Modern, Post-War & Contemporary Art

Paris, 17-18 October

Coinciding with FIAC week, on 17 and 18 October Christie's Paris will present more than 200 modern, post-war and contemporary masterpieces over three spectacular sales. The auction series will celebrate the city's lauded role as the art and cultural hub of the 20th century.

Leading the Paris Avant-Garde sale is Shiraga's Chigakusei Tekkyoshi. This large-format painting will be offered alongside surrealist and DADA masterworks by Ernst and Duchamp, contemporary pieces by Fontana and de Staël and three rare photographs by Brancusi. The Art Moderne auction will bring together iconic works by Soutine, Picasso, Chagall and Ensor.

The sale of Bénédicte Pesle's collection concludes this season's exciting line-up. A champion of avant-garde artists, Pesle's circle of friends and clients counted the likes of Merce Cunningham, John Cage, Philip Glass, Lucinda Childs and Trisha Brown. She was a Giant: Collection Bénédicte Pesle, an auction title personally coined by renowned theatre director and visual artist Robert Wilson, comprises 75 lots, including an important Ernst bronze sculpture.

Visit our Avenue Matignon galleries from 13–18 October and explore this exceptional selection of works, or browse the sales online now.


Highlights

  • Ossip Zadkine

    Tête d'homme
    signed 'OZ[AKINE]' (lower right)
    carved wood
    14.1/8 x 10.1/4 x 9.1/4 in.
    Executed in 1927-28; this work is unique
    Estimate
    €200,000-300,000
    Related sale
    Paris Avant-Garde, 17 October

    © ADAGP, Paris, 2018

  • Maria Helena Vieira Da Silva (1908-1992)

    Rouge et jaune
    signed and dated 'Vieira da Silva 52' (lower right)
    oil on canvas
    23.5/8 x 28.7/8 in.
    Painted in 1952
    Estimate
    €500,000 – 700,000
    Related sale
    Paris Avant-Garde, 17 October

    © ADAGP, Paris, 2018

  • Daniel Buren (Né En 1938)

    Peinture aux formes variables
    dated '66' (on the reverse)
    paint on cotton cloth with white and green stripes, alternating and vertical, of 8.7 cm. wide each
    74.3/4 x 74.3/8 in.
    Executed on July-August 1966
    Estimate
    €600,000 – 800,000
    Related sale
    Paris Avant-Garde, 17 October

    © DB - ADAGP, Paris 2018

  • Pierre Soulages (Né En 1919)

    Gouache 65 x 50 cm, 1951
    signed and dated 'Soulages 51' (lower right)
    gouache on mounted paper
    65 x 50 cm.
    Painted in 1951
    Estimate
    €150,000 – 200,000
    Related sale
    Paris Avant-Garde, 17 October

    © ADAGP, Paris, 2018

  • Max Ernst (1891-1976)

    Âmes-sœurs
    signed, numbered and with the foundry mark 'max ernst 4/5 Susse Fondeur Paris' (on the base)
    Bronze with brown and green patina
    Height : 36.3/4 in.
    Estimate
    €250,000 – 350,000
    Related sale
    She Was a Giant: Collection Benedicte Pesle, 18 October

    © ADAGP, Paris, 2018

  • Marcel Duchamp (1887-1969)

    De ou par Marcel Duchamp ou Rose Sélavy (La boîte en valise), série F
    Signed on the inside; a red leathercovered wooden and cardboard box with red linen lining, containing 80 miniature replicas and reproductions of works by Marcel Duchamp.
    16.3/8 x 15.1/8 x 3.7/8 in.
    Conceived between 1935 and 1941.
    Estimate
    €200,000 – 300,000
    Related sale
    She Was a Giant: Collection Benedicte Pesle, 18 October

    © Association Marcel Duchamp / ADAGP, Paris 2018

  • Bob Wilson (Né En 1941)

    Einstein chair (Elément de décor pour l'opéra Einstein on the Beach)
    Zinc Pipes and Wood on a Metal Base
    chair: 94.1/2 x 10 x 10 in.
    metal base: 2 x 7.7/8 x 7.7/8 in.
    Realised in 1976.
    Estimate
    €15,000 – 20,000
    Related Sale
    She Was a Giant: Collection Benedicte Pesle, 18 October

  • Jeanne Hébuterne (1898-1920)

    Autoportrait
    signed 'J. Hébuterne' (lower right)
    oil on board in the artist's frame
    artist's frame: 21.1/2 x 16 in.
    board: 17.1/2 x 11.7/8 in.
    Painted circa 1917
    Estimate
    €60,000 – 80,000
    Related sale
    Art Moderne, 20 October

  • Le Corbusier (Charles-Edouard Jeanneret, 1887-1965)

    Nature morte
    signed with initials and dated 'L-C 44' (upper right)
    oil on panel in the artist's frame
    artist's frame: 17.3/8 x 12.1/2 in.
    panel: 13.5/8 x 8.3/4 in.
    Painted in 1944
    Estimate
    €70,000 – 100,000
    Related sale
    Art Moderne, 18 October

    © F.L.C. / ADAGP, Paris, 2018

  • Marc Chagall (1887-1985)

    Place du Tertre
    signed 'ChAgAll MArc' (lower right)
    oil and India ink on paper laid down on canvas
    19.1/2 x 24 in.
    Painted circa 1953-54
    Estimate
    €500,000 – 700,000
    Related sale
    Art Moderne, 18 October

    © ADAGP, Paris, 2018

  • Pablo Picasso (1881-1973)

    La danse
    signed 'Picasso' (upper left); dated and numbered '20.8.56.III.' (on the reverse)
    oil and grattage on canvas
    31.3/4 x 25.1/2 in.
    Painted in Cannes on the 20th of August 1956
    Estimate
    €700,000 – 1,000,000
    Related sale
    Art Moderne, 18 October

    © Succession Picasso, 2018


Sale information

Paris Avant-Garde

  • Exhibition

    13–17 October

  • Auction

    17 October, 7pm

    Christie's Paris
    9 avenue Matignon
    Paris 8e

  • Contact

    Tudor Davies
    tdavies@christies.com
    +33 (0) 1 40 76 86 18

Art Moderne

  • Exhibition

    13–18 October

  • Auction

    18 October, 2pm

    Christie's Paris
    9 avenue Matignon
    Paris 8e

  • Contact

    Valérie Hess
    vhess@christies.com
    +33 (0) 1 40 76 84 32


She Was a Giant: Collection Benedicte Pesle

  • Exhibition

    13–18 October

  • Auction

    18 October, 4:30pm


    Christie's Paris
    9 avenue Matignon
    Paris 8e

  • Contact

    Paul Nyzam
    pnyzam@christies.com
    +33 (0) 1 40 76 84 15 




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