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Rare Monet Landscapes Lead Sotheby's Impressionist & Modern Art Evening Sale

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    Rare Monet Landscapes Lead Sotheby's Impressionist & Modern Art Evening Sale
    14.11.2017
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Rare Monet Landscapes Lead Sotheby's Impressionist & Modern Art Evening Sale | Now on View in NY

NEW YORK, 3 November 2017 – Sotheby’s is pleased to unveil highlights from its upcoming Evening Sale of Impressionist & Modern Art, which opens for public exhibition this Friday in New York. The 14 November auction is led by two of Claude Monet’s signature landscape paintings, Les Glaçons, Bennecourt and Les Arceaux de roses, Giverny (estimates $18/25 million, respectively), as well as Pablo Picasso’s Buste de femme au chapeau – a canvas referencing two of his greatest muses: Marie-Thérèse Walter and Dora Maar (estimate $18/25 million).

Sotheby’s marquee fall auctions of Impressionist & Modern and Contemporary Art will be on public view in our York Avenue beginning today, 3 November.

CLAUDE MONET FROM WINTER TO SUMMER
Among Monet’s most celebrated and visually spectacular canvases are his depictions of ice on the Seine. These majestic paintings exemplify the artist’s talent for capturing the nuances of the natural world in flux, and Les Glaçons, Bennecourt is among the most elegant (estimate $18/25 million). The work is further distinguished by its important early provenance: its first private owner was Louisine Havemeyer, the art collector and philanthropist, who acquired the picture from Galerie Montaignac in 1897 - a mere four years after it was painted. Together with her husband, Henry Osborne, Louisine amassed what was perhaps the finest art collection in America.

Dazzling in its use of color and exploration of the properties of reflection, Les Arceaux de roses, Giverny is one of only five canvases painted by Claude Monet between the summer of 1912 and 1914 (estimate $18/25 million). Three of these paintings, including the present work, focus on trellises covered in roses, set on the boat landing on the south side of Monet’s water garden. The present work is a stunning symphony of richly applied and worked pigment, and by far the most energetic in the series.

Following Sotheby’s record-breaking auctions of The Collection of Mrs. Paul Mellon in 2014, we are once again honored to present fine art acquired over a lifetime by this legendary tastemaker. The group is led by Monet's Champ d’iris à Giverny, painted in 1887 during a period of respite from the artist’s extensive travels in Holland, Brittany and, finally, his newly-established permanent studio at Giverny (estimate $3/5 million). The work was acquired by the Mellons in 1953 and has remained in the family’s collection since. Separate release available.

POWERFUL PICASSO PAINTINGS
The Evening Sale will offer 11 works by Pablo Picasso, led by Buste de femme au chapeau from 1939 (estimate $18/25 million). Characterized by its vibrant color palette, sharp angularity and bold form, the work is a salient example of the Madonna-and-Magdalene dichotomy that manifested in Picasso’s work while he was simultaneously involved with two of his greatest muses: Marie-Thérèse Walter and Dora Maar. The daring oil painting, which remained in Picasso’s personal collection until his death and was subsequently inherited by his daughter Maya Picasso, before entering its current collection, is now being sold to benefit charitable organizations including the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA). Separate release available

The monumental Homme assis au casque et à l'épée is a powerful example of a theme that was central to Picasso in the last years of his life (estimate $8/12 million). The work was painted in Picasso’s most prolific year, 1969, during which he seemed to not at all be affected by his advanced age but rather invigorated that he had more and more to paint. Towards the end of his life, the image of the musketeer evoked Picasso’s Spanish heritage and his nostalgia for the youthful vigor of his early years.

MARC CHAGALL’S MONUMENTAL CANVASES
The November evening sale boasts two important canvases by Marc Chagall, led by his lyrical masterpiece Les Amoureux (estimate $12/18 million). A stunning image of the artist’s two great loves – his childhood sweetheart and muse, Bella Rosenfeld, and his adoptive home of France – Les Amoureux encapsulates the best characteristics of Chagall’s oeuvre. The work has remained in the same family collection for nearly 90 years, having been purchased from legendary Parisian gallery Bernheim-Jeune in October of 1928 – the year it was painted. Separate release available.

Ever since his childhood, when he had seen the acrobats in the streets of the Russian town of Vitebsk where he lived with his family, Chagall was fascinated by the theme of the circus, and often returned to this subject-matter in his oeuvre. The arrival of the circus signified the sudden invasion of the wondrous in to the rhythm of everyday life, the transformation of the humdrum into a form of art that left behind a lingering sensation of happiness and amazement. Measuring ten feet across, Le Grand Cirque from 1956 is a monumental manifestation of this central theme for the artist (estimate $10/15 million).








