Sotheby’s London – 20th Century Italian Art Including Italian Identity – an Important Private Collection

September 28th, 2011 by

One of the most exciting events in the auction calendar since 1999, the sale of 20th Century Italian Art presents a strong selection of works by artists ranging from Marino Marini and Gino Severini to Alberto Burri and Lucio Fontana.

Examples of Modernism include a group of superlative works from a distinguished private New York collection.

Testament to the collector’s passion for Italian art is the superb Marini bronze Cavaliere which was a gift from Eric Estorick and the important Severini Natura morta con arance of 1917 which documents the artist’s foray into Cubism and demonstrates his experiments with sand, colour and flattened form.

The sale also includes Severini’s Train arrivant à Paris, one of the most important works on paper by the artist to come to the market in decades, the work is closely related to the painting of the same subject in the Tate Gallery; whilst Morandi is represented by a tranquil still life which celebrates nuance and stillness.