Dame Barbara Hepworth, Curved Form (Bryher II), 1961. Estimate: £1,500,000-2,500,000. © Christie’s Images Limited 2017.
The Modern British & Irish Art Evening Sale on 26 June will launch 20th Century at Christie’s, a season of sales that take place in London from 17 to 30 June 2017. Fifty-five works in the evening auction represent British and Irish art across the 20th Century. The auction will be led by Henry Moore’s Family Group (1946, estimate: £1,500,000-2,500,000) and Barbara Hepworth’s Curved Form (Bryher II) (1961, estimate: £1,500,000-2,500,000), which is being offered from the Tuttleman Collection. Further sculptures from the collection include London (1966, estimate: £500,000-700,000) by Sir Anthony Caro, and Henry Moore’s Seated Woman (1975, estimate: £600,000-900,000). A group of seven Lowry paintings from five decades of the artist’s output include a self-portrait of the artist titled Boy in a Yellow Jacket (1935, estimate: £400,000-600,000) and a cityscape depicting the first industrial suburb in Manchester, Footbridge in Ancoats (1952, estimate: £150,000-250,000). Two paintings by Ben Nicholson demonstrate the development of his style throughout his career from the Cubist approach of 1932 (guitar) (estimate: £500,000-800,000) to the figurative 1945 (still life) (estimate: £450,000-650,000). Two paintings of the Gloucestershire landscape by Stanley Spencer demonstrate the impact that the idyllic countryside around Leonard Stanley had on the artist at a moment that was defined by the affair he had with Daphne Charlton. Christopher Wood’s Reclining Nude with Flowers (1926, estimate: £300,000-500,000) is offered alongside Beach Scene with Bathers, Piers and Ships (1925, estimate: £300,000-500,000), the largest and most complex painting Wood created. The Scottish Colourists are represented by Samuel John Peploe and George Leslie Hunter with a further selection of the full group in the Modern British & Irish Art Day Sale on 27 June 2017. Post-War artists such as Victor Pasmore, Bridget Riley, Sean Scully, Antony Gormley and Tony Cragg form a strong group of those working in the last half of the century and beyond. The works will be exhibited in London from 9 to 26 June 2017
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