© Jean Dubuffet, DACS 2021

© Jean Dubuffet, DACS 2021

A selection of highlights from our upcoming sale


Christie’s will present 20th Century Modern Masters from a Private French Collection in the 20th Century Art Evening Sale and The Art of the Surreal Evening Sale, to be held on 23 March. The collection is comprised of eight works by Alexander Calder, Jean Dubuffet, Max Ernst, Jean Fautrier, Fernand Léger and Joan Miró. This exceptional group offers an insightful view into the crucial dialogues that connected avant-garde artists working in Europe and America throughout the 20th Century, highlighting the friendships, artistic innovations and the exchange of ideas that shaped the century, both before and after the Second World War.
Dating from 1913, Léger’s Deux femmes couchées illustrates his bold, graphic style of cubism (estimate: £1,200,000-1,800,000), which resonates with the formal structures of Dubuffet’s post-war Paris ‘Circus’ and ‘Hourloupe’ styles, both hybridised in Paysage du Pas-de-Calais III (1963, estimate: £2,500,000-3,500,000). Radical mixed-media impasto is employed to very different ends in Dubuffet’s Le Vase de Barbe (1959, estimate: £2,000,000-3,000,000), Max Ernst’s Aux 100,000 colombes (1925, estimate: £1,200,000-1,800,000) and Fautrier’s Pièges (1946, estimate: £1,000,000-1,500,000). Finally, close links can be seen between Calder’s Submarine Christmas Tree (1947, estimate: £4,000,000-6,000,000) and the intuitive, whimsical visual language of surrealists such as Miró.


Fernand Léger (1881-1955)
Deux femmes couchées

signed with initials, dated and inscribed 'FL.13 deux femmes couchées' (lower centre)
gouache and brush and ink on paper
19¾ x 25⅛ in. (50.3 x 64 cm.)
Executed in 1913
£1,200,000-1,800,000


detail of the present lot

detail of the present lot

Joan Miró (1893-1983)
Le piège

signed and dated 'Miró. 1924.' (lower right); signed, titled and dated 'Joan Miró "Le Piège" 1924.' (on the reverse)
oil, charcoal and graphite on canvas
36⅜ x 29 in. (92.4 x 73.5 cm.)
Painted in 1924
£3,000,000-5,000,000


detail of the present lot

detail of the present lot

Max Ernst (1891-1976)
Aux 100,000 colombes

signed 'max ernst' (lower right)
oil on canvas
38⅛ x 51⅛ in. (96.7 x 130 cm.)
Painted in 1925
£1,200,000-1,800,000


detail of the present lot

detail of the present lot

Joan Miró (1893-1983)
Peinture

signed and dated 'Miró. 1927.' (lower left); signed and dated again 'Joan Miró. 1927.' (on the reverse)
oil on canvas
38⅛ x 51⅛ in. (97 x 130 cm.)
Painted in 1927
£1,400,000-1,800,000


detail of the present lot

detail of the present lot

Jean Dubuffet (1901-1985)
Le Vase de Barbe (Beard Vase)

signed and dated 'J. Dubuffet 59' (upper right); titled, inscribed and dated again 'Le vase de barbe octobre 59 B' (on the reverse)
oil on canvas
51⅛ x 38in. (130 x 96.5cm.)
Painted in October 1959
£2,000,000-3,000,000


detail of the present lot

detail of the present lot

Jean Dubuffet (1901-1985)
Paysage du Pas-de-Calais III
(Landscape of Pas-de-Calais III)

signed and dated 'J. Dubuffet 63' (lower right); signed, titled and dated ‘Paysage du Pas de Calais III J. Dubuffet août 63’ (on the reverse)
oil on canvas
64 x 102in. (162.6 x 259.2cm.)
Painted on 27 August 1963
£2,500,000-3,500,000


detail of the present lot

detail of the present lot

Jean Fautrier (1898-1964)
Pièges (Traps)

signed and dated 'Fautrier 46' (lower left)
oil on paper laid on canvas
44⅞ x 57½ in. (114 x 146cm.)
Executed in 1946
£1,000,000-1,500,000


detail of the present lot

detail of the present lot