left sleeve of Lot 21
catalogue entry for the lot, which is the cover illustration of the
catalogue,notes that it was the last of six paintings he did of pastry
chefs in Ceret starting in 1919 and this series represent the artist's
first explorations of "the figure in uniform." The first in
the series was acquired by Albert Barnes, along with 60 other Soutine
works, and is in his foundation museum in Philadelphia. The
lot has an estimate of $16,000,000 to $22,000,000. It sold for $18,043,750 including
the buyer's premium as do all results mentioned in this article.
The price was a world auction record for Soutine. According to an article entitled "Asian Bids Lift Art Sale at
Christie's" by Kelly Crow in the May 9, 2013 edition of The Wall Street Journal
it was bought by a "Chinese collector."
Lot 27, "Vue
sur le village," by Chaim Soutine, oil on canvas, 28 5/8 by 39 inches,
Of the 47 offered lots, 44, or 94 percent, sold for a total of
$158,505,000. The pre-sale estimates were $131.4 million to
Lampley, Christie's head of the Impressionist & Modern Art
Department, taking bids on the phone during the auction
After the auction, Marc Porter, the chairman of Christie's America,
said it was the strongest auction in terms of percentage of lots sold
it had had since 2006 and Brooke Lampley, the chairman of the
department said that the audience today was "really educated and
intelligent and consisted of buyers from about 30 countries."
Rumbler, the auctioneer
Mr. Porter announced that Andreas Rumbler, the evening's auctioneer,
"will be with us for the season." Mr. Rumbler, deputy
chairman of Christie's Department of Impressionist & Modern Art
in Zurich, conducted the auction with aplomb and a calm, but steady
Lot 27 is a large and wild
landscape by Soutine that is an oil on canvas that measures 28 5/8 by
39 inches. Entitled "Vue sur le village," it was painted
1921-2. A simpler but similar painting is in the collection
of the Baltimore Museum of Art. This work has a modest
estimate of $1,600,000 to $2,200,000. It sold for $1,803,750.
According to the
catalogue entry, "In April 1918, eager to escape
the persistent German bombardment of Paris, Soutine and his
friends Modigliani and Fougita, together with their dealer Leopole
Zborowski, traveled to Cagnes-sur-Mer on the Cote d'Azur.
Modigliani reportedly told their dealer, Zborowski that "In
Soutine I'm leaving you a great artist." Soutine would spent
almost three years in Ceret, a town known as "The Mecca of
Cubism." The catalogue also noted that "American
painters in the nascent movement of Abstract Expressionism - De
Kooning, Pollock,Tworkov and Guston among others - discovered in
Soutine a remarkable and prescient antecedent," and indeed this
painting looks like it is only missing one of De Kooning's messed-up
Lot 39, "Les
Glaieuls," by Chaim Soutine, oil on canvas, 31 1/2 by 23 3/8 inches,
39 is a very striking flower still life by Soutine that is very
dramatic for its redness and because it looks like it could have been
painted by Vincent Van Gogh. An oil on canvas, it measures 31
1/2 by 23 3/8 inches and was painted circa 1919. It was once
in the collection of The Barnes Foundation and also in the collection
of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph F Colin. It has a modest estimate of
$650,000 to $950,000. It
sold for $963,750.
50, "La Lampe sur la table," by Georges Braque, oil and sand on canvas,
25 3/8 by 31 7/8 inches,1952
Lot 50 is a magnificent still
life by Georges Braque (1882-1963) entitled "La Lampe sur la table."
An oil and sand on canvas, it measures 25 3/8 by 31 7/8
inches and was painted in 1952. It has a very modest estimate
of $800,000 to $1,200,000.
Detail of Lot
50 by Braque
to the catalogue, when Braque painted this work he was "at the height
of the great late flowering in his work, when, as John
Richardson has stated, he was creating paintings that were 'more
explorative in their handling of space and more profound in their
metaphysical concerns that anything else being done in Western Europe
at the time."
