Lot 10, "Femme nue couchée," by Gustave
Courbet, oil on canvas, 29 1/2 by 38 1/4 inches, 1862
10 is a lovely and very fine nude women reclining by Gustave Courbet
(1819-1877). An oil on canvas, it measures 29 1/2 by 38 1/4
inches and was painted in 1862. It once belonged to Prince Wagram
of Paris and latert to Baron Ferenve Hatvary of Budapest from whom it
was confiscated by the Nazis and later restituted to his family.
It was exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York in
2008 and has been widely published. It has an estimate of
$15,000,000 to $25,000,000.
It sold for $15,285,000, an auction record for the artist,
breaking the previous record of $3,749,000 set at Sotheby's New York
November 6, 2013.
Lot 16, "Au Lit: Le Baiser," by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, peinture à l'essence on board, 16 5/8 by 22 1/2 inches, 1892
16 is a very fine peinture à l'essence on board by Henri de
Toulouse-Lautrec (1864-1901). It is entitled "Au Lit: Le Baiser."
It measures 16 5/8 by 22 1/2 inches and was painted in 1892. It
has been widely published. It has an estimate of $10,000,000 to
$15,000,000. It sold for $12,485,000.
Lot 15, "Woman," by Willem de Kooning, oil, enamel and charcoal on paper laid down on canvas, 22 5/8 by 19 inches, circa 1952-3
15 is a great Willem de Kooning, an oil, enamel and charcoal on paper
laid down on canvas. It is entitled "Woman" and measures 22 5/8
by 19 inches and was painted 1952-3. It has been widely
exhibited. The catalogue entry provides the following quotation
from the artist: "Beauty becomes petulant to me. I like the
grotesque. It's more joyous." The entry also notes that the
Woman series by the artist "broke down the boundaries between
abstraction and figuraton with its radical representation of the female
figure." The lot has a modest estimate of $12,000,000 to
$18,000,000. It failed to sell and was passed at $12 million.
Lot 17, "Naked Portrait on a Red Sofa," by Lucien Freud, oil on canvas, 39 by 35 5/8 inches, 1989-1991
17 is a portrait of Bella, one of his 14 children, by Lucien Freud
(1922-2011). An oil on canvas, it measures 39 by 35 5/8 inches
high and was painted between 1989 and 1991. At the press preview,
Brett Gorvy said that the sitter was present during all aspects of the
artist's painting this picture, even when it was only the floorboards.
He said that she was self-conscious about her hips, but not about
posing nude. The work was exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum of
Art in 1994. It is entitled "Naked Portrait on a Red Sofa."
Parts of the painted have heavy impasto and have been reworked.
As with many of his pictures, the artist enlarged the canvas
several times with additions, according to Mr. Gorvy. The lot has
an estimate of $20,000,000 to $30,000,000. It failed to sell and was passed at $19 million.
Lot 3, "Im See badende Madchen, Mortizburg," by Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, oil on canvas, 35 7/87 by 47 1/4 inches, 1909
3 is a bright and colorful oil on canvas by Ernst Ludwig Kirchner
(1880-1938) entitled "Im See badende Madchen, Moritzburg." It
measures 37 7/8 by 47 1/4 inches and was painted in 1909. The
catalogue entry notes that "Painted with a bold spontaneity and
striking vibrancy as streaks of bright, unmixed blue, green, red and
orange erupt across the large canvas, as pulsating with a vitality and
rawness of expression that characterizes the greatest of Kirchner's
work from these joyous and defining summers. The lot has an
estimate of $10,000,000 to $15,000,000. It sold for $13,605,000.
Lot 13, "Nurse," by Roy Lichtenstein, oil and magna on canvas, 48 inches square, 1964
2, "Tanzerin mit gebabenem Bein," a carved and painted oakwood
sculpture by Kirchner, had an estimate of $3,500,000 to $5,500,000.
It sold for $8,005,000, an auction record for a sculpture by the
artist, shattering the previous recored of $1,464,000 set for a carved
and painted wood Karyatide sold at Christie's in London in 2006.
13 is a 48-inch square oil and magna on canvas by Roy Lichtenstein
(1923-1997) entitled "Nurse." It has been owned by Leon Krashar
of New York, Karl Stroher of Darmstadt and Peter Brant of Greenwich,
Conn. It has been widely published and exhibited. It has an
estimate of about $80 million. It
sold for $95,365,000, an auction record for the artist. The
artist's previous auction record was $56,123,752 set at Christie's New
York May 15, 2013.
