Schnellsuche

Monumental Masterpieces by William Scott Emerge from Irish Collections

  • Auktion
    Monumental Masterpieces by William Scott Emerge from Irish Collections
    12.06.2018

WILLIAM SCOTT’S SEMINAL BERLIN BLUES 2 FROM THE COLLECTION OF IRISH ARCHITECT DR RONALD TALLON TO MAKE AUCTION DEBUT – THE ONLY FULL-SIZE CANVAS FROM THE BERLIN BLUES SERIES EVER TO APPEAR AT AUCTION – F ALONGSIDE A FURTHER MASTERPIECE BY THE ARTIST EMERGING FROM THE COLLECTION OF ANOTHER OF IRELAND’S MOST SIGNIFICANT COLLECTORS, DR JOHN O’DRISCOLL F MODERN & POST-WAR BRITISH ART EVENING SALE SOTHEBY’S LONDON, 12 JUNE 2018

Simon Hucker, Sotheby’s Senior Specialist in Modern & Post-War British Art, said: “These two major paintings are amongst the most significant works by William Scott to be offered at auction is recent years. Between them, they distil all of Scott’s artistic concerns: his perfect balance between figuration and abstraction; his mastery of colour and tone; as well as his preoccupation in the 60s and 70s with the scale and the audacity of American art. We are thrilled to be offering two such important works, all the more so because of their distinguished provenances, from two of Ireland’s great collectors of Modern art.”

William Scott was among the most internationally celebrated British painters of the 20th century, his works acquired by the most forward-thinking collectors and institutions of their day.

This monumental painting from the pivotal Berlin Blues series caught the eye of Dr Ronald Tallon, an influential Irish modernist architect, who persuaded Scott’s wife Mary to part with it having caught a glimpse of the painting hanging in the Scotts’ London home. Prior to this, Tallon had purchased the sister work from the series, Berlin Blues I, for the Bank of Ireland collection (later donated to the Irish Museum of Modern Art). Scott himself considered this impactful painting immensely significant, selecting it as the basis for a five-pence stamp design he created for the Eire postal service in 1973. Having first pondered in a letter to his son as to whether or not the first ever abstract stamp would be met with approval, his doubts were proved to be unfounded, as eight million copies permeated the consciousness of the Irish public.

Following the energetic, rhythmic nature of the Berlin Blues series, Scott’s work from the early 1970s took on a fresh and understated aesthetic – marking a return to the still life subject matter that had been a major pre-occupation throughout his life. Dark Earth Scheme encapsulates the very best of Scott’s poetic sense of space, with his instantly recognisable simplified forms arranged in perfect harmony on a backrop of rich, ochre tones. This large-scale painting was acquired by Dr John O’Driscoll, one of Ireland’s most signficant collectors of International Modernism, the year after it was painted – hanging in his home alongisde works by by Kees van Dongen, Edgar Degas, Joan Mitchell, Alexander Calder, Roy Lichtenstein and Alberto Giacometti, as well as Scott’s friend Patrick Heron.

Interwoven with the history of these uncompromisingly modern collectors, Berlin Blues 2 and Dark Earth Scheme will be offered at auction for the first time on 12 June, both having remained in family collections since they were first acquired.

On Sunday 10 June at 2pm, Sotheby’s galleries will host a public talk with Sotheby’s senior specialist Simon Hucker in conversation with the artist’s son Robert Scott on ‘The Art of William Scott’.








Neue Kunst Auktionen
18. WESTLICHT FOTO-AUKTION AM
Mit Robert Capas The Falling Soldier kommt bei der WestLicht...
Auktion 472, Wertvolle Bücher
Hamburg, 19. Oktober 2018 (kk) - Große Meister haben sie...
60. Herbstauktion 2018
Diamant-Brosche "Blume" Silber auf Rotgold 585. 1...
Meistgelesen in Auktionen
Auktion 472, Wertvolle Bücher
Hamburg, 19. Oktober 2018 (kk) - Große Meister haben sie...
Rare 1956 Ferrari 290 MM Leads
LOS ANGELES, California (19 OCTOBER 2018) – RM Sotheby...
18. WESTLICHT FOTO-AUKTION AM
Mit Robert Capas The Falling Soldier kommt bei der WestLicht...
  • William Scott, Berlin Blues 2, oil on canvas, 161 by 173cm, 1965 (est. £350,000-450,000)
    William Scott, Berlin Blues 2, oil on canvas, 161 by 173cm, 1965 (est. £350,000-450,000)
    Sotheby’s Auktionshaus
  • William Scott, Dark Earth Scheme, oil on canvas, 168.5 by 173cm, 1973 (est. £200,000-300,000)
    William Scott, Dark Earth Scheme, oil on canvas, 168.5 by 173cm, 1973 (est. £200,000-300,000)
    Sotheby’s Auktionshaus
Bilderaktuell von den Auktionen
beginn 3 wochen
beginn 2 wochen
beginn 1 woche