Artist Spotlight: Andy Warhol

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  • Modern + Contemporary

Published in 1979, Andy Warhol’s bizarre take on the classic traditional subject of fruit still lifes, titled Space Fruit: Still Life Series, underscores his evolving interest in abstract art in the late 1970s.


He placed many pieces of fruit against a white background and cast harsh light upon them to create exaggerated shadows and light-based contrast.


Andy Warhol, Peaches
Andy Warhol (American, 1928–1987), Peaches from Space Fruit: Still Life Series, 1979, screenprint, 30″ x 40″.
Sold: $17,500

Peaches, a work from the series, gives Warhol space to experiment with colors and compositions, showcasing his interest in vibrant unrealistic colors and exaggerated shadows. Presenting an original view of a peach, this work pushed boundaries between the depiction of nature and consumer products. This series is highly sought after by the collectors and Peaches will be offered on March 18th at Clars Auction Gallery.

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Artist Spotlight: Norman Rockwell

Norman Rockwell was a prolific painter and illustrator, best known for depicting everyday American life.

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  • Modern + Contemporary

Spring Design Auction

Clars is starting Spring with our Design Auction, to be held on March 16, 2023 at 10 AM PST.

  • Auction
  • Modern + Contemporary

Designer Spotlight: Toshiko Takaezu

Toshiko Takaezu, a Hawaiian ceramicist of Japanese descent, is most well known for her ‘Closed forms.’

  • Designer Spotlight
  • Modern + Contemporary

Artist Spotlight: Yayoi Kusama

Yayoi Kusama is well known for her sculptures and installations, paintings, performances and fashion.

  • Artist Spotlight
  • Modern + Contemporary

Artist Spotlight: Pablo Picasso

Pablo Picasso, known globally as one of the most important artists of the 20th century, created in a multitude of mediums.

  • Artist Spotlight
  • Modern + Contemporary

Important Winter Modern + Contemporary Art Highlights

Clars’ February 9th Important Winter Modern + Contemporary Art Auction will feature artwork from an array of international artists.

  • Auction
  • Modern + Contemporary

Artist Spotlight: Norman Rockwell

  • Artist Spotlight
  • Modern + Contemporary

Norman Rockwell was a prolific American painter and illustrator, best known for depicting everyday American life.


Norman Rockwell, The Conniosseur
Norman Rockwell (American, 1894–1978), The Conniosseur, color collotype, 27″h x 21.5″w.
Sold: $2,000

He was commissioned to illustrate over 40 books, including Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn. Rockwell is probably best known for his cover illustration for the Saturday Evening Post.


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Norman Rockwell (American, 1894–1978), Study – Crestwood Commuter Station (for Cover Illustration, Saturday Evening Post, November 16, 1946) & Portrait of an Equestrian Gentleman (verso), circa 1946, charcoal on paper (double-sided), 21.5″ x 20″.
Sold: $242,000

Rockwell’s career with the Saturday Evening Post spanned 47 years, from his first cover illustration in 1916, to his last in 1963 — a Portrait of John F. Kennedy.


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Artist Spotlight: Andy Warhol

Published in 1979, Andy Warhol’s bizarre take on the classic traditional subject of fruit still lifes, titled Space Fruit: Still Life Series, underscores his evolving interest in abstract art in the late 1970s.

  • Artist Spotlight
  • Modern + Contemporary

Spring Design Auction

Clars is starting Spring with our Design Auction, to be held on March 16, 2023 at 10 AM PST.

  • Auction
  • Modern + Contemporary

Designer Spotlight: Toshiko Takaezu

Toshiko Takaezu, a Hawaiian ceramicist of Japanese descent, is most well known for her ‘Closed forms.’

  • Designer Spotlight
  • Modern + Contemporary

Artist Spotlight: Yayoi Kusama

Yayoi Kusama is well known for her sculptures and installations, paintings, performances and fashion.

  • Artist Spotlight
  • Modern + Contemporary

Artist Spotlight: Pablo Picasso

Pablo Picasso, known globally as one of the most important artists of the 20th century, created in a multitude of mediums.

  • Artist Spotlight
  • Modern + Contemporary

Important Winter Modern + Contemporary Art Highlights

Clars’ February 9th Important Winter Modern + Contemporary Art Auction will feature artwork from an array of international artists.

