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Lyonel Charles Feininger - Horn Player In The Village

Lyonel Charles Feininger - Horn Player In The Village

Original 1915
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Lyonel Feininger 1871 - 1956 HORN PLAYER IN THE VILLAGE signed Feininger (lower left) and dated Donnerstag d. 1. April. 1915 (lower right) watercolour and pen and ink on paper image size: 20.3 by 26.4cm.; 8 by 10 3/8 in. sheet size: 24.1 by 30.7cm.; 9 1/2 by 12 1/8 in. Executed on 1st April 1915. Authentication Achim Moeller, Managing Principal of The Lyonel Feininger Project LLC, New York-Berlin, has confirmed the authenticity of this work, which is registered under no. 1342-05-21-15. Provenance Estate of John D. Schiff, USA Davis & Langdale Company, New York The Regis Collection, Minneapolis Lafayette Parke Gallery, New York Acquired from the above by the present owner in 1987 Exhibited New York, Lafayette Parke Gallery, Color and Expression: Paintings & Watercolors, 1987, no. 11, illustrated in colour in the catalogue Catalogue Note Combining the vivid colouration and fantastic figures that characterise the artist’s early work, Horn Player in the Village exemplifies Feininger’s unique artistic vision. Having spent the first fifteen years of his career as successful illustrator for periodicals in Berlin and Paris, Feininger only turned his attention to painting in 1907. His experience as a graphic artist had a profound influence on his style leading to the flattened perspective and silhouetted shapes that pervade his works. In his monograph on the artist, Hans Hess discussed Feininger's works from this period: ‘Feininger's use of color is as direct as that of the Fauve painters, but his choice of colours is subtle and strange. The colour disharmonies are softer and the mood created more dreamlike. A mauvish pink predominates, countered by strong blues and greens. The colors live by the subtle violence of their disharmonies. In his pictures of this period the human figure plays a dominant part, but neither the figures nor the settings in which they move pretend to be real. The degree of dreamlike fantasy varies’ (H. Hess, Lyonel Feininger, London, 1961, p. 47). The setting for the present work is the small village of Taubach which is situated not far outside the city of Weimar in Germany. In 1913 Feininger had spent a number of months in Weimar, travelling in the region and intensively sketching views of the surrounding villages. A series of pencil sketches document the same buildings that form the background of this work, but whereas the sketches remain largely naturalistic, in Horn Player in the Village Feininger transforms the scene through his bold use of colour and inclusion of the distorted, sharply outlined figures that fill the foreground. These characters – particularly the horn player and the larger-than-life man who fills the left of the composition – appear again in a related oil painting of the same year, Trumpeter in the Village (fig. 1). In both works the lively characterisation of his figures add to the spirited energy of the composition making them wonderful examples of Feininger’s indomitable style. Fig. 1 Lyonel Feininger, Trumpeter in the Village , 1915, oil on canvas, Private Collection © DACS 2015 See More See Less
Pablo Picasso - Tête De Faune

Pablo Picasso - Tête De Faune

Original 1949
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Lot number: 151
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Pablo Picasso 1881 - 1973 TÊTE DE FAUNE dated 1.2.49; inscribed repris le 28.3.51 and stamped Madoura plein feu on the reverse painted, partially glazed and incised ceramic with kiln element; shallow bowl diameter: 35.5cm., 14in. Executed on 1st February 1949 and reworked on 28th March 1951.
Peter Lindbergh - 'lynne Koester, Pin Up Studio

Peter Lindbergh - 'lynne Koester, Pin Up Studio

Original 1986
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Peter Lindbergh B. 1944 'LYNNE KOESTER, PIN UP STUDIO, PARIS', 1986 PLATINUM-PALLADIUM PRINT. SIGNED AND NUMBERED 8/10 IN PENCIL ON THE REVERSE. MOUNTED. Tirage platinum-palladium. Signé et numéroté 8/10 au crayon au verso. Monté sous passe-partout. Image 34,1 x 34,1 cm (13 3/8 x 13 3/8 in.) feuille 61,5 x 51 cm (24 x 20 in.) Read Condition Report Read Condition Report Register or Log-in to view condition report Saleroom Notice
On Kawara - Oct. 14  1981

On Kawara - Oct. 14 1981

Original 1981
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On Kawara 1933 - 2014 OCT. 14, 1981 titled; signed on the reverse liquitex on canvas with newspaper clipping in artist's cardboard box 45.8 by 61cm.; 18 by 24in. Executed in 1981. Provenance Sperone Westwater Fischer, New York Watari Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo (acquired from the above in 1986) Alpha Cubic Co. Ltd., Tokyo Acquired directly from the above by the present owner in 1991 Exhibited New York, Sperone Westwater Fischer, On Kawara, 1982 Literature Robert C. Morgan, Del Arte a la Idea: Ensayos sobre arte conceptual, Madrid 2003, p. 25, illustrated in colour
Harold Ancart - Untitled

Harold Ancart - Untitled

Original 2012
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Lot number: 101
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Harold Ancart B. 1980 UNTITLED signed and dated 2012 on the reverse pencil, acrylic and tape on paper 170 by 114.5cm.; 67 by 45 1/8 in. Read Condition Report Read Condition Report Register or Log-in to view condition report Saleroom Notice Provenance Galerie Xavier Hufkens, Brussels Acquired directly from the above by the present owner
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