446 - Modern & Contemporary Art
Sale: Monday 16 June 2014, 2 p.m.
Viewing: Friday 13 - Sunday 15 June, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
We are proud to present the catalogue of our upcoming auction of Modern & Contemporary Art. Besides the various (inter)national collections represented, this sale will also include a separate section of photographic works. The selection of the 226 lots on offer will provide an excellent overall picture of the development of the art periods of the 20th century.
The sale will commence with a number of classic works, of which lot 4 by Permeke stands out. The ‘Paysage d’automne’ is a particularly characteristic work of this Flemish expressionist. Permeke was fascinated by the tragedy of man’s hard life and his connection to the landscape during the war years. This work, with strong brushstrokes in deep earth tones and gold hues has a valuation of € 3.000 – 5.000.
By Henk Helmantel we are offering a very recent painting depicting ‘Medlars and quinces’, which clearly demonstrates the absolute virtuosity of this Realist master. Valuation for lot 5 € 18.000 – 24.000.
Another important master of Realism is Carel Willink, represented here by lot 6, the ‘Still life with a bunch of grapes’. Despite the fact that this painting is included in all the relevant literature, it has always been part of a private collection. Valuation € 25.000 – 30.000.
Lot 10 is a rare early work by the hand of Co Westerik. This work, dating from the war year 1943, was painted in Doetinchem, after which he swapped it with a fellow student of the Akademie van beeldende kunsten in The Hague. At 19 years of age Westerik demonstrates not only his skill in this work, but also his individual style for which he will be praised in his later work. With a very low valuation of € 1.500 – 2.500 this lot certainly belongs amongst this auction’s finds.
The Bergen School constitutes an important part of this sale, with the works by Dirk Filarski taking the lead. No fewer than nine paintings dating from his best periods will be offered. Along with landscapes of Bergen and a still life of flowers his first Swiss period will also be represented. Lot 45 depicts ‘Les Avants’, the mountain area behind Montreux, dating from 1913, which was painted during his visit to nearby Clarens where he was staying with the musician Nico Ebels, who was married to Lien Smorenberg, the sister of his friend and fellow artist Dirk Smorenberg. Valuation € 10.000 – 15.000.
Dating from the same year we are offering lot 47, titled ‘Begin van ’t Dischmatal’. The painting’s purple-blue mountains and almost fluorescent snow clearly demonstrate that Filarski can be considered one of the most important Luminists. Although the work has been exhibited several times, it has always been cherished by the owner of this important private collection. Valuation € 12.000 – 15.000.
Other important names such as Harrie Kuyten, Arnout Colnot, Jan Sluijters, Germ de Jong, Piet van Wijngaerdt, Jaap Weyand and Leo Gestel will ensure that the Bergen School will be very well represented in this auction.
A remarkably large number of sculptures is listed in this catalogue. Lot 58 by Shjinkichi Tajiri is a fine example of his work. This unique work from 1964, titled ‘Made in USA’, is offered by a close friend of the artist who has owned the work since 1975. Valuation € 4.000 – 6.000.
Nic Jonk is represented by no less than three sculptures, all of varying size and dates. Lot 66 is the important sculpture ‘Nereid and Triton’ dating from 1962: with this large sized bronze, Jonk was able to elevate his career to the next level. The present German owner acquired the sculpture directly from the artist in 1963, which we are now offering with a valuation of € 3.000 – 5.000.
The list of international sculptors is complemented by two sculptures by Arman, both of which are regarded as amongst the most iconic of his work, and which depict his most favourite subjects, the violin and timepieces. Valuations for lot 77 and 78 are € 5.000 – 7.000 and € 3.000 – 5.000.
However Jeff Koons will also garner quite some attention with lot 85 as his ‘Balloon Dog’, dating from 1995, is in high demand internationally. Valuation € 7.000 – 9.000.
Meanwhile the two works by Gerrit Benner can be categorised as very Dutch. The ‘Sea’ and also the ‘Frisian landscape’ by this Frisian artist will take you on a fantastic journey through the perfect abstraction of forms. The aforementioned lot 121 grants the viewer a vast impression of the summer landscape through the eyes of the artist. With the provenance of ‘Kunstzaal de Martelgang’ in Groningen the work has a very friendly valuation of € 6.000 – 8.000.
In a sale such as this, the CoBrA movement cannot be absent. By the hand of Karel Appel two works on paper will be offered, of which lot 123 will catch the attention. Made in 1953, one of the master’s best years, this work ‘Aarddieren’ is of great art historical value. At the time Appel was at the height of his artistry and achieved international recognition with these groundbreaking figures. Valuation € 15.000 – 20.000.
But also names such as Egill Jacobsen, Theo Wolvecamp, Lucebert, Corneille and Constant will make this a very desirable section.
