1930 Mondrian reaches the Infinity
2014 SOLD 12.4 M£ including premium
By studying the parallel lines, Euclid invited to consider the infinite through a figure executed on a small surface. In 1930, it becomes clear that Mondrian endeavours to implement a similar vision in art: the pattern of strictly horizontal and vertical lines is important, color is secondary.
On February 4 in London, Christie's sells an oil on canvas, estimated £ 8M.
At that time, two colors are now sufficient on the condirion that they appear at opposite corners of the canvas. The lowest line is very close to the edge, opening a mysterious area. Under such conditions, a small picture is sufficient to express rhe deletion of the limits : the size of this square canvas is only 50 cm.
There is no fantasy in an abstract painting by Mondrian. The thicker horizontal line at the top of the yellow zone is so short on the canvas that it is indeed the visible part of an endless journey.
I invite you to play the video shared by Christie's. It masterfully demonstrates that this painting is just one element in a series of different colors, put in a comparable manner on a similar pattern. In another artwork, yellow and blue are reversed compared with the painting that comes for sale.
In a less dogmatic way than Malevich, Mondrian also eliminates any emotional value of color. The only impression that remains is infinity.
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This small painting enables to appreciate Mondrian's quest. It was sold for £ 12.4 million including premium.
1930 The Reconstructed Woman
2018 SOLD for £ 8.3M including premium
The wrought iron sculptures of his childhood friend Julio Gonzalez encourage him to assemble forms featuring human organs. Watching from various angles creates the composition of his paintings as Matisse had done in his early days. When a rocky architecture posed on a beach evokes a woman whose hollows appeal for eroticism, it is unclear between Picasso and Dali who influenced the other.
Picasso defined this ephemeral surrealist period as the series of Bones, supported by some craze for the skeletons. Do not believe what artists say.
In fact Pablo is frustrated. He had chosen Marie-Thérèse as a muse but she is still a minor and he hides her in an apartment close to his. Olga certainly has doubts about Pablo's loyalty, and acrimony begins to settle in the couple.
Picasso's Bones are indeed women. The painter will later say that they are showing Olga, perhaps because he can no longer accept his frustration at not being legally able to display Marie-Thérèse.
On January 18, 1930 he was still painting L'Acrobate, a poor imitation of La Musique by Matisse, 162 x 130 cm. At the end of January in the same size the Baigneuse is Olga seated at the seaside. In a surrealist construction she has the overall morphology of a naked woman.
On February 1 Femme is a hollowed head that has retained the triangular beak and vertical jaws of the previous Baigneuse. This 64 x 47 cm oil on panel was sold for $ 8M including premium by Sotheby's on May 3, 2011 over a lower estimate of $ 3M.
On February 2, 1930 in the same technique and size, 'Figure' foils the attempts to interpret the organic features, even in comparison with the Femme from the day before, as if Picasso had wanted to ensure an abstract jump of his fantasies from Olga to Marie-Thérèse. This oil and charcoal is estimated £ 3M for sale by Christie's in London on February 27, lot 106.
1930 Nu Allongé by Matisse
2001 SOLD for $ 10.5M by Phillips, de Pury and Luxembourg
The first three bronzes were edited in Paris around 1908. One of them was sold for £ 15M by Phillips on March 8, 2018, lot 9.
Two later copies had been sold : for $ 8.4M by Christie's on November 9, 1999 for one of the two 1912 bronzes and for $ 10.5M by Phillips, de Pury and Luxembourg on May 7, 2001 for one of the three 1930 bronzes, lot 17.
1930 Pretty Women in the Roaring Twenties
2020 SOLD for $ 9.4M including premium
She has no sexual taboos and is a pretty woman herself whom her admirers like to compare to Garbo. Beside her social portraits, she paints anonymous women who are often self-portraits or pictures of her favorite lovers, Ira and Rafaela.
On October 6 in New York, Christie's sells Les Jeunes femmes, oil on panel 73 x 38 cm painted in 1930, lot 29 estimated $ 6M. This work is also titled Les Deux amies in an assimilation with the couples of women by Toulouse-Lautrec.
They are naked. The slight chiaroscuro shows that they are outside. The brunette is leaning on a railing on which the blonde is seated in a dominant position. Despite their physical proximity, their intimacy is not sexual in this picture. They are both looking at something happening under their balcony.
The blonde's resemblance to Tamara seems obvious. The brunette, whose face is not visible, may be Ira.
1930 Gary Cooper as The Texan by Norman Rockwell
2007 SOLD for $ 5.9M including premium by Sotheby's
1930 An Emerald in New York City
2017 SOLD for $ 5.5M including premium
In 1930 John D. Jr. presented to Abby a brooch adorned with several emeralds. The jewel was dismantled in the division of Abby's deceased estate in 1948 and the biggest emerald was brought to Raymond Yard, the favorite jeweler of the Rockefeller family. This superb step cut stone weighing 18.04 carats offers the typical characteristics of the best Colombian emeralds by its intense color and saturation.
The jewel created in 1948 by Yard on a platinum ring has not been modified. The emerald is flanked on both sides by small diamonds. It will be sold by Christie's on June 20 in their usual auction room at the Rockefeller Center in New York, lot 126 estimated $ 4M.
An emerald of similar quality was in the collection of Elizabeth Taylor. It had been assembled by Bvlgari on a brooch in a surrounding of diamonds. Sold by Christie's on December 13, 2011 for $ 6.6M including premium, this emerald weighing 23.46 carats reached the record price of $ 280K per carat.
