opposition. The picture from 1934 is also the only oil painting completed by the artist outside of his studio while visiting the Baltic village of Deep during his summer holidays in the 1930s.
The spring sale will also include Property from the S. Joel Schur Collection, perhaps the finest collection of masterpieces by Bugatti in private hands. Rembrandt Bugatti was a singular figure whose vision was devoted to unique and powerfully modern sculptures of exotic animals. The group comprises eleven sculptures to be offered in both the Evening and Day sales, and will feature such iconic masterworks as a Babouin Sacré Hamadryas (est. $2/3 million), a male and female Lion and Lionne de Nubie (est. $1.5/2 million and $1.2/1.8 million, respectively) and a Grande girafe tête basse (est. $1/1.5 million).
IMPRESSIONIST & MODERN ART DAY Exhibition opens: 30 April
6 May 2010
CONTEMPORARY ART EVENING Exhibition opens: 8 May
12 May 2010
Among the highlights of the spring Evening Sale of Contemporary Art is an iconic and rare Self Portrait by Andy Warhol, executed in 1986 just prior to his unexpected death the following year (est. $10/15 million). Wearing his signature “fright” wig, Warhol’s self-image overwhelms the inky black canvas surface, confronting the viewer with a direct and haunting gaze. The painting is from Warhol’s final series of Self Portraits - widely acknowledged as the most important of his career. The monumental canvas, measuring 108 x 108 in., is one of only a handful executed by the artist and one of only two that are known to be privately held. Mark Rothko’s 1961 painting Untitled is a radiantly beautiful and monumental masterpiece in the artist’s oeuvre (est. $18/25 million). Rothko’s genius is amply demonstrated as he reduces colors to their essence, transforming them into form, space, and light. Rothko almost seems to breathe color onto the canvas, alternating the surface between softly ethereal background and decadent saturation of subsequent rich layers, in this case in tones of red. As with many of his paintings of the late 1950s and early 1960s, Rothko adopts a monumental scale (93. x 80. in.) for his compositions to achieve a powerful sense of harmony and order. Red was a color that fascinated Rothko from his earliest works and was the focus of his greatest and most monumental works of the late 1950s and early 1960s. Red is one of the most potent colors optically, and was used to great effect by Rothko either in juxtaposition with other colors or in a monochromatic range of red as in the case of the present work. Jackson Pollock is one of the most influential masters of the 20th century, and his rare and exuberant Number 12A, 1948: Yellow, Gray, Black dates from the time of his most creative and transformative period (est. $4/6 million). From 1948 until her death in 1982, this painting was in the collection of his second New York dealer, Betty Parsons, and was extensively exhibited beginning at Parsons’ own gallery in 1949. Number