Impressionists stay without Monet, the 20th century is without Warhol

L. Ury. La Madeleine. Oil on canvas. 1928. Estimate $70 000–90 000. Sotheby’s. Impressionist and Modern Art including Latin American and Russian Art. New York, October 7

New York – On October 7, Sotheby’s will hold two sessions at once of Impressionist and Modern Art including Latin American and Russian Art. The sales will feature 327 works of the end of the 19th – the early 20th centuries including, works by the Russian and Latin American masters. Notably, Sotheby’s will not put up for the sale “the hits” worth a million. Probably, they left them for November auctions which are held in New York, Paris and Milan.

The top lot is the picture La Madeleine by the German painter Lesser Ury (1861–1931). It is estimated at $70 000-90 000. It is dated to 1928. This work is attributed to the mature period of creativity of the master who along with expressionists, entered into the gold fund of German art of the 20th century. In spite of the fact that Ury was close to the French impressionism, he had never belonged to any association or trend. He preferred to work alone and according to his own unique style.

The picture Nous ne sommes pas les Derniers by the Italian painter Zoran Antonio Music (1909–2005) is estimated at $60 000-90 000. This oppressive monumental work was made by the author in 1970s. It became a part of a large series of pictures created on motives of memoirs on Dachau concentration camp where Music was in prison in 1944 – 1945.

Another interesting work is “Clown” by the Russian painter Tchelitchew (estimate: $50 000-70 000) that puts it on the third place in the top five of Sotheby’s auction. Tchelitchew was the founder of mystical surrealism. Most of his life he lived in Europe and America where he emigrated soon after a revolution victory. For several years Tchelitchew worked as the theatrical artist of Dyagilev troupe. The artist explained the idea of his work in one of his letters home with the theory of mystical perspective. As Tchelitchew wrote, the mystical perspective differs from the usual one in the fact that the world is shown not from within to the distance but in the mixture of all four projections simultaneously. He asserted that in 1920s he had found the universal module of such projections and used them in the last ballet of Dyagilev troupe in London and Paris.

Another highlight is the picture Vases de Fleurs sur Gueridon by the French modernist Bernard Buffet (1928–1999) dated to 1998. Buffet is one of the most popular French artists of the second half of the 20th century. Not so long ago his other work “Chrysanthemums” was sold by auction for $94 000 in Tokyo at Mallet auction. The canvas is estimated at $50 000-70 000.

The picture Grand collage Dada by another French modernist Marcel Janco (1895–1984) will be of the same estimate.

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