Christie’s will soon launch its postwar and contemporary art evening sale in New York this November. Leading the lots is a little-known painting by the famed British artist, David Hockney. Titled ‘Sur la Terrasse,’ the piece portrays Hockney’s longtime lover Peter Schlesinger. The life-sized piece was made in 1971 by the artist and features Schlesinger standing outside of a hotel balcony during the pair’s trip to Marrakech, Morocco. The work is estimated to sell for between $25 million USD and $45 million USD.
“This work marks a momentous turning point in the artist’s personal and professional lives,” said Ana Maria Celis, Christie’s head of the postwar and contemporary art evening sale, in a statement. “We are very pleased to be bringing Sur la Terrasse to market and into the public eye after residing within a private collection for nearly 40 years, where it went unseen by the public for almost as long.”
Christie’s postwar and contemporary art sale will run through November 25-26 in New York City. Visit Christie’s website to check out the lots.
Elsewhere in art, a $20,000 USD print by Salvador Dalî was stolen from a San Francisco gallery this weekend.
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Full of longing and romance, ‘Sur la Terrasse’ is David Hockney’s last painting of his first love and greatest muse, Peter Schlesinger.⠀ .⠀ Painted in March 1971 during a tense holiday, the couple separated that summer. ‘It was very traumatic for me, I’d never been through anything like that,’ Hockney recalled.⠀ .⠀ ‘Sur la Terrasse’ will be exhibited for the first time in 46 years at our Los Angeles gallery, from 15–17 October. Entry is free.⠀ .⠀ David Hockney (b. 1937), ‘Sur la Terrasse’ (detail), 1971. Estimate: $25,000,000-45,000,000.⠀ .⠀ Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening Sale – 13 November at Christie’s New York.⠀ .⠀ #art #artwork #artist #hockney #davidhockney #painting #contemporaryart #newyork #auction