"Mandoline et portée de musique," by Pablo Picasso, oil and sand on
canvas, 38 1/4 by 51 1/4 inches, 1923
wonderful oil and sand on canvas still life is Lot 35, "Mandoine et
portée de musique" bny Pablo Picasso. The 1923 work measures
38 1/4 by 51 1/4 inches and was once in the collection of G. David
Thompson of Pittsburgh and Meshulam Riklis of New York, who died last
has been widely exhibited and has an estimate of $8,000,000 to
It sold for $9,195,750 and the buyer, according to an article by Carol
Vogel in the May 9, 2013 edition of The New York Times was Angela
Neville, "a London art adviser."
Detail of Lot
35 by Picasso
The composition of palette
and scratched lines are very strong in this work and it is an excellent
composition. The catalogue entry notes that the sensation of
the 1909 Salon d'Autuomne in Paris were a group of paintings by Corot
including several with women with mandolines and Picasso would
paint a great Cubist work of Fanny Teiller playing a Mandoline the
following year. The catalogue quotes Richardson that
"According to Braque, these were a revelation to Picasso,
Derain and himself for their gravity and austerity, also for their
studio settings 'They are paintings about painting,' he
The catalogue also quotes Jean Cocteau as stating in
1917 "Long live Corot! Picasso speaks only of this
master, who touches us more deeply than all the Italians
obsessed with grandeur."
34, 'Voiliers ŕ Collioure," by André Derain, oil on canvas, 25 7/8 by
32 inches, 1905
Lot 34 is a great oil on
canvas sketch by André Derain (1880-1954) entitled "Voiliers ŕ
Collioure." It measures 25 7/8 by 32 inches and was painted
in 1905. It was once in the collection of Mr. and Mrs.
Charles W. Englehard Jr. of New Jersey. It has been widely published
and exhibited. It has an estimate of $5,000,000 to
11, "Madame Matisse au kimono," by André Derain, oil on canvas, 31 3/4
by 25 3/8 inches, 1905
rear cover illustration of the auction catalogue is Lot 11, "Madame
Matisse au kimono," a luscious oil on canvas by André Derain.
It measiures 31 3/4 by 25 3/8 inches and was painted in 1905.
The blue patterning on the kimono is 'in motion," set off
even more by the quite static and undetailed background. The
work has been widely exhibited and published. It has an
estimate of $15,000,000 to $20,000,000. It failed to sell and
was passed at $13,000,000.
"Jeune Femme Assise en Robe Grise," by Henri Matisse, oil on canvas, 18
1/4 by 15 inches, 1942.
fine and lovely companion piece to Derain's panting of Mrs. Matisse in
a kimonto is Lot 26, "Jeune Femme Assise en Robe Grise" by Henri
Matisse (1869-1954), an oil on canvas that measures 18 1/4 by
15 inches and was painted in 1942. It has a modest estimate
of $5,000,000 to $7,000,000. It sold for $4,939,750.
"Venus ŕ la coquille," by Henri Matisse, bronze, 12 1/4 inches high
28 is a wonderful small bronze by Matisse entitled "Venus ŕ la
coquille." It is 12 1/4 inches high. It was
conceived in 1930 and cast in 1951 and is numbered "HM 9." It
has an estimate of $1,000,000 to $1,500,000. It sold for $1,143,750.
Lot 41, "La
Diva," by Pablo Picasso, pastel on board, 20 3/8 by 14 1/8 inches, 1901
41 is an exquisite pastel on board by Pablo Picasso (1881-1973)
entitled "La Diva." It measures 20 3/8 by 14 1/8 inches. It
was once in the collection of Edgar William and Bernice Chrysler
Garbach of New York. It has an estimate of $800,000 to
sold for $2,587,750.
Lot 13, "Le
Fumeur," by Pablo Picasso, pastel and colored wax crayons on paper, 20
1/4 by 9 5/8 inches, 1964
13 is a very colorful and good pastel and colored wax crayons on paper
by Pablo Picasso entitled "Le Fumeur." It measures 20 1/4 by
9 5/8 inches and was created in 1964. It has a modest
estimate of $500,000 to $700,000. It sold for $1,083,750.
