This original signed color lithograph by Salvador Dali (circa 1968), titled “The Land of Milk and Honey,” will be among the items up for bid in an auction to benefit the United Cerebral Palsy of Central Florida on Feb. 27, 2010.
ORLANDO, Fla. – In a benefit for United Cerebral Palsy of Central Florida, more than 300 original and reprographic works of art by some of the greatest and most recognizable names in 20th century fine art—Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dali, among others, and contemporary art by artists like Peter Max and Nicola Simbari—will be sold at a live and Internet auction scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 27, 2010.
The auction will be facilitated and conducted by Baterbys Art Auction Gallery at its galleries in Orlando and Delray Beach. The entire auctioneers’ premium will be donated to UCP of Central Fla., an organization serving children with disabilities and developmental delays in the Orlando area.
A preview will precede the auction, from 5-6 p.m. featuring free cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, provided by a local Cuban restaurant, creating a festive atmosphere that bidders will enjoy as they peruse artworks spanning a range of themes, to include city scenes, Biblical and religious, rural life, abstract and realist. Online bidding will be facilitated by LiveAuctioneers.com and iCollector.com.
It is the first auction of the year for Baterbys—named Best Art Gallery in Orlando for 2009 by Orlando Style Magazine and SneakySunday.com (a website dedicated to local arts and entertainment). Bidders will have the opportunity to win free works of art and other giveaways during spontaneous raffles throughout the auction. Everyone will receive a free print valued at $100 just for attending.
Between 1951 and 1960, Salvador Dali created 101 watercolor drawings to interpret “The Divine Comedy,” a poem by Dante Alighieri (1265-1321). Dali’s “Divine Comedy” series (circa 1960) will be sold Feb. 27 and comprises six signed, framed prints. All are in excellent condition. Each is an original wood engraving in color on Rives paper (about 10 inches by 7 inches) and signed in the block by Dali. Sold will be the “Paternoster Suite” (est. $700-$800 ea.) and the “Aaliyah Suite” (est. $3,000-$4,000 ea.).
An original signed and dated lithograph by Pablo Picasso (1964), titled “Pour Daniel-Henry Kahnweiler,” will be up for bid.
Several pieces from various suites by Pablo Picasso (Spanish/French, 1881-1973) will also be sold. Picasso, probably best known for his Cubist paintings and printmaking, singlehandedly revolutionized Western art. He was born in Spain and lived there until age 19, when he moved to Paris to study the Old Masters and Classical sculpture. Baterbys has featured his works in previous auctions.
Other names from 20th century fine art will include Joan Miro and, among others, Marc Chagall. Miro (Spanish, 1893-1893) was born in Barcelona and earned international acclaim for his abstract, curvilinear design paintings, collages and murals. Miro despised conventional painting methods and once declared an “assassination of painting.” His work has been featured in past Baterbys sales, too.
An original color lithograph by Marc Chagall (circa 1963), titled “The Red Angel” (13 in. by 9.5 in.), will go under the gavel.
Several pieces from suites by Chagall (Russian/French, 1887-1985) are sure to get paddles wagging. The artist is best known for his village peasant theme paintings. Chagall was born Moishe Shagal and adopted the French spelling of his name when he became a member of the Ecole de Paris. He was a shrewd observer of the contemporary scene and had great sympathy for human suffering.
Original oil paintings and hand-embellished giclee prints by the supremely gifted artist Elena Bond will also be offered, as will works by Guillaume Azoulay (Calif., b. 1949) and Isaac Maimon (Israeli, b. 1951). Azoulay’s “Le Lion” (a 26 inch by 17 inch gicleee on canvas, 2009, #28 of 300, with the title and year in gold pen, lower left) is a wonderful display of cool colors, in excellent condition.
An original, signed oil on canvas by Elena Bond, done in 2009, titled “Ballerina Dream” (36 in. by 36 in.) will be up for auction.
Isaac Maimon is renowned for his iconic paintings of Parisian café society. The work to be sold—“La Vie Francais”—is a surprising mix of colors, created with masterful lines and inspired strokes on a serigraph on paper (framed at 29 inches by 35 inches, and hand-signed in pencil, lower right, from an edition of just 125). The piece portrays the women of Paris as cultured, stylish, sensual and beautiful.
Peter Max’s work is a protean display of unabashed freedom. His paintings are visual time machines that transport viewers to the heydays of the Beatles, Woodstock and Jimi Hendrix. But some of his work resembles modern concepts, such as the mixed media on paper piece “Liberty and Justice For All,” which will be offered, along with six original mixed media interpretations of Lady Liberty.
Nicola Simbari (It., b. 1929) effortlessly launched his painting career while still in his 20s, with a one-man show in London. His brilliant, impressionistic style and vivid, dramatic interpretations of the Mediterranean have established Simbari as one of today’s most sought after artists. Several of his works will be included in the Baterbys Feb. 27 sale. All will be serigraphs, executed around 1990.
Baterbys offers its clients something that is unique in the industry: a lifetime money-back guarantee of authenticity for each work of art it sells. This is important to buyers looking to build a collection of art, since provenance is everything. It is Baterbys’ philosophy that gaining a buyer’s trust is key to ensuring they will become repeat customers. No other auction house offers such a guarantee.
For more information about this auction, call 866.537.0265, e-mail to email@example.com or visit the Baterbys Web site.
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