Lot 60. ADAM STYKA (POL-FRA/ 1890-1959). Portrait de femme berbère. Huile sur toile marouflé sur panneau. Signé ‘ADAM STYKA’ (en bas à droite). Signé à nouveau ‘STYKA’ (au revers), 51,5 x 42 cm. Estimate 3,000 – 5,000 euro. Osenat. 11/20/22
Moje zdumienie, że takie rzeźby jeszcze się odnajdują. Brak jakiejkolwiek informacji o jej proweniencji a to może być niezwykle ciekawe.
Lot 58. Edward WITTIG (Varsovie 1879 – 1941). Bust of a woman. Circa 1906. Height : 61 cm. Width : 58 cm. Depth : 31 cm. Signed on the base on the left “E. Wittig”. Edward Wittig was born in Warsaw in 1877. He studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna with J. Tautenheim from 1897 to 1900. He then moved to Paris and entered the École des Beaux-Arts under the direction of Madeleine Jouvray, a former student of Auguste Rodin. In 1909, he returned to Poland and settled in a residence belonging to friends and produced numerous sculpted portraits and medals.
Edward Wittig is one of the greatest representatives of monumental sculpture in the inter-war period. The realization of monuments for the public space guarantees him a prestigious recognition. The sculpture of Eve, dated 1911, is one of his first commissions, which was installed both in the Ujazdowski Park in Warsaw and in the Trocadero Gardens in Paris. Guillaume Apollinaire wrote a remark about this work: “Wittig’s Eve is a perfect example of the new tendencies of modern sculpture, which do not bar either style or life”. In 1932, Wittig created the monument to the aviator among other famous monuments in Poland. Edward Wittig actively participated in the artistic and cultural life of his time. From 1914 to 1920, he was a professor at the School of Fine Arts in Warsaw and at the University of Technology in the same city. In 1921, he was appointed general curator of the Salon de la Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts at the Grand Palais. He participated in the Salon de la Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts de Paris from 1903 to 1914 as well as the Salon d’Automne in 1906. His sculptures were also presented at the Venice Biennale in 1920 and 1934. The sculptor’s works are exhibited in numerous galleries and museums in Poland (Zacheta Gallery in Warsaw and the Society of Friends of Fine Arts in Krakow), in France (Toulouse Museum) and in the Netherlands (Palace of Justice in The Hague). The National Museum in Warsaw has several works by the sculptor in its collections, as does the Musée de Grenoble in France. Edward Wittig was one of the most prestigious portraitists of his time, representing the French and Polish nobility of his time; he notably created the bust of Countess Xavier Branicka in 1914. His works are seen as a balance between academic tradition and innovative artistic trends.
This marble bust shows similarities with some of Auguste Rodin’s sculpted portraits. The smooth face, the pure line contrasts with the rougher base that keeps visible the traces of the scissors. This sculpted portrait was probably commissioned by a wealthy heiress or aristocratic figure and is a very rare example of the artist’s sculptural work.
Estimate 20,000 – 25,000 euro. Millon. 11/29/22. Sold 25,000 euro
Dość ważny obraz Leopolda Gottlieba z początków XX wieku przedstawiający malarza Leona Hirszenberga. Ciekawe jest w jaki sposób obraz ten trafił z bardzo znanej Ben Uri Collection na rynek (https://www.benuricollection.org.uk/). W tej kolekcji znajduje się obecnie tylko jeden obraz namalowany przez Leopolda Gottlieba. Zdumiewające dla mnie jest wyzbycie się tego obrazu lub może był jedynie w depozycie od 1930 roku(?). Może proweniencja tej pracy nie została dokładnie opisana. Należałoby zapytać p. Mielniczuka, eksperta tej aukcji.
