Impressionist & Modern ArtWed, May 10, 2017 at 11am EDT |
Sale of Impressionist & Modern Art on May 10, 2017 at 11am
Presenting Fine European and American Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture from the Late 19th and Early 20th Centuries
Featuring Works by Guy Pène du Bois from the Collection of Willa Kim and William Pène du Bois
Doyle’s auction of Impressionist & Modern Art on Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at 11am will present fine European and American paintings, drawings and sculpture from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The offerings ranged from Academic and Barbizon art through Impressionism and Post-Impressionism to German Expressionism and early Modernism.
Guy Pène du Bois
Doyle is honored to offer an important selection of works by Guy Pène du Bois from the Collection of Willa Kim and William Pène du Bois. These pieces have remained in the artist's family since they were painted and are completely fresh to market. They will be offered as highlights of the sales on May 10 and November 2017. Read More
Although Guy Pène du Bois was an emphatic advocate for new movements in art in the early 20th century, his own work cannot be easily associated with any of them. His idiosyncratic style, with its simplified forms and resonant color, as well as his often satiric point of view, are clearly evident in a remarkable 1921 image of two young women entitled Protectrice (est. $100,000-200,000).
Painted while the artist was living in France five years after the blunt, almost confrontational and brilliantly colored Protectrice, the carefully balanced composition of On the Balcony conveys the understated sophistication of a chic couple in conversation. While the muted palette and static forms would seem to suggest a quiet intimacy, the woman gazes out at the viewer as though discomfited by such an intimate moment (est. $75,000-150,000).
In 1890, when the lovely Frère et Soeur (Brother and Sister) was conceived, Auguste Rodin (1814-1917) was at the height of his heroic creative powers. That this artist -- in the midst of his decades-long work on the epic Gates of Hell, and having recently completed his moving and tragic Burghers of Calais -- was also capable of producing this exquisite essay in tenderness is a testament to his remarkable emotional range (est. $100,000-200,000).
Born on the Normandy coast, Eugène Boudin (1824-1898) devoted his art to the sea and its harbors and beaches, with all of their nuances of light and color. The sale offers a view of the harbor at Brest from the early 1870s that shows his mastery of the subtle effects of light and atmosphere on an overcast day (est. $50,000-70,000).
In 1912 Joseph Raphael (1869-1950) moved to Uccle, in Belgium, with his new wife, a young Dutch woman he had met in the artist’s colony of Laren, where he had lived for several years. In Uccle he painted radiant views of his home and gardens, rendered in a vivid palette and broad brushstrokes. Returning Home (Near Uccle, Belgium) epitomizes Raphael’s work from the period, which earned him a silver medal at the 1915 Panama Pacific International Exposition (est. $50,000-70,000).
Throughout his career, Everett Shinn (1876-1953) was enchanted by dance and the theatre, even constructing a theatre in his home on New York’s Irving Place. Shinn’s early views of theatrical and ballet performances placed equal emphasis on the audience in the foreground and the performers in the middle distance. By contrast, in his mature works such as The Green Ballet from 1943 [Collection Westmoreland Museum of American Art] and the slightly later Stage Scene, the dancers themselves are the focus of attention, depicted with Shinn’s effervescent brushwork in a space that is barely defined. The audience is nowhere to be seen (est. $40,000-70,000).
Aiden Lassell Ripley
Aiden Lassell Ripley (1896-1969) was fascinated from boyhood with the natural world and pursued this interest during his study at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts School in the early 1920s. Although he would make his living as a painter of hunting scenes, his emphasis, as in Hunter in a Landscape with a Dog, was almost invariably on the landscape and the harmonious integration of men and animals into it (est. $40,000-60,000).
Armand Guillaumin (1841-1927) is best known today as a landscape painter, but like Rodin, he, too, could express the warmth of family love. Madame Guillaumin et sa Fille from the early 1890s of the artist's wife and daughter enjoying a conversation outdoors is a testament to his powers in that vein, from the Estate of Mary Kettaneh (est. $20,000-40,000).
The public is invited to the exhibition on view from Saturday, May 6 through Monday, May 8. There will be additional viewing by appointment on Tuesday, May 9 from 9am - Noon.