CONTEMPORARY ART TO HIGHLIGHT CLARS MAY 2012 AUCTION Oakland, CA — On May 19th and 20th, Clars will host what is possibly their richest sale to date. The Fine Art offerings in this sale will span the genres with a particularly impressive selection of Mo
News-Antique.com - Apr 23,2012 - Oakland, CA — On May 19th and 20th, Clars will host what is possibly their richest sale to date. The Fine Art offerings in this sale will span the genres with a particularly impressive selection of Modern and Contemporary works by renowned American and European artists. “The May sale will be a virtual greatest hits list of Contemporary art,” said Rick Unruh, Director of Fine Art for Clars.
Topping the fine art category is an important abstract work by Italian artist Parmeggiani Tancredi (1927-1964) whose work is held in numerous museum collections including the Guggenheim Museum, New York and the Brooklyn Museum of Art. Clars is honored to be offering his large oil on canvas, Untitled, circa 1958, on Sunday, May 20th with an estimate of $80,000 to $120,000.
From Dutch painter and sculpture Karel Appel (1921-2006), will be his vibrant gouache on paper Blue Nude estimated at $20,000 to $40,000. Appel’s expressive figuration was greatly influenced by Pablo Picasso whose masterful printmaking will be represented by a collection of his etchings, lithographs, and linoleum cuts including 1933’s Le Repos Du Sculpteur et le Modelis au Masque ($15,000-$20,000) and 1961’s Football ($7,000-$9,000).
An equally as impressive work on paper is a very rare pencil drawing by Laurence Stephen Lowry (British, 1887-1976) depicting his iconic matchstick men entitled Windy Day estimated at $10,000 to $20,000. Additional modern and contemporary offerings include Edmondo Bacci’s (Italian, 1913-1989) oil on canvas Avvenimento ($8,000-$12,000); Walasse Ting’s (American/Chinese/French, 1929-2010) early oil and ink on canvas Chinese Landscape ($10,000-$15,000); Paul Jenkin’s (American/French, b. 1923) watercolor High Point ($6,000-$8,000); and Charles Schulz’s (Californian, 1922-2000) ink on paper daily comic strip Peanuts 8-13-1962 ($10,000-$15,000).
Highly desirable prints included in the sale range from Joan Miro’s (Spanish, 1893-1983) 1964 portfolio of eleven color lithographs Obra Inedita Recent ($7,000-$9,000); to Thomas Hart Benton’s (American, 1889-1975) lithograph Homeward Bound (The Race) ($5,000-$7,000); to Henri Matisse’s (French, 1869-1954) lithograph Le Repos du Modèle ($6,000-$8,000). Additional notable printmakers represented May 20th are Andy Warhol, Jacob Lawrence, Alexander Calder, Rufino Tamayo, Richard Lindner and Marc Chagall.
Impressive examples from the photography department include the work of fashion photographers Horst P. Horst (German/American, 1906-1999) and George Hoyningen-Huene (Russian/American, 1900-1968). Horst’s Mainbocher Corset, Paris ($10,000-$15,000) and Hoyningen-Huene’s Horst Study (Twisted Torso) ($7,000-$9,000) are brilliant examples of 1930’s classical capturing of bodily movement on film.
Clars is also pleased to offer an outstanding collection of 19th and 20th century sculpture from various prestigious California and Texas collections. Nature Revealing Herself to Science by Louis Ernest Barrias (French, 1841-1905) and La Fantasia Arabe by Prosper LeCourtier (French, 1855-1924) are both estimated at $20,000-40,000. Also featured is Indian Warrior by Western artist, Alexander Phimister Proctor (estimate at $15,000-25,000), as well as Modern and Contemporary pieces by Elizabeth Catlett, Fletcher Benton, Felipe Castaneda, Robert Graham, David Kimball Anderson and many others.
Turning to California art, Hills over the Carmel River by August Gay (1890-1948) is expected to earn $40,000 to $60,000 followed by Figure by Boat by Seldon Connor Gile (1877-1947)