Doyle New York to Auction European, American, Modern & Contemporary Art on May 8

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  • May 03, 2013

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Everett Shinn (American, 1876-1953), Curtain Call, 1933, Signed and dated 1933, Pastel on paper, Sheet 19 1/8 x 13 1/2 inches. Estimate: $90,000-110,000
Doyle New York

On Wednesday, May 8 at 11am, Doyle New York will hold an auction of European, American, Modern and European Art. The sale presents 363 lots of important works by prominent artists from the late 19th century through the present day.

Highlighting the European Art section of the sale is a circa 1885 painting by Henri-Edmond Cross (French, 1856-1910) titled La Blouse Rouge (est. $150,000-350,000). This depiction of a young girl in a red blouse bathed in light from an open window exhibits Cross’s use of a colorful Impressionist pallet beginning in the mid 1880s.

By Emil Nolde (German, 1867-1956) is Drei Kartenspieler an Einem Tisch, Cospeda (est. $125,000-175,000). An early member of the German Expressionists, Nolde painted this watercolor depicting three card players in 1908 as part of a series executed in the town of Cospeda, Germany.

A masterful view of a Village in Normandy by Maurice de Vlaminck (French, 1876-1958) juxtaposes the red roofs of the houses against the dark green foliage of the trees (est. $60,000-80,000). Another work by the artist, Le Village, offers a view of village buildings beneath a dramatically painted sky (est. $30,000-50,000). Vlaminck, together with fellow Fauvists Henri Matisse and Andre Derain, worked in a palette of intense color.

By Post-Impressionist artist Gustave Loiseau (French, 1865-1935) is a circa 1923 work, La Rue de Village, Saint-Cyr-du-Vaudreuil (est. $45,000-55,000). Paul Signac (French, 1863-1935) is represented by a watercolor and charcoal depiction of Sailboats in a Harbor (est. $30,000-50,000). Cardinal's Reception by Spanish artist Luis Alvarez Catala (1836-1901) offers a view of the elegant entertainment hosted by a prince of the church (est. $30,000-50,000).

The Modern & Contemporary Art section of the sale showcases works by American, European, Latin American and Asian artists encompassing artistic movements from Cubism and Expressionism through the present day.

Featured is Abstraction #3 by Kim Whanki (1913-1974) (est. $100,000-150,000). Whanki was one of the first generation of South Korean Abstract artists. In 1963, he moved to New York, where this work was executed.

By Colombian artist Fernando Botero (b. 1932) is a 1957 Still Life (est. $80,000-120,000). Best known for his colorful, corpulent figures, Botero’s early work was influenced by the somber palette of European Old Master paintings, as evidenced in this still life.

Robert Rauschenberg (American, 1925-2008) is the great innovator in 20th century art. In his search for various ways to incorporate unconventional imagery and materials into his compositions, he developed a process of transferring printed images onto his support using a solvent. Inroads, 1981, is a strong example of Rauschenberg's employment of this technique. His transferred images overlap and run across paper, pigment and cloth (est. $80,000-120,000).

The auction features works by some of India’s foremost Abstract artists, including an untitled painting from 1958 by Vasudeo S. Gaitonde (Indian, 1924-2001) (est. $80,000-120,000). Gaitonde was one of the founders of the influential Progressive Artist Group. From 1947 until 1956, its members, comprising the most prominent modern artists of India, sought to adopt an international artistic idiom. Fellow member Maqbool Fida Husain (Indian, 1915-2011) is represented by the 1959 Untitled (Seated Figure) (est. $60,000-80,000). This work reflects his interest in Indian imagery deconstructed to near abstraction. Also included in the sale are two works by Indian/American artist Natvar Bhavsar (b. 1934).

Sculpture in the sale offers two bronzes by Henry Moore (British, 1898-1986) -- Draped Reclining Figure, 1956 (est. $70,000-100,000) and Seated Woman (Thin Neck), 1960 (est. $60,000-80,000). Both works are characteristic of Moore’s abstractions of the human figure.

By Diego Giacometti (Swiss, 1902-1985) are two circa 1980 bronze tables, Feuilles, Modele de Salle a Manger aux Grenoilles (est. each $70,000-90,000). The tables were acquired directly from Giacometti by California designer Michael Taylor, who sold them to the Orosco family for use in the Jacuzzi Estate in Lafayette, CA, which Taylor renovated and decorated for them.

The American Art section of the sale offers exceptional works of the late 19th and 20th centuries. One of the highlights is Everett Shinn’s (American, 1876-1953) Curtain Call, a pastel on paper executed in 1933 (est. $90,000-110,000).  Like Degas, Shinn was fascinated by the effects of artificial theatrical lighting on the faces, costumes and props of the performers. In the present work, a resplendent cabaret performer, tipping her top hat in acknowledgement of the accolades of an unseen audience, epitomizes Shinn's theatrical themes.

By John Henry Twachtman (American, 1853-1902) is a marvelous view of Waterfall, Yellowstone (est. $80,000-120,000). The work is one of sixteen scenes painted during Twachtman's 1895 trip to Yellowstone. This work, the last in the series, shows the falls from the closest angle, concentrating the viewer's attention on qualities of the painted surface as much as on the falls. Also by Twachtman is The Cascade in Spring (est.$70,000-90,000). This painting is among a group of images Twachtman created in the 1890s of the waterfall on Horseneck Brook, situated behind his home in Greenwich, CT.

John French Sloan (American, 1871-1951) is represented by the 1915 view of Breezy Day, Gloucester, Mass (est. $40,000-60,000). Sloan began to summer in Gloucester in 1913 and worked for the first time en plein aire. His landscapes and seascapes reflected a lighter, brighter tonality than heretofore.

Mother and Child, a bronze executed in 1914 Paul Manship (American, 1885-1966), is a study for the unique life-size bronze sculpture of the same title from 1917, which Manship made for the garden of Charles Schwab in Lorett, PA (est. $25,000-45,000). 

Louis LeB. Webre
Doyle New York
212-427-4141, ext 232

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