Known for creating secret agent James Bond, British author Ian Fleming wrote letters just as dramatic as his novels, a selection of which will be headed to auction in December. Containing gossip, successes and sadomasochistic confessions, the correspondence with his love Ann Charteris unveils the intimate life of the novelist.
Fernand Léger had a wide and varied career in the arts, from creating paintings and sculptures to designing sets and directing films. With a style falling somewhere between Cubism and naïve art, Léger’s paintings often make a positive impression on the viewer. His primary colors and plump figures are almost universally appealing, and collectors from all over the world appreciate the creations.
A major figure in 20th-century painting, Henri Matisse has influenced many renowned artists. With humble beginnings as a notary’s clerk from Saint-Quentin, Matisse went on to become one of the best-rated French painters and sculptors in the world, a label that still stands today.