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Christie's New York

7 PM, November 16, 2016

Sale 12145

Monet hay


Lot 9, "Meule," by Claude Monet, oil on canvas, 28 5/8 by 36 1/4 inches, 1891

By Carter B. Horsley

The evening auction of Impressionist & Modern Art November 16, 2016 at Christie's New York is highlighted by a major work from Claude Monet's famous "haystack" series, a superb still life watercolor by Cezanne, a couple of fine Picasso paintings, and wonderful paintings by Kandinsky, Bonnard and Soutine.

Lot 9, "Meule," is a vibrant and heated haystack oil on canvas by Claude Monet (1840-1926) that measures 28 5/8 by 36 1/4 inches.  It was painted in 1891.
It once belonged to Mrs. Potter Palmer of Chicago. It appeared at Sotheby's New York May 11, 1999 with an estimate of $8 million to $12 million.   It then sold for $10,900,000 not counting the buyer's premium in what I then wrote "semmed to be an eternity of tiny bidding increments by the auctioneer."

In the 1999 article, I noted that "it is one of more than 30 known canvases of such subjects by Monet, but it is not the most inspired although the catalogue goes to great lengths to boost its significance by quoting the impact of seeing one of these pictures on Wassily Kandinsky and noting that it is one of three that are unusually cropped, supposedly heralding the artist's increasing interest in abstraction."

"Speaking of these three, the catalogue states that 'They are among the most important of any works executed by Monet before he began his first series of Water Lilies (1903-1907) and offer a defining moment in the history of modern art." Perhaps, but such a history probably has too many defining moments and Monet has many far better. This work has also been consigned by the Nahmad family which acquired it after it failed to sell at Christie's in London in 1990.'"

It has been widely exhibited and published.

At this auction, it has "an estimate on request" and bidding started at $35 million.  It was sold for $81,447,500, an auction record for Monet.



Monet sea

Lot 7, "La Vague," by Claude Monet, oil on canvas, 21 3/4 by 29 1/8 inches, 1880

Another Monet that is far more impressionistic than the "Haystack" picture, is Lot 7, "La Vague," an 1880 oil on canvas that measures 21 3/4 by 29 1/8 inches.  It has an estimate of $1,500,000 to $2,500,000.  It sold for $3,547,500.




Detail of Monet sea

Detail of Lot 7

It has an estimate of $1,500,000 to $2,500,000.  It sold for $3,547,500.

Kandinsky

Lot 18, "Rigide et courbe," by Wassily Kandinsky, oil and sand on canvas, 44 7/8 by 63 7/8 inches, 1935

Lot 18 is a large and impressive oil and sand on canvas painting by Wassily Kandinsky (1866-1944).  Entitled "Rigide et courbe," it measures 44 7/8 by 63 7/8 inches and was painted in 1935.  It was once owned by Solomon R. Guggenheim and has been widely exhibited and published. 

The catalogue entry provided the following commentary:

"The grandly polyphonic Rigide et courbe, with its unfurling of a thrilling repertoire of intimate and epic motifs, reflects the profound impact Kandinsky's new French surroundings had exerted on his painting."

It has an estimate of $18 million to $25 million.  It sold for $23,319,500.


Cezanne watercolor

Lot 16, "Theiere et oranges (La Nappe), by Paul Cezanne, gouache, watercolor and pencil on paper, 18 7/8 24 5/8 inches, circa 1900

Lot 16 is a strong gouache, watercolor and pencil on paper by Paul Cezanne (1839-1906) that is entitled "Theiere et oranges (La Nappe)."  It measures 18 7/8 by 24 5/8 inches.  It was painted circa 1900.  It was once owned by Justin K. Thannhauser of New York and Samuel A. Lewisohn of New York.  It has widely been exhibited at major cultural institutions.  It has an estimate of $8,000,000 to $12,000,000.  It sold for $6,967,500.

Cezanne landscape

Lot 23, "Paysage avec route et clocher (Ile de France pres de Melun)," by Paul Cezanne, oil on canvas, 21 1/4 by 25 5/8 inches, 1880

Lot 23 is a good landscape by Paul Cezanne entitled "Paysage avec route and clocher (Ile de France pres de Melun)."  An oil on canvas, it measures 21 1/4 by 25 5/8 inches and was painted in 1880.  It once belonged to Sam Salz of New York and has been widely exhibited.  It has an estimate of $10,000,000 to $15,000,000.  It failed to sell and was passed at $9,000,000.


Lot 19 is a great still life oil on canvas by Georges Braque (1882-1963) entitled "Mandoline a la partition (Le Banjo).  It measures 42 3/8 by 35 1/8 inches and was painted in 1941.  It was exhibited at The Phillips Collection in Washington in 2013 and has been widely published.  It has an estimate of $7,000,000 to $10,000,000.  It sold for $10,245,000.

Picasso lady

Lot 13, "Buste de femme (Dona Maar)," by Pablo Picasso, oil on canvas, 17 7/8 by 15 7/8 inches, 1938

Lot 13 is a very strong portrait of Dona Maar by Pablo Picasso.  It is an oil on canvas that measures 17 7/8 by 15 7/8 inches.  It was painted in 1938.  It has an estimate of $18,000,000 to $25,000,000.  Bidding started at $14,000,000 and sold for $22.647,500.


Picasso tall

Lot 26, "Homme a la pipe," by Pablo Picasso, oil on canvas, 76 3/4 by 51 1/8 inches, 1969

Lot 26 is a great, late, glorious and large oil on canvas Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) entitled "Homme a la pipe."  It measures 76 3/4 by 51 1/8 inches and was painted in 1969.  It has an estimate of $15,000,000 to $20,000,000.  It sold for $18,391,500.

