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  • 469 - Modern & Contemporary Art

    Sale: Monday 30 November 2015, 2 p.m.
    Viewing: Friday 27 - Sunday 29 November, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

    We herewith present you the catalogue of our comprehensive auction Modern & Contemporary Art. The selected paintings and works on paper are complemented by a number of prominent collections, including sculptures, photography, CoBrA-Art and works by renowned Chinese artists.

    The first lot under the hammer will be a beautiful work in oil by the hand of Frida Holleman. Lot 1, The summerly day at the beach, Scheveningen, depicts a favourite subject of the artist. From a private collection in Denmark, this work will be offered with a valuation of € 2.000 - 4.000.

    The listed lots by Dirk Smorenberg form an exceptional collection. These six works, some of the best in his oeuvre, have been part of a collection for a long period of time and serve as exemplary paintings of ‘his’ lakes at Loosdrecht. Smorenberg found numerous possibilities, in summer and in winter, to express the peaceful atmosphere in his landscapes in his own distinctive style. Valuations of lots 4 to 9 € 1.000 - 6.000.

    An impressive work is lot 13, Still life with tulips and amaryllises by Jan Sluijters. This large-sized canvas demonstrates this artist’s pure joy of painting. There are only few still lifes in the oeuvre of Sluijters that do not feature flowers. It is known that every bouquet of flowers brought into his house was therefore immediately captured. For a colourist as Sluijters, flowers played an important role in experimenting with colour and form. Valuation € 40.000 - 50.000.

    Another the top lot of this auction is lot 24, Adorp, painted by Johan Dijkstra. This large-sized painting was acquired directly from the artist by the present owner, and has subsequently been exhibited in the Groninger Museum on several occasions. This work exemplifies the characteristics with which the De Ploeg movement rapidly achieved international recognition, by using complementary colours in a composition based on French Impressionism. This example of experimentation and innovation will be offered with a valuation of € 25.000 - 35.000.
    Amongst the French artists on offer is lot 33 by Raoul Dufy. This La Fillette Assise demonstrates the skill of the artist in working in Indian ink on paper, and will be listed in the new catalogue raisonné of Dufy. Valuation € 5.000 - 8.000.

    Lot 54 exhibits the characteristic elements of the internationally renowned oeuvre of Walasse Ting. The two Asian beauties are not only depicted with fans, but also with flowers, fruits, parrots and fish. Ting, born in China, lived in Paris for a while, where he met Karel Appel, Asger Jorn, and Pierre Alechinsky. He subsequently moved to New York where he was influenced by Pop Art and Abstract-Expressionism and befriended none other than Sam Francis. These many influences come to expression in this watercolour on rice paper: a seductive and magical world full of colour rendered in brush strokes that bear resemblance to calligraphy. Valuation € 10.000 - 15.000.

    Highly sought after are works by Farah Ossouli, the progressive Iranian female artist. The triptych offered here is titled Life and dates to 1988 and was acquired by the present owner during his stay in Teheran at that time. After Iranian custom the work has to be read from the right to the left. The right-hand part depicts the childhood of a man and the relationship with his mother, the centre part depicts his youth and the relationship with his loved one, the left-hand part depicts loneliness at old age. This lot 55 will be offered with an attractive valuation of € 10.000 - 15.000.

    We are delighted about the large number of Chinese contemporary works of art included in this catalogue, most of which offered from abroad. One of the pioneers, Wang Guangyi, was trained as a propaganda artist under Mao Zedong and influenced by the heroism of Socialist Realism. In his work he expresses his discontent over these many years of censorship. Lot 61, Great Criticism - MTV, is a painting in oil dating from 2005 and was acquired directly from the artist by the present owner. Valuation € 18.000 - 25.000.
    Lot 68 by Liu Ye is titled Matthias and Fleur and has already sparked excitement internationally. For this watercolour Liu Ye was inspired by the main characters in the story of Haruba and uncommonly portrayed a Chinese girl with blue eyes. This Chinese sign of good luck caused a lot of (Chinese) media attention and therefore belongs to one of the most sought after works by his hand. Valuation € 30.000 - 40.000.

    For the enthusiasts of the Zero-movement we are offering a range of innovative compositions. Amongst these are three works by Jan Schoonhoven, all coming from the family of the artist. For example lot 80, displaying an impressive play of lines which appear expressive and are rendered in a near calligraphic manner. This powerful composition in felt pen on paper dating from 1980, measuring over 40 by 29 centimetres, has a valuation of € 3.000 - 5.000.

    The catalogue also lists a large number of photographic works of which lot 97 immediately draws the attention. This Moon #4 by Ruud van Empel exhibits his signature lighting effects in a fanciful setting. This intriguing work will be offered with a valuation of € 5.000 - 8.000.

    Coming from a prominent corporate collection is lot 132 by Françoise Gilot. This Union is part of the series Floating Pictures and exhibits clear influences by her loved-one, Pablo Picasso. This two-sided canvas is dated 1984 and was acquired some years later from The Neelsten Foundation. Valuation € 8.000 - 12.000.

    A number of CoBrA-artists are also listed in this catalogue, including the expressive lot 164 by Theo Wolvecamp. The depicted movement in Explosion is unparalleled and makes this early painting in primary colours an impressive addition to one’s collection. A comparable work is part of the collection of the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, this large-sized canvas will be offered with a valuation of € 10.000 - 15.000.
    The auction will be concluded with two works in acrylic by Karel Appel, of which lot 170 originally comes from a Scandinavian collection. This A Face dates from 1977 and exhibits the quick but powerful brush strokes with which Appel acquired international recognition. Valuation € 3.000 - 5.000.


    The lots which we have referred to above are only a part of the available works on offer. Therefore we invite you to browse the online catalogue here.

    We hope to welcome you in our saleroom soon!

    If you are unable to attend the auction, we would like to inform you of the other possibilities of participating in the auction here.

    Any restorations or defects of the lots on offer are not listed in the catalogue. If you would like to receive more information on the condition of a lot, we request you contact us for a condition report.