Bold volumes by Sanyu

On 12 June 2020, by Anne Doridou-Heim

Sanyu's modernity: a question of angle…

Sanyu (1900-1966), Nude, watercolour on cut-out paper tablecloth affixed to fine paper, 26.5 x 42 cm.
Result: €147,200

The horns of the Taureau by Charles-Édouard Jeanneret, aka Le Corbusier (1887-1965), certainly entered the bullring, but we won't know the end result as the auction house does not wish to divulge the information. However, three other works by Le Corbusier followed in its wake. Two Women Entwined on a Jetty with a Distant Boat (collage of gouache-covered paper pieces, 55.6 x 44 cm, 21.8 x 17.3 in) embraced each other at €49,920; Two Nude Women by a Wooden Cart, (44 x 55.6 cm, 17.3 x 21.8 in) with forms drawn in a single pencil stroke in 1938 conversed at €25,600, and an Open Hand: Project for the Chandigarh Monument (a gouache and casein of 1954, 51 x 66 cm, 20 x 25.9 in), grasped €38,400. Here the architect displayed his complete range as a draughtsman. In another style, a watercolor Nude by Sanyu (1900-1960) attracted much attention. The Chinese-born artist, one of the first Asian artists to move to Montparnasse in the 1920s, created a bold composition emphasizing the volumes of the pink body drawn in black pencil, set off by grey stockings. This work on paper clearly appealed, as it tripled its estimate with a final bid of €147,200.
Alongside all these, two gouaches by Maurice de Vlaminck (1876-1958) also made an impression at €28,160 and €20,480. The first was Snowy landscape, a gouache of c. 1938 (37 x 45 cm, 14.5 x  17.7 in); the second a bucolic Wheatfield (37 x 45 cm, 14.5 x  17.7 in), depicted under one of the stormy skies favored by the artist.

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