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  • Modern + Contemporary

Spring Design Auction

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Clars is starting Spring with our Design Auction, to be held on March 16, 2023. Highlights include pieces by Hans Wegner, Stan Bitters, Toshiko Takaezu, Gertrud and Otto Natzler, George Nakashima, Charles and Ray Eames, among others. There will also be a selection of silver including Christofle and Tiffany.


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Stan Bitters glazed ceramic medallion.
Stan Bitters glazed ceramic medallion, 3′2″ diameter.
Estimate: $12,000–$16,000

The Spring Design Auction will have numerous highlights across genres and countries. On offer will be a fine selection of pottery and ceramics including a Stan Bitters medallion, 3’2″dia., estimated at $12,000–$15,000. Bitters is renowned for his influence on the Californian arts and crafts scene since the 1960s.


Stan Bitters glazed stoneware planter.
Stan Bitters glazed stoneware planter, 12″h x 19″w.
Estimate: $1,200–$1,600
Natzler bowl
Gertrud and Otto Natzler bowl, earthenware with matte glaze, 5″h x 12.5″w.
Estimate: $5,000–$7,000

Another prominent lot in the auction is a large Gertud and Otto Natzler bowl, which has a fine blue-grey mat glaze and measures 12.75″w. The bowl is valued conservatively at $5,000–$7,000. Other ceramicists in the sale include Toshiko Takaezu, Ka-Kwong Hui, Annabeth Rosen, Richard Hirsch, Brother Thomas Bezanson, etc.


Toshiko Takaezu glazed stoneware bowl
Toshiko Takaezu glazed stoneware bowl, 4.5″h x 11.5″w.
Estimate: $3,000–$5,000

There will be numerous furniture highlights in the auction, including a Michel Buffet floor lamp, expected to sell for $7,000–$10,000. Also, to be offered are several lots by designer Hans J. Wegner such as a set of eight ‘Heart’ Chairs estimated at $4,200–$5,200, a rare pair of JH-101 Lounge chairs and JH-103 Sofa, among others. In addition, there will be a pair of Finn Juhl NV-45’s offered, with an estimate of $20,000–$30,000.


Michel Buffet floor lamp.
Michel Buffet floor lamp, enameled steel and aluminum, 68.5″h.
Estimate: $7,000–$10,000
Hans Wegner, Heart chairs
Hans Wegner for Fritz Hansen Heart Chairs, model no. FH-4103, set of eight, 29″h.
Estimate: $4,200–$5,200
Tractor Stools
Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni Mezzadro Tractor Stools by Zanotta, Italy, set of four, 20″h.
Estimate: $1,500–$2,500
Hans Wegner Ch101 Lounge Chairs, pair
Hans Wegner JH-101 Lounge Chairs, pair.
Estimate: $3,000–$5,000
Albert Larsson occasional table.
Albert Larsson occasional table, Sweden, 1950s, teak, copper, 17″h x 16″dia.
Estimate: $500–$700
Hans Wegner Ch103 Three Seat Sofa
Hans Wegner JH-103 Three Seat Sofa.
Estimate: $3,000–$5,000
Thebes stool
Thebes stool, 15″h x 16.5″w.
Estimate: $800–$1,200
Finn Juhl, Lounge Chairs, Model NV-45, Pair.
Finn Juhl, Lounge Chairs, Model NV-45, Pair.
Estimate: $20,000–$30,000
Florence Knoll stacking stool model 75
Florence Knoll stacking stool model 75, 18″h x 14″dia.
Estimate: $500–$700

For American furniture, there will be a Philip and Kelvin Laverne Fantasia coffee table, estimated at $5,000–$7,000, a Charles and Ray Eames 670 and 671 lounge chair and ottoman, and an Ettore Sottsass Westside lounge chair, just to name a few.


Philip and Kelvin Laverne, Fantasia Coffee Table.
Philip and Kelvin Laverne, Fantasia Coffee Table.
Estimate: $5,000–$7,000
Charles and Ray Eames, 670 and 671 Lounge Chair and Ottoman.
Charles and Ray Eames, 670 and 671 Lounge Chair and Ottoman.
Estimate: $3,000–$5,000
Ettore Sottsass, Westside Lounge Chair.
Ettore Sottsass, Westside Lounge Chair.
Estimate: $1,500–$2,500

As for early 20th Century items, a Tiffany Studios table lamp, with Vine Border (Acorn) shade, will be estimated at $7,000–$9,000.


