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Joel Shapiro (b. 1941)
signed, dated and dedicated '1982-83 For Piet + Ida Best wishes Joel 84' (on the underside)
10.5 x 25 x 12 cm. (including the base)
Executed in 1982-1983, this piece is unique
A gift from the artist to Piet and Ida Sanders in 1984.
P. Sanders, Herinneringen, Amsterdam 2009 (illustrated, p. 119).
Schiedam, Stedelijk Museum Schiedam, Collectie Piet en Ida Sanders. Leven met kunst, 30 June-21 October 2012 (illustrated, pp. 38-39).

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Lot Essay

'Both Ida and Piet were dear friends and their enthusiasm for my work was absolutely meaningful to my identity as an artist - they were lovely.

Piet was a wonderfully complex spirited and achieved individual - he was sophisticated, nonjudgmental, open, intellectual yet soulful, loving, generous and deeply caring. He was buoyant and just so full life and never self-serving - he was fun. He was absolutely steadfast and serious about the art he admired and collected. His take was deep and one had the sense that Piet really understood the doubt, the fear and the exhilaration that is intrinsic to the discourse. He clearly had commensurate creative experience. My sense is he saw work as a reflection or distillation of life experience and not as coveted objects. He was the real stuff, the best, and his enthusiasm was contagious.

My memory of Ida is that she was definitely grand and one sensed that her approval was not readily granted. I think she studied character. There was certain ferocity beneath the charm and deep thought. I sensed they truly loved each other and complimented each other. Both had experienced unimaginable horror and catastrophe and yet they emerged fearless, buoyant and able to embrace the shear joy of life. As early collectors of my work, their encouragement of me was of the greatest importance - they are irreplaceable and will be truly missed.'

Joel Shapiro
December 2012

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