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Auction Description for Sotheby's: Impressionist & Modern Art Day Sale
Auction Description:
Impressionist & Modern Art Day Sale

Impressionist & Modern Art Day Sale

by Sotheby's


349 lots with images

May 4, 2006

1334 York Avenue

at 72nd Street

New York, NY, 10021 USA

Phone: 00 1 212 606 7000

Fax: 0141 204 2502

Email: info@sothebys.com

PAUL SIGNAC

Lot 101: PAUL SIGNAC

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Description: 1863-1935LE PETIT ANDELYSmeasurements10 1/4 by 15 in.alternate measurements26 by 38 cmSigned and dated P. Signac 1886-1922 and dedicated à Madame A. Albert Bien amicalement (lower right)Watercolor, gouache and charcoal on paperPROVENANCEPrivate Collection, France

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PIERRE BONNARD

Lot 102: PIERRE BONNARD

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Description: 1867-1947LES VOILIERS PRÈS DE LA JETÉEmeasurements4 7/8 by 6 1/4 in.alternate measurements12.5 by 16 cmSigned BONNARD (lower left)Watercolor and gouache on paperThe authenticity of this work has kindly been confirmed by Guy-Patrice and Michel Dauberville.PROVENANCEPrivate Collection, France

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ÉDOUARD MANET

Lot 103: ÉDOUARD MANET

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Description: PROPERTY FROM THE JOHN P. AND ALICE S. MEYER COLLECTION1832-1883PIERROT DANSEURmeasurements10 1/2 by 8 in.alternate measurements26.7 by 20.4cmExecuted circa 1849.Pen and ink and watercolor on light blue paperPROVENANCEPontillon, ParisMme. Forget and Alexandre Farra, Paris (1926)Theodore Schempp, New York Acquired from the above on April 15, 1954LITERATUREJulius Meier-Graefe, Edouard Manet, Munich, 1912, discussed pp. 11-12 Étienne Moreau-Nélaton, Manet, raconté par lui-même, vol. 1, Paris, 1926, illustrated fig. 2André Tabarant, Manet et ses ~uvres, Paris, 1947, discussed p. 22 and catalogued no. 542Jacques Mathey, Graphisme de Manet, Paris, 1961, no. 7, illustrated Alain de Leiris, The Drawings of Edouard Manet, Berkeley, 1969, cat. no. 1, fig. no. 39, illustrated p. 53Denis Rouart and Daniel Wildenstein, Edouard Manet, catalogue raisonné, pastels, aquarelles et dessins, vol. 2, Geneva, 1975, no. 450, illustrated p. 165NOTEThe subject of the present work is Pontillon, the brother-in-law of Berthe Morisot, who became good friends with Manet while serving at sea aboard the boat Le Havre et Guadeloupe.

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AUGUSTE RODIN

Lot 104: AUGUSTE RODIN

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Description: PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE EUROPEAN COLLECTOR1840-1917 ÂGE D'AIRAIN, PETIT MODÈLE measurementsheight: 25 1/2 in.alternate measurements64.4 cmConceived in 1875-1877, this version called "petit modèle" conceived in 1904. According to the Comité Rodin, the present work was cast in the late 1930s-1940s in an edition of at least 23 examples.Inscribed Rodin, stamped with the foundry mark Alexis Rudier Fondeur Paris and with the raised signature A. Rodin on the interiorBronze, dark brown patinaTo be included in the forthcoming Catalogue critique de l'~uvre sculpté d'Auguste Rodin being prepared by the Comité Rodin under the archive no. 2005V572B.PROVENANCEGalerie Sayag, Oran, AlgeriaPrivate Collection (acquired from the above in 1950)Private Collection, Paris (by descent from the above)LITERATUREGeorges Grappe, Catalogue du Musée Rodin, Paris, 1929, no. 20 illustration of the plaster p. 31Marcel Aubert, Rodin Sculptures, Paris, 1952, illustrations of a larger cast pp. 11-13Cécile Goldscheider, Rodin, Paris, 1962, illustrations of another cast pp. 54-55Albert E. Elsen, Rodin, New York, 1963, p. 20, illustration of a larger castIonel Jianou & Cécile Goldscheider, Rodin, Paris, 1967 illustrations of a larger cast pls. 6 & 7Robert Descharnes and Jean-François Chabrun, Auguste Rodin, Paris, 1967, illustrations of another cast, pp. 53 and 54.John L. Tancock, The Sculpture of Auguste Rodin, Philadelphia, 1976, illustrations of the larger cast pp. 343 & 345Cécile Goldscheider, Auguste Rodin, Catalogue raisonné de l'~uvre sculpté, Lausanne, 1989, vol. I, no. 95d, catalogued p. 116The Iris & Gerald B. Cantor Foundation, Rodin, A Magnificent Obsession, London, 2001, illustration of another cast p. 28NOTERodin was greatly inspired by seeing the work of Michelangelo during his visit to Italy in 1875, an influence which is particularly apparent in Age d'Airain. On his return from Italy, Rodin settled in Belgium and chose as his model for this work a Belgian soldier named August Neyt. He worked with his model for eighteen months, finally completing the sculpture in December 1876. In January 1877 he sent the work, titled Le Vaincu, to the exhibition at the Cercle Artistique de Bruxelles. The sculpture was well received, but there were some accusations that Rodin had modeled it directly from the human figure.That same year Rodin sent the work to the Paris Salon with the new title Age d'Airain, but almost immediately the accusation was again levied that the plaster was a cast made from a living model. There was even a question of excluding it from the Salon and a committee of enquiry was set up. For a long time this committee came to no conclusion and it was only after evidence was heard from sculptor friends of Rodin, who had seen him at work and had written to the Under Secretary of State, that the matter was happily concluded a few months later. By way of compensation, the French State acquired a life size bronze cast in 1880. Subsequently two reductions of Age d'Airain were made, the present size and one 41 inches high.

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STANISLAS LÉPINE

Lot 105: STANISLAS LÉPINE

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Description: PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION1835-1892 LA SEINE À L'ÎLE SAINT-DENIS LA SEINE À L'ÎLE SAINT-DENISmeasurements11 1/2 by 22 1/8 in.alternate measurements29.2 by 56 cmSigned S Lepine (lower right)Oil on canvasPROVENANCEM. Knoedler & Co., New York Wildenstein & Co., New YorkPrivate Collection, New York (acquired from the above on February 12, 1962)By descent to the present owner

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