect the infinite variety of the artistic creation.
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By its date and quality, this painting is one of the most outstanding from the Nympheas series: $ 44M including premium.
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1905 Vlaminck inspired by Van Gogh
2011 SOLD 22.5 M$ including premium
He shares with Derain an artist's studio in Chatou. Success is not to go, and all experiments are possible. The visit made by the two friends to an exhibition of the works of Van Gogh excites Vlaminck, who finds his style.
The idea is powerful: only the color should dominate the painting, and it must be pure. The figure, realistic among Impressionists, shaken by Van Gogh, will become secondary. The bourgeois are horrified. The movement named Fauvisme by them was born.
Executed in 1905 (or perhaps 1906), the oil on canvas, 65 x 81cm, for sale by Christie's in New York on May 4, is a centerpiece of this experimental period.
It is a landscape of suburban Paris, with small scattered houses separated by their gardens. It is such a commonplace that this view could be what an amateur photographer captures from his window. Composition has not the originality of a Derain, the line has not the strength of a Van Gogh.
But the boldly applied colors are pure, like from the tube: yellow, blue, green, with details in vermilion distributed all over the surface.
This Vlaminck so close to a Van Gogh is expected at $ 18M. It is illustrated in the article shared by Art Market Monitor.
As early as 1906, Vollard will buy paintings by Vlaminck.
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With this result, $ 22.5 million including premium, the early paintings of Vlaminck have demonstrated their importance in art history. Derain's work had achieved a similar feat in June 2010.
1905 Derain and the Colors of Collioure
2010 SOLD 16.3 M£ including premium
During the summer of 1905, Matisse and Derain are resident in Collioure. André Derain is 25 years old. Comparing painting to dynamite, he explodes the colors in his port scenes and views to the sea.
The big question is to decide whether or not to imitate the style of Signac, who preceded the two artists in this small village. Some paintings by Derain, that year, are pointillist while others are not. If he had maintained such creativity for many years, he would be one of the outstanding painters of his time.
With broad points closer to Seurat, some boats in Collioure with nice reflections, 60 x 73 cm, earned $ 14 million including premium at Sotheby's on November 4, 2009.
On June 22 in London, the same house will auction some trees in the countryside, with a small house in the distance. This oil on canvas, 65 x 81 cm, is made with pure color, and again with a strong pointillism that creates a particularly successful light effect. It is estimated £ 9 million, and is illustrated in the press release shared by AuctionPublicity.
The painting, that had belonged to Vollard, is fresh on the market, after having been forgotten in a bank vault because of the tragedies of the Second World War.
POST SALE COMMENT
The pieces which are fresh on the market have always an advantage. This painting made in Derain's best year was sold £ 16.3 million including premium.
1905 Meetings before the Automne
2016 SOLD for $ 16.4M including premium
Matisse's visit to Signac in Saint-Tropez in 1904 is another milestone of modern art. Matisse explores pointillism while using pure colors with which expression will supersede realism.
All these elements converge to make 1905 a key year in modern style. Derain spends several months studying artistic creation with Matisse in Collioure, leading to progressively giving up of the pointillism.
Meanwhile Maurice De Vlaminck remains in Chatou in the workshop which he was sharing with Derain. Vlaminck is an excessive character, physically and in his behavior. His works from this period display large variations of style around a technique of divisionism.
On May 9 in New York, Sotheby's sells a Sous-Bois painted by Vlaminck during the summer of 1905, oil on canvas 60 x 72 cm, lot 14 estimated $ 12M. This artwork whose composition is as nicely balanced as a Cézanne is spectacular through the use of colors as bright as what Derain was doing in Collioure. Divisionism is pushed up to a meticulous pointillism quite surprising in the corpus of this impatient artist.
A few weeks later at the Grand Palais, the third Salon d'Automne promotes the promising vision of these young artists. The famous "cage aux fauves" wording probably refers to a painting by 'Douanier' Rousseau but the use of pure colors in art in a style closer to impressionism than to Gauguin and Signac becomes the Fauvisme.
The Sous-Bois is not among the five paintings exhibited by Vlaminck at the Salon d'Automne. This canvas did not surface until 1951. It is quite possible that the artist concerned about the search of an original style did not appreciate that he had made a rare masterpiece of Fauviste pointillism.
Vlaminck concluded soon after that he must be inspired by Cézanne but he did not understand that Cézanne was confronting light colors. Vlaminck's palette became dark and dull with a sad repetition of unidentified empty villages. He became embittered up to an outrageous rejection of that modernism for which he had however made an outstanding contribution in 1905.
