Sunday, November 2, 2014

Modernism at Christie's - through November 6th

Edouard Manet, Le Printemps, 1881
Christie's sale on November 5, 2014

Time for the Fall auctions at Christie's and Sotheby's, best known for the impressive Impressionists paintings and other delicious Modernist treasures that chase those Post-Halloween blues away.

The star of Christie's evening sale on Wednesday, November 5 is Edouard Manet's Le Printemps (Spring), from 1881, which features the actress Jeanne de Marsy or Demarsy.  A video about this magnificent painting can be viewed here.

However, during my visit to the auction exhibitions yesterday, I completely fell in love with the Hope and Abraham Melamed Collection of Cubist Works, an exceptional find on display for this week's auction of works on paper, November 6th.

Pablo Picasso, Figure, 1913
Melamed Family Collection

Hurry to see this wonderful group of prints, drawings, books and one letter from Juan Gris to AndrĂ© Simon (Daniel-Henri Kahnweiler's partner for his Galerie Simon in Paris) before it disappears from public view (unless Leonard A. Lauder scarves it up for his promised collection of Cubists works for the Met).   

Pablo Picasso, Guitar, Spring 1920
A Swiss Charitable Foundation

Could Fall 2014 mark the beginning of Cubist Fandom?   I hope so.  Cubism is the most intellectually stimulating modernist movement to date - and its quiet appearance among the usual art celebs (Renoir, Pissarro, Matisse and Dufy) convinces me of that more and more.   

Still cogitating on the Lauder Collection.  Review in the works.

Best wishes for Election Day,
Beth New York

Beth S. Gersh-Nesic, Ph.D.
New York Arts Exchange

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