Spanning movements from Impressionism to German Expressionism and Surrealism, remarkable paintings, works on paper and sculpture by the leading names of the late 19th and 20th centuries feature in this sale. Leading the auction is Joan Miró’s Femme et oiseaux from 1940, belonging to his fabled Constellations series. An exquisite work of exceptional poignancy and rarity, it is the first Constellation to appear at auction for over fifteen years. Among other highlights are two remarkable early paintings by Wassily Kandinsky: the stunning Murnau – Landschaft mit grünen Haus from 1909 and a pivotal 1913 Bild mit weissen Linien, beautifully demonstrating the artist’s path to abstraction. The sale will also include Giacometti’s pivotal unique bronze Grande figure from 1947.
Joan Miró, FEMME ET OISEAUX. Signed Miró (lower left); signed Joan Miró, titled and dated Varengeville s/mer 13/IV/1940 on the reverse. Gouache and oil wash on paper 38 by 46cm. 15 by 18 1/8 in. Executed in Varengeville-sur-Mer on 13th April 1940.
Wassily Kandinsky, MURNAU - LANDSCHAFT MIT GRÜNEM HAUS (MURNAU - LANDSCAPE WITH GREEN HOUSE). Signed Kandinsky and dated 1909 (lower right); signed Kandinsky on the reverse; signed Kandinsky, titled and numbered no. 79 on the backboard. Oil on board 70 by 96cm. 27 1/2 by 37 3/4 in. Painted in 1909.
Fernand Léger, NATURE MORTE AU PROFIL. Signed F. Léger and dated 22 (lower right); signed F. Léger, dated 22 and inscribed Nature morte on the reverse. Oil on canvas 65 by 46cm. 25 1/2 by 18 1/8 in. Painted in 1922.
Alberto Giacometti, GRANDE FIGURE. Inscribed A. Giacometti, dated 1947 and with the foundry mark Alexis Rudier Fondeur, Paris. Bronze, height: 130.3cm. 51 1/4 in. Executed in plaster in 1947, this unique bronze was cast by the Alexis Rudier foundry in Paris in 1948.