This Bonnard, French Window with Dog (Est $4-6m) is among the works announced this weekend for Christie’s sale of the the Bass estate. Excerpts from the press release are below:
Christie’s is honored to have been entrusted with The Collection of Nancy Lee and Perry R. Bass, which will be offered throughout Christie’s 20 th Century Week. The most substantial grouping will lead the specially retitled Impressionist and Modern Art Evening Sale Including The Collection of Nancy Lee and Perry R. Bass. Highlights will also be included in the Evening Sale of Post-War and Contemporary Art. Comprising 36 works in total, the collection is expected to realize in excess of $120 million.
Max Carter, Head of Department Impressionist and Modern Art, New York, remarked: “The collection is led by five museum-quality masterworks—Kees van Dongen’s Fauve, larger-than- life Portrait de Madame Malpel, among the artist’s most celebrated and widely reproduced paintings; Henri Matisse’s marvel of Mediterranean light, Les régates de Nice; Joan Miró’s monumental Peinture, one of eighteen pivotal Collage Paintings, more than ten of which hang in major museums; Mark Rothko’s luminous, high-keyed Untitled, from 1969; and Vincent Van Gogh’s extraordinarily rich, gestural Laboureur dans un champ, the finest landscape by the artist to appear at auction in years.”
Vincent Van Gogh (1853-1890), Laboureur dans un champ, St Remy 1889. Estimate on Request. On mornings between 9 May 1889 and 16 May 1890, Van Gogh rose from bed and gazed through his window; the world outside appeared to him much like it does in this painting. Each morning the spectacle of the ascending sun would exhilarate and inspire him. The artist began this painting of a ploughman tilling the plot of land through his window in late August 1889 and completed it on 2 September. This was a significant development for Van Gogh, who had not handled his brushes since being removed from his studio by the doctors at the asylum of Saint-Paul- de-Mausole following a devastating psychological episode.Continue Reading