On 2 May, Christie’s New York will offer a fantastic line-up of works in the Impressionist & Modern Works on Paper and Day Sales. With pieces ranging in style, medium, and estimate, the sales present an exciting opportunity for collectors of all levels. Many works of notable provenance will be featured with the sale of private collections, including The Collection of Alan Dershowitz and Carolyn Cohen, The Estate of Paul Mellon, Property From The Ascher Family Collection, and Property From The Collection Of Evelyn D. Haas, as well as works from prominent institutions, such as The Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, sold to benefit the museum’s programs and Acquisitions Fund. With over 370 lots, the sales are expected to realize in excess of $25 million.
Among the highlights from The Collection of Alan Dershowitz and Carolyn Cohen is Pablo Picasso’s Femme se regardant dans un miroir tenu par un enfant, painted in 1905-1906 (estimate: $300,000-400,000). The idyllic scene has classical roots and is most clearly linked to the subject of Venus Anadyomene, a goddess who is often depicted as wringing out her hair as she emerges from the water. Executed early in the artist’s career, before having fully embraced the Cubist style, this piece reflects Picasso’s experimentation during the period, as well as his influence by the master NeoClassicist, Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, who had painted the same subject roughly 50 years prior, also with the addition of the putto holding up a mirror.
Wassily Kandinsky’s Vibrierend is a completely abstract construction of colorful geometric forms, which dates from the height of Kandinsky’s involvement with the Bauhaus (estimate: $500,000-700,000). A quintessential work by the artist, the dynamic composition was methodically assembled, with the goal of eliciting emotion in the viewer, as powerful as can be derived from listening to music.
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