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Press Release

Dickinson Gallery at TEFAF, 10-20 March 2016

Dickinson Gallery of London and New York is pleased to announce an impressive range of works to be offered for sale at TEFAF 2016, with examples from the 17th through the 20th centuries, in media ranging from oil, watercolour and pencil to iron and bronze.

Among the Old Masters on offer is a lyrical view by Claude Lorrain, the revered 17th century master of Arcadian landscapes. Signed and dated 1656 and hailing from a private English collection, Hagar and the Angel is recorded in Claude’s Liber Veritatis. Nearly two centuries later, Claude’s great admirer and the greatest English watercolourist ever to have lived, Joseph Mallord William Turner, painted Lake Lucerne during a trip to the continent in 1841. With its shimmering lake surface and range of tones from palest ice blue to deep cobalt, it is an extremely desirable example of Turner’s mature manner.

The modern era is well represented. We will offer Pierre Bonnard’s 1924 composition Les Comptes de la Journée, which depicts the artist’s long-term companion and future wife Marthe and a friend seated at a table piled high with colourful fruits and other food. Dickinson will also exhibit Egon Schiele’s 1910 Liegendes Mädchen auf blauem Tuch (Roter Akt) /Reclining Girl on Blue Cloth (The Red Nude), executed the year after Schiele left the Vienna Academy. This provocative drawing was first exhibited in 1970 at the inaugural Art Basel fair. Meanwhile Pablo Picasso, who often explored similarly erotic themes in his art, was tender in mood when he drew the charming 1936 portrait of Cécile Eluard, the young daughter of his friend the Surrealist poet Paul Eluard. Inspired by a day on the beach in Juan-les-Pins, captured in photographs by Man Ray, this charming and highly-worked coloured pencil drawing is inscribed as a gift from the artist to Cécile. We are showing two works on paper by Paul Klee, Hauptscene aus dem Ballet “Der falsche Schwur” (Main Scene from the Ballet ‘The False Oath’) from 1922 and Höhlen Ausblick (Looking out of a Cave), executed in 1929. And perhaps the most instantly recognisable work on paper is Henri Matisse’s remarkable 1947 cut-out Composition: Yellow, Blue and Black. Executed the same year as the publication of Jazz, a printed portfolio of Matisse’s cut-outs, Composition has an illustrious provenance and exhibition history, having belonged in turn to the great dealer Heinz Berggruen and then to the Swedish collector Theodor Ahrenberg. On a considerably larger scale, we will be exhibiting Robert Delaunay’s monumental Art Deco masterpiece La Ville de Paris, la Femme et la Tour Eiffel. Painted for the seminal 1925 Paris World’s Fair (Exposition International des Arts Décoratifs), the title of which led to the widespread adoption of the term “Art Deco”, this painting remained in Robert’s wife Sonia’s own collection until her death in 1979.

The selection of paintings and works on paper is complemented by two highly important sculptures. La Tête is a unique iron work by the Cubist innovator Julio González, considered the father of welded iron sculpture. This 1934 piece demonstrates the influence of his friend and collaborator Picasso. We will also be exhibiting a lifetime cast of Auguste Rodin’s iconic Le Baiser (The Kiss), conceived circa 1886 and cast by Barbedienne in 1914. One of the most romantic images in modern art history, it attained an immediate critical and popular success that has endured to this day.

Representing the Contemporary category we have two paintings by Gerhard Richter, Ben (1983) and Abstraktes Bild (1987). We are also offering a group of Woman drawings by Willem de Kooning, dating from the 1950s and 1960s, some of them personally inscribed to the artist’s close friends.