Modern Art Masters sale explores power of works on paper, May 24
NEW YORK – A Pablo Picasso linocut, an Egon Schiele self-portrait lithograph, and a Bernard Buffet lithograph will fight for top lot status at Jasper52’s Modern Art Masters auction, which will be conducted on Tuesday, May 24, starting at 3 pm Eastern time. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.
Picasso, Schiele and Buffet are hardly the only great artistic names represented in the sale. It also features works on paper from Andre Masson, Alexander Calder, Marc Chagall, Salvador Dali, Joan Miro, Karel Appel, Yaacov Agam, Henri Matisse, Georges Braque, Paul Guiramand, Andre Minaux, Graciela Boulanger, Pierre Alechinsky, Francisco Bores, Adami Valerio, Orlando Pelayo, Jean Arp, Andy Warhol, Jean Carzou, Jules Cavailles, Victor Vasarely and Pierre Bonnard.
Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881-1973) tackled virtually every artistic medium under the sun, including linogravure, which is also known as linocut. Among the many Picasso works on paper offered in the May 24 sale is Les vendangeurs (The grape harvesters), a vibrant and exuberant image rendered in a palette of neutrals that seemingly has no straight lines whatsoever. Published in France by Editions Cercle d’art in 1962, the Picasso linocut carries an estimate of $400-$500.
The gripping, raw and intense art of Egon Schiele (German, 1890-1918), created more than a century ago, is so potent that even now, it can be hard to take. He was known for his self portraits, and one appears in the form of a lithograph in the Jasper52 auction. He depicts himself colorfully dressed and placing his right hand against his face, which has an expression that looks as if he is contemplating an adventure he regrets. The lithograph was printed in 1968 by Max Jaffe in Vienna Austria, and it is estimated at $250-$300.
Bernard Buffet (French, 1928-1999) might be the least well-known of the three highlighted artists, but his work as just as compelling. In the lithograph titled Clown on Red Background, he displays a supreme command of color and shape, choosing to depict the clown with an angular face and crowning him with a small green hat that contrasts admirably with the shade of red that dominates the image. Printed in 1967 by Fernand Mourlot of France, the Buffet lithograph has an estimate of $200-$250.
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