Tiffany Studios, Table Lamp with Vine Border (Acorn) Shade.
Tiffany Studios, Table Lamp with Vine Border (Acorn) Shade.
Estimate: $7,000–$9,000
Lezards et Bleuts
René Lalique Lezards et Bleuts vase, 14″h (drilled).
Estimate: $2,000–$4,000

Several sterling silver lots will be offered such as a Tiffany & Co. Audubon flatware set, valued at $7,000–$9,000, and a Christofle, Sceaux flatware set, expected to sell for $6,000–$9,000.


Christofle, Sceaux Flatware, Set of 84
Christofle, Sceaux Flatware, Set of 84.
Estimate: $6,000–$9,000
Bidding for Clars’ March 16th, 2023 auction is available by phone, absentee bid, live online at Live.Clars.com and through Liveauctioneers.com and Invaluable.com. For more information about this auction, please contact [email protected].

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Spring Fine Jewelry & Timepieces Auction

Clars’ Spring Jewelry & Timepieces Auction on April 14th includes a fine selection of colored gemstones, diamonds, antique and signed jewelry, and timepieces.

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  • Fine Jewelry & Timepieces

Artist Spotlight: Andy Warhol

Published in 1979, Andy Warhol’s bizarre take on the classic traditional subject of fruit still lifes, titled Space Fruit: Still Life Series, underscores his evolving interest in abstract art in the late 1970s.

  • Artist Spotlight
  • Modern + Contemporary

March Highlights

Our March 17th and 18th auctions will offer beautiful Chinese watercolor paintings, artwork ranging from El Greco to Andy Warhol, rare gold and silver coins, and a nice selection of diamond jewelry.

  • Auction

Artist Spotlight: Norman Rockwell

Norman Rockwell was a prolific painter and illustrator, best known for depicting everyday American life.

  • Artist Spotlight
  • Modern + Contemporary

Designer Spotlight: Toshiko Takaezu

Toshiko Takaezu, a Hawaiian ceramicist of Japanese descent, is most well known for her ‘Closed forms.’

  • Designer Spotlight
  • Modern + Contemporary

Artist Spotlight: Yayoi Kusama

Yayoi Kusama is well known for her sculptures and installations, paintings, performances and fashion.

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  • Modern + Contemporary

Designer Spotlight: Toshiko Takaezu

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  • Modern + Contemporary

Toshiko Takaezu, renowned abstract Hawaiian ceramicist from the twentieth century, drew inspiration from her own cultural background as well as contemporary painting and sculpture.


Closed Forms
Toshiko Takaezu, Closed Forms.
Sold: $24,250

Toshiko Takaezu (American/Japanese, 1922–2011) is best know for her ‘Closed forms’ which can be described as both sculptures and paintings all in one. Each form is unique and varies in shape, size, color and texture and captures a spirit that mirrors work of other postwar expressionist artists, like Joan Mitchell and Mark Rothko.


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Artist Spotlight: Andy Warhol

Published in 1979, Andy Warhol’s bizarre take on the classic traditional subject of fruit still lifes, titled Space Fruit: Still Life Series, underscores his evolving interest in abstract art in the late 1970s.

  • Artist Spotlight
  • Modern + Contemporary

Artist Spotlight: Norman Rockwell

Norman Rockwell was a prolific painter and illustrator, best known for depicting everyday American life.

  • Artist Spotlight
  • Modern + Contemporary

Spring Design Auction

Clars is starting Spring with our Design Auction, to be held on March 16, 2023 at 10 AM PST.

  • Auction
  • Modern + Contemporary

International Women’s Day

Clars is celebrating International Women’s Day by highlighting the career of Greta Grossman, one of the leading female designers of the mid-20th Century.

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Artist Spotlight: Yayoi Kusama

Yayoi Kusama is well known for her sculptures and installations, paintings, performances and fashion.

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  • Modern + Contemporary

Artist Spotlight: Pablo Picasso

Pablo Picasso, known globally as one of the most important artists of the 20th century, created in a multitude of mediums.

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  • Modern + Contemporary

Artist Spotlight: Yayoi Kusama

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Born in 1929 in Matsumoto, Japan, Yayoi Kusama is well known for her sculptures, installations, paintings, performances and fashion. Kusama is the highest-selling living female artist and has a body of work that spans over the past 70 years.

