Vasarely, Buffet and Hockney: 20th-century Masters in Nice

On 07 May 2021, by Anne Doridou-Heim

Works by Vasarely, Buffet and Hockney were accompanied by sought-after artifacts from China and Australia.

Victor Vasarely (1906-1997), Monnca, 1986, acrylic on canvas, signed, titled and dated on the back, 100 x 100 cm/39.38 x 39.38 in.
Result: €73,660

Monnca, a hypnotizing acrylic on canvas by Victor Vasarely (1906-1997), a leader of the op art movement and a preeminent artist in the 1960s, signed, titled and dated "1986" on the back, fetched €73,660, confirming his return to popularity. The 100 x 100 cm/39.38 x 39.38 in artwork features the vivid colors he used during his late period.

His contemporary Bernard Buffet’s 1994 oil on Isorel (33 x 46 cm/13 x 18.12 in) depicting his Provencal home in La Baume, in the Haut-Var, sold for €53,340. Accompanied by a certificate from Maurice Garnier dated January 14, 1997, the work features the yellow façade of the house where Buffet spent his final years with his wife Annabel. A 1983 photocollage on paper mounted on panel by David Hockney, Christopher Isherwood Talking to Bob Holman, fetched €44,450. This copy, no. 16/20 (110 x 162 cm/43.31 x 63.78 in), is from the Petersburg Press in New York. As for Kees Van Dongen’s Bust of a Model, the auction house declined to release any information about its sale.

The other part of the auction focused on Asia and the traditional arts. An outstanding gilt bronze and cloisonné enamel Chinese vase with a spire from the late Qing period (h. 46 cm/18.12 in) sold for €58,420.
 

David Hockney (b. 1937), Christopher Isherwood Talking to Bob Holman, 1983, photocollage on paper mounted on panel, signed, titled, dated

David Hockney (b. 1937), Christopher Isherwood Talking to Bob Holman, 1983, photocollage on paper mounted on panel, signed, titled, dated and numbered 16/20, 110 x 162 cm/43.31 x 63.78 in.
Result: €44,450

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