"Homme et femme," by Pablo Picasso, pastel and charcoal on paper, 41
1/4 by 29 1/8 inches, 1921
Lot 38 is a great and large
pastel and charcoal on paper of a man and a woman by Pablo Picasso.
It measures 31 1/4 by 29 1/8 inches and was painted in 1921.
It was once in the collection of Douglas Cooper ofArgilliers.
It has an estimate of $5,000,000 to $7,000,000. It sold for $6,283.750.
Lot 45, "Dans la salle ŕ manger," by Berthe Morisot, oil on canvas, 36
1/8 by 28 3/4 inches, 1880
Lot 45 is a very nice work by Berthe Morisot (1841-1895) entitled "Dans
la salle ŕ manger." An oil on canvas, it measures 36 1/8 by
28 3/4 inches and was painted in 1880. It has an estimate of $500,000 to $700,000. It sold for a hammer price of $400,000.
Detail of Lot
"Keenly aware of her
obsession withwhite, Morisot noted in her journal that by comparison ,
'Everything selse seems indifferent," the catalogue entry observed.
"Morisoto's decision to portray the maid from behind serves
both to heighten the sense of intimacy in the scene and to
limit the role of expression or gesture. The human
figure becaome just one more element in the orchestration of opalescent
tones, no different from the bowl on the table or the dishes on the
shelves," it continued.
The lot has a modest estimate of $500,000 to $700,000. It sold for $483,750.
Lot 37, "Selbstbidnis mit Modell (Fragment)," by Egon Schiele, oil on
canvas, 27 3/4 by 95 inches,1913
37, "Selbstbidnis mit Modell (Fragment)," is a large oil on canvas by
Egon Schiele (1890-1918). It measures 27 3/4 by 95 inches and
was painted in 1913.
'Peinture," by Joan Miró, oil on canvas, 57 3/4 by 45 inches, 1933
The catalogue provides the following commentary:
"Selbstbidnis mit Modell
beongs to a series of bold religious allegories, in which Egon Schiele
portrayed himself together with his lover and model, Valerie Walburga
Neuzil, called 'Wally.' The present painting ranks among the
most accomplished and ambitious of all of the artist's paintings."
The lot has an estimate of $5,000,000 to $7,000,000. It sold for $11,323,750.
Lot 14 is a large oil on
canvas abstraction by Joan Miró (1893-1983). It measures 57
3/4 by 45 inches and was painted in 1933. It is one of 18
large works that he painted that year that were based on some collages
he had made. It has an estimate of $10,000,000 to
sold for $10,987,750.
Lot 40, Les
trois acrobates," by Marc Chagall, oil on canvas, 45 3/4 by 34 7/8
40 is a large oil on canvas of three acrobats by Marc Chagall
(1887-1985). It measures 45 3/4 by 34 7/8 inches and was
painted in 1926. It has an estimate of $6,000,000 to
sold for $13,003,750.
"Pommiers en fleurs - Louveciennes," by Alfred Sisley, oil on canvas,
20 by 28 1/4 inches, 1873
29 is a very nice landscape with figures in Louveciennes by Alfred
Sisley (1839-1899). An oil on canvas, it measures 20 by 28
1/4 inches and was painted in 1873. It has an estimate of
$1,000,000 to $1,800,000. It
sold for $2,363,750.
"Printemps ŕ Venez," by Alfred Sisley, oil on canvas, 28 3/4 by 35 1/4
Another very fine and lovely
oil on canvas by Sisley is Lot 31, "Printemps ŕ Venez." It
measures 28 3/4 by 35 1/4 inches and was painted in 1880. It
has an estimate of $2,000,000 to $3,000,000. It sold for $3,259,750.
"Maisons sur un coteau, hiver, environs de Louveciennes,"by
Camille Pissarro, oil on canvas, 12 1/4 by 18 1/8 inches, 1872
5 is a superb, small landscape of Louveciennes in winter by Camille
Pissarro (1830-1903). An oil on canvas, it measures 12 1/4 by
18 1/8 inches and was painted in 1872. It has an estimate of
$1,000,000 to $1,500,000. It
sold for $1,083,750.