René Magritte, La belle captive, signed ‘Magritte’ (upper right), oil on canvas, 15 1/8 x 21 7/8 in. (38.5 x 55.5 cm.)
Painted in 1931, £2,000,000–3,000,000- $2,600,000–3,900,000-€2,300,000–3,500,000
Lot 108 - René Magritte, Le lieu commun, signed ‘Magritte’ (upper right); inscribed 'lieu commun"’ (on the reverse)
oil on canvas. 39 3/8 x 31 7/8 in. (100 x 81 cm.). Painted in 1964. Estimate on Request
Óscar Domínguez, Violette Nozières or Elle rêve, oil on canvas, 32 1/8 x 39 ½ in. (81.5 x 100.3 cm.), Painted in 1934, £600,000–900,000-$780,000–1,200,000-€690,000–1,000,000
René Magritte, Le pain quotidien, signed 'Magritte' (lower left), oil on canvas, 36 1/8 x 27 ½ in. (91.6 x 69.8 cm.)
Painted in 1942, £2,000,000–3,000,000-$2,600,000–3,900,000-€2,300,000–3,500,000
René Magritte, Le monde poétique II, signed 'Magritte' (lower right), oil on canvas, 25 ¾ x 21 ¼ in. (65.5 x 54 cm.), Painted in April-May 1937
£1,500,000–2,500,000- $2,000,000–3,300,000,- €1,750,000–2,900,000
Lot 102- René Magritte, Moments musicaux, signed ‘Magritte’ (upper right), gouache, paper collage and pencil on paper, 16 ½ x 11 5/8 in. (41.8 x 29.5 cm.) Executed in 1961
Lot 113, Joan Miró, Femme, signed, numbered and inscribed on the underside 'Miró EX. 0 V GIMENO=FUNDIT BARNA', bronze with black patina, Height: 12 3/8 in. (31.5 cm.), Conceived in 1949 and cast in an edition of 9; this example numbered 0 and cast in 1949, £150,000–200,000- $200,000–260,000- €180,000–230,000
René Magritte, Composition on a Sea Shore, signed 'Magritte' (upper left); signed 'Magritte' (on the back)
oil on canvas, 21 ½ x 28 7/8 in. (54.5 x 73.5 cm.), Painted in 1935-1936, £2,000,000–3,000,000- $2,600,000–3,900,000- €2,300,000–3,500,000
Salvador Dalí, Sans titre, signed and dated 'Gala Salvador Dalí 1932' (lower left), oil on canvas, 9 3/8 x 6 ½ in. (23.8 x 16.3 cm.), Painted in 1932, £1,000,000–1,500,000- $1,300,000–2,000,000- €1,150,000–1,700,000
Lot 129 Max Ernst, Où naissent les cardinaux, signed and dated ‘max ernst 62’ (lower right); signed, dated and inscribed ‘max ernst Où naissent les cardinaux 4.V.1962’ (on the backing board), oil on canvas, 57 ½ x 45 in. (146 x 114.5 cm.), Painted on 4 May 1962, £700,000–1,000,000- $910,000–1,300,000- €810,000–1,200,000
Lot 133, Joan Miró, Personnage, signed 'Miró' (lower back); numbered and stamped with foundry mark 'No 4 CLEMENTI CIRE PERDUE PARIS' (lower left side), painted bronze
Height: 63 3/8 in. (161 cm.), Conceived in 1967 and cast in an edition of 6 by 1971, £300,000–400,000-$390,000–520,000- €350,000–460,000
Christie’s announces the 18th edition of its annual sale dedicated to the Surrealists, which will be held in London on February 27. The exceptional works presented this year are part of the History of Art, between 1890 and 1974, and the sale will include 34 lots from all over the world created by some fifteen artists, all from the surrealist movement. This sale includes 7 pieces by René Magritte, whose prices have skyrocketed in recent years, including “Le lieu commun” made in 1964, his estimate has not been revealed. Undoubtedly one of the most emblematic pieces of the movement, and the most emblematic of the painter where we find one of his iconic characters with the bowler hat. This piece, still unpublished for sale, catalyzes all the symbols dear to Magritte, the wandering of a man, both full and hidden, in an ambiguous landscape with multiple realities. This exceptional work of art, which will be auctioned off, will therefore be one of the highlights of this winter sale.
At his side, let us not forget the paintings of Max Ernst, a rare piece by master Salvador Dali or four highly experimental pieces from Joan Miró’s “dream paintings” (recently exhibited at the Grand Palais). The other highlight of the evening will be the (re)discovery of an almost unpublished piece made in 1934 by Oscar Dominguez. A dark and ambiguous work dedicated to the Violette Nozière affair that made the headlines in the 1930s.
Olivier Camu, Vice-President of the Department of Modern Art and Impressionist of Christie’s insists on the very exciting character of this 18th edition: these unknown paintings by Dali or Dominguez, or this masterpiece by Magritte, Le Lieu Commun. For him, it is a real honour to present this work at auction for the first time. It is the most important and emblematic representation of the Magritte Bowler Hat Man to be auctioned since the event sparked by the 1998 “Son of Man”, which reached a phenomenal price in Christie’s New York.
The works in this session are presented to the public at Christie’s London from February 2& to 27. A visit not to be missed under any circumstances if you are visiting the British capital before these exceptional pieces disappear again for a long time in the eyes of the general public.
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