Sale of Impressionist & Modern Art on May 10, 2017
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 May 10, 2017 presented 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.
With international competitive bidding in the salesroom, on the telephones and on the Internet, the sale totaled a successful $1,881,388, within the pre-sale estimate of $1,618,500-2,562,500, with 69% sold by lot and 83% sold by value.
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 are 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. The work sold for $225,000, surpassing its estimate of $100,000-200,000.
Henri-Jean Guillaume Martin
Henri-Jean Guillaume Martin’s (French, 1860-1943) distinctive painting technique hovers between Impressionism and Pointillism. His exquisite view of a house at Labastide-du-Vert, the village in southwestern France where the artist lived and worked after 1900, exhibits his adroit use of brushstrokes of varying length to express the textures of the cottage and its surroundings. Here stone, stucco, wood and foliage are evoked as a shimmering vision of a tranquil moment in southern light. Le Petit Escalier, Labastide-du-Vert attracted a great deal of attention during the exhibition and auction. Intense bidding sent the work soaring past its estimate of $50,000-70,000 to achieve $225,000.
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. The work sold for $100,000, far exceeding its estimate of $50,000-70,000.
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. It fetched $93,750 at the sale.
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. The work sold for $75,000 against an estimate of $50,000-70,000.
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 Grouse Cover, circa 1949, was almost invariably on the landscape and the harmonious integration of men and animals into it. The piece exceeded its estimate of $40,000-60,000, fetching $62,500. A watercolor on paper by Ripley, Woodcock Shooting from 1946, also fared well, selling for $43,750, far surpassing its estimate of $3,000-5,000.
All prices include the Buyers' Premium.
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