Alberto Giacometti (1901-1966)\nL'homme au doigt\nsigned and numbered 'A Giacometti 6/6' (on the top of the base); inscribed with foundry mark 'Alexis Rudier Fondeur Paris' (on the back of the base)\nbronze with patina and hand-painted by the artist\nHeight: 69 7/8 in. (177.5 cm.)\nConceived in 1947.
The year 1890 was a watershed moment in Claude Monets lifehe turned fifty, bought property for the first time and negotiated the purchase of Édouard Manets Olympia and its ensuing placement in the French national collection (see fig. 1). Any of these could have been the most notable occurrence of that period, but 1890 was also the year that Monet painted the most definitive artistic series of the nineteenth centuryhis Meules. This acclaimed series found its inspiration in the fields adjacent to
Raw, uncensored, and fiercely magnificent, Untitled from 1982 is a virtually incomparable masterwork from Jean-Michel Basquiats revolutionary body of paintings, executed in the very first month of the pivotal year of 1982. Emblazoned upon the monumental canvas, the visceral impact of the artists painted searing visage is absolute and immediate, consuming the viewers gaze in an impenetrable maelstrom of violent gesture, chromatic radiance, and pure, unbridled electric charge. The overwhelming vis
John Richardson\nThe Eye of the Storm: Warhol and Picasso\n\nI arrived in New York for the first time in 1959 and within a year or two I met Andy. After that I saw a great deal of him. But nobody ever got to know Andy or, for that matter, Picasso: neither ever really opened up to anybody. Andy was often asking me about Picasso.\n\nI see Andy always at the Eye of the Storm. The Eye of the Storm where there is stillness, and all around is disaster. Here was Andy at the center of all this horror: t
Alberto Giacometti, L'HOMME QUI MARCHE I\nInscribed Alberto Giacometti, numbered 2/6 and with the foundry mark Susse Fondeur Paris\nBronze\nHeight: 183cm.\n72in.\nExecuted in 1960 and cast in bronze in a numbered edition of 6 plus 4 artist's proofs. The present work was cast in 1961 and is a life-time cast.
Giacometti's extraordinary Chariot is his masterpiece and ranks among the definitive achievements of 20th century art. With its painted surface and rich, golden patina, the present sculpture is perhaps the most important bronze that the artist created. His biographer James Lord, while discussing what is considered Giacometti’s "great period" of the late 1940s and early 1950s, identified Chariot as his finest accomplishment: "There are many extraordinary sculptures of 1949 and 1950," he wrote. "
Dora Maar au chat is one of Picasso’s most spectacular depictions of his mistress and artistic companion (see fig. 1). Picasso's love affair with Maar (1907-1997) was a partnership of intellectual exchange and intense passion that lasted nearly a decade, and Maar’s influence on the artist resulted in some of his most daring portraits of his career. Among the best of them are the oils completed during the war years, when Picasso's art resonated with the drama and emotional upheaval of the era
The oval mixed cut fancy vivid pink diamond weighing 59.60 carats, mounted as a ring, size 51.\nMeticulously cut by Steinmetz Diamonds over a period of nearly two years - a process in which the 132.5 carat rough was cast in epoxy more than 50 times in order to create models upon which the design team could experiment with different cuts - it was transformed into this spectacular 59.60 carat, fancy vivid pink, internally flawless oval cut gem – the largest internally flawless or flawless, fancy v