At the Bonhams Impressionist & Modern Art auction, Spanish painter Pablo Picasso's painting of Notre-Dame is regarded as a highlight alongside an array of artworks created by other renowned artists including Raoul Dufy, Marc Chagall, Candido Portinari and Carlos Nadal.
The Impressionist & Modern Art auction to be held in February 2012 is an eagerly anticipated event within the art fraternity due to its exciting collection by world-class painters and modern artists.
Dated 1954, the displayed Picasso painting is one of his later landscapes, but it shows the influence of his earlier experiments with Cubism.
The artwork was reportedly completed at a time when Picasso was in love with a woman who would later become his wife, Jacqueline Roque. Marked at the lower end of the painting is the date 25.10.54, signifying a moment in history which has been captured by the artist. The painting is estimated to fetch around £700,000-1,000,000 at the upcoming auction.
We were thrilled with the success of our previous sale which sold 98% by lot and 99% by value and look forward to offering another excellent selection of works by some of the most pre-eminent artists of the 20th Century, says Deborah Allan, of Bonhams Impressionist and Modern Art Department.
Apart from this, other featured artworks include Jeune fille aux cheveux noirs by the Italian artist Amedeo Modigliani renowned for his enigmatic portraits of women with elongated features and deep gaze.This offering follows on from Bonhams' successful sale of another Modigliani portrait Portrait de Femme, which fetched £1,812,000 on June 21, 2011.
Futher highlights of the auction include La musique au village (£60,000-80,000) by Marc Chagall (1887-1995), Guitare (£60,000-80,000) by Jean Metzinger (1883-1956) and Futebol (£120,000-180,000) by Candido Portinari (1903-1962).