Peinture (Étoile Bleue) (1927).
Estimated: £15 - 20 million / $23,7 - 31,6 million / €18,4 - 24,5 million
May 31, 2012, source: Sotheby's
According to Helena Newman, Chairman of Sotheby’s Impressionist and Modern Art Department, Europe, “'Peinture (Étoile Bleue)' is one of Miró’s most important paintings, effortlessly bridging the transition between figurative and abstract art. His works from this period are supremely modern, timeless and of great universal appeal, making this precisely the type of painting that today’s international collectors are looking for. 'Peinture (Étoile Bleue)' comes to the market at a time of unprecedented demand for iconic modern masterpieces.”
Miró’s "Peinture (Étoile Bleue)" belongs to the artist’s seminal ‘dream paintings’ cycle, examples of which can be found in major international museums such as the Musée National d'Art Moderne (Centre Pompidou, Paris), the Fondation Beyeler (Basel), the Tate Gallery (London) and The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York).
Further highlights from the Evening Sale of Impressionist and Modern Art at Sotheby's include Pablo Picasso's "Homme assis", 1972 (estimated at £6-9 million/ US$ 9.50-14.2 million / € 7.4-11 million) and Pierre Bonnard "Nu Debout", 1930 (est: £ 4.5-5.5 million/ US$ 7.1-8.7 million / € 5.5-6.8 million), which comes from the collection of Mr. and Mrs. John D. Rockefeller 3rd.