Never Released Work By Picasso and Banksy Goes On Sale For the First Time at Dreweatts & Bloomsbury n extremely rare Banksy screenprint never released publicly and not seen on the market before will be offered as part of a Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions sale of Modern and Contemporary Prints. The s
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Picasso, Banksy, Nevinson
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Never Released Work By Picasso and Banksy Goes On Sale
For the First Time at Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions
An extremely rare Banksy screenprint never released publicly and not seen on the market before will be offered as part of a Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions sale of Modern and Contemporary Prints. The sale is on Wednesday 11th December. Created in 2012, ‘Love Hurts’ is signed by the artist and is one of only 16 copies of the screenprint, making it one of the rarest of Banksy's works.
The image will be immediately familiar to those who followed Banksy's October residency in New York, where a heart similar to the one in the present lot was painted on a wall in Brooklyn on 7th October. This work by the elusive British street artist is estimated to sell for £50,000 – 70,000. [Lot 129]
It is highly unusual to see hand coloured etchings by Picasso. In general they were produced for only his closest friends and collaborators. The present work created by the artist in 1934, is a extensively hand-worked presentation copy, given to the printer Roger Lacourier in thanks for the work he had done producing The Vollard Suite, Picasso’s masterpiece set of etchings.
Never before seen on the market, the present lot presents a unique opportunity to acquire an early, hand-coloured etching by one of the most important artists of the 20th Century. It is estimated at £30,000 - 50,000. [Lot 89]
‘La Geurre des Trous’ (the War of Holes) by Futurist/Vorticist artist Christopher Nevinson (b. 1889 –1946) depicts a soldier's anticipation, presumably in a moment before he exits the trench. A member of the Friends' Ambulance Unit during WWI, Nevinson was deeply affected by his experience caring for injured French troops which preoccupied much of his early work and produced a remarkable series of works, leading to his appointment as an official War Artist for the British Government.
The drawing shares a similar construction to another Nevinson pen and ink drawing ‘La Mitrailleuse’, which was also recently sold at auction. Both drawings were preliminary studies for two of his most important oils of the period. La Guerre de Trous and La Mitraileuse were drawn in 1914/15 and looking at specific elements within both works, it seems possible the works share the same location, albeit from different perspectives. Nevinson was stationed in Woesten, just North-West of Ypres for two and a half months from November 1914, and this location served as the source material for his earliest war images. La Geurre de Trous is arguably the finest work on paper by the artist to have appeared at auction in a generation It is estimated at £80,000-120,000. [Lot 13]
Based on 'love' and 'girls' in comic books, ‘Two Nudes’ is an integral part of the last great series of works produced by Roy Lichtenstein. ‘The Nudes’ series, begun in the spring of 1993, are some of the