A preeminent figure in the art world, Kusama emerged onto the art scene in the 1960s in New York, collaborating with Andy Warhol, Claes Oldenberg, and Robert Morris and contributed to the rise of feminist and pop art.


Yayoi Kusama (Japanese, b. 1939), A Pumpkin GB-D, 2004, screenprint, 9.4″h x 11.1″w.
Sold: $40,625
Kusama, Grapes
Yayoi Kusama (Japanese, b. 1929), Grapes, 1982, screenprint, 12.4″ x 10.6″.
Sold: $38,750
Yayoi Kusama (Japanese, b. 1939), Pumpkin, 1983, screenprint, 23" x 19".Estimate: $30,000–$50,000 (one of two to be offered).
Yayoi Kusama (Japanese, b. 1939), Pumpkin, 1983, screenprint, 23″h x 19″w.
Sold: $31,250

Throughout her work, Kusama has explored such themes as her own obsessive-compulsive disorder, hallucinations, sexuality and freedom. Various Kusama prints that were sold at Clars exhibit her signature style, featuring polka dots and nets in dense patterns with obsessive repetition.


Yayoi Kusama (Japanese, b. 1939), Pumpkin, 1983, screenprint, 23" x 19" (one of two to be offered). Estimate: $30,000–$50,000
Yayoi Kusama (Japanese, b. 1939), Pumpkin, 1983, screenprint, 23″h x 19″w.
Sold: $87,500
Yayoi Kusama Prints from the September 16th Sale
Yayoi Kusama (Japanese, b. 1929), Top left: Pumpkin (Y), 1992, screenprint, 6.25″h x 8.75″w. Top Right: Dancing Pumpkin (YOR), 2004, screenprint, 15.5″h x 22.25″w. Bottom Left: Napping Pumpkin, 1993, screenprint, 21″h x 25.75″w. Bottom Right: Red Colored Pumpkin, 1994, screenprint, 18″h x 20.75″w.
Sold: $108,750

In 1993, Kusama represented Japan at the Venice Biennale. She has been the subject of major exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art, Centre Pompidou, Tate Modern, and the National Museum of Modern Art in Tokyo as well as a major retrospective at the Whitney Museum of American Art in 2012. In 2017, she opened the Yoyoi Kusama Museum in Tokyo near her studio and the psychiatric hospital where she has voluntarily lived since 1977.


Yayoi Kusama (Japanese, b. 1929), High Heels, 1986, screenprint, 12.4" x 16”.
Yayoi Kusama (Japanese, b. 1929), High Heels, 1986, screenprint, 12.4″h x 16″w.
Sold: $17,500
Yayoi Kusama, Town
Yayoi Kusama (Japanese, b. 1929), Town, 1999, screenprint, 18.8″h x 23.4″w.
Sold: 13,750
Kusama Pumpkins, February Highlights
Left: Yayoi Kusama (Japanese, b. 1929), Pumpkin, 1982, lithograph in colors with collage, 22.75″h x 18.75w″. Sold: $21,250
Right: Yayoi Kusama (Japanese, b. 1929), Pumpkin God, 1993, screenprint, 28.75″h x 21″w. Sold: $26,250
Yayoi Kusama (Japanese, b. 1939), Flower (1), 1992, lithograph in color, 9.4″h x 11.1″w.
Sold: $12,500

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Artist Spotlight: Andy Warhol

Published in 1979, Andy Warhol’s bizarre take on the classic traditional subject of fruit still lifes, titled Space Fruit: Still Life Series, underscores his evolving interest in abstract art in the late 1970s.

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  • Modern + Contemporary

Artist Spotlight: Norman Rockwell

Norman Rockwell was a prolific painter and illustrator, best known for depicting everyday American life.

  • Artist Spotlight
  • Modern + Contemporary

Spring Design Auction

Clars is starting Spring with our Design Auction, to be held on March 16, 2023 at 10 AM PST.

  • Auction
  • Modern + Contemporary

Designer Spotlight: Toshiko Takaezu

Toshiko Takaezu, a Hawaiian ceramicist of Japanese descent, is most well known for her ‘Closed forms.’

  • Designer Spotlight
  • Modern + Contemporary

Artist Spotlight: Pablo Picasso

Pablo Picasso, known globally as one of the most important artists of the 20th century, created in a multitude of mediums.

