Jasper52 offers fine art, prints & multiples, Apr 28
NEW YORK – On April 28, Jasper52 will offer a sale of fine art, prints, and multiples which will kick off at 5 pm Eastern time. The auction features precisely 210 lots that will tempt you to seriously reorganize your walls. Prints Specialist Mary Battaglia curated the sale. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.
Leading the lineup is Tango, a signed 2006 oil on canvas by the late Slovenian painter Erik Lovko. He chose colors that are as bold and sensual as the Argentinian ballroom dance itself–fierce reds asserting themselves against strong greens. Lovko’s handling of the deep emerald green dress of the female dancer is, on its own, worth placing a bid. The power inherent in her shapely, muscular arms more than justify her choice to don a sleeveless gown. But if you look longer at the painting, you might detect a sense of unease, and maybe even menace between the members of the couple. Neither smiles, and both look past each other. The intensity of their dancing has, evidently, upset a nearby chair. Meanwhile, in the upper left, a shirtless man paddles what might be a river skiff under a full moon. Tango carries an estimate of $2,000-$2,500.
The muted tones of Slovenian artist Viktor Sest’s undated portrait of French leader Charles de Gaulle could not have a more different color palette than that of Lovko’s Tango. Sest’s oil on canvas depicts de Gaulle alone, toting a black suitcase and wearing a contemplative look on his wizened face. The painting is estimated at $1,200-$1,500.
Rounding out the highlights is an undated oil on wood painting by Belgian artist Frans Smeers. The title is unclear, but it could easily be called “The Lady in Front of the Mirror.” Clad in a flourish-laden white dress, and wearing a white ornament in her hair, she contemplates her appearance. Smeers makes the striking and psychologically interesting choice to blur her facial features–even when she, and we, look directly at her reflection in the mirror, we cannot truly see her. The Smeers artwork carries an estimate of $1,500-$2,000.
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