By the hand of Herman Brood we are not only offering three large paintings, but also a very special object. Lot 136, the ‘Test pilot’ (1994), is a colourful and thrilling painting on a Fiat Nuova 500 D dating from 1964. This eyecatcher is offered with a valuation of € 12.000 – 15.000.
This catalogue lists four lots by Jan Cremer which highlight the versatility of this well-loved Dutch artist. Lot 154 is a very early work dating from 1958, the first period in which he lived in Paris and worked in the Rue Santeuil. Under the wings of his tutor Bram Bogart he painted this ‘Ballerina’, which depicts his girlfriend Astrid at the time. The ballerina is also a recurring theme in the oeuvre of Cremer, as his mother (“a temperamentful Hungarian”) was a dancer herself. Valuation € 5.000 – 7.000.
The impressive works by Armando have meanwhile become scarce, partly due to the fact that the museum dedicated to his work burnt down in 2007. Lot 158 and 159 are unmistakably by the hand of this master and the latter depicts his renowned subject ‘Der Baum’ (The tree). This painting, measuring over 210 cm. high, will certainly leave a big impression on any art lover. Valuation € 12.000 – 15.000.
Aside from all the privately offered works the catalogue also contains an important corporate art collection. Lots 92 up to and including 115 are from the art collection of Pon Holdings, which largely came into being in the nineteen-seventies. At the time the company was expanding on all continents, and particularly in South America. The collector’s instincts of the gentlemen Mijndert and Wijnand Pon were aroused by the new influences and discoveries being made there. Besides acquisitions made in the Netherlands and the rest of Europe, a large number of art works from Argentina found its way to their former head office, castle Salentijn. A strong bond between Pon and the Argentinean art world was formed due to the fact that the works were often acquired directly from the artists. In 1997 an exhibition was organised at caste Salentijn which drew wide attention and which put artists such as Raúl Díaz and Daniel Kaplan on the map. These twenty works provide a good summary of the high quality of Latin-American art and will be offered without reserve.
Highly benevolent, but also financially interesting to you is the collection of the foundation ‘Stichting Kunst en Cultuur Behoud NL’. This foundation aims to stimulate and maintain art and culture in the Netherlands by means of educational programs and events. This non-profit foundation provides training and workshops in cooperation with various artists, private individuals, organisations and societies. The proceeds of the 24 lots that have been made available by the artists and friends of the foundation will benefit the realization of its objectives.
Lot 166 is being offered by the artist John Franzen and is part of his groundbreaking series ‘Each line one breath’, with which he was successful during the latest TEFAF. His drawings are made in an almost meditative procedure by drawing one single vertical line on the paper and repeatedly drawing additional lines closely next to it causing waved patterns to develop.
But also Marcus Jansen decided to donate an important work: his ‘Manneken Pis’ dating from 2003 forms part of his selection of works being offered by The Saatchi Gallery in London. To ensure the success of the collection on offer artists such as Piet Dieleman, Anton Martineau, Reinier Lucassen and Eppe de Haan have also decided to offer their work for free. The entire collection will therefore be offered without reserve.
The auction will conclude with an impressive photography collection in which native and foreign photographers will meet up. Lot 194 is one of the major works by Dutch icon Ruud van Empel. His ‘Study for women #1’, dating from 2000, caused an international stir and the innovative image was an inspiration to many young photographers. Valuation € 5.000 – 7.000.
The cover lot is the intriguing rendition of ‘Luciano Pavarotti’ by Anton Corbijn. This gelatine silverprint has graced many books and exhibitions, but with an edition of twenty it is a rare opportunity to be able to acquire an original copy. This photograph, lot 203, will be offered with a valuation of € 3.500 – 4.500.
Lovers of vintage photography we present an interesting selection, as we will offer a diverse range of important images of the time. Fine examples are the two photographs by Andreas Feininger, depicting ‘Manhattan at midnight’. Feininger is well known for his energetic images of the ‘Big Apple’ in the nineteen-forties and fifties, which becomes immediately clear when one views these photographs. Valuation € 800 – 1.200.
This section further features such well-known names as Hendrik Kerstens, Rineke Dijkstra, Helmut Newton, Miles Aldridge and David LaChapelle.
The lots which we have referred to above are only a part of the available works on offer. Therefore we invite you to browse the online catalogue here.
Several lots are offered without a reserve price: these have the estimate ATP (à tout prix).
We hope to welcome you in our saleroom soon!
If you are unable to attend the auction, we would like to inform you of the other possibilities of participating in the auction here.
Any restorations or defects of the lots on offer are not listed in the catalogue. If you would like to receive more information on the condition of a lot, we request you contact us for a condition report.