1905 Gallops in the Wild West
2017 SOLD for $ 11.2M including premium
When Remington becomes a sculptor, he pushes to its paroxysm the study of the imbalance in rapid movements. In 1895 his first masterpiece in that technique, The Broncho Buster, shows a tall prancing horse on his hind legs with no other support, seeking to dismantle his rider. A bronze 58 cm high edited in 1906 was sold for $ 2,6M including premium by Christie's on November 29, 2007.
Even bolder : in 1896, the sculptor attempted a group of two in full gallop entitled The Wounded Bunkie, only connected to the base by two hoofs, one per horse in compliance with the findings of Muybridge. A bronze 51 cm high edited in the first year was sold for $ 5.6M including premium by Sotheby's on May 22, 2008.
Nothing stops that demanding artist. In 1902 he conceives a group of four linked through five legs, departing from Muybridge. The founder succeeds in convincing him of the impossibility of the realization and a compromise with six bearing hoofs is accepted. Titled Coming through the Rye, it is once again a scene expressing a great fastness. The four galloping horses are ridden by cowboys in full euphoria who exhibit their pistols at the end of their arms stretched upwards.
Some orders are received in 1903 but the realization is a feat. This complex piece 78 cm high is too cumbersome and the price tag at 2,000 dollars is too expensive. Very few copies will be made.
Dated 1905 and delivered in 1906 to Tiffany and Co, the serial number 3 is estimated $ 7M for sale by Christie's in New York on May 23, lot 7.
Considering this commercial failure Remington destroyed his models in wax and plaster in 1908. In the same year, disgusted by the new trend of fantasy illustrations, he prepared a bonfire in his yard and destroyed hundreds of his original paintings. This artist out of standards in every sense of that wording dies in 1909 at the age of 48 from complications related to his extreme obesity.
1905 The Collioure Style
2011 SOLD for £ 5.9M including premium by Christie's
Cézanne's increasingly daring experiments on the pre-eminence of the structure over the line excite the creativity of the young artists. Fauvisme will be a synthesis of the ultimate vision of Cézanne with the pointillisme of Seurat and Signac, enriched by the implacable light of the Midi which had once dazzled Van Gogh.
Vlaminck and Derain share a small workshop in the suburbs of Paris. During the summer of 1905 Matisse invites Derain to spend two months with him in Collioure. They confront their young experiences and work together on the same themes. This season is very prolific : Derain executes about 30 paintings during this short period.
At the beginning of this phase Matisse appears as a continuator to Seurat while using pure colors as Gauguin had done. Derain wants to interpret the blinding sun light without shadow from the middle of the day as Signac had done in Saint-Tropez. Derain excessively increases Seurat's dots until they are re-attributed with figurative forms such as small boats in the harbor.
This synthesis in an unprecedented artistic daring baffles the visitors of the Salon d'Automne. The art critic who utters a horror cry when entering the "Salle des Fauves" was probably in complicity with the artists. Fauvisme is born. It will be ephemeral but its place in the evolution of modern art is extremely important. Losing the reference to Impressionnisme, it ensures a transition between Cézanne and Kandinsky.
Arbres à Collioure 65 x 81 cm painted by Derain with splendid colors was sold for £ 16.3M including premium by Sotheby's on June 22, 2010. By the same artist but closer to Matisse and Seurat, Barques au Port de Collioure 60 x 73 cm was sold for $ 14M including premium on November 4, 2009, also by Sotheby's.
From the same series by Derain, Barques à Collioure, oil on canvas 39 x 46 cm, was sold for £ 5.9M including premium by Christie's on February 9, 2011 and is now estimated £ 7.5M for sale by Sotheby's in London on February 28, lot 11.
1904-1906 Serene Woods of Paul Cézanne
2017 SOLD for € 6.9M including premium
He observes the juxtapositions of colors on the Montagne Sainte-Victoire without abandoning other themes. The Baigneuses will remain until the end his demonstrator for still unexplored possibilities in figurative art. A quiet undergrowth is conducive to the sharing of meditation.
He has always enjoyed watercolor for its transparency and for the purity of its colors. His pathetic approach is no longer commercial. In this final period he often works on the reverse of previously painted papers. The lightness of the watercolor allows such a practice without damage to the other side.
Cézanne is diabetic and his vision weakens. More than ever he manages to recreate an atmosphere. In the forest the depth is only brought by the curve of the path or by the diagonal of the wood edge.
