During an evening at Sotheby’s London this June 2017, which saw painting sales reaching the dizzy heights. Is the Art World after months of uncertainty, finally witnessing a comeback?
‘Bild mit wiessen Linien’ (Painting with White Lines’, 1913 by Wassily Kandinsky (1866-1944)
The painting illustrated above by Wassily Kandinsky, Bild mit weissen Linien (Painting with White Lines), 1913, sold for an astonishing £33,008,750. Painted in 1913, Bild mit weissen Linien represents an important period in Kandinsky’s career during which he perfected his own lyrical form of abstraction. At this time, Kandinsky took his cue from the language of musical composition – and determined that every colour corresponded with a particular emotion or ‘sound’.
THE OTHER ‘RECORD-BREAKERS’ ON THE NIGHT
‘Murnau – Landschaft mit grunem Haus, Murnau (Landscape with Green House), 1909 by Wassily Kandinsky (1866-1944)
The exquisitely vibrant abstracted landscape (shown above) was another record for a Wassily Kandinsky, selling for a highly respectable £20,971,250. A blazing celebration of colour, the work is a major early piece which captures the moment of transition in the artist’s career when he is on the cusp of moving from figuration to abstraction.
‘Buste de femme couchée, 1970 by Pablo Picasso (1881-1973)
The colourful and sensual Buste de femme couchée, 1970 by Pablo Picasso sold on the night for a £2,408,750. Painted in 1970, Buste de femme couchée illustrates Picasso’s ongoing exploration of the female form. Here Picasso shows Jacqueline Roque reclining, with her supine figure elongated, accentuating her latent sensuality. The artist met Jacqueline in 1952 at the pottery studio in Vallauris, at the time he was still living with Françoise Gilot. Jacqueline Roque was to become the final love of the Picasso’s life.
‘Femme Accroupie’ 1954 by Pablo Picasso (1881-1973)
Another record sale for Pablo Picasso was the joyously vibrant and conceived on an impressive scale, Femme accroupie, sold for £7,358,750. Again showing Jacqueline Roque. The palette recalls the brilliant primary tones Picasso used during the 1930s – a time in Picasso’s painting often referred to as his ‘golden period’ – whilst the boldly geometric composition alludes to the ground-breaking developments of his Cubist work.
A STERLING SUCCESS ON THE NIGHT! – Lets hope it lasts!
EXCITING NEWS! The Fletcher Gate Fine Art Gallery will be holding a solo show for the London Slade School artist Tanya Vanessa Foster in late July 2017 (dates to be confirmed). We hope you can join us.
A HIGHLIGHT OF THE SHOW – ‘KYNANCE’ by Tanya Vanessa Foster, Original Oil on Wood, 27.5 x 39.5 Inches, Signed, Acquired Direct from the Artist