Lot 12, "Jeune Fille s'évadiant," by Joan Mirò, painted bronze, 60 inches high, conceived in 1967 and cast in 1975
12 is a sexy work in painted bronze by Joan Mirò (1893-1983) entitled
"Jeune fille s'évadiant." It is 60 inches high and was conceived
in 1967 and cast in 1975. It has been widely published. It
has an estimate of $4,000,000 to $6,000,000. It sold for $5,373,000.
Lot 19, "James Lord," by Alberto Giacometti, oil on canvas, 45 3/4 by 31 3/4 inches, 1964
19 is a pleasant and large grisaille portrait on canvas of James Lord
by Alberto Giacometti (1901-1966). It measures 45 3/4 by 31 3/4
inches and was painted in 1964. It has been widely published and
exhibited. It has an estimate of $22,000,000 to $30,000,000. It sold for $20,885,000.
28, "Homme au blouson (Diego)," by Alberto Giacometti, plaster with parting compound, 20 inches high, 1953
28 is an imposing bust of his brother Diego by Alberto Giacometti in
plaster with parting compound. It is 20 inches high and was made
in 1953. It is a unique plaster cast and was used to make nine
copies in bronze. The catalogue entry remarks that "Many would
judge Giacometti's Homme au blouson (Diego)...to be the most impressive
of the superb series of male heads and busts that the sculptor created
in the early and mid 1950s." It has an estimate of $6,000,000 to
$8,000,000. It failed to sell and was passed at $4.8 million.
Lot 5, "Thérèse," by Paul Gauguin, carved miro wood with gold gilding and copper nails, 26 inches high, 1902-3
5 is an imposing and impressive sculpture of "Thérèse" by Paul Gauguin
(1848-1903) made of carved miro wood with gold gilding and copper
nails. It is 26 inches high and was made 1902-3. It has
been widely exhibited and published. It has an estimate of
$15,000,000 to $25,000,000.
It sold for $30,865,000, a world auction record for a sculpture
by the artist, shattering the previous record of $11,282,500 set at
Sotheby's New York May 3, 2011.
Lot 20, "Homme à l'épée," by Pablo Picasso, oil on panel, 57 3/8 by 45 inches, 1969
20 is a strong, large oil on panel by Pablo Picasso (1881-1973).
Entitled "Homme à l'épée," it measures 57 3/8 by 45 inches and
was painted in 1969. It has an estimate on request. It sold for $22,565,000. The catalogue entry notes that this work was the cover illustration for the catalogue for the Avignon exhibition, "Picasso; Oeuvres 1969-1970," "the most controversial of the exhibitions held during Picasso's final years."
Lot 25, "Femme à la couronne de fleurs (Marie-Thèrése), oil on canvas, 21 5/8 by 18 1/8 inches, 1937
In that catalogue Rafael Alberti provided the following commentary:
Picasso invades the Palais des Papes at the heaed of a column of over a
hundred men...accompanied by more than thirty women, two dwarfs, two
harlequins and one pierrot, various children....people of a great
size, surging out of the most diverse costumes and backgrounds, with
the most violent dissonances, insulting arabesques, and the most
harminiously inharmonized explosions."
What else would you have expected from the most riotous of painters!
stark contrast with Lot 20, Lot 25 is a pleasant, sweet, innocent
portrait by Picasso of his mistress Marie-Thèrése Walter wearing a
crown of flowers. An oil on canvas, it measures 25 5/8 by 18 1/8
inches and was painted in 1937. It has an estimate of $12,000,000
to $16,000,000. It failed to sell and was passed for $10,500,000.
7, "L'homme à la pipe (Etude pour un joueur de cartes) recto, the
reverse is "Pere Alexandre") by Paul Cezanne, watercolor on paper, 19
by 12 5/8 inches, 1892-5
7 is a double-sided watercolor on paper by Paul Cézanne (1839-1906)
that on one side shows a man with a pipe that is a study for the
artist's famous cardplayer series ande the other Pere Alexander.
It measures by 12 5/8 inches and they were painted between
1892 and 1895. The lot has an estimate of $18,000,000 to
$25,000,000. It sold for $20.885,000.
Lots 33 and 32, "Leslie" and "self-portrait," by Chuck Close, oil on linen, 72 by 60 inches, 2007
32 is a self-portrait by Chuck Close (b. 1940) that is an oil on linen
from 2007. It measures 72 by 60 inches. It has an estimate
of $2,500,000 to $3,500,000. It sold for $2,405,000.
33 is a portrait of "Leslie" that is an oil on linen from 2007 by
Close. It also measures 72 by 60 inches. It has an estimate
of $2,000,000 to $3,000,000. It failed to sell and was passed at $1,400,000.
the auction the traditional press conference was delayed about 20
minutes and the press was herded into a narrow hallway to wait in a
hall and when it was over members of the Christie's staff collected its
press badges although they said there would be new ones the next day, a
most unusual action.