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Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 31 n°14

A Rare Fauve View of the Thames by André Derain

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 6 febbraio 2018

André DerainLondon – André Derain’s Londres: la Tamise au pont de Westminster (1906-07, estimate: £6,000,000-9,000,000) will star in Christie’s Impressionist and Modern Art Evening Sale on 27 February, launching ‘20th Century at Christie’s’, a series of auctions that take place in London from 20 February to 7 March 2018. One of 29 recorded paintings of London that Derain painted across 1906 and 1907, it comes to auction alongside the exhibition ‘Impressionists and London’ currently on view at London’s Tate Britain. Londres: la Tamise au pont de Westminster is captured from the Albert Embankment, portraying the Thames, the Palace of Westminster, Westminster Bridge and, in the background, the pyramidal silhouette of Whitehall Court. As with all of the works in this series, the British capital is saturated in radiant colour. The expansive grey waters of the Thames are transformed into a mosaic of shimmering yellow, blue and turquoise; the sunlit sky rendered in an iridescent patchwork of blues and pinks. The painting will be on view in Hong Kong from 5 to 8 February and New York from 12 to 14 February 2018 before being exhibited in London from 20 to 27 February 2018. Keith Gill, Head of Sale, Impressionist and Modern Art Evening Sale, Christie’s, London: “Derain’s time spent in London saw him produce some of the most revolutionary works of his career. With its blazing colour, radical means of execution and structure, Londres: la Tamise au pont de Westminster is a magnificent painting that takes its place within the esteemed artistic lineage of Turner, Whistler and Monet, all of whom had depicted London in their art. Among the most iconic works of Fauvism, many of this rare series of London paintings are now housed in museum collections across the world, including the Musée d’Orsay, Paris; Museum of Modern Art, New York; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; and the Tate Gallery, London, where a selection of other works from this groundbreaking London series are currently on view in the exhibition, ‘Impressionists in London’. Following the widely acclaimed exhibition of Derain’s work of this period at the Centre Pompidou, Paris, we are honoured to present this rare Fauvist work in our Evening Sale in London.” (photo: André Derain)


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