Lot 30. Leopold GOTTLIEB (Ukraine 1883 – France 1934). Portrait of Leon Hirszenberg. Circa 1904-1907. Oil on canvas, 74,5 x 62 cm. Signed upper right “L. Gottlieb Provenance: Leopold Pilichowski Collection Ben Uri Collection, 1930 Exhibition: 1930, Mansell Street Gallery Opening: Catalogue and Survey of Activities, Jewish Art and Literary Society Ben-Uri 1934, Exhibition of Paintings and Sculpture by Jewish Artists, Ben Uri Jewish Art Gallery 1935, Israel Zangwill Memorial Exhibition, Ben Uri Jewish Art Gallery 1944, Opening Exhibition, Ben Uri Art Gallery 1945, Exhibition of Paintings by A. A. Wolmark (Konstam Collection), Dobrinsky Paris, and a selection of work from the Ben Uri Collection, Ben Uri Art Gallery 1946, Ben Uri Collection of Paintings, Sculpture and Drawings, Ben Uri Art Gallery 2009, Homeless & Hidden 1: World Class Collection Homeless & Hidden, Ben Uri Gallery 2016/17, Bracia Hirszenbergowie. W poszukiwaniu ziemi obiecanej/Hirszenberg Brothers. In search of the Promised Land, Museum of the City of Lodz, Lodz; Emanuel Ringelblum Jewish Historical Institute, Warsaw
Bibliography: Walter Schwabe and Julia Weiner, eds, Jewish Artists: The Ben Uri Collection – Paintings, Drawings, Prints and Sculpture (London: Ben Uri Art Society in association with Lund Humphries Publishers Ltd, 1994), reproduced p. 48 Bracia Hirszenbergowie. W poszukiwaniu ziemi obiecanej/Hirszenberg Brothers. In search of the Promised Land (Lodz, Warsaw: Muzeum miasta Lodzi and Emanuel Ringelblum Jewish Historical Institute, 2017), p. 93 The Ben Uri Gallery and Museum in London holds one of the most important collections of works by immigrant artists of the late 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries in the United Kingdom and the international museum sector. Emerging from and representing the Jewish community, the Ben Uri Gallery and Museum’s collection primarily reflects the work, lives and contributions of British and European artists of Jewish origin, interpreted within the broader context of 20th and 21st century art history, politics and society. The funds raised will be reinvested to finance new acquisitions and to strengthen the museum’s research unit.
Various subjects are represented in the work of Leopold Gottlieb (1879 Drohobycz – 1934 Paris). There are figurative scenes, religious scenes and landscapes. But it is in the portrait that the artist excels. After studying art at the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow and in Munich, Gottlieb went to Paris for the first time in 1904. He returned in 1908 and remained there for many years. It was during this period that he painted powerful effigies of prominent figures in the artistic and intellectual life of the French capital: the writer André Gide, the poet André Salmon and the sculptor Rembrandt Bugatti. The painter was also involved in the life of the Polish artist colony in Paris. Befriended by many of them, he often painted their portraits, such as the sculptor Xawery Dunikowski or the painter Mieczysław Jakimowicz. The striking portrait of another of his compatriots, the painter Leon Hirszenberg, which we present here was painted around 1904. We do not know exactly how Leon and Leopold met, but their Jewish background certainly brought them together. They were part of a larger circle that included the sculptor Elie Nadelman and the painter Mela Muter. Their works also met in the columns of the Polish art magazine “Sztuka” [Art] published in Paris by Antoni Potocki. In issues 8-9 of this magazine, a reproduction of Hirszenberg’s painting (From Brittany) is displayed alongside portraits painted by Gottlieb.
Léon (Lajbuś) Hirszenberg (Herszenberg) born in 1869 in Łódź and died in 1945 in Paris, came, like Gottlieb, from a family of artists. He was the younger brother of Samuel, also a painter, dedicated to themes related to the Jewish diaspora, and elder to Henryk (Izrael Hersz), an architect. Leon’s life is still a secret. He studied painting either with his brother Samuel or in Munich around 1890. He was present in Paris from 1902. His work testifies to his attachment to Brittany, where he made several trips, notably to Concarneau and probably lived in Perros Guirec. He exhibited at art shows in the capital as well as in Poland. Having become blind at the end of the 1920s, he was no longer active as an artist. Léon made his debut in Paris at the Salon de la Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts in 1904 and was noticed by French and Polish critics. His portrait by a renowned Polish painter, Olga Boznańska, was presented at the same salon and met with a lively
Estimate 50,000 -60,000 euro. Millon. 11/29/22. Sold 44,000 euro