juin 1st, 2018

Serge Mendjisky – Port Grimaud, le Grand Canal (1969)

Impressionist and Modern Sale in London at Sotheby’s

To notice among all the remarkable paintings on sale Wednesday, June 20, 2018, in London at Sotheby’s, the lot 243, a painting by Serge Mendjisky, Port Grimaud in France.

A pointillist painting, which is now a landmark because it was made in 1969, for the inauguration of this famous seaside village in Provence.

Recall that in the late 1960s, Serge Mendjisky lived in the village of Saint-Paul-de-Vence, near Nice. He discovered near Saint Tropez, the project of creation of this port, as a true « new Venice » in Provence.

Attracted by this very original project on the sea, he meets his creator, the architect François Spoerry. This renowned village is located at the bottom of the Gulf of Saint-Tropez and was born from the desire of this architect to have a small house at the edge of the water with a boat in front of his door.

At the inauguration of this new seaside city in 1969, Serge Mendjisky created this painting of the Grand Canal, for the exhibition he is doing in Port Grimaud.

On this occasion, he also produced a set of 36 lithographs presented by Marcel Pagnol, Dunoyer de Segonzac, Henri Troyat and François Spoerry.

Marcel Pagnol, the famous Provençal writer, went so far as to affirm that « Serge Mendjisky pursues the same goals as Van Gogh, Cézanne, or Manet, and that he tries to show us the world not as he “thinks“ it, but as he sees it, through his own sensibility, and to share with us his pleasure, and his emotion. »

For the event of the time, Serge Mendjisky delivers in this painting, with a light palette made of small touches of color, his first impressions of the Grand Canal of Port Grimaud. The houses, the tower, the boats and the reflections of the sea, in this brand new port, under the sun of Provence.


Impressionist & Modern Art Day Sale    

Auction in London Wednesday 20 june 2018

Session One : 10.30 AM


mars 30th, 2011

Art Nouveau – Art Deco: sale of 29 March 2011

The collections of the Castle of Gourdon: a museum for sale

In Paris, Palais de Tokyo, took place Tuesday, March 29, 2011, the first auction of private collections in the castle of Gourdon, comprising one of the most beautiful set in the world of Art Nouveau and Art Deco.

Sales, which are spread over three days, are due to closure of the Museum of Decorative Arts Gourdon Castle, located in southern France, near Nice.

For this event in Paris, Christie’s sales orchestra, the first consisted of 78 batches of exceptional pieces of Art Deco furniture.

The record sales went to the « chaise longue aux skis » (couch to ski) called the « Maharaja » by Emile-Jacques Ruhlmann, 1929, sold for 2,865,000 euros ($ 4,025,123).

The « table à jeux et suite de quatre chaises » (game table and four chairs) by Jean Dunand, estimated between 3 and 5 million euros ($ 4,241,836 to 7,069,727) has however been able to find a buyer.

The most lively auction also came back with two pieces of Emile-Jacques Ruhlmann. One for a cabinet called « cave à liqueur » (liquor cellar), from 1926, estimated between 300,000 and 400,000 euros ($ 423,000 to 564,000) and sold for 1,498,600 euros ($ 2,105,428). The other for a convenient « Lassalle » from 1925, estimated between 500,000 and 700,000 euros ($ 705,000 to 987,000) and sold for 1,801,000 euros ($ 2,530,278).

Finally, several pieces of Robert Mallet-Stevens (hairdresser, a pair of easy chairs, armchairs, …) were preempted by the Centre of National Monuments.

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mars 17th, 2011

Picasso the most expensive exhibited in London

The most expensive painting to be sold at auction Nude, Green Leaves and Bust by Pablo Picasso is presented to the public for the first time ever in the UK at Tate Modern in London. The work has been lent to Tate from a Private Collection and be on display in a new Pablo Picasso room on Level 3.

Nude, Green Leaves and Bust is one of the sequence of paintings of Picasso’s muse, Marie-Thérèse Walter, made by the artist at Boisgeloup, Normandy, in the early months of 1932.

Picasso first encountered Marie-Thérèse Walter in January 1927 but their relationship had to remain secret from his wife, Olga. Although Picasso had long disguised his affair with Marie-Thérèse Walter, Nude, Green Leaves and Bust is among the group of works which openly chart the obsessiveness between the lovers. It was painted on 8 March 1932 and is the most intense among the group of large nudes completed in single, sometimes consecutive, days and marking a high-point of Picasso’s creative energy. The setting (probably in the sculpture studios of the Château de Boisgeloup outside Paris) includes a secretive curtain that provides the screen onto which the sculptural bust casts a double shadow. It is as if the white of the foreground nude was, literally as well as metaphorically, illuminating the space.

After many years in private hands, Nude, Green Leaves and Bust was sold at Christie’s, New York on 4 May 2010 to a private collector for a world record price of $ 106.5 million (76.5 million €). Before it was sold, the work had been in the collection of LA based collectors Sidney and Frances Brody for almost six decades. They had acquired the work in 1951 from Paul Rosenberg, whom in turn had acquired it from the artist in 1936. During that period it had been exhibited publicly only once, in 1961, to commemorate Picasso’s 80th birthday.

février 17th, 2011

Auction record for a painting by Salvador Dali

The works of Salvador Dalí fighting in recent weeks at auction records.

A painting « Portrait of Paul Eluard » painted in 1929 has been awarded 13.4 million pounds ($ 21.6 million, 15.8 million euros), February 10, 2011, during the sale at Sotheby’s in London, setting a new record for a work of the master of surrealism.

Dali had met the poet during a stay in Paris in 1929 and this meeting was to have a major influence on the work and the painter’s life (it was then that leaves Gala Eluard for Dali).

Also, the study for « Honey is sweeter than blood » was auctioned for 6 370 000 dollars (4.7 million euros) on Feb. 9 at an auction of Impressionist and modern art at Christie’s.

This work, dated 1926, was a study for the painting « The honey is sweeter than blood » found today.

This is the Gala-Salvador Dalí Foundation in Figueres, who won the auction for this fundamental work in the construction of the surrealist painter of Catalan in Catalonia back.