• Post-War & Contemporary Art Da auction at Christies

    Sale 7756

    Post-War & Contemporary Art Day Auction

    17 October 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 136

    Christo (b. 1935)

    Wrapped Trees (Project for 267 Trees-Avenue des Champs Elysees and Rond Point des Champs Elysees-Paris)

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    Christo (b. 1935)
    Wrapped Trees (Project for 267 Trees-Avenue des Champs Elysees and Rond Point des Champs Elysees-Paris)
    signed, titled and dated 'WRAPPED TREES (PROJECT FOR 267 TREES-AVENUE DES CHAMPS ELYSEES AND ROND POINT DES CHAMPS ELYSEES-PARIS) Christo 1969' (lower centre)
    graphite, colour pencil, gouache, string, polyethylene, staples and photograph on paper mounted on board
    28 x 22in. (71 x 56cm.)
    Executed in 1969


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    This preparatory drawing done in 1969 illustrates Christo and Jeanne
    Claudes unique proposed joint project to wrap one of the most famous
    avenues in the world. The duo conceived of an ambitious and bold plan
    to wrap Champs-Elyses in their trademark fabric. Unfortunately the
    Prefect of Paris did not approve of the project and therefore the
    Champs-Elyses was never enveloped, however, it is an intriguing
    testimony to a unique artistic vision. Once again, Christo and Jeanne
    Claude have rendered the familiar unfamiliar and have presented the
    viewer with a new way of seeing the world.

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    Provenance

    Annely Juda Fine Art, London.
    Anon. sale, Sotheby's New York, 9 May 1996, lot 194.