Skinner Modern and Contemporary Art Sale Set for November

Skinner Auctioneers will hold a live auction of modern and contemporary art on Friday 12e November 2021. The sale will feature a diverse selection of Asian, American and European artists whose careers span from the beginning of the Impressionist period to the contemporary market today. The sale features notable examples of acclaimed artists working outside of their anticipated mediums, representing a rare opportunity to see these towering designers in a new light.

Comprising just under 100 lots in total, one of the earliest auctions is a large-scale oil painting by German-American artist Wolf Kahn, valued between $ 30,000 and $ 50,000. Kahn – who died in March last year at the age of 93 – was a renowned landscape artist widely recognized for his vibrant, impressionistic style and often surprising color choice. His vivid depictions of the Vermont countryside make an indelible impression on the viewer. The painting auctioned here is a particularly vivid example of his work in oils.


Also shown is a black and white pastel by Chilean postmodernist Claudio Bravo, estimated between $ 20,000 and $ 40,000, representing a collection of stones in his hyperrealistic way. Bravo is technically brilliant tbreak the eye compositions achieved worldwide fame in the second half of the 20e century to raise everyday objects in a realm of mystery. The collection of stones represented here, of extraordinary precision given the nature of pastels, is an exciting replica to the artist’s typical work in oils. A similar comparison can be made between Gustav Klimt’s drawing of a standing female nude, estimated between $ 20,000 and $ 30,000. Klimt composed numerous drawings of female nudes at the height of his career, which better than his oil paintings capture the artist’s spontaneity and intuitive understanding of the human form. This drawing, marvelous in every way, is less an erotic statement than a seductive study of the physical.

Claudio Bravo, Pastel on paper

Other notable works on sale include a collage of original drawings by American pop artist James Rosenquist, estimated between $ 15,000 and $ 25,000, made at a time when the artist was broadening his media horizons and reflecting on pedagogy. of artistic creation. The ink and watercolor paintings by Chinese contemporaries Yang Yanping, Nancy Chu Woo and Ju Ming are representative of the wide range on sale, which also includes recent bronze and mixed media works by popular mid-career artists. Thaddeus Strode and Lionel Smit.

Thaddeus Strode, An Unknown Place, 2003.

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