Christie’s has released its February Evening sale highlights for London. The top lot is a Gauguin from 1892 with an estimate of between £12 & 18m.
An homage to the spectacular Tahitian landscape, Te Fare (La maison) was created in 1892, the year that Paul Gauguin painted some of his greatest masterpieces. This wooden hut could, it has been suggested, be the artist’s own rented home in Mataiea. In Te Fare (La maison) Gauguin has increasingly simplified and monumentalised the landscape, transcending reality by turning the natural world into a mystic vision of colour, line and form.
Additional highlights include:
- Henri Matisse’s Jeune fille aux anémones sur fond violet (1944, estimate £5,000,000-7,000,000), part of a series of interior scenes that the artist created whilst living in Vence in the South of France
- a monumental portrait of two figures by Pablo Picasso titled Joueur de flûte et femme nue (1970, estimate: £6,500,000-8,500,000), Canotage á Bougival (circa 1881, estimate: £3,700,000-4,700,000)
- a landscape by Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Canotage á Bougival (1881, estimate: £3,700,000-4,700,000,) formerly in the collection of Albert C. Barnes Pierre-August Renoir, painted at a transitional moment in his career
- Auguste Rodin’s timeless expression of passionate love Le baiser (conceived circa 1882, estimate: £4,000,000-6,000,000).