Highlights of the Impressionist & Modern Art Sale,
New York, 8 November 2017

Highlights of the Impressionist & Modern Art Sale,
New York, 8 November 2017

Highlights of the Impressionist & Modern Art Sale,
New York, 8 November 2017

Highlights of the Impressionist & Modern Art Sale,
New York, 8 November 2017

We are looking forward to our Impressionist & Modern Art Sale being held in New York on 8 November 2017 which already includes fascinating and fresh to the market works by Alberto Giacometti, Joan Miró, Giorgio de Chirico and Louis Valtat, as well a representative selection of Impressionist and European and Latin American Modernism.

Among the highlights in the sale is an iconic Giacometti sculpture Femme Debout Au Chignon. Purchased by the present owner in 1980 from Galeries Maeght, Paris, it has been unseen by the market since then. This work, conceived circa 1953-54, represents a departure from how Giacometti had previously sculpted female figures. He returned to using female models, sculpting them in his studio rather than from his imagination as he had done in prior years. These smaller female sculptures stay true to his chiselled, rough distortions but exaggerate the female figure more prominently with the small waist, large breasts and broad hips. Also from the same collection comes Tête, a beautiful and playfully representative surrealist sculpture by Joan Miró. This work too has been unseen on the market since being bought by the present owner from Galeries Maeght in 1980.

Another highlight in the Bonhams New York Impressionist & Modern Art Sale is Giorgio de Chirico's Apparizione della Ciminiera painted in circa 1939-45. This work captures many of the representative motifs of the artist's most popular works. It shows a town square full of the geometric, cylindrical arches and structures with the light creating enlongated shadows across the buildings in the foreground. In the background a train runs along the skyline, which de Chirico depicted in many of his works, recalling the fact his father was a railroad engineer. While the canvas has a feel of forlornness in this chilling and haunting cityscape it also has a sense of empowerment that de Chirico strived for in his works.

One last highlight to note is Louis Valtat's Catalogne, let tâches quotidiennes au mas, painted in 1895 depicting workers in a landscape. This impressively large canvas shows Valtat's combined mastery of Impressionism, Pointillism and Fauvism. The bright, poignant colours and layers of brushstrokes create a striking example of his style and work.

We are excited for our November sale and are still in the process of seeking consignments. Please feel free to contact us for a complimentary valuation if there are works you are interested in consigning.

by Nathania Nisonson, Senior Specialist, Impressionist & Modern Art,
New York