Alberto Giacometti (1901-1966)\nL'homme au doigt\nsigned and numbered 'A Giacometti 6/6' (on the top of the base); inscribed with foundry mark 'Alexis Rudier Fondeur Paris' (on the back of the base)\nbronze with patina and hand-painted by the artist\nHeight: 69 7/8 in. (177.5 cm.)\nConceived in 1947.
The year 1890 was a watershed moment in Claude Monets lifehe turned fifty, bought property for the first time and negotiated the purchase of Édouard Manets Olympia and its ensuing placement in the French national collection (see fig. 1). Any of these could have been the most notable occurrence of that period, but 1890 was also the year that Monet painted the most definitive artistic series of the nineteenth centuryhis Meules. This acclaimed series found its inspiration in the fields adjacent to
Raw, uncensored, and fiercely magnificent, Untitled from 1982 is a virtually incomparable masterwork from Jean-Michel Basquiats revolutionary body of paintings, executed in the very first month of the pivotal year of 1982. Emblazoned upon the monumental canvas, the visceral impact of the artists painted searing visage is absolute and immediate, consuming the viewers gaze in an impenetrable maelstrom of violent gesture, chromatic radiance, and pure, unbridled electric charge. The overwhelming vis
John Richardson\nThe Eye of the Storm: Warhol and Picasso\n\nI arrived in New York for the first time in 1959 and within a year or two I met Andy. After that I saw a great deal of him. But nobody ever got to know Andy or, for that matter, Picasso: neither ever really opened up to anybody. Andy was often asking me about Picasso.\n\nI see Andy always at the Eye of the Storm. The Eye of the Storm where there is stillness, and all around is disaster. Here was Andy at the center of all this horror: t
Alberto Giacometti, L'HOMME QUI MARCHE I\nInscribed Alberto Giacometti, numbered 2/6 and with the foundry mark Susse Fondeur Paris\nBronze\nHeight: 183cm.\n72in.\nExecuted in 1960 and cast in bronze in a numbered edition of 6 plus 4 artist's proofs. The present work was cast in 1961 and is a life-time cast.
Giacometti's extraordinary Chariot is his masterpiece and ranks among the definitive achievements of 20th century art. With its painted surface and rich, golden patina, the present sculpture is perhaps the most important bronze that the artist created. His biographer James Lord, while discussing what is considered Giacometti’s "great period" of the late 1940s and early 1950s, identified Chariot as his finest accomplishment: "There are many extraordinary sculptures of 1949 and 1950," he wrote. "
Dora Maar au chat is one of Picasso’s most spectacular depictions of his mistress and artistic companion (see fig. 1). Picasso's love affair with Maar (1907-1997) was a partnership of intellectual exchange and intense passion that lasted nearly a decade, and Maar’s influence on the artist resulted in some of his most daring portraits of his career. Among the best of them are the oils completed during the war years, when Picasso's art resonated with the drama and emotional upheaval of the era
The oval mixed cut fancy vivid pink diamond weighing 59.60 carats, mounted as a ring, size 51.\nMeticulously cut by Steinmetz Diamonds over a period of nearly two years - a process in which the 132.5 carat rough was cast in epoxy more than 50 times in order to create models upon which the design team could experiment with different cuts - it was transformed into this spectacular 59.60 carat, fancy vivid pink, internally flawless oval cut gem – the largest internally flawless or flawless, fancy v
Francis Bacon (1909-1992)\nThree Studies for a Portrait of John Edwards\nsigned, titled, inscribed and dated '3 Studies for a Portrait of John Edwards Francis Bacon 1984 left panel' (on the reverse of the left panel); signed, titled, inscribed and dated '3 Studies for a Portrait of John Edwards Francis Bacon 1984 center panel' (on the reverse of the center panel); signed, titled, inscribed and dated '3 Studies for a Portrait of John Edwards Francis Bacon 1984 right panel' (on the reverse of the
“The progression of a painter’s work, as it travels in time from point to point, will be toward clarity: toward the elimination of all obstacles between the painter and the idea and between the idea and the observer… To achieve this clarity is, inevitably, to be understood”\nMark Rothko, cited in The Mark Rothko Foundation: 1976-86, p.1\n\n“Pictures must be miraculous: the instant one is completed, the intimacy between the creation and the creator is ended. He is an outsider. The picture must be
The oval mixed-cut fancy vivid pink diamond weighing 59.60 carats, mounted in platinum. Ring size: 5¾, illustrated unmounted.\nAccompanied by GIA report numbered 2175607011, dated 28 April 2016, stating that the diamond is natural, Fancy Vivid Pink Colour, Internally Flawless; together with a diamond type classification report stating that the diamond is determined to be a Type IIa diamond; also accompanied by a letter from GIA stating that this is the largest Flawless or Internally Flawless, Fa
Picassos portraits of women his muses represent the most consistently innovative and expressive body of work in twentieth century art. From the cubist portraits of Fernande Olivier or neo-classical depictions of Olga Khokhlova, to the acclaimed 1930s paintings of Marie-Thérèse and the final great works depicting Jacqueline Roque, the women of Picassos life are the fulcrum of his creative genius. The formal experimentation and emotional intensity that characterise his most celebrated portraits
Exceedingly rare, Modigliani's elegant stone carvings are among the most coveted works of modern art. While the majority these sculptures are in the collections of museums, the present work is the finest remaining in private hands. Tête that has the power to enthrall those who enter its realm. Created in the likeness of an ancient totem or deity, this magnificient carving was created in Modigliani's open-air studio at the Cité Falguière in Montparnasse. At night the artist would illuminate t
To articulate the inexplicable: this is what Cy Twombly set out to do, in paintings that consecrate the sublime visual poetry of that which cannot be written. With the obsessively systematic repetition of his Blackboard paintings, Twombly lyrically expresses both a ceaseless effort and persistent inability to depict an emotion that is quite simply beyond representation. Created in an outburst of significant invention, Twombly’s epic Untitled (New York City) from 1968 sits at the very head of the
The rough diamond of high colour and purity weighing 1,109 carats and measuring approximately 66.4 x 55 x 42mm.\nIt is a huge privilege for Sotheby’s to have been chosen by Lucara Diamond Corp. to offer Lesedi La Rona for sale. Indeed, it is a unique honour as no other rough diamond of even remotely similar size has ever been proposed for public auction. What has struck me personally, since I first held this phenomenal gemstone in my hands, is how well it embodies the symbolism that Man has inve
Picasso's extraordinary La Gommeuse is among the rare and coveted pictures created during the artist's Blue Period (1901-1904). The painting dates from the second half of 1901, following Picasso's widely-praised exhibition at Vollard's gallery that June and amidst the sobering aftermath of his friend Casagemas' suicide earlier in the year. Just shy of 20, the artist was sharing an apartment in Paris with his Catalan anarchist friend Pere Mañach, and the two young men immersed themselves in the d