Tag Archives: Pablo Picasso

Happy Birthday Picasso!

Today is Pablo Picasso’s birthday! He was born on October 25, 1881.

What better way to celebrate than to unveil three beautiful Picasso ceramics that will be offered in the upcoming December 11, 2011 Important Modern Art & Design Auction.

Pablo Picasso
Trois sardines
Glazed ceramic
#37 of 200
12.5″ x 15.25″
Numbered with edition verso; Madoura Edition Picasso stamp verso
Raime #34
Estimate $9,000 – 12,000

Pablo Picasso
Mat Owl Platter
Stamped and painted ceramic
Edition of 450
15.25″ x 12.25″
“Edition Picasso Madoura” verso with Madoura stamp
Ramie 284
Estimate $7,000 – 9,000

Pablo Picasso
Face No. 0
From the edition of 500
Marked Picasso and Madoura verso
Raime 458
Estimate $4,000 – 6,000

Ángel Bottelo: The Caribbean Gauguin

Ángel Botello (1913-1986), accomplished painter, sculptor, and graphic artist, achieved international recognition through his wide-ranging talents, styles, and subject matter. After studying and painting at art school in Paris and Madrid, Botello joined the Spanish Civil War as a cartographer. Upon Francisco Franco’s victory in 1939, Botello and his family fled to the Dominican Republic where a burgeoning artist community of locals and European exiles welcomed the talented painter. He achieved success and developed his post-Impressionistic style through painting bright tropical landscapes and figures; art critics and dealers deemed him “The Caribbean Gauguin”. In 1953, Botello and his family moved to San Juan, Puerto Rico, his home until his death in 1986. As an art pioneer in the country, he opened one of the first art galleries and began painting his three children, his favorite subjects. Untitled (No. 1781) and Untitled (No. 1919), more animated in the style of Picasso yet equally as vibrant, express a playfulness and optimism not previously seen in his early work.

– Paul DesMarais, Contributing Writer

Lot Information:

Lot 369
Ángel Botello
Untitled (No. 1781)
Oil on canvas
Signed lower right
72” x 60”
Provenance: Private Collection , Beverly Hills , California
June 26, 2011 Modern Art & Design Auction
Estimate $45,000-50,000

Lot 370
Ángel Botello
Untitled (No. 1919)
Oil on wood panel
Signed lower right
42” x 36”
Provenance: Private Collection, Beverly Hills , California
June 26, 2011 Modern Art & Design Auction
Estimate $35,000-45,000

Ángel Botello.” Atlas Galleries. Atlas Galleries Chicago, 2005. Web. 14 May 2011..

The James Byrnes Collection

We have the great honor to offer 50 lots from the James Byrnes collection in the March 6, 2011 Modern Art & Design Auction.

From 1946 – 1953 James Byrnes was the first curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at Los Angeles County Museum of History, Science, and Art, which is now known as LACMA. In the thirties, Byrnes had studied art in New York at the National Academy of Design, the Art Students League, and the American Artists School, where he had met many artists before WWII. Byrnes, who served in the Navy during WWII, heard from an officer that a job was opening at the County Museum, so he left his home state of New York and moved to Los Angeles to pursue his career.

In 1946, W. R. Valentiner became the director of the art wing of the County Museum and encouraged Byrnes in his love for modern art.  While at the County Museum, Valentiner became Byrnes’ mentor and broadened his knowledge of art as a whole. As their friendship grew, Valentiner became the director of the North Carolina Museum of Art and decided to appoint Byrnes as his associate director. After Valentiner’s death in 1958, Byrnes subsequently became the director of the North Carolina Museum of Art. From 1962 – 1972, Byrnes would go on to direct the New Orleans Museum of Art, and finally from 1973 – 1975, he was the director of the Newport Harbor Art Museum where he would end his career of directing.

James and his wife Barbara were heavily involved in the Los Angeles art scene in the 40s and 50s. They became friends with many noted artists from Man Ray, William Copley, Claire Falkenstein, Roberto Matta, to Max Ernest, Dorthea Tanning, Inez Johnson, among others.  Byrnes loved all that was modern. His son Ron Byrnes notes that his father “thought contemporary art was the thing that was happening.” Even though Byrnes painted early in his life, he decided that he was better suited to be a docent, a curator, and ultimately a director.

