Menzies Major Fine Art Auction- Sydney, 27th June - valued at $7.4 – 9.7 million

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Menzies Fine Art Auctioneers’ forthcoming auction of important Australian and International art estimated to bring between $7.4 – 9.7 million. Go to http://www.menziesartbrands.com/ to view the complete auction lots.

Ian Fairweather’s c1934 painting Village (Lot 40 est. $120,000 – 140,000)

Ian Fairweather’s c1934 painting Village (Lot 40 est. $120,000 – 140,000) A rare work by this most celebrated artist, it dates from a period in Fairweather’s work when his work was in transition, incr

Ian Fairweather’s c1934 painting Village (Lot 40 est. $120,000 – 140,000)- rare work by this most celebrated artist, it dates from a period in Fairweather’s work when his work was in transition, increasingly influenced by Chinese calligraphy and landscape

Featured on the cover of the catalogue is Ian Fairweather’s c1934 painting Village (Lot 40 est. $120,000 – 140,000). A rare work by this most celebrated artist, it dates from a period in Fairweather’s work when his work was in transition, increasingly influenced by Chinese calligraphy and landscape painting. The second, much later Fairweather in the sale Composition V 1969 (est. $300,000 - $380,000) shows the culmination of his artistic development into almost complete abstraction.

Of particular note to the market which is always seeking ‘finds’ is a work by Charles Blackman Conversation 1960 (Lot 36, est. $90,000 -120,000) that has returned to Australia from America, where it has been in a private collection since the 1960s. The current owner was thrilled to see it in the catalogue, commenting “Instead of it remaining stuck in my mind as a fixture on the wall of my parents' foyer, the painting has finally drawn me in and for the first time I feel able to study it.”

A work that may be destined to return to the U.S., is the contemporary artist and sometime fashion muse (for Mark Jacobs) Rachel Feinstein’s Wagenburg 2001. The installation is an outstanding example of her baroque-inspired fantasy style. First exhibited in New York at Marianne Boesky Gallery, the present owner loaned it to the artist’s solo show Tropical Rodeo in Dijon, France in 2006-2007.

For collectors of museum-quality works John Brack’s major oil Double Nude 1 1982-83 (Lot 42), is on offer with an estimate of $1,000,000 - $1,400,000, and the impressive bronze by Auguste Rodin La Femme accroupie, grand modèle avec une terrasse plus haute is estimated to bring between $1,000,000 - $1,250,000 (Lot 41).

Tim Abdallah, Menzies Head of Art, commented that “Rodin is arguably the greatest sculptor ever – his works are known worldwide and ‘La Femme accroupie’ – a life-size nude – is a museum quality pieces that we are very proud to be able to offer.”

The auction offers a fine selection of Australian Modern Masters, such as Brett Whiteley (5 works, including Lot 55 Study for Autumn (Near Bathurst) – Japanese Autumn est.$60,000 – 80,000), Russell Drysdale (Lot 45 Portrait of an Aboriginal Girl $100,000 – 130,000), Arthur Boyd (4 works, including Lot 33 Sheep Shelter Wimmera Landscape est. $80,000 – 100,000), Grace Cossington Smith (Lot 31 Wildflowers in Jug est. $70,000 - $90,000) and Jeffrey Smart (Lot 37 Holiday 1971 est. $750,000 - $950,000, and Lot 44 Taxi Stand, Brisbane Art Gallery est. $280,000 - $380,000).

Leading Australian Contemporary artists are also represented; highlights include two major oils by Rick Amor of museum interiors: The Silence 2001 (Lot 32 est. $55,000 - $75,000) and Across History 2000 (Lot 54 est. $50,000 - $60,000), and there are also eye-catching pieces by Criss Canning, Adam Cullen, David Larwill, Ben Quilty, Craig Ruddy, and Michael Zavros.

Lot 40
IAN FAIRWEATHER (1891-1974)
Village c1934
Oil on paper
40.0 x 55 cm
Estimate $120,000 - $140,000

About the Auction

On view in Melbourne: http://www.menziesartbrands.com/
Menzies Gallery
1 Darling St., South Yarra, VIC 3141
Thursday 13 June – Sunday 16 June, 11am - 6pm

On view in Sydney:
Menzies Gallery
12 Todman Ave, Kensington, NSW 2033
Thursday 20 June – Wednesday 26 June, 11am - 6pm

Auction:
Menzies Gallery
12 Todman Ave, Kensington, NSW 2033
6.30 pm, Thursday 27th June

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