An Amer­i­can Place

Christie’s auc­tions off the un­ri­valed col­lec­tion of Bar­ney A. Eb­sworth

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Christie’s auc­tions off the un­ri­valed col­lec­tion of Bar­ney A. Eb­sworth

Novem­ber 13-14

Christie’s 20 Rock­e­feller Plaza New York, NY 10020 t: (212) 636-2000

On Novem­ber 13 and 14, one of the most im­por­tant pri­vate col­lec­tions of 20th-cen­tury Amer­i­can art will go on sale in An Amer­i­can Place:the Bar­ney A. Eb­sworth Col­lec­tion. Eb­sworth, who died in April 2018, was the founder of Clip­per Cruise Line and was an an­gel in­vestor in Builda-bear Work­shop. His in­ter­est in art was ig­nited while he was sta­tioned in France in 1956. He wrote in his au­to­bi­og­ra­phy, “I was not an art con­nois­seur. I vis­ited [the Lou­vre] be­cause it was such an in­te­gral part of Paris, and what I found there changed me.”

Lead­ing the sale is Ed­ward Hop­per’s Chop Suey, with an es­ti­mate in the re­gion of $70 mil­lion.the 1929 paint­ing de­picts two peo­ple at an eatery, a rep­re­sen­ta­tion of the cul­tural fu­sion hap­pen­ing in the city at the time.with its mod­ern us­age of light and color, Chop Suey is con­sid­ered the most im­por­tant work by the artist left in pri­vate hands, and along with other se­lec­tions from the col­lec­tion, it will tour to Paris, New York, Hong Kong, Lon­don, San Fran­cisco and Los An­ge­les be­fore the Novem­ber auc­tion. Christie’s chair­man

Marc Porter com­ments, “christie’s is hon­ored to have been en­trusted with this great col­lec­tion, which brings Hop­per’s great mas­ter­piece back to Paris five years af­ter his ret­ro­spec­tive at the Grand Palais.”

Ex­e­cuted at the height of Willem de Koon­ing’s ca­reer, Woman as Land­scape is ex­pected to sell in the re­gion of $60 mil­lion .a large scale can­vas at over 5½ feet tall, the work econ­m­passes de Koon­ing’s bravado. A Jack­son Pol­lock, Com­po­si­tion with Red Strokes, holds an es­ti­mate in the re­gion of $50 mil­lion.the work was com­pleted in 1950, a pro­lific pe­riod for the artist, and Christie’s notes, “it was these star­tling, orig­i­nal and ac­com­plished paint­ings that, in Willem de Koon­ing’s phrase, fi­nally ‘broke the ice’ for Amer­i­can paint­ing, com­pletely revo­lu­tion­iz­ing it and in the process re­shap­ing the en­tire his­tory of 20th-cen­tury art.”

Ma­jor works by Wil­liam Glack­ens, Elie Nadel­man, Franz Kline, Stu­art Davis, Charles Sheeler, Ge­or­gia O’ke­effe and Pa­trick Henry Bruce will also cross the block as part of the col­lec­tion.

Wil­liam Glack­ens (1870-1938), Café Lafayette, 1914. Oil on can­vas, 31¾ x 26 in., signed lower right: ‘Wm. Glack­ens’; in­scribed verso: ‘Kay Lau­rell’; ti­tled on stretcher bar. Es­ti­mate: $250/350,000

Jack­son Pol­lock (1912-1956), Com­po­si­tion withRed Strokes, 1950. Oil, enamel and alu­minum paint on can­vas, 365/8 x 255/8 in., signed and dated lower left: ’50 Jack­son Pol­lock’; signed and dated verso: ‘Jack­son Pol­lock 1950’. Es­ti­mate in the re­gion of $50 mil­lion

Ed­ward Hop­per (1882-1967), Chop Suey, 1929. Oil on can­vas, 32 x 38 in., signed lower right: ‘Ed­ward Hop­per’. Es­ti­mate in the re­gion of $70 mil­lion Im­ages courtesy Christie’s Imagesltd. 2018

Willem de Koon­ing (1904-1997), Woman as Land­scape, 1955. Oil and char­coal on linen, 65½ x 49½ in., signed lower left: ‘de Koon­ing’. Es­ti­mate in the re­gion of $60 mil­lion

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