René Magritte (1898-1967), L’amour de la nature, 1961. Gouache, watercolour, sheet music collage, charcoal and pencil on paper. 17 34 x 14 14 in (43.7 x 36.3 cm)

Avant-Garde Masterworks: Property from a Distinguished New York Collection

These exceptional pieces will be offered in 20th Century Week at Christie’s in New York in May 2018, and continue into the 2019 season

This unique grouping, assembled by a New York collector with a keen eye for art and design, consists of masterpieces and objets d’art from seven categories: Impressionist and Modern Art, Post-War and Contemporary Art, 19th Century European Art, Latin American Art, Old Master Drawings, Jewellery and Interiors.

Exhibiting the highest levels of quality and refinement, each piece reflects a palpable energy and soul. With names from René Magritte to Amedeo Modigliani and Odilon Redon to Jean Dubuffet and with standout design pieces and jewels such as an exquisite yellow diamond ring and diamond necklace, the collection is a highlight of the upcoming sale seasons.

Leading this May’s Impressionist and Modern Art Works on Paper Sale, Magritte’s L’amour de la nature offers a prime example of his poetic Surrealist vision and ironic, whimsical humour. Magritte introduces a conversation that continues with the modern, elongated faces of Modigliani’s Cariatide and the dream-like symbolism of Redon’s Fleurs dans un vase, carving fantastical slices in the Impressionist and Modern Art auctions.

The collection, which has been in private hands for over 20 years, is one of the highlights of 20th Century Week at Christie’s New York, and features two masterworks from Jean Dubuffet: his Portrait of Charles-Albert Cingria and his Jouhandeau Bouc Mouflon that will be featured in the Post-War and Contemporary Art Morning Session. The realism of Dubuffet and his reactionary art that targets socially-defined notions of high culture and beauty mixes with the Pop Art of Tom Wesselmann’s Study for Seascape Drop-Out, also to be offered in the Post-War and Contemporary Art Morning Session, evidencing the pervasive historical range of this collection.

With further support from decorative arts and jewellery, the private collection marks a prime opportunity to explore the wonder of avant-garde art.