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  • Lot 8 Property from a Distinguished Private Collection Marc Chagall Les Amoureux Painted in 1928 Oil on canvas 46 1/8 by 35 5/8 in. Estimate $12/18 million © 2017 ARTISTS RIGHTS SOCIETY (ARS), NEW YORK / ADAGP, PARIS
    Lot 8 Property from a Distinguished Private Collection Marc Chagall Les Amoureux Painted in 1928 Oil on canvas 46 1/8 by 35 5/8 in. Estimate $12/18 million © 2017 ARTISTS RIGHTS SOCIETY (ARS), NEW YORK / ADAGP, PARIS
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  • Lot 12 MAGNIFICENT GESTURES MASTERWORKS FROM THE DIAMONSTEIN-SPIELVOGEL COLLECTION FULL PROCEEDS TO BENEFIT A NOT-FOR-PROFIT CHARITABLE FOUNDATION René Magritte La Réponse imprévue Executed in 1963 or 1964 Gouache on paper 21 5/8 by 14 in. Estimate $2/3 million © 2017 C. HERSCOVICI, BRUSSELS/ARTISTS RIGHTS SOCIETY (ARS), NEW YORK
    Lot 12 MAGNIFICENT GESTURES MASTERWORKS FROM THE DIAMONSTEIN-SPIELVOGEL COLLECTION FULL PROCEEDS TO BENEFIT A NOT-FOR-PROFIT CHARITABLE FOUNDATION René Magritte La Réponse imprévue Executed in 1963 or 1964 Gouache on paper 21 5/8 by 14 in. Estimate $2/3 million © 2017 C. HERSCOVICI, BRUSSELS/ARTISTS RIGHTS SOCIETY (ARS), NEW YORK
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  • Lot 25 Claude Monet Les Glaçons, Bennecourt Painted in 1893 Oil on canvas 25 3/4 by 39 1/2 in. Estimate $18/25 million
    Lot 25 Claude Monet Les Glaçons, Bennecourt Painted in 1893 Oil on canvas 25 3/4 by 39 1/2 in. Estimate $18/25 million
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  • Lot 21 PROPERTY FROM A DISTINGUISHED COLLECTION, SOLD TO BENEFIT CHARITABLE ORGANIZATIONS INCLUDING THE ASPCA Pablo Picasso Buste de femme au chapeau Oil on canvas 255⁄8 by 211⁄4 in. Painted on May 27, 1939 Estimate $18/25 million © 2017 ESTATE OF PABLO PICASSO/ARTISTS RIGHTS SOCIETY (ARS), NEW YORK
    Lot 21 PROPERTY FROM A DISTINGUISHED COLLECTION, SOLD TO BENEFIT CHARITABLE ORGANIZATIONS INCLUDING THE ASPCA Pablo Picasso Buste de femme au chapeau Oil on canvas 255⁄8 by 211⁄4 in. Painted on May 27, 1939 Estimate $18/25 million © 2017 ESTATE OF PABLO PICASSO/ARTISTS RIGHTS SOCIETY (ARS), NEW YORK
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  • Lot 23 Property from a Distinguished American Collection Fernand Léger Élément méchanique sur fond jaune (construction métallique) Signed F. LEGER and dated 50 (lower right); titled ÉLEMENT MECANIQUE SUR FOND JAUNE, signed F. LEGER. And dated 50 (on the reverse) Oil on canvas 36 1/8 by 28 7/8 in Painted in 1950 Estimate $2.5/3.5 million © 2017 ARTISTS RIGHTS SOCIETY (ARS), NEW YORK /ADAGP, PARIS
    Lot 23 Property from a Distinguished American Collection Fernand Léger Élément méchanique sur fond jaune (construction métallique) Signed F. LEGER and dated 50 (lower right); titled ÉLEMENT MECANIQUE SUR FOND JAUNE, signed F. LEGER. And dated 50 (on the reverse) Oil on canvas 36 1/8 by 28 7/8 in Painted in 1950 Estimate $2.5/3.5 million © 2017 ARTISTS RIGHTS SOCIETY (ARS), NEW YORK /ADAGP, PARIS
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    Lot 24 Property from the Prestigious Collection of Roger Dutilleul, Paris Georges Braque Le Pyrogène et le quotidien Gil Blas Signed Braque (on the reverse) Oil on canvas 13 3/4 by 10 3/4 in. Painted in 1909 Estimate $2.5/3.5 million © 2017 ARTISTS RIGHTS SOCIETY (ARS), NEW YORK / ADAGP, PARIS
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