It is now estimated £ 10M for sale by Christie's in London on February 11, lot 18.
I introduced it as follows before the 2013 sale.
Nature, even when it is lush, 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 de 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 can imagine everything: is the house still alive or already dead? Is it even yet accessible ? 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.
I invite you to watch the video shared in 2013 by Christie's.
SOLD for £ 11.3M including premium