The First Art Newspaper on the Net Established in 1996 United States Monday, September 1, 2014

One of the greatest examples of Modernist & Abstract art comes to auction for the first time
Piet Mondrian, Composition with Red, Blue and Grey, 1927. Oil on canvas, 68.5 x 53cm. £13-18 million / $22-30 million. © 2014 Mondrian/Holtzman Trust c/o HCR International USA.
LONDON.- Sotheby’s London announced that a highlight of the Impressionist & Modern Art Evening Sale on Monday 23 rd June 2013 is a supreme example of Piet Mondrian’s unique style, Composition with Red, Blue and Grey, inscribed and dated 1927 (est. £13-18 million / $22-30 million). This major work is one of very few to come to the market in decades. The painting’s significant size (68.5 by 53cm), together with its prime colour combination and balanced composition, distinguish it as one of the finest achievements of the artist’s career. Composition with Red, Blue and Grey was acquired by the father of the present owner in the late 1950s and the painting has since been included in some of the most important retrospective exhibitions of Mondrian’s work, including the 1971 show at the Guggenheim, New York, and more recently the 'Mondrian\De Stijl' show held at the Centre Pompidou, Paris, in 2010-11. The work now comes to auction for the first time.

Helena Newman, Sotheby’s Co-Head, Impressionist & Modern Art Worldwide comments: “This is a quintessential work by Piet Mondrian. Classically Modern and pure in form, it is an exceptional example of the seminal period in the artist’s career as well as the enduring appeal of the Modern aesthetic. It is extremely rare for a work of this quality to come to the market as many are housed in museums, and having remained in a collection after 50 years this opportunity to buy such an iconic work will be extremely appealing to discerning collectors across the world.”

Philip Hook, Sotheby’s Senior Specialist, Impressionist & Modern Art, comments: “Composition with Red, Blue and Grey is one of a series of works crucial to the development of Modern art. It was considered revolutionary at the time it was created and remains startlingly modern today. Mondrian’s unique style has inspired many creative works, spanning fashion, music and architecture, and its lasting appeal is underscored by two forthcoming exhibitions in the UK alone – at Tate Liverpool and Turner Contemporary – marking the 70 th anniversary of the artist’s death.”

A work from Mondrian’s Paris years in the 1920’s, Composition with Red, Blue and Grey embodies the period of his career when he produced his purest and most balanced works. The painting’s grid pattern and primary block colours represent Mondrian’s unique style and his pursuit of a purified aesthetic which became a template for both the aesthetic and the ideals of twentieth century modernism.

The first owner of the present work, from 1944-1956, was Mondrian’s friend Harry Holtzman, an artist himself who helped found the influential American Abstract Artists Group which advocated the principles of European Modernism. Upon seeing two of Mondrian’s works at the Museum of Living Art in New York, Holtzman became convinced of the importance of meeting the artist. In 1934 he travelled to France and introduced himself to Mondrian at his studio in the rue de Départ. The pair became great friends and it was Holtzman in 1940 who arranged for Mondrian to escape the Blitz of London and emigrate to America where he remained for the rest of his life. In New York, Holtzman introduced Mondrian to jazz, and in particular music in the so-called ‘boogie-woogie’ style. Harry Cooper has noted that ‘Without Harry Holtzman, there might have been no boogie-woogie’ paintings. At the time of Mondrian’s death, the childless artist was without an heir and chose Holtzman as the guardian of his legacy.

Today's News

May 15, 2014

Sotheby's May Contemporary Art Evening Sale totals $364 million and is 85% sold

Ancient / Ethnographic art abounds in Artemis Gallery Live's May 21 online auction

One of the greatest examples of Modernist & Abstract art comes to auction for the first time

Dutch and Flemish works of art lead Christie's Sale of Old Master Paintings in New York

Frieze New York 2014: Strong material and sales cement Frieze New York's position

Barnett Newman painting sells at Christie's Contemporary art auction for $84 million

Wealthy buyers, artists, gallery owners, VIPs arrive in Hong Kong for Art Basel

"Fritz Wotruba: Hommage à Michelangelo" opens at the Belvedere in Vienna

Rare Botero 'Ballerina' and two original Picasso artworks are front runners in Beaux Auctions' May 27 sale

Bonhams announces The Russian Sale to be held on 4 June at new headquarters

Bonhams to sell Empress Marie-Louise of France pocket watch at double royal watch sale

Tigris: Exhibition at Skarstedt in New York presents a new series of works by Lucien Smith

A 19th century musical automaton snuff box sells for $842,408 at Sotheby's Geneva

Folk art piece by Sam Doyle fetches a record $204,000 at auction

bitforms gallery opens third solo exhibition with Claudia Hart

Sales soar as pearls become the new diamonds

MACBA opens series of three exhibitions that critically investigate its own collection

Downtown Fair closes to rave reviews in its inaugural year

Yale Center for British Art exhibition of artists' books, old and new, highlights nature

Exhibition by the collaborative duo Kahn & Selesnick opens at Yancey Richardson

PULSE New York 2014 Closes: Steady sales, new direction and standout programming

Work by Yinka Shonibare MBE adds color and whimsy to Museum Park

Most Popular Last Seven Days

1.- Neanderthals and humans were both living in Europe for between 2,600 and 5,400 years

2.- First major exhibition to explore the historical legacy of African cultural astronomy opens at LACMA

3.- Carlo Mollino's idealized vision of the female form in new book published by Damiani/Crump

4.- Tate Britain displays works by Frank Auerbach from the collection of Lucian Freud

5.- In grave robber territory, locals abuzz over Alexander-era tomb; Largest of its kind ever discovered in Greece

6.- Lambert Collection opens an ambitious project housed at the Sainte-Anne Prison

7.- Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore announces the first 18 artists in the CCA Residencies progamme

8.- Historic Kings Theatre is transformed into major New York Performing Arts venue

9.- Thirteen's American Masters Series co-produces new documentary about photographer Dorothea Lange

10.- Sotheby's New York to offer 548 Edward Weston photographs as a single lot this September

Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .


Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez - Marketing: Carla Gutiérrez
Special Contributor: Liz Gangemi - Special Advisor: Carlos Amador
Contributing Editor: Carolina Farias

Royalville Communications, Inc
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
to a Mexican poet.

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site