RELEASE: Collection Jacques Dupin, Paris 28 May and 4 June 2013

Paris

 

PRESS RELEASE | PARIS | MARCH 22nd 2013

 

Collection Jacques Dupin

Christie’s Paris May 28th and June 4th 2013

Francis Bacon (1909-1992)

Painting March 1985
Oil on canvas

Painted in 1985

Estimate: €4.000.000-6.000.000

 

 

Paris - Christie’s France is honoured to announce the sale of a selection of exceptional works by Joan Miró, Alberto Giacometti and Francis Bacon from the collection of the poet Jacques Dupin. Biographer, dealer, art critic and above all artists’ friend, he shared their lives over several decades. To be offered in Paris on the 28th of May (Impressionist and Modern Art sale) and the 4th of June (Post-War and Contemporary Art sale), the six works as a group are expected to achieve between €7.1 and €10.4 million.

In 1955, Jacques Dupin joined the Galerie Maeght-Lelong, at the time the most important gallery of contemporary art in the world. Under his direction, Maeght editions rapidly grew into one of the most important print publishers, with more than 12.000 works by Calder, Miró, Giacometti, Tàpies, Chillida, and Chagall among others. When Aimé Maeght passed away in 1981, Jacques Dupin took the helm of the gallery together with Daniel Lelong and Jean Frémon.

 

Alberto Giacometti (1901-1966)

Tête noire

Oil on canvas, painted in 1958

Estimate : €1.800.000-2.500.000

Concurrently with his work as an art dealer, Jacques Dupin continued to dedicate himself to poetry and writing. His first collection of poems, Cendrier du Voyage, was published in 1950, with a preface by René Char. Dupin quickly became an emblematic figure of the Paris literary and artistic scene, and notably in 1953 he met Alberto Giacometti. They rapidly developed a friendship which allowed the poet to visit the artist’s studio each week, sitting as his model on multiple occasions. In 1961, Dupin wrote one of the first monographs on Giacometti, and in 1978, with the help of his friend Michel Leiris, organized a dedicated show at Maeght-Lelong. Two major works by Alberto Giacometti will be offered on May the 28th in Paris: Tête noire, a captivating oil on canvas dating from 1958, which was showcased in the famous Giacometti exhibition held at the Centre Georges Pompidou in 1991; and Femme debout, a richly patinated bronze conceived circa 1947, the year in which Giacometti settled on his visionary, weightless approach to sculpture.

Jacques Dupin and Joan Miró met in 1954 and soon started to study the Catalan painter’s oeuvre in depth, publishing in 1961 a book which illuminated both the importance of his work and his leading part in Modern and Contemporary Art. Dupin, thereafter and until his death, handled the publication of the artist’s catalogue raisonné. A painting and two works on paper each of remarkable scale will be offered in the May Impressionist and Modern Art sale: Femmes et oiseaux dans la nuit , Personnages, oiseaux, chien and Femme, oiseaux. Executed in the 1970s, the three works are each emblematic of a period highly appreciated by Jacques Dupin, who on the occasion of the Grand Palais exhibition in 1974, characterised such works as possessing “the breath and excitement of an unattached present which gushes with signs and colors, the black triumphant, the gesture full and free”.

Francis Bacon (1909-1992)

Painting March 1985

Oil on painting

Painted in 1985
Estimate: €4.000.000-6.000.000

 

Joan Miró (1893-1983)

Femmes et oiseaux dans la nuit

Oil and gouache on plastic

Painted on 6 July 1970

Estimate: € 500.000-700.000

 

The first meeting of Jacques Dupin with Francis Bacon dates from 1965, through an introduction by Isabel Rawsthorne. Their fruitful relationship resulted in three retrospective exhibitions (in 1966, 1984 and 1987) and various critical essays on the painter’s work written by Dupin, and from Bacon a portrait in oil depicting the poet, now on view at the Museum of Amiens. Along with Michel Leiris and Gilles Deleuze, Dupin was one of Bacon’s principle supporters in France, contributing significantly to his visibility and renown. An exceptional work by the artist, Painting March 1985, will be offered in the June Contemporary Art auction in Paris. Exhibited in 1987 at the Galerie Lelong on the occasion of the exhibition Francis Bacon – Peintures récentes before joining Jacques Dupin’s personal collection, this painting takes Bacon’s exploration of the representation of flesh to a radical new level.

Notes to the editors:

Impressionist and Modern Art sale: Tuesday May 28th 2013 at 4pm

Exhibition: Saturday May 25th from 10 am to 6 pm, Sunday May 26th from 2pm to 6pm, Monday May 27th from 10 am to 6 pm and Tuesday May 28th from 10 am to 2 pm.

Contemporary Art sale: Tuesday June 4th 2013 at 7pm

Exhibition: Saturday June 1st from 10 am to 6 pm, Sunday June 2nd from 2pm to 6pm, Monday June 3rd from 10 am to 6 pm and Tuesday June 4th from 10 am to 6pm.

Exhibition in New York:  From May 4th to May 15th 2013

Exhibition in London: From April 4th to April 7th 2013  

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Collection Jacques Dupin

Christie’s Paris May 28th and June 4th 2013

 

 

Alberto Giacometti (1901-1966)
Tête noire
signed and dated ‘Alberto Giacometti 1958’ (lower right)
oil on canvas
64.7 x 53.9 cm. (25.1/2 x 21.1/4 in.)
Painted in 1958
Estimate : €1.800.000-2.500.000

 

 

 

Joan Miró (1893-1983)
Femmes et oiseaux dans la nuit~
signed ‘Miró’ (lower left) ; dated and titled ‘6/VII/70/ Femmes et oiseaux/dans la nuit.’ (on the reverse)
oil and gouache on plastic
137 x 73 cm. (54 x 28.3/4 in.)
Painted on 6 July 1970
Estimate : € 500.000-700.000

 

 

 

Alberto Giacometti (1901-1966)
Femme debout
stamped with the foundry mark and numbered ‘Fondeur Susse 1/8’
bronze with brown patina
30.5 x 7 x 9.5 cm. (12 x 2.3/4 x 3.3/4 in.)
Conceived in 1947 ; this work cast between 1986 and 1989 in an edition of 8
Estimate : € 400.000-600.000 

 

 Joan Miró (1893-1983)
Femme, oiseaux 
signed ‘Miró’ (lower right); dated and titled ‘Femme, oiseaux  2/VIII/75’ (on the reverse)
wax crayon, India ink and ink wash on paper
89 x 178.9 cm. (35 x 70.3/8 in.)
Executed on 2 August 1975
Estimate : €200.000-300.000

 

 Joan Miró (1893-1983)
Personnages, oiseaux, chien 
signed ‘Miró’ (lower right) ; dated and titled ‘Personnages, oiseaux, chien  3.X.75’ (on the reverse)
wax crayon, India Ink, ink wash and watercolour on paper
89.1 x 220.2 cm. (35 x 86.5/8 in.)
Executed on 3 October 1975
Estimate : €200.000-300.000 

 

 

 

 Francis Bacon (1909-1992)
Painting March 1985
signed, dated and titled ‘Painting March 1985 Francis Bacon’ (on the reverse)
Oil on canvas
198 x 148 cm.
Painted in 1985.
Estimate: €4.000.000-6.000.000 

 

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