A major sale of Irish and international art will take place in the RDS on Monday, writes Des O’Sullivan.
Many major names in Irish art including Jack Yeats, Louis le Brocquy, May Guinness, Daniel O’Neill, Nathaniel Hone and Basil Blackshaw and international artists like Andy Warhol and Raoul Dufy feature in Whyte’s sale of Irish and international art at the RDS next Monday evening.
A 1946 oil by Yeats depicting an elemental night-time scene at sea entitled Hope is, at €150,000 to €180,000, the most expensively estimated lot. A selection of Yeats’s drawings include The Lottery 1913, an ink and watercolour (€8,000 to €10,000).
An image of Samuel Beckett by Louis le Brocquy was first shown at Rosc 80 and is estimated at €100,000 to €150,000. A selection of his Tain prints are guided at €1,500 to €2,000. A tapestry by the artist Cuchulainn mounting his chariot from 1969 is estimated at €20,000 to €30,000.
Woman with Red Hair by May Guinness dates from her time in Paris studying with Andre Lhote €6,000 to €8,000). There are watercolours by Percy French and works by Jack Hanlon, Charlotte McCausland, George Russell and Nathaniel Hone from an earlier era.
A Park Corner by the French artist Raoul Dufy (€20,000 to €30,000) was bought in Paris in 1963 by Charles Bewley, the ‘Irish Minister Plenipotentiary and Envoy Extraordinary’ in Berlin from 1933 to 1939.
Andy Warhol’s Space Fruit (Cantaloupes) marks a shift in his interests from the commercial images of the 1960s to art historical subjects and is estimated at €10,000 to €15,000.
Woman with Birds by Colin Middleton (€20,000 to €30,000) depicts a subject central to the artist throughout his career. Tree by Basil Blackshaw has an estimate of €15,000 to €20,000 and there is work by Tony O’Malley, Felim Egan, Brian Maguire, Michael Kane, Kenneth Webb, Cecil Maguire and William Scott as well as sculpture by John Behan, Rory Breslin and Anthony Scott.
The sale will include the Butler Gallery Benefit Auction of contemporary art.
Viewing is at the RDS from 10am to 6pm for the next three days. The catalogue can be viewed online at www.whytes.ie and internet bidding is available.