Duchamp, Miro, Marc, Monet and Picasso Highlight Christie's Auction of Impressionist and Modern Art
posted: 06-03-09
Pablo Picasso, Homme a l'epee, Oil on Canvas, 1969
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The Impressionist and Modern Art Evening Sale will take place at Christie's on 23 June and will offer 46 works of art, including exceptional museum-quality masterpieces by Claude Monet, Pablo Picasso, Franz Marc, Joan Miro, Camille Pissarro and Marcel Duchamp. The auction is expected to realise in excess of £40 million and will be on public view at Christie’s in London from 18 to 23 June 2009.

Deux nus: un fort et un vite, 1912, by Marcel Duchamp (1887-1968) Deux nus: un fort et un vite, 1912, by Marcel Duchamp (1887-1968) is one of very few important early drawings by the artist to remain in private hands (estimate: £800,000 to £1,200,000). Dating to the period when the artist stormed onto the art scene with great controversy, it is the first of three radical and groundbreaking studies that Duchamp executed in Spring 1912 in preparation for his painting 'The King and Queen Surrounded by Swift Nudes', now in the Philadelphia Museum of Art. In early 1912, Duchamp painted Nude Descending a Staircase and submitted it to the Salon des Independantes in Paris. The painting was rejected, perhaps because the judges saw Duchamp's work as a jibe towards Cubist art. He later submitted the painting to the 1913 Armory Show in New York where it became the centre of controversy once again. The King and Queen Surrounded by Swift Nudes, for which the present work is the early study, was painted in a somewhat similar style and depicts figures in motion, juxtaposed with static entities. Cubism was naturally static, and Duchamp mocked its pretensions by adding movement, seeking a more fluid fourth dimension. Formerly in the collection of Gabrielle Buffet-Picabia, it has since been in the collection of the present owners for 30 years and is offered at auction of the first time.- excerpt from ...Source

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