Please watch the video shared by Christie's :
1930 La Dormeuse by Lempicka
2011 SOLD for £ 4.1M including premium by Sotheby's
1930 Les Jeunes Filles by Lempicka
2019 SOLD for $ 5.3M including pemium by Christie's
1930-1931 On the Old Santa Fe Road by O'Keeffe
2014 SOLD for $ 5.1M by Sotheby's
During a tour of the west Rebecca Strand has an intuition : her friend Georgia will be able to express the wild power of the rolling hills of New Mexico. In 1929 the two women leave New York City and their husbands for a first long stay in Taos where they will return for several consecutive summers.
Georgia is immediately seduced by these pure landscapes that are not soiled by vegetation. In a spontaneously Humboldtian vision, she finds the biomorphic dimension of these dry lands flooded by sunlight.
Her first paintings in Taos highlight this formal discovery without altering the colors. On the Old Santa Fe Road, oil on canvas 41 x 76 cm painted in 1930-1931, was sold for $ 5.1M including premium by Sotheby's on November 20, 2014 over a lower estimate of $ 2M.
1930 Youki the Snowy Woman
2016 SOLD for HK$ 39M including premium
Like the other artists, Foujita seeks and finds the ideal woman in Montparnasse. He marries Fernande and paints nudes of Kiki. The whiteness of Lucienne's skin brings to him a new artistic impulse. He nicknames her Youki which means Little snow.
Now his paintings must present the expressionist effect of the perfect woman. He covers the canvas with white or ivory paint on which he draws the nude in ink by a thin and sharp line before completing the work by the transparent color of skin and hair.
The hedonistic life of Montparnasse does not invite to fidelity. In 1930 Youki leaves Foujita for loving Desnos. The painter nevertheless continues his aesthetic quest and copies a 1924 modello showing Youki sleeping naked on a bed with her arm and her long hair carelessly flowing to the floor.
The ideal and diaphanous woman occupies the upper part of the picture. In the foreground, the strong point is a reclining cat bringing a high contrast in density along with the opposition of his bright gaze with the inactive attitude of the sleeping goddess.
This large size artwork 98 x 163 cm was sold for £ 1.2 million including premium by Sotheby's on February 5, 2014. It is estimated HK $ 20M for sale by Sotheby's in Hong Kong on April 3, lot 1035.
1930-1937 La Suite Vollard by Picasso
2019 SOLD for $ 4.8M by Christie's
97 images were engraved by Picasso between 1930 and 1934. While admiring the gentle Marie-Thérèse, Pablo finds back the fiery impulses of his youth. Far away from Cubism, minotaurs and fauns approach with brutality or delicacy the snoozing women with appealing curves. The theme of the sculptor's studio is also abundant. The supplement up to the requested figure of 100 is assured in 1937 with three portraits of Vollard by Picasso.
Vollard died in 1939 in the same death as Aeschylus, reportedly because a jolt unbalanced a statue that fell on his neck in the back seat of a car in which he was sleeping. The series of the hundred pictures had no title and will never have one. It will be known as La Suite Vollard.
Vollard had just started dealing with the Suite. In the 1940s the dealer Henri M. Petiet acquires the stock. Picasso then signed prints for cash as and when Petiet got orders for full sets, from his first sale in 1950 until the artist withdraw from that process in 1969. These Petiet sets were not serialized. Petiet also offered single prints for sale.
A complete set with wide margins, fully signed by Picasso for Petiet, was sold for $ 4.8M from a lower estimate of $ 3M on November 11, 2019 by Christie's, lot 55 A.
1930-1936 Les Palmiers by Dunand
2021 SOLD for £ 3.3M by Phillips
From 1930 Dunand is very busy with the Art Déco furnishings of the ocean liners Atlantique and Normandie. He nevertheless accepts orders from private customers. The preparation of the fumoir of Colette Aboucaya will last from 1930 to 1936.
The theme of the Aboucaya fumoir is Les Palmiers, a forest of palm trees providing an illusion of exoticism. The size of the room is 390 x 620 cm, for a total perimeter of about 20 m. The set constituting the four walls is composed of 27 panels 344 cm high plus two double doors, a pair of sliding doors and one opening. The wood pieces are lacquered in exquisite low contrasting grays.
Miss Aboucaya was a very private person. Whatever the reason she never used her fumoir. When she died at age 101, nobody in her family had ever entered in that room. Her estate sale by François de Ricqlès in 1997 included in the condition of a time capsule the Dunand boiseries, a matching rug by Da Silva Bruhns, and the furniture conceived by Gérard Mille and lacquered by Katsu Hamanaka. Other rooms had been furnished with works by Leleu, Prou, Baguès and Bernard Dunand.
The full set of boiseries was later sold by Christie's in Paris on March 29, 2011 for € 2.2M, lot 25. Considered in period as a French treasure, it has been authorized to leave France and was sold for £ 3.3M by Phillips on June 30, 2021, lot 33. Please watch the video shared by the auction house.
The next lot, 34, in the Phillips sale is a 3 m long banquette (daybed) from the same fumoir, was sold for £ 400K. It is signed by Hamanaka in 1932 for the black lacquer and in 1935 for the frame.
1930 Duesenberg Model J Convertible Coupe by Murphy
2021 SOLD for $ 4M by Gooding
It had from a request by its first owner the relocating of the dual spare wheels from the side mounts to the rear, a lovely option that highlights the elegance of the fenders. During a recent restoration, the car was reunited with its original rear hub supporting the spare wheels, a piece that had waited such a matching for three decades.
The specialist also rebuilt the engine in exacting standards meeting the tolerances defined in the factory blueprints. The car won a prestigious 100 point score and a first in Duesenberg class at the 2019 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance.
One of only two created with rear spares, this comprehensively restored and authenticated 1930 #Duesenberg Model J Disappearing Top Convertible Coupe represents the zenith of West Coast coachbuilding. #PebbleBeachAuctions— Gooding & Company (@goodingandco) July 10, 2021
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