The preliminary sketch in lead pencil is barely figurative. It is instead a configuration of geometric elements prepared for coloring. According to his traditional practice he painstakingly and gradually fills these surfaces while ensuring that the colors shall not mix. This method is a pointillism of Seurat or Signac in which the dots have been replaced by intersections of lines prepared in advance.
On December 20 in Paris (Hôtel Drouot) Touati-Duffaud in cooperation with Beaussant Lefèvre sells as lot 43 an Intérieur de forêt. This watercolor 45 x 60 cm rich in warm colors of great brightness is one of the last realized by Cézanne on this theme, dated 1904-1906 by Rewald. It is glued on a cardboard but its inaccessible back side is probably blank.
The overall effect is figurative and this work demonstrates Cézanne's progress towards synthetic cubism. Is it Fontainebleau? Is it Le Tholonet? It does not matter. This corner of a forest does not imitate nature, it is built by the imagination of an artist for sharing his emotion.
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1905 Haus in Aasgaardstrand by Munch
2002 SOLD for £ 4.7M by Christie's
1900-1910 Lotus Lamp by Tiffany Studios
1997 SOLD for $ 2.8M including premium by Christie's
1905 Boldini's Belle Epoque
2011 SOLD 1.87 M$ including premium
In Paris, a feature of the "Belle Epoque" was that all hopes were possible for the ambitious.
Giovanni Boldini made chic portraits of young women at the dawn of their careers as actresses, demimondaines or bewitching muses. Dressed in sumptuous gowns, these bold and authoritarian women were mostly dreaming to their future success, which often never occured.
These portraits of women sometimes generate strong heartfelt bids at auction. Boldini made circa 1898 the portrait ofa false aristocrat. Discovered by chance in an apartment that had been untouched for 70 years, this oil on canvas, 147x 114 cm, was sold for € 2.1M including premium by Choppin de Janvry in Paris, Hôtel Drouot, on 28 September 2010, a result also remarkable by the fact that the sale was uncatalogued.
The next candidate, on October 12 at Christie's in New York, was named Marthe Régnier. In 1905 she was 25 years old. Stage actress, she also played in films. Her portrait, an oil on canvas 231 x 121 cm, is estimated $ 2M.
POST SALE COMMENT
This painting remained below its estimate. It was sold $ 1.87 million including premium.
1905 The Nenuphar Bedroom by Louis Majorelle
2011 SOLD 1.16 M€ including premium
The Ecole de Nancy was able to free the French furniture of its classical traditions, by taking the nature as its source of inspiration. The old capital of Lorraine then lived again an intense creative activity.
Gallé and the Daum brothers pushed very high the prestige of their glassware. It was the Art Nouveau, a rare instance when a provincial school has managed to eclipse the Parisian centralization.
The furniture maker Louis Majorelle ran his family workshop in Nancy. He had the good sense to follow the path opened by Gallé and manufactured with sensuality the finest pieces of furniture of this highly original style.
On March 29 in Paris, Christie's is selling a double bed with its two bedside cabinets. The elegant curves are enhanced by two large stalks of water lilies ("nénuphars") that cross the oblong headboard of the bed.
This suite executed in precious woods and bronzes around 1905 is undoubtedly one of the masterpieces of Majorelle. The lot is estimated € 1M.
POST SALE COMMENT
This lot is a masterpiece of Art Nouveau. It was sold € 1.16 million including premium.
1905 The Scottish Colourists
2011 SOLD 937 K£ including premium
The long tradition of friendship between Scotland and France influenced art. The group of Scottish Colourists had assimilated the innovations of the Impressionists. Their bright colors are are however more cheerful than those of their French contemporaries.
Among them, Samuel Peploe is essentially a painter of still lifes and table tops. Of course, we have Cézanne in mind. But not only. The canvas for sale by Christie's in London on May 26 features a coffee pot, some fruit, some utensils and a large stain on a white tablecloth whose luminosity evokes Manet. It is illustrated on the press release shared by Artdaily.
A scene of such banality is a pretext for the symphony of colors. The date of the work is highly interesting : in 1905, nobody has yet dared to step into the non-figurative. A few years later, Kandinsky became famous and our Scots will be threatened by oblivion.
This painting by Peploe has another asset: measuring 64 x 84 cm, it is large for this artist. It is estimated £ 800K.
POST SALE COMMENT
Good price, without excessive passion: £ 937K including premium.