Doyle to Auction Impressionist, Modern, Post-War and Contemporary Art on November 9

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  • November 02, 2022

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Gifford Beal (American, 1879-1956), Rockport, Signed, Oil on board, 18 1/8 x 30 1/8 inches (46 x 76.5 cm). Est. $8,000-12,000. Lot 41.

Doyle will hold an auction of Impressionist & Modern Art and Post-War & Contemporary Art on Wednesday, November 9 at 11am. The sale will showcase paintings, drawings and sculpture spanning the late 19th through the present day. The Impressionist & Modern Art section is devoted to Academic and Barbizon art through Impressionism and Post-Impressionism to German Expressionism and early Modernism. The Post-War & Contemporary Art section will present artistic movements from Abstract Expressionism, Pop Art and Minimalism, moving through Fluxus and Mail Art to Street Art and works by emerging artists.

Fernand Léger (1881-1955), Mere et Enfant, 1953, Inscribed, Gouache with traces of pencil on paper, 24 1/4 x 20 1/4 inches (61.6 x 51.4 cm). Est. $120,000-180,000. Lot 49.

The public is invited to the exhibition on view Saturday, November 5 through Monday, November 7 at Doyle, located at 175 East 87th Street in New York. View the catalogue and place bids at

Impressionist & Modern Art

Fernand Léger
Vivid colors have come to define the Cubist/Futurist work of Fernand Léger, and Mere et Enfant from 1953 is a prime example. High-key bands of bright color radiate across the surface, with Léger’s delicate figures resting at center, their inky black outlines providing balance and volume to the composition. Lot 49

Moïse Kisling
The Polish-born painter Moïse Kisling was a part of the burgeoning artist community in Montparnasse prior to WWI, and following the war (where Kisling would serve as part of the Foreign Legion), Kisling returned to Paris where he would share a building with friends Amedeo Modigliani and Jules Pascin. Kisling is best known for his Surrealist depictions of women, with Petite Tete Fleurie an absolutely sublime example. Draped in a fantastical adornment of flowers, the wide-eyed young girl feels akin to a sprite from a fairy tale. Lot 30

John Koch
American Realist painter John Koch often depicted high-society New York life at mid-century. A rare still life, Sculpture and Lilies from 1970 is a fantastic example of Koch’s skill and precision; with delicate lace drapery floating behind a classical female bust and brilliant lilies in the foreground. Lot 47

Le Pho
Vietnamese painter Le Pho studied and worked in Paris after leaving Hanoi, and is celebrated for his luminescent post-Impressionist paintings. Represented here with three radiant still lifes and a portrait of a young woman arranging flowers, Le Pho balances the delicate technique of classic Chinese painting alongside the vivid colors and loose gestures inherent to Modern Art. Lots 33-36

Sam Gilliam (1933-2022), Sweet and Low, 2002, Signed, dated and inscribed, Acrylic and polypropylene on wood, 65 x 38 x 4 inches (165 x 96.5 x 10.2 cm). Est. $50,000-70,000. Lot 107.

Post-War & Contemporary Art

Mark Flood
From Mark Flood’s “Lace Painting” series, Red Nude showcases the artist’s technique of employing lace as a stencil, allowing the intricate pattern to build an abstract surface. An about-face from the confrontational text pieces from earlier in Flood’s career, Red Nude is a stellar example of Flood’s unique approach to abstract painting. Lot 110

Sam Gilliam
A figure in the Washington Color School group of abstract painters, Gilliam worked tirelessly to reconsider the form and shape of a painting. Creating paintings with beveled edges, and later with large suspended, draped canvases. From 2002, Sweet and Low continues Gilliam’s exploration into pushing the shape and form of a painting, using a series of panels to build an angled surface in which light and shadow also becomes integral to the work. Lot 107

Donald Sultan
Employing his trademark subject matter – lemons and eggs, Donald Sultan continues his series of haunting charcoal paintings that blur the line between abstraction and representational images. At large scale, the dark silhouettes vibrate and radiate, with Sultan’s deft application of charcoal both flattening the forms yet hinting at an enveloping depth. Lots 92-95

Lois Dodd
A key figure in the Post-War New York art world, Lois Dodd was a co-founder of the Tanager Gallery in the 1950s, which was integral to the expansion of the Tenth Street scene and launched the creation of artist-run gallery spaces. Along with fellow representational painters Alex Katz, Fairfield Porter and others, Dodd explored and documented the coast of Maine. With Large Morning Woods from 1978, Dodd creates a large-scale image of light and shadow; with dark, staccato tree trunks in its foreground and brilliant blues and greens peeking through the spindly branches. Lot 77

Mary Bauermeister
German artist Mary Bauermeister was a part of the Fluxus movement of artists and creators, along with friends and sometimes collaborators John Cage, Nam June Paik and Joseph Beuys. From 1965-66, Little Plus-Minus is a prime example of Bauermeister’s intricate constructions; delicate ink drawings curling across wooden elements and illusory glass lenses. Lot 63

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