It is now estimated £ 14M for sale by Sotheby's in London on March 7, lot 12.
I narrated it as follows before Christie's sales :
Nature, even when it is wild, is influenced by humans, although such an interaction is sometimes difficult. Peter Doig is the best contemporary landscape painter. He creates some imaginary scenery from documents which may include photographs taken by himself.
Human figures are absent or discrete. The horizon is useless. The atmosphere is made of a subtle pattern of lines and colors by which the artist shows that he has assimilated various trends of modern art.
In 1991, aged 32, he is overwhelmed by the Cité Radieuse at Briey-en-Forêt near Metz, regarded 30 years earlier as a masterpiece by Le Corbusier. In the woods, this large dwelling unit had been difficult to maintain in its original purpose of social housing. It is threatened of destruction and rapidly loses its polychromy.
Through the tight branches, Doig may imagine everything : is the house still alive or already dead? Is it even yet accessible ? Now mixing this new emotion with his childhood memory in Canada he transfers the question onto another modernist house built by Eberhard Zeidler in a ravine at Rosedale near Toronto.
The oil on canvas 200 x 250 cm shows the imposing Rosedale house laid down in its small valley, offered or hidden through a dense network of winter twigs, similar as a figurative Pollock whose annihilation by the lines would not have been completed.
SOLD for £ 14.4M including premium
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