Contemporary, Modern Art and Old Masters
Auction 177 - 5 December 2020
Seated nude (1916)102 € 2 200 - 2 800Pastel and oilstick on paper - Sig. 1916 - 98,5 x 59,5 cm
Woman in blue in an interior (ca. 1915) - Verso: Still Life with chicken103 € 1 200 - 1 600Oil on cardboard - Sig. on the reverse - 39,7 x 22 cmProvenance auction De Vuyst, Lokeren 1989
Museum to Scale 1/7 - Portfolio I & Portfolio II (2013)589 € 3 000 - 5 000Portfolio I x II - with 32 signed prints by Guillaume Bijl, Denmark, Karin Borghouts, Sergio De Beukelaer, Jan De Cock, Peter De Cupere, Peter De Meyer, Robert Devriendt, Nick Ervinck, Jan Fabre, Ann Veronica Janssens, Gideon Kiefer, Wesley Meuris, Ria Pacquée, Boy & Erik Stappaerts, Walter Swennen, Paul Van Hoeydonck, Etienne Van Doorslaer and Koen Vanmechelen. - Edition of 75 copies - 72 x 52 cm
L'invention de la brouette (1974)422 € 200 000 - 300 000Acrylic on paper on canvas - Sig. and sig. on the reverse "Sundsvall (S) 1974" with title - 154 x 228 cm - Labels on the reverseProvenance Gal. Van de Loo, München
Simoens Gal., Antwerp
FREEDOM AND HAPPINESS
"Would I start? Would I start with small lines, small crosses, small dots, with a big thing going from there to there, with a big spot that would watch me, with an idea? Would I start by stroking the canvas because I dream it's already finished? No, I'm starting." (Alechinsky, Paris, September 1953)
And so Alechinsky starts this extraordinary work. He casually follows his feeling while he applies the acrylic to the canvas. The artist gives free rein to his hand: sometimes the lines are calm and elegant in warm ocher, sometimes he applies brusque, heavy brush strokes in bright blue and green. It is this same hand that tells Alechinsky's fantastic stories and gives expression to the world as he experiences it. The result is a painting bursting with spontaneous energy. The gesture is explicitly present as an expressive tool, reminiscent of American abstract expressionism rather than of Cobra
The painting is a joyful color play evoking instant delight and cheerfulness. But coincidence and the subconscious also have an important role: the images veiled by the splendor of color are not at all unambiguous. Fortunately Alechinsky also loves to play with language, as illustrated by the poetic title which pushes us more or less in the direction of the painting's story. Furthermore, we, as spectator, are challenged to use our own creativity and thus contribute to the creation of the final image. The image of the artist also becomes the image of the viewer.
"L'invention de la brouette" is the title of this oeuvre majeure so to say in the words of the artist himself. Alechinsky does not make it easy for us as viewers. We can indeed see some wheels. Do the lines form a wheelbarrow? Does the mysterious head at the bottom represent the inventor? Maybe the artist wants to tell us about the invention of the wheel and he mingles title and image as a totum pro parte. Or maybe there is another approach that has to do with Alechinsky's trip to Lapland in 1974, where he makes this painting in the studio of his friend Bengt Lindström in Sundsvall (Sweden). The local stories and legends - which he loves so much - have certainly reached his ears and must have when creating this image. After all, it is up to the viewer and his imagination to complete the story.
Prisma (1988)506 € 7 000 - 9 000Colour etching and aquatint - Taiwan paper - Sig. 1988 with title in pencil - Ex. nr. 70/70 - 180 x 91 cm - Label on the reverse Gal. Espace, AmsterdamLiterature "Lithographies et gravures originales" Gal. Lelong, Paris 1989, cf. nr. 16 reprod.
Référence (1989)519 € 20 000 - 30 000Oil on canvas - Sig. 1989 and sig. on the reverse with title - 65 x 50 cm - Label on the reverseProvenance Gal. Lelong, New York
Amour (1951)278 € 2 000 - 3 000Sculpture - Yonne stone - Monogram - 23,7 x 25 x 13,5 cmLiterature "Willy Anthoons" M. Seuphor, Antwerp 1954, nr. 11 reprod.
"Willy Anthoons. De geest van de materie - L'esprit de la matière" Marcel Daloze, Ed. Gal. Philippe Samuel, Paris 2012, nr. 54, p. 39 reprod. Provenance coll. Gustave Van Geluwe, Brussels
Magical figure (NY #367) (1986)480 € 55 000 - 75 000Oil on canvas - Sig. - 244,5 x 192 cm - Unframed - Exhibition label on the reverseExhibition "Karel Appel" Galerie Beyeler, Basel 1988, cat. nr. 36
Petit animal (1991)534 € 12 000 - 16 000Acrylic on paper on canvas - Sig. '91 - 66 x 100 cmProvenance Gal. Guy Pieters, Knokke
Arman (Armand Fernandez)1
Composition (1990)550 € 60 000 - 100 000Sculpture - Pink marble - On a granite base - Sig. - 190 x 25,5 x 21,5 cm - Total: 200 x 39,3 x 39,5 cm (incl. pedestal)Literature Will be included in the 4th volume of the Catalogue Raisonné being prepared by Mme Silvana Neme Provenance Acquired directly from the artist by the current owner