Impressionist and Modern masters shine at Bonhams

Impressionist & Modern Art
5 Nov 2012
New York

New York — Bonhams November 5 Impressionist and Modern Art auction enjoyed lively bidding for artworks by period masters at its New York salesroom with simulcast coverage in San Francisco. Bidding came from buyers in the US, Europe, and South America. The top selling artists in the sale were lots by Pablo Picasso, Marc Chagall, Emil Nolde and Gabriele Münter.

Pablo Picasso's Trois nus féminins from 1923 brought $254,500 (est. $220,000-$280,000). The artist's composition of three figures was based on photographs taken at Cap d'Antibes with wife Olga Kokhlova and son Paulo and American friends, patrons and collectors Sara and Gerald Murphy. The fortunate buyer joins the ranks of important collectors who have owned the drawing, including a private Canadian collector, Gerald Barry and Sir Hugh Walpole.

Dream- and memory-evoked images floating above a townscape in Marc Chagall's richly painted and dramatically coloured Ma rue Podrovskaya inspired buyers to $110,500 (est. $90,000-$120,000).

Emil Nolde's Reetlandschaft und booten from 1930-1935 drew $98,500 (est. $80,000-$100,000). The artist's reverence for the landscape of his native Germany is rendered with his masterful use of colour and graphically charged brushstrokes, capturing a theme that increasingly inspired him with the outbreak of World War I.
German Expressionist Gabriele Münter's painting Blick aufs gebirge elicited bidding to $98,500 (est. $50,000-$70,000). The only woman member of Der Blaue Reiter Group, Münter received her first solo show in the United States in 1960. Her early Fauve pieces evolved into experiential renderings of nature with a sombre palette, saturated colour and expressive line.

The majesty of the Canadian wilderness enthralled Alexander Young Jackson, a founding member of the Group of Seven. The unspoiled expanse of undulating hills in St. Lawrence, Early Spring exalted the natural beauty of the North American landscape. Bidding rose to $86,500 (est. $80-000-$120,000) for this evocative painting.


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