The collector's choices, ranging from the surreal baroque of Leonor Fini's paintings to powerful 20th century sculptures, were roundly acclaimed.
Leonor Fini (1908-1996), The Chosen One of the Night, 1986, oil on canvas, 116 x 73 cm/45.6 x 28.7 in.
The sale of the collection assembled by Sylvie Guerlain (1943-2020) made a total of €771,145, with high scores for sculpture. A work by Joseph Csaky took pole position at €120,274, while two of his colleagues also stood out, both of them from the 20th century and influenced by the work of Constantin Brancusi: English sculptor Henry Moore and his hand-to-hand struggle with the stone block (Reclining Figure, n° 5, sold €75,962) and the Scotsman William Turnbull (photo below) with his organic forms bordering on abstraction.
The collector's other passion was the Franco-Argentine painter Leonor Fini. No fewer than 13 of her works were on offer here—in this instance, a lucky number. L'Élue de la nuit (The Chosen One of the Night), with its prophetic title, received a tribute of €56,972. The same went for Mandrillia/Madrilia (78.7 x 24.2 cm/31 x 9.5 in), a painting from 1959-1960, and La Minaccia (The Threat) (60 x 92 cm/23.6 x 36.2 in), from 1960. Stateless People received a welcome at €53,174 and the 1993 Arrival of Tiberius (46 x 65 cm/18.1 x 25.6 in) garnered €17,725. Leonor Fini was a meteor in 20th-century painting: a figure with a difference, to say the least, who had links with Surrealism but followed a totally independent path, making good use of her subversive power and femininity. Her refusal to be officially attached to any art movement reflected a desire for freedom ingrained in her from early childhood.