Swann Galleries art auction March 4 stars Modernist masters 

modern masters

Diego Rivera, ‘Mujeres dando limosna fuera de una Iglesia,’ watercolor, ink and pencil on paper, 1934. Estimate $25,000 to $35,000. Swann Galleries image

NEW YORK – Swann Galleries will present an auction of 19th and 20th century art on Thursday, March 4. The sale will feature exceptional prints, drawings, paintings and sculpture from Modernists, New York artists and Latin American stalwarts. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.

Standout original works by European Modernist masters are on offer, including Pablo Picasso who leads the sale with an original double-sided pencil drawing Nu debout’ Nature morte et Étude d’Homme (below), 1914, at $60,000-$90,000. Also available by Picasso is a 1905 black crayon drawing Arlequin de profil à la collarette at $20,000-$30,000.

modern masters

Pablo Picasso, ‘Nu debout; Nature marte et Étude d’Homme,’ pencil on paper, double-sided, 1914. Estimate $60,000 to $90,000. Swann Galleries image

Maurice de Vlaminck’s 1945 oil-on-canvas Rue de Village is expected to achieve $20,000 to $30,000; and, watercolors by Francis Picabia, Fernand Léger and Jean Arp include Picabia’s San titre (Le Rêve), 1930-32, Léger’s Portrait de Rimbaud (below), 1949, both offered at $20,000-$30,000; and Arp’s 1964 abstract image, at $8,000-$12,000. Additional unique works include pencil drawings by Barbara Hepworth and Edvard Munch. Hepworth is present with Clinic #3, 1947 ($40,000-60,000); and Munch with Portrait of a Young Woman, circa 1882 ($25,000-$35,000).

modern masters

Fernand Léger, ‘Portrait de Rimbaud,’ gouache and watercolor on Japon ancienne, 1949, 16½ x 14in. Estimate: $20,000-$30,000. Swann Galleries image

From the 19th century portion of the sale are etchings The Little Lagoon, 1880, and The Fish Shop, Venice, 1879-80, by James A.M. Whistler, expected to cross the block at $15,000-$20,000, and $12,000-$18,000, respectively.

Barbizon school artists feature Charles-François Daubigny with an 1855 red chalk drawing Paysage au bord de l’étang ($2,000-$3,000), and Jean-François Millet with a conté crayon drawing Étude de Figure ($5,000-$8,000).

Impressionism and Post-Impressionism include Berthe Morisot’s 1884 watercolor Autruches et Paons au Jardin d’Acclimatation ($7,000-$10,000); Paul Signac’s Antibes (below), a 1919 watercolor and pencil boat scene ($20,000-30,000); as well as color lithographs by Claude Monet and George W. Thornley with Blanche Hoschedé, poignant, 1894 ($10,000-$15,000), and Femme à l’ombrelle (Suzanne Horschedé), 1908 ($12,000-$18,000).

modern masters

Paul Signac, ‘Antibes,’ watercolor and pencil on paper, 1919, 12¼ x 15in. Estimate: $20,000-$30,000. Swann Galleries image

Following Swann’s record-setting sale of Louis Lozowick’s New York, 1925, in November 2020, the house is set to offer Lozowick’s 1929 lithograph 57th Street, which is expected to bring $10,000-$15,000. Further New York artists featured in the sale include Martin Lewis with Which Way (below), an extremely scare 1932 aquatint estimated at $30,000-$50,000; Bay Windows, drypoint, 1929 ($20,000-$30,000); and Little Penthouse, drypoint, 1931 ($15,000-$20,000). Reginald Marsh is available with a 1969 portfolio with complete text and 30 etchings and engravings ($10,000-$15,000); and Childe Hassam is on offer with The Broad Curtain, lithotint, 1918 ($8,000-$12,000); and Thomas Hart Benton with The Race, lithograph, 1942 ($10,000-$15,000).

modern masters

Martin Lewis, ‘Which Way?’ aquatint, 1932, 10 x 15in. Estimate: $30,000-$50,000. Swann Galleries image

A run of works by Diego Rivera stands out among the selection of works by Latin American artists in the sale. Of the highlights by Rivera, most notable are Mujeres dando limosna fuera de una Iglesia, a 1934 watercolor, ink and pencil work, estimated at $25,000-$35,000; Estudio para Mercado, a 1934 pencil drawing, at $15,000-$20,000; and Desnudo sentado con brazos levantados (Frida Kahlo), a 1930 lithograph, at $10,000-$15,000. Two bronze sculptures by Francisco Zúñiga, and original drawings by Wifredo Lam, Rufino Tamayo, José Clemente Orozco round out the offering.

Limited previewing (by appointment only) will be available through March 3, to be scheduled directly with a specialist in advance and conforming to strict safety guidelines. Swann Galleries staff will prepare condition reports and provide additional photographs of material on request. For details contact specialist Todd Weyman at tweyman@swanngalleries.com or 212-254-4710 x 32.


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