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Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 32 n° 259

Impressionist & Modern Art Evening Sale

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 19 gennaio 2017

impressionist.pngLondon – The Impressionist & Modern Art Evening Sale on 28 February will launch 20th-Century at Christie’s, a season of sales that take place at Christie’s in London from 28 February to 10 March 2017. The personal collection of the esteemed philanthropist and patron of the arts Barbara Lambrecht will lead the auction, with all proceeds from the collection benefitting the Rubens Prize Collection in the Museum of Contemporary Art Siegen, Germany. Barbara Lambrecht, who was awarded the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany in 2016, therefore continues her profound and longstanding philanthropic engagement for social and educational projects, classical music, theatre and the arts. Her personal collection was carefully assembled during the 1970s & 1980s and presents paintings by Impressionist painters at critical turning points in their careers when they began to experiment with vantage points, painterly techniques and subject matter. Two distinct conceptual strands can be identified within the collection: classic early Impressionism and the daring colour of the Fauves. Highlights include two important oils by Berthe Morisot, who, in an art world dominated by men, defiantly pursued a career as an artist and painted the world around her with constant innovation, expanding the boundaries both of artistic convention and of the prescribed roles of her gender. Further highlights include Claude Monet’s Les Bords de la Seine au Petit-Gennevilliers (1874, estimate: £2,000,000-3,000,000), Les deux Anges by Kees van Dongen (1907-09, estimate: £400,000-600,000) and Pablo Picasso’s Lluis Alemany (1899-1900, estimate: £300,000-500,000), dating from the beginning of his career, just ahead of his first trip to Paris.
Le Corbusier: Important Works from the Heidi Weber Museum Collection will form a centrepiece of the Impressionist & Modern Art Evening Sale. Heidi Weber first met Le Corbusier in the summer of 1958 at Cap Martin in Southern France. This auspicious meeting marked the beginning of a close, collaborative and enormously productive partnership between the pair. With endless passion, determination and an unceasing enthusiasm, Weber embarked on a number of collaborative projects; from the incredibly successful industrial and commercial adaptation of his furniture designs, to publishing his graphic works, to nurturing and developing the market for Le Corbusier’s art, and finally to personally funding and constructing his last building – the Heidi Weber Museum Centre Le Corbusier in Zurich, Switzerland. Described variously as the ‘leading ambassador’, ‘spiritual heiress’ or ‘mentor’ of Le Corbusier, Heidi Weber was, in Le Corbusier’s own words, a ‘monster of perseverance, devotion and enthusiasm’. Three oil paintings tracing Le Corbusier’s career from the 1920s to the 1940s will be offered alongside four works on paper from this significant Museum Collection. Weber developed an unparalleled collection of Le Corbusier’s work, amassing a comprehensive overview of his career. From the elegant, rigidly structured Purist compositions of the late 1910s and early 1920s, to the exuberant multi-hued compositions of his later years, the astonishing diversity that characterises Le Corbusier’s oeuvre can be seen in the selection of works that feature in the Impressionist & Modern Art Evening and Works on Paper Sales.
Works from the Impressionist & Modern Art Sales will will be on view at Christie’s King Street from 23 to 28 February 2017. Highlights will be on view in Hong Kong from 17 to 20 January 2017, Shanghai on 8 February 2017 and Beijing from 11 to 13 February 2017. (photo: impressionist)

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