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"The Art Of Henry Moore"
2001-04-26 until 2001-05-17
Sothebys.com
New York, NY, USA United States of America

Sothebys.com is pleased to offer its first online auction dedicated to Henry Moore, the artist whose work played a seminal role in the evolution of early abstract sculpture. This special sale includes drawings, sculpture and prints, and an exhibition of selected works will be held at Sotheby's in New York (72nd Street and York Avenue, 6th Floor), from May 5-9th.

At the core of this sale is a collection of drawings, prints and small sculptures from the Estate of Dr. Max Stern, who, as the director of the Dominion Gallery in Montreal was for many years one of the major dealers of Henry Moore in Canada. Among the many highlights from this collection are a 1982 maquette entitled Seated Figure on a Log which is estimated to bring $6/8,000, and a drawing of Two Sheep, estimated at $5/7,000. The proceeds from Dr. Stern's Collection will benefit three learning institutions held dear to him, including Concordia University and McGill University, both in Montreal, as well as the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

Also included in this special online auction dedicated to Henry Moore are some outstanding works by the artist offered by Sothebys.com Associates. A quintessential Shelter Drawing from 1941 is offered by Alex Rosenberg Fine Art. Moore executed these drawings from direct observation during the Blitz, when British families sought refuge from the bombing in the tunnels of the London Underground. (est. $25/35,000). Eleonore Austerer Gallery of San Francisco is offering a large-scale (103 in. by 71 in.) silkscreen entitled Two Standing Figures (est. $35/40,000). This 1949 work (pictured below), printed in colors on beige linen and signed in black brush, was commissioned and produced by Zilka Ascher from the limited edition of 30. Another Associate highlight is a drawing entitled Mother and Child, 1983 (est. $5/7,000), offered by Leslie Sacks Fine Art, Los Angeles.

This sale coincides with a major American retrospective, Henry Moore, Sculpting the 20th Century, which is currently at the Dallas Museum of Art and will travel to the California Palace of the Legion of Honor in San Francisco and the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.


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