Following the success of the primary CoBrA sale final yr in Copenhagen, the place a number of data have been set, notably for Corneille and Stephen Gilbert, the Danish public sale home Bruun Rasmussen, a part of the Bonhams community, presents a brand new CoBrA sale on 5 December at its new premises in Lyngby. A touring exhibition that includes a collection of work will start in Amsterdam from 14 to fifteen November, then journey to Brussels from 17 to 19 November at Bonhams Cornette de Saint Cyr, earlier than concluding in Copenhagen with the public sale on 5 December. A web-based sale will happen from 29 November to 12 December.
The CoBrA group, made up of Danish artists Asger Jorn and Carl-Henning Pedersen, Dutch artists Karel Appel and Fixed Anton Nieuwenhuys and Belgian artists Corneille, Pierre Alechinsky and Christian Dotremont, was based in Paris in November 1948. It was later joined by French artists, Jean-Michel Atlan and Jacques Doucet. This worldwide collaboration was short-lived, as CoBrA disappeared in November 1951 after three exhibitions and the publication of eight problems with its journal. The primary exhibition, in Amsterdam in 1949, was a bombshell for a public baffled by this new language.
Niels Raben, Head of Bruun Rasmussen’s Division of Fashionable and Modern Work, stated: “As soon as once more this yr, we’ve got determined to pay tribute to the good CoBrA portray motion, and have discovered some distinctive works from non-public collections in Denmark and elsewhere. We can be exhibiting them in Amsterdam after which Brussels earlier than providing them at public sale in our new venue in Lyngby, Denmark.
The sale contains a significantly sturdy collection of works by Corneille, Jorn, Appel and Alechinsky, who have been main figures within the CoBrA motion.
A 1949 oil on canvas by Corneille entitled Mon canal chante can be provided with an estimate of €335,000-400,000 (DKK 2,500,000-3,000,000). It comes from the famend Birch gallery in Copenhagen, which has promoted CoBrA artists.
“CoBrA was my faculty”, says Pierre Alechinsky. Two work can be provided on this sale: Noyé (Drowned), an oil on canvas circa 1960 from Galerie Ariel in Paris, is estimated at €270,000-310,000 (DKK 2-3 million) and Lucioles (Fireflies), an acrylic on paper laid down on canvas from a personal Danish assortment, is obtainable with an estimate of €400,000-470,000 (DKK 3-5 million).
A good looking, brightly colored oil by Asger Jorn entitled Bel Air (Stunning sky) from 1971 has a advantageous pedigree after being acquired from the Birch Gallery and exhibited in all the key CoBrA exhibitions in Norway, France and Denmark. The estimate is between €270,000 and €335,000 (DKK 2,000,000 – 2,500,000).
Lastly, a advantageous 1957 portray by Karel Appel bought from Galerie Moderne in Silkeborg then in a personal assortment is estimated at €200,000-270,000 (DKK 1,500,000-2,000,000). Karel Appel moved to France in 1950. His work was actively supported by critics comparable to Michel Ragon and Michel Tapié, who noticed Appel’s work because the European equal of American summary expressionism.
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