The First Art Newspaper on the Net   Established in 1996 United States Friday, September 20, 2019

Artcurial announces Orientalism, Africanism, Iranian & Arabic Modern Art Sale
Alfred Dehodencq, Enfants à la Berrada. © Artcurial.

PARIS.- On May 18th, Artcurial will organise its traditional auction with around 80 lots dedicated to Orientalism. Following the success of the Moroccan Spirit auction in 2014 and African Spirit in 2014, the department wanted to increase the geographical and chronological spectrum of the sale thus offering something new to its French and International collectors. This auction will be made up of three chapters: Orientalism, Africanism and Arabic and Iranian art.

“We are thrilled to present a new format of our traditional sale with a chapter on Orientalism showing work from 1860 to 1900, a chapter on Africanism with three works by Anna Quinquaud including an extremely rare piece called, les Jumeaux and finally a chapter focussing on Modern Arabic and Iranian art from a private collection.” --Olivier Berman, Associate Director in charge of Artcurial’s Orientalism departement

This first chapter features Oriental works from 1860 to 1900 by artists such as Alfred Dehodencq, Benjamin-Constant, Théodore Frère, Eugène Girardet, Etienne Dinet, Henri-Emilien Rousseau, Frederick Arthur Bridgman and from the 1900s, Works by Jacques Majorelle, Louis-Auguste Girardot, Edy Legrand and Jellal Ben Abdallah.

The catalogue cover shows a piece called, Porte de la kasbah de Tanger by Jean-Joseph Benjamin-Constant (estimation : 100 000 – 150 000 € / 110 000 - 165 000 $), and is a beautiful example of how the artist fusions his imaginary Oriental world with real architectural structures, studied in Morocco. The artist ‘s Orientalism period lasted 7 years and began in 1870 with a 3 year trip around Spain and Morocco. He worked on various subjects from village scenes and Moroccan souks to imaginary harem and imperial characters, Moors or Ottoman Pasha guards. This piece is similar to the famous porte Bab el-Assa from Tangier. With its theatrical motif and ordinary subject, it reminds us of the work Charmeur de serpent by Jean-Léon Gérôme, which was painted at the same time.

Realistic and beaming with light, the oil painting on panel Jeunes Lavandières by Etienne Dinet (estimation : 30 000 – 40 000 € / 33 000 – 44 000 $) illustrates the artist’s knowledge and passion for Algeria. He spoke Arabic and converted to being a Muslim. He was passionate about local and ancestral traditions and fell in love with colourful landscapes, this can be seen in his work which is filled with beautiful details. He created magnificent portraits of men, women and children in their daily life, just like in this piece.

Jacques Majorelle was probably the most famous of the Orientalist painters. As the local authorities forbade him from going outside of a 15km radius of Marrakech, he developed a series of work focussing on the local life just like the oil on panel Les couvertures noires, Marrakech (estimation : 70 000 – 90 000 € / 77 000 – 99 000 $). A traditional Moroccan scene where the light of North African sun is discreetly hinted upon, the colours used are quite dark.

The second chapter of the auction is dedicated to Africanism and boasts three important bronze sculptures which are truly exceptional for their rarity, their quality and their size. Highlights include the Buste d’africaine by Léon-Ernest Divier (estimation : 30 000 – 40 000 € / 33 000 – 44 000 $) and Maternité by Pierre Meauzé (estimation : 30 000 – 40 000 € / 33 000 – 44 000 $).

Anna Quinquaud was glorified for the second Grand Prix in Rome in 1924 and left the Villa Médicis to move to Africa. From 1925-1926, she explored Senegal, Sudan and Mauritania and after a stint in Paris she set off again to meet the mountain population, Fouta-Djallon in French Guinea. The bronze sculpture, Les jumeaux (estimation : 25 000 – 35 000 € / 27 500 – 38 500 $), is an extremely rare piece by the artist, who at the time produced public artwork including monumental sculptures for the Dakar cathedral.

Modern Arabic and Iranian Art
The auction will end with the sale of a French collector’s modern Arabic and Iranian art, incarnated by the green patina bronze sculpture Au bord du Nil by Mahmoud Moktar (estimation : 30 000 – 40 000 € / 33 000 – 44 000 $.) Other highlights of the collection include works by Charles Hossein Zenderoudi, Abdallah Benanteur and Mahieddine Baya.

Like no one else, Mahmoud Mokhtar was able to express the emerging movement to free women in Egypt in the first decades of the 20th century. The elegance of the water bearer with a hint of Parisian Art Deco and Ancient Egypt grandeur, are typical of his style.

The artist moved to Cairo in 1902 and signed up to the Beaux-Arts school six years later and then transferred to the Beaux-arts in Paris. This figure symbolises the union between the old and new Egypt and the marble version of the sculpture is still in Cairo.

Today's News

May 9, 2016

Paul Mellon's most treasured works on paper celebrated in exhibition

Artcurial announces Orientalism, Africanism, Iranian & Arabic Modern Art Sale

Palm Beach Modern to auction 550 curated lots of art, furniture and decorative accessories on May 14

Exceptional works by masters including Tamayo, Botero & Varo to be offered at Sotheby's

A giant of 20th Century Russian art, Vladimir Nemukhin has died at 90

Nature at Home: Huge Stegosaurus skeleton to be sold by Auctionata at REDGALLERY

New series of paintings, drawings, and works in clay by Lorraine Shemesh on view at Gerald Peters Gallery

Artcurial announces sale of Art Deco, including a collection of furniture by Maxime Old

Art gives former station in US capital new lease on life

Exhibition of works by Danish artist Asger Jorn opens at Petzel Gallery

Unpublished sketchbook by British painter Stanley Spencer uncovered by the Hepworth Wakefield

Urs Fischer - False Friends: A selection of the Dakis Joannou Collection in Geneva for the first time

David Zwirner exhibits new sculptural work by American artist Jordan Wolfson

Pussy Poppin' Power: Judy Ledgerwood's fourth solo exhibition with Tracy Williams Ltd. opens in New York

Exhibition of works by Marley Dawson opens at Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery in Sydney

Von Lintel Gallery opens exhibition of experimental photography by New York artist Chuck Kelton

Exhibition at Klein Sun Gallery reveals the practice and works of China's youngest generation of artists

Exhibition of abstract paintings by artist Charley Brown on view at Dolby Chadwick Gallery

Cologne-based artists Gert & Uwe Tobias exhibits at Team (gallery, inc.)

China is winning war of the worlds in giant Paris art show

New Museum presents "Andra Ursuța: Alps," the artist's first New York museum exhibition

Exhibition of works by Thór Vigfússon. on view at i8 Gallery

Statue of Hitler goes for $17.2 million at New York auction

Exhibition launches Modernity X Hungary: A Festival of Hungarian Modernism in New York

Most Popular Last Seven Days

1.- Holocaust 'masterpiece' causes uproar at Venice film festival

2.- To be unveiled at Sotheby's: One of the greatest collections of Orientalist paintings ever assembled

3.- Bender Gallery features paintings by up and coming Chicago artist Michael Hedges

4.- Lévy Gorvy exhibits new and historic works by French master in his centenary year

5.- Artificial Intelligence as good as Mahler? Austrian orchestra performs symphony with twist

6.- Fascinating new exhibition explores enduring artistic bond between Scotland and Italy

7.- Exhibition explores the process of Japanese-style woodblock production

8.- Robert Frank, photographer of America's underbelly, dead at 94

9.- The truth behind the legend of patriot Paul Revere revealed in a new exhibition at New-York Historical Society

10.- Hitler bust found in cellar of French Senate

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
(1941 - 2019)
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez

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
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful