Auction of Impressionist & Modern Art on Tuesday, May 14, 2019
Showcasing Works by Prominent European and American Artists
Featuring Paintings by Such Artists as Maxfield Parrish, Henry Moret, Guilio (Julius) Evola and Leonard Tsuguharu Foujita
NEW YORK, NY -- Doyle’s auction of Impressionist & Modern Art on May 14, 2019 showcased 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 competitive international bidding in the saleroom, on the telephones, and via the Internet, the auction totaled $1,299,375.
Maxfield Parrish (1870-1966) was one of America’s finest and most prolific illustrators, with a successful career spanning over fifty years. The top lot of the sale was a festive scene that was reproduced as the cover for the 1922 Christmas issue of Life magazine. Realizing $143,750, the picture depicted three costumed servers presenting the beginnings of a holiday meal in gleaming silver dishes, reminiscent of figures that appear in Parrish’s famed mural for New York’s storied King Cole Bar.
Henry Moret (1856-1913) was one of a group of painters associated with the School of Pont-Aven in Brittany, the most famous of which was Paul Gauguin. When Gauguin left in 1891, Moret developed his unique bold style, focusing on the craggy landscape and blue seas surrounding Brittany, exemplified by two works in the sale. A view of the Bay of Douarnenez from the Gertrude D. Davis Trust fetched $93,750 within its estimate of $75,000-125,000 and a second work from the Estate of Claire Chasanoff realized $75,000 against an estimate of $75,000-125,000.
A rare work by Italian Futurist artist Giulio (Julius) Evola (1898-1974) attracted international attention that drove the bidding to $87,500 – an auction record for a work by Evola sold outside of Europe and the second highest price ever for the artist. Painted circa 1918, Feste had been in a private collection since the 1960s and was entirely fresh to the market.
From the Estate of Frances "Peggy" Brooks was an engaging 1924 watercolor of a young girl by Japanese/French artist Leonard Tsuguharu Foujita (1886-1968) that realized $ 59,375, doubling its estimate of $20,000-30,000. Trained as an artist in Japan, Fougita moved to Paris in 1913, where he met such artists as Amedeo Modigliani, Pascin, Chaim Soutine, Fernand Léger, Juan Gris, Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse. He developed an art applying Japanese ink techniques to Western style paintings and has been dubbed "the most important Japanese artist working in the West during the 20th century."
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An Auction Record for a Work by Evola Sold Outside Europe and the Second Highest Price Ever for the Artist