We hereby present you the catalog of this very extensive auction Modern & Contemporary Art. The selected paintings and works on paper are complemented by a number of distinguished collections, including sculptures, photography, CoBrA art and a collection of works by renowned Chinese artists.
The auction will start with a beautiful work in oil by Frida Holleman. Lot 1, The summer beach day, Scheveningen, depicts a much-loved subject of this artist. Coming from a private collection in Denmark, the work is offered to you with a valuation of € 2,000 – 4,000.
The included paintings by Dirk Smorenberg are special. These six, among his best works, have been in family possession for some time and serve as exemplary examples of 'his' Loosdrechtse Plassen. Smorenberg found numerous possibilities, both in summer and winter, to express the intended atmosphere in the landscape in his own distinctive style. Valuations of lot 4 to 9 € 1,000 – 6,000.
Lot 13 is impressive, Still life with tulips and amaryllis by Jan Sluijters. This large-format canvas shows the artist's pure joy in painting. There are only a few still lifes in Sluijters' oeuvre that do not contain flowers. It is therefore known that every bouquet of flowers that came to his home was immediately recorded by him. For a colourist like Sluijters, flowers were the pre-eminent motive for a lively color and form processing. Valuation € 40,000 – 50,000.
Lot 24 is also one of the highlights of this auction, Adorpby Johan Dijkstra. This large-format painting was obtained directly from the artist by the current owner, after which it was exhibited several times in the Groninger Museum. This work shows the characteristics with which De Ploeg quickly gained international recognition, through the use of complementary colors in a composition based on French impressionism. This example of experimentation and innovation is presented to you with a valuation of € 25,000 – 35,000.
Among the French artists you will find lot 33 by Raoul Dufy. This one La Fillette Assise shows the artist's skill in India ink on paper and will be included in Dufy's new catalog raisonné with his international provenance. Valuation € 5,000 – 8,000.
Lot 54 shows the characteristic elements of the internationally renowned oeuvre of Walasse Ting. Not only are two Asian beauties with fans depicted, but also flowers, fruits, parrots and fish. Born in China, Ting settled for some time in Paris, where he met Karel Appel, Asger Jorn and Pierre Alechinsky. He then moved to New York, where he was influenced by pop art and abstract expressionism and befriended none other than Sam Francis. These many influences are reflected in this watercolor on rice paper: a seductive, magical world full of color portrayed in calligraphic brushstrokes. Valuation € 10,000 – 15,000.
Highly sought after are works by Farah Ossouli, the progressive Iranian female artist. The triptych offered here life dates from 1988 and was purchased by the current owner during his stay in Tehran. The work should, according to Iranian custom, be read from right to left. The right part depicts a man's childhood and relationship with his mother, the middle part his youth and relationship with his love and the left part lonely old age. This lot 55 is offered to you with an attractive valuation of € 10,000 – 15,000.
We are particularly pleased with the large number of Chinese contemporary works of art, largely from abroad. One of the figureheads of these artists is Wang Guangyi. This artist, trained as a propaganda artist under Mao Zedong and his heroism of Socialist Realism, expresses his dissatisfaction with these years of censorship in the works offered here. lot 61, Great Criticism – MTV, is a 2005 oil painting and was obtained directly from the artist by the current owner. Valuation € 18,000 – 25,000.
Lot 68 by Liu Ye is titled Matthias and Fleur and has already caused quite a stir internationally. Liu Ye was inspired for this watercolor by the main characters in the story Haruba and for the first time depicted a Chinese girl with blue eyes. This Chinese sign of good luck received a lot of (Chinese) media attention and is therefore one of the most sought-after works of his hand. Valuation € 30,000 – 40,000.
For lovers of the Zero movement we offer a wide range of innovative compositions. Among these pioneers you will find three works on paper by Jan Schoonhoven, all from the artist's family. Lot 80 also shows an impressive interplay of lines, partly expressive and rendered almost calligraphically. This powerful felt-tip pen composition on paper from 1980, with a size of over 40 x 29 centimetres, is valued at € 3,000 – 5,000.
The catalog also contains a wide range of photographic works, of which lot 97 immediately catches the eye. This one Moon #4 by Ruud van Empel shows his recognizable lighting effect in an imaginative environment. The intriguing work is presented to you with a valuation of € 5,000 – 8,000.
Lot 132 by Françoise Gilot comes from a prominent corporate collection. This one union belongs to the Floating Pictures series and shows clear influences from her love, Pablo Picasso. The double-sided canvas is dated 1984 and purchased a few years later from The Neelsten Foundation. Valuation € 8,000 – 12,000.
Several CoBrA artists are also included in this catalog, including the museum lot 164 by Theo Wolvecamp. The imagined movement in Explosion is unprecedented and makes this early painting in primary colors an impressive collection piece. A comparable work is in the collection of the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, this large-format canvas is offered to you with a valuation of € 10,000 – 15,000.
The auction will be concluded with two works in acrylic by Karel Appel, lot 170 of which has its origin in Scandinavia. This one A Face dates from 1977 and shows the fast, but powerful brushstroke with which Appel has gained international acclaim. Valuation € 3,000 – 5,000.
Of course, the above is just a selection from the entire range. We therefore invite you to the online catalog here .
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