A magnificent panorama, painted by Giovanni Giacometti, father of the famous sculptor, is the top lot of the June auctions at a Zurich auction house and could set a new record for the artist.
On Friday, June 28, the Zurich auction house Koller will be auctioning off a magnificent work by post-impressionist Giovanni Giacometti in a sale dedicated to Swiss artists. The Panorama of Muottas Muragl is estimated at CHF 2.8-4 million ($2.82-4.02 million) and could set a new record for the father of the sculptor Alberto Giacometti. The current record price for Giovanni Giacometti was set almost exactly the same day three years ago at Koller: Panorama of Flims (1904), which changed hands on June 26, 2016 for CHF 4.05 million ($4.07 million) and is now on display in the Fondation Saner in Studen, Switzerland.
The Panorama of Muottas Muragl comes from private Swiss ownership and can be seen on loan at the Bündner Kunstmuseum in Chur. The work was commissioned in 1897 by Giacometti and his colleague, friend and role model Giovanni Segantini of the Swiss tourist industry. The execution of a large-scale circular painting, which was to be shown at the World's Fair in Paris in 1900. However, nothing came of it and Giacometti's sketches remained unused for the time being.
However, this changed in October of the year when Giacometti received another contract: the decoration of the Anna von Planta chalet in St. Moritz-Bad. The four-part (in total 67 x 510 cm) work, which Giacometti made for the dining room of the chalet, formed the centerpiece of this order.
In addition to Giovanni Giacometti, Cuno Amiet and Ferdinand Hodler also assisted Giovanni Segantini on the original project. And works by these artists can also be found in Koller’s auction.
The works of international impressionists and representatives of classical modernism will follow the auction of Swiss Art on June 28. This offer is captured by Alfred Sisley's Autour de la forêt, juin (Around the Forest, June), completed in c. 1885 in Moret near Fontainebleau, the artist’s former residence.
From the creative Période Vache phase, René Magritte's Les voies et moyens (Ways and Means) is on offer. In 1947/48, Magritte had departed from his earlier style and turned to a new style, which combined caricatures and comics and the color explosions of the Fauvists.
Magritte's goal was to shock the Parisian audience, which had repeatedly shown him the cold shoulder in the past. And shock them he did, at the exhibition at the Galerie du Faubourg in the spring of 1948. However, that is not to say the exhibition was a financial success…
Koller’s Impressionism & Classical Modernism sale will be followed by Graphics & Multiples and Post-war & Contemporary on June 29.
Highlights, to name a few, include Red with Green Ellipse / Black Frame (1988/89) by Robert Mangold, Hovering Yellow Sun Box (1967) by Theodoros Stamos and The Tree (1944) by Hans Hofmann.
The works of Alfred Julio Jensen can’t be assigned to any art direction; the basis for this unique selling proposition was the early education of the Guatemalan-born Jensen by a Mayan nanny who introduced him to the meaning of surfaces, colors and boundaries.
Later, Jensen discovered his own formal language less so at art schools but rather on long trips, which led him to Greece and Italy, where the remnants of ancient cultures complemented his conception of art.
The auction also features artists from this side of the Atlantic, including Johannes Itten with Squares in Motion from 1958 and Jean Fautrier with La passoire (Colander) from 1947.
The days preceding these art-filled auctions are filled with plenty of other exciting objects and items, including jewelry on the morning of June 26, before wristwatches and pocket watches take over the afternoon. Of particular note here are rare models of Patek Philippe, Audemars Piguet and Cartier, as well as other sought after brands.
June 27 will feature design and a collection of glass art from Murano, followed by Art Deco & Art Nouveau and photography.