Sotheby’s called his cross-category London sale on July 28th “From Rembrandt to Richter” with the addition of Gerhard Richter’s Clouds (window), (clouds (window)) to the live evening auction.
The monumental 1970 oil painting, spanning four panels over 13 feet wide and sold from a private collection, is valued at £ 9-12 million ($ 11.2-15 million). The painting, which gives the viewer the impression of “being on the top floor of a skyscraper and looking through the clouds”, was last sold for £ 6.2m at Christie’s 2014 London auction, according to Sotheby’s sales manager Emma Baker.
The other headlines in sales, RembrandtSelf-portrait with ruff and black hat1632 is expected to raise between £ 12 and £ 16 million. The auction, which is streamed worldwide and can take visitors into the sales room, if the UK regulations allow it, includes works from various categories, including old masters, impressionist and modern, contemporary and modern British art.
The scenic nature of Richters Clouds fits well in an auction that includes art history and that of Jan Van Goyen Coastal scene with small ships in a troubled sea, 1652, an oil painting of a seascape with a large sky full of gray-white clouds that is expected to bring in between £ 200,000 and £ 300,000. From the 19th century, sales also included Gustav Bauernfeinds Jerusalem, from the Mount of Olives at sunriseBy 1902, an oil-on-canvas landscape is expected to reach between £ 3m and £ 4m.
The wide blue-gray clouds that shine pink from the sun at Richter Clouds combines the more traditional aesthetics of these earlier periods with the contemporary “in a powerful and beautiful way,” says Baker.
“While you may think they are anachronistic and old-fashioned, they are not at all,” she adds. “They have this fantastic double language – they relate to art history [such as the Romantic-period landscapes of Caspar David Friedrich] At the same time, they are committed to the validity of painting in the 20th and 21st centuries. “
The 88-year-old German artist began painting clouds and landscapes in the late 1960s and 1970s. “It’s just before he finds out what he’s doing with abstraction,” says Baker. “The landscapes work for Richter at this moment, which makes it easier for him to move on to this piece with pure abstraction.”
Judges Abstract pictures Series that came later and was squeegee-painted may be his most famous and fetch the most eye-catching prices, including the sale of Sotheby’s London in London Abstract image (599)1986;for £ 30.4m in February 2015.
Baker argues that the “market now wants something different” than judges. “Here we are with the cloud landscapes and landscapes – another facet of his career that comes to light again with a renewed focus on the market.” Clouds“is an exceptional example” of that time and a number of works by the artist.
The evening sale on July 28 includes a total of around 70 works with around 15 to 20 lots in each category.
The sale also offers one European collection the art of the early 20th century, which has been largely invisible since the mid-1980s. The entire sale, says Baker, includes “so many works that speak to each other across these diverse and massive gaps in art history.”