Key artists' pieces to go on block
LONDON — A Pablo Picasso portrait of his lover and eventual wife Jacqueline Roque and a canvas by Belgian surrealist painter Rene Magritte are among the star attractions of February auctions that Christie's said could net almost $380 million.
Christie's estimated that those works and others to be sold in four auctions on Feb. 4-5 and a fifth on Feb. 7 in London could raise between $260 million and $376 million.
The Picasso, titled “Femme au costume turc dans un fauteuil” (Woman in a Turkish costume seated in a chair), 1955, is valued at $24 million to $33 million and is on sale for the first time in 55 years, Christie's said.
The painting is one of a small group of portraits by Picasso showing Roque in the costume of an “odalisque,” a woman of the harem. It is “a colorful, sexually charged celebration of Jacqueline, whom Picasso would marry six years later and who would become one of the most important muses of the artist's life,” a release said.
Magritte's “Les chasseurs au bord de la nuit” (The hunters at the edge of night), 1928, was part of an exhibition of the painter's works at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and has an estimated value of $9.8 million to $14.7 million, Christie's said.
The Picasso is the centerpiece of an Impressionist and Modern Art Evening Auction on Feb. 4 while the Magritte is in The Art of The Surreal Auction on the same day.
“This stellar sale presents international collectors and institutions with rare opportunities to acquire exceptional works with illustrious provenance by key impressionist and modern masters,” said Jay Vincze, Christie's International Director and head of its Impressionist and Modern Art Department.
“The global market for this category continues to expand and deepen year on year, underpinned by passion for the beauty of the period and an increasingly far-reaching appreciation and understanding of the importance of late 19th century and early 20th century art movements.”
The surrealist auction is comprised of 54 lots. In addition to the Magritte it features Joan Miro's “Femmes et oiseaux” (Women and Birds), 1968, estimated to be worth $6.5 million to $11.4 million, and Carlo Carra's “Solitudine” (Solitude), with an estimated value of $5 million.
“Twenty-five years on from holding the inaugural standalone Dada and Surrealism sale and 14 years since Christie's established its annual auction in the field, the global demand for this pioneering movement continues to go from strength to strength,” Olivier Camu, Christie's deputy chairman for Impressionist and Modern Art, said in the release.
Meanwhile, a portrait by Francis Bacon of his lover and muse will go under the hammer with an estimated price of $49 million.
“Portrait of George Dyer Talking” depicts a young Londoner with whom Bacon had a turbulent relationship. It was exhibited at Bacon's first major retrospective show in Paris in 1971. Dyer killed himself just before it opened.
Francis Outred, head of contemporary art at Christie's Europe, said that the painting offered “a powerful portrait of arguably one of Bacon's greatest loves.”
It will be offered by Christie's in London on Feb. 13.
The value of Bacon's work has soared since his death in 1992. In November, a Bacon triptych depicting artist Lucian Freud fetched $142 million, becoming the most expensive artwork ever sold at auction.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Chinese jet buzzes Navy aircraft, Pentagon says
- Russia sends unauthorized convoy into Ukraine
- 18 accused spies executed by Gaza terrorists
- Witnesses recount secret July raid to free journalist at ISIS base in Syria
- Interpol probes Thailand’s ‘Baby Factory’
- Ebola spreads in Nigeria; Liberian treatment centers inundated
- Rebels boast of new Russian support
- Crisis puts Pakistan army back in game
- Iraqi terrorists are Islam’s enemy, Saudi cleric warns
- Air power given bigger role in China
- ‘Red Zone’ protest planned in Pakistan