Highlights from the James Byrnes collection include a Harry Bertoia brooch, an Alexander Calder work on paper, a Pablo Picasso lithograph from edition of 50, a Roberto Matta drawing, and an Elaine de Kooning painting from 1949.

Lot Information

Lot 25
Alexander Calder
Gouache on paper
Foundation #A25187
This work was examined and registered with the Calder Foundation, January 2011 and issued registration #A25187
22.375” x 17.375”
Provenance: From the Collection of James Byrnes, Los Angeles
Estimate: $15,000-20,000

Lot 326
Man Ray
Mixed media
#33 of 200
“Retains label “Edition The New York Cultural Center/Objet In-Desctructable 1923-1975” and signed “MR” and numbered 33/200
9.25”h x 4.5” x 4.5”
Provenance:  From the Collection of James Byrnes, Los Angeles
Estimate $2,000-3,000

Lot 22
Elaine de Kooning
Gouache on paper
Signed and dated lower right “49 E. de K.”
Sheet 13.5″h x 17.75″w; frame 17.75″h x 21.75″w
Exhibited: Isaac Del Gado Museum of Art, 1971
Provenance: From the Collection of James Byrnes, Los Angeles
Estimate $2,000 – 3,000

Lot 398
Pablo Picasso
The Lobster
#24 of 50
Signed lower right in red; edition lower left
Catalogue Raisonne Mourlot #143
Sheet 22” x 30; image 21.5” x 27.5”
Literature: Picasso Lithographs, Mourlot, Boston Book Publisher, 1970, pg 126
Provenance: From the collection of James Byrnes, Los Angeles
Estimate $6,000-8,000

March 6, 2011 Auction Lots ONLINE NOW

Count down till the March 6, 2011 Modern Art & Design Auction: 16 days

From Sottsass and Calder to Matta and Bertoia, the March 6th auction is full of fresh property from important estates.

Go to the LAMA website to view all the lots with complete listings.

To bid, please fill out the LAMA Bid Form and fax or email back to Shannon@lamodern.com, or to speak with a LAMA representative by calling 323-904-1950.

Don’t forget, all bids must be submitted no later than March 5th by 5pm (Pacific).

March 2011 Auction Catalogue Design & Layout

Photography is over. Now it’s time to put all the photographs together.

This week we are steadily designing and laying out the March 6, 2011 Modern Art & Design auction catalogue.

Here are some highlight shots:

Peter’s Auction Picks of the Day: October 11th

Picasso and Los Angeles?

My pick for today is a selection of Picasso graphics, which all have a unique connection to Los Angeles.

Lot 340:  “Model Kneeling by a Window Viewing a Sculpture of Nude Figures and a Rearing Horse”, Lot 341: “Two Catalan Men”, and Lot 339 “Fleurs (for UCLA)”.

I have known about these prints for years, and the current owner has shown them to me on several occasions and I am now proud to be offering these important works as a highlight of our 50th auction.  What I like best about these examples is they were carefully stored in a flat file for their entire lives, which means the condition is superb, having never seen sunlight.

These two Picasso etchings were exhibited at LACMA in 1966 and illustrated in the landmark catalog of the exhibition; one of the most comprehensive exhibitions of Picasso’s graphic works to date.

In addition we are pleased to offer a lithograph by Picasso “Fleurs (for UCLA)”, which was created for another landmark show of the master’s work.  This is a rare lithograph created especially for Los Angeles’s own Frances & Sidney Brody, who coordinated the exhibition and enlisted Picasso’s cooperation.  Interestingly, the Brody’s own Picasso “Nude, Green Leaves and Bust”sold earlier this year for $106.5 million.

Lot Information:

Pablo Picasso
Fleurs (for UCLA)
Color lithograph on Arches Published by the Art Council of UCLA Art Galleries Signed and numbered
#28 of 100
23” x 18”
Mourlot 351
October 17, 2010

Pablo Picasso
Marie-Therese Agenouillee contemplant un groupe sculpte
(pl. 66 from Suite Volla rd)
Signed in pencil lower right
From the edition of 300
Image 11.75” x 14.5”
Bloch 175
October 17, 2010 Auction

Pablo Picasso Deux Buveurs Catalans (Two Drinkers)
Signed lower right; titled lower left
From the edition of 300
Image 9.25” x 11.75”
Bloch 228
October 17, 2010 Auction