New Delhi, October 15 (SocialNews.XYZ) Christies will present works from a collection which has evolved over decades of family history and which is among the largest of its kind in the Benelux. Le Jeune, A Collecting Legacy will be offered through a series of 20th/21st Century sales.
Jacqueline Le Jeune and her husband Mark began buying art in the late 1960s. Jacqueline decided to support practicing artists and built what was to become an important collection of Belgian and international works. Jacqueline’s passion will also have a formative impact on her descendants. Their collection is also diverse, ranging from works by Banksy and Gilbert & George to Yoshitomo Nara, and a major pastel by Nicolas Party, as well as a large number of Belgian artists.
Pauline Haon, Senior Specialist, 20th/21st Century Art, Christie’s Belgium, said: “Le Jeune, A Collecting Legacy celebrates the innovative vision of a dynasty of collectors whose guiding principle was to support emerging artists, across generations. Forging deep friendships with those whose works they acquired, their collection includes early examples of pioneering artists who would go on to become hugely influential. The week.”
Lucio Fontana and Gunther Uecker represent the pioneers of European modernism with examples from the early 1960s presented by both artists. Concetto spaziale, Attese (1961, estimate: 1,000,000-1,500,000 pounds) is a pure and elegant example of Fontana’s famous ‘tagli’ with four immaculate strokes. Gunther Uecker’s Organische Struktur (1962, estimate: 400,000-600,000 pounds) is part of a series of 12 works which represent an important chapter in the evolution of Uecker’s early Nagelbilder (Nail Paintings).
Well on the Little Boat (1963, estimate: £400,000-600,000) is a subversive celebration of sunshine, color and beauty by Martial Raysse. The painting depicts a woman posing on a beach, taken from a swimwear advertisement, which was photocopied and enlarged to a monumental scale before being put on canvas and repainted.
Keen to continue to engage artists across multiple generations, they were driven by discovery, focusing on the earliest moments in the careers of contemporary artists. Nicolas Party’s Landscape (2016, estimate: £500,000-700,000) is a vivid, otherworldly vision bringing together the legacies of surrealism, biomorphic abstraction and European landscape painting.
Yoshitomo Nara’s Girl with a Knife (1999, estimate: £250,000-350,000) is an early example of the artist’s punk-inspired graphic aesthetic. Its cast of children, with exaggerated distinctive features, would become global icons, often portrayed as tiny rebels carrying miniature weapons.
Luc Tuymans’ De Wandeling (The Walk) (1991, estimate: £700,000-900,000) represents a touchstone in Tuymans’ early works, capturing his complex dialogue with themes of history and memory.
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