Mark Chagall at an Auction of Modern Art

M. Chagall. Dream. 1984. Oil and tempera on canvas. 115,5 И 89,0 cm. Estimate CHF 1,000,000.

An auction house Galerie Kornfeld will hold sales of modern art on June 15 and June 16 in Bern, Switzerland. The auction will feature paintings, drawings, prints and sculptures dating XIX–XX century. A special sale will be dedicated to Mark Chagall’s works. It will comprise 42 oils, gouaches, watercolours and pastels created by the artist throughout his long life. Selection of books illustrated by Chagall will be put up for sale too. In total, the sale will feature 55 lots.

The presented works by the great artist are auctioned for the first time. All of them are coming from «Indivision Ida Chagall» – private collection of Chagall’s daughter in Paris. Among early Chagall’s works at the auction is a portrait of the artist’s uncle (1914, oil on canvas, CHF 650,000). The late works by Chagall are represented by a painting «Dream» («Le Songe», 1984) depicting a pair of lovers against a blue background. The lot is expected to fetch CHF 1,000,000.

Among other interesting and important works in Chagall’s section are a painting «Femme et fleurs au foulard rouge» created in 1924–1925 in Paris after return from Russia (estimate CHF 1,000,000), and a circus scene «Le Rêve au cirque», 1980, estimated at CHF 1,500,000.

Other highlights of the auction of XIX–XX century art (150 lots in total) include a painting «La Terrasse», 1949, by Georges Braque (no estimate), «V. Brücke-Mappe für 1910» by a prominent German impressionist Erich Heckel, three drawings by Ernst Ludwig Kirchner united in one lot (estimate CHF 250,000).

M. Chagall. Le Reve au cirque. 1980. Oil and tempera on canvas. 130,0 И 96,0 cm. Estimate CHF 1,500,000.

The sale will also feature rare and unique prints by Henry Matisse (including a monotype «Jeune Femme devant une Table garnie de Fruits») and a drawing by George Braque from the collection of Chicago-based collectors Francey and Dr. Martin L. Gecht.

The watercolour selection will feature an interesting work by Pablo Picasso «Arlequin et jeune Fille» (1905, estimate CHF 500,000) and two works by Lovis Corinth from the collection of another Chicago couple of collectors Allan and Jean Frumkin.

Bronze statues «Figurine II, très petite», 1947, and «Femme debout, sans bras», 1956, by Alberto Giacometti are estimated at CHF 500,000 and CHF 700,000 respectively. Five prints by Vasiliy Kandinsky dating 1913–1916 will be auctioned as well.

The auctions in Bern coincide in time with an important international art fair ART Basel.

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