Picasso man

Lot 15, "Portrait d'Angel Fernandez de Soto," by Pablo Picasso, oil on canvas, 24 3/8 by 20 3/8 inches, 1899

Lot 15 is a nice portrait of d'Angel Fernandez de Soto by Picasso.  It is an oil on canvas that measures 24 3/8 by 20 3/8 inches and was painted in 1899.  It has an estimate of $1,800,000 to $2,500,000.  It sold for $3,367,500.


Bonnard

Lot 34, "Gouter au jardin," by Pierre Bonnard, oil on canvas, 14 7/8 by 17 7/8 inches, circa 1891


Lot 34 is a luscious and very fine oil on canvas by Pierre Bonnard (1867-1947).  It is entitled "Gouter au jardin" and measures 14 7/8 by 17 7/8 inches.  It was painted circa 1891. When it wasoffered at Christie's May 9, 2007 with the title "Etude pour l'apres-midi au jardin," it has an estimate of $2,800,000 to $3,500,000. It then sold for $2,504,000. That auction catalogue remarked that this work "represented the cutting-edge style of a new anti-naturalist tendency in the arts, derived from the Symbolist movement in literature led by the poet Stéphane Mallarmé, whose creed was 'to paint, not the thing itself, but the effect it produces.'"  At this auction, it has an estimate of $2,800,000 to $3,800,000.  It sold for $3,607,500.


Camperdonk

Lot 41, "Bergziegen (Blumen und Terre)," by Henrich Campendonk, oil on canvas, 29 1/4 by 19 1/4 inches, 1917

Lot 41 is a very colorful oil on canvas by Henrich Campendonk (1889-1957) entitled "Bergziegen (Blumen und Terre)."  It measures 29 1/4 by 19 1/4 inches and was painted in 1917.  It once belonged to the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York and the A. Alfred Taubman.  It has an estimate of $800,000 to $1,200,000.  It sold for $1,207,500.

Delaunay

  Lot 36, "Hommage a Bieriot, esquisse," by Robert Delaunay, oil on canvas laid down on panel, 23 7/8 inches square, 1914

Lot 36 is a good Parisian scene by Robert Delaunay (1885-1949) entitled "Homage a Bieriot, esquisse."  An oil on canvas laid down on panel, it measures 23 7/8 inches square.  It was painted in 1914..It has an estimate of $1,000,000 to $1,500,000.  It sold for $1,567,500.


Caillebotte

Lot 8, "Le Pont de l'Europe, etude partielle," by Gustave Caillebotte, oil on canvas, 21 3/4 by 15 1/8 inches, 1876

Lot 8 is a good sketch of a man walking on "Le Pont de l'Europe, etude partielle," by Gustave Caillebotte (1848-1894).  An oil on canvas, it measures 21 3/4 by 15 1/8 inches and was painted in 1876.  It has an estimate of $1,000,000 to $1,500,000.  It sold for $1,087,500.
 
Soutine

Lot 21, "Le garcon d'etage," by Chaim Soutine, oil on canvas, 30 5/8 by 25 7/8 inches, circa 1928

Lot 21 is a fine oil on canvas by Chaim Soutine (1893-1943) that is entitled "Le garcon d'etage."  It measures 30 5/8 by 25 5/8 inches and was painted circa 1928.  It once belonged to Mr. and Mrs. Ralph F. Colin of New York and has been widely exhibited.  It has an estimate of $6,000,000 to $8,000,000.  It sold for $6,519,500.


Miro sculpture

Lot 14,  "Femme Monument," by Joan Miro, bronze, 99 inches high, numbered 1 of 4, cast in 1977

Lot 14 is a large bronze sculpture by Joan Miro entitled "Femme Monument."  It is 99 inches high and is numbered 1 of 4.  It was cast in 1977. It has an estimate of $3,000,000 to $5,000,000.  It sold for $6,967,500.

Moore

Lot 20, "Three Standing Figures," by Henry Moore, bronze, 28 1/4 inches high, 1953

Lot 20 is a wonderful bronze sculpture of "Three Standing Figures" by Henry Moore (1898-1986).  It is 28 1/4 inches high and was conceived and cast in 1953.  It has been widely published.  it has an estimate of $1,500,000 to $2,500,000.  It was withdrawn.

Sisley


Lot 44, "Ferme au bord de la Seine a Port-Marly," by Alfred Sisley, oil on canvas, 21 1/2 by 25 5/8 inches, 1875

Lot 44 is a lovely river scene by Alfred Sisley (1839-1899) entitled "Ferme au bord de la Seine a Port-Marly."  An oil on canvas, it measures 21 1/2 by 25 5/8 inches and was painted in 1875.  It  has been widely published and exhibited.  When it was offered at Christie's New York November 1, 2005, it had an estimate of $1,800,000 to $2,500,000 and sold for $1,808,000.  At this auction, it has an estimate of $2,000,000 to $3,000,000.  It failed to sell and was passed at $1,700,000.

Pissarro

Lot 11, "La Gare d'Orleans, Saint-Sever, Rouen," by Camille Pissarro, oil on canvas, 28 7/8 by 36 1/4 inches, 1896

Lot 11 is a very good Rouen landscape by Camille Pissarro entitled "La Gare d'Orleans, Saint-Sever, Rouen."  An oil on canvas, it measures 28 7/8 by 36 1/4 inches and was painted in 1896.  It once belonged to William Somerset Maugham and Hal B. Wallis and has been widely exhibited.  It has an estimate of $4,000,000 to $6,000,000.  It failed to sell and was passed at $3,500,000.


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