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  • Modern + Contemporary

Important Winter Modern + Contemporary Art Highlights

Clars’ February 9th Important Winter Modern + Contemporary Art Auction will feature artwork from an array of international artists.

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Artist Spotlight: Pablo Picasso

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Pablo Picasso, known globally as one of the most important artists of the 20th century, was a Spanish painter, sculptor, printmaker, ceramicist and theatre designer.


In our February 2023 Important Modern + Contemporary Art Auction, Clars offered a rare ceramic plate by Picasso which caught the attention of many phone bidders.

Pablo Picasso, Visage Masque, ceramic plate.
Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881–1973), Visage Masque, 1947, ceramic plate, 12.5″ x 15″ (31.75 x 38.1 cm).
Sold: $68,750

During the 1940s, Picasso attended a pottery exhibition in the commune of Vallauris in the south of France. He was inspired by his experience to stay in the area, working at the Galerie Madoura as a prolific potter, creating over three thousand vases, plates, tiles, and other objects. Common themes in these ceramics are animals including bulls, birds, and fish, Roman and Greek mythology, and the human form.

The plate sold at Clars follows Picasso’s tradition of working with simplified lines and shapes to create a human face, or Visage as the ceramics are known, similar to the paintings made during his synthetic cubism and African-inspired periods. Picasso’s Madoura ceramics continue to grow in popularity due to their accessibility as well as their versatility as decorative objects.


Picasso pitchers
Left: Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881–1973), Visage (A. R. 288), 1955, terre de faience pitcher, painted in colors and partially glazed, 12″ x 4″ x 5″. Right: Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881–1973), Quatre visages (A.R. 436), 1959, white terre de faience pitcher with colored engobe and glaze, 9″ x 5.5″ x 7.5″.
Sold: $14,437.50

Other Picasso Madoura ceramics that Clars has offered include two ceramic pitchers, titled Visage and Quatre Visage. Both pieces were both produced at the Madoura de Vallauris workshop in the 1950’s and have Picasso and Madoura stamped beneath.


Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881–1973), Études VII (d'après Manet), 1961, graphite on les Annonay (watermarked) paper, 17.75" x 23.5". Provenance: Alex Maguy, Paris; Estate of Liselotte Weber (Burlingame, CA). Exhibited: Alex Maguy Galerie de L’Élysée, Hommage à Picasso, November 19–December 25, 1966. Reference: Zervos XX:50.Sold: $150,000.
Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881–1973), Études VII (d’après Manet), 1961, graphite on les Annonay (watermarked) paper, 17.75″ x 23.5″. Provenance: Alex Maguy, Paris; Estate of Liselotte Weber (Burlingame, CA). Exhibited: Alex Maguy Galerie de L’Élysée, Hommage à Picasso, November 19–December 25, 1966. Reference: Zervos XX:50.
Sold: $150,000.

The second highest selling lot from Clars’ March 2022 Modern + Contemporary Art + Design Auction, selling at $150,000, was a rare drawing by Picasso titled, Études VII (d’après Manet), from 1961. Well-documented in the artist’s catalogue raisonné, the lot had multiple international bidders, but in the end sold to a buyer in San Francisco.

At the same sale, a linocut by Picasso, titled Le Déjeuner Sur l’Herbe, d’après Manet II, achieved $16,250.


Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881–1973), Le Dejeuner Sur l’Herbe, d’apres Manet II, 1962, linocut in black and white, 20.75” x 25”. Esimate: $15,000–$20,000.
Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881–1973), Le Déjeuner Sur l’Herbe, d’après Manet II, 1962, linocut in black and white, 20.75” x 25”.
Sold: $16,250

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Artist Spotlight: Andy Warhol

Published in 1979, Andy Warhol’s bizarre take on the classic traditional subject of fruit still lifes, titled Space Fruit: Still Life Series, underscores his evolving interest in abstract art in the late 1970s.

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  • Modern + Contemporary

Artist Spotlight: Norman Rockwell

Norman Rockwell was a prolific painter and illustrator, best known for depicting everyday American life.

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  • Modern + Contemporary

Spring Design Auction

Clars is starting Spring with our Design Auction, to be held on March 16, 2023 at 10 AM PST.

  • Auction
  • Modern + Contemporary

Designer Spotlight: Toshiko Takaezu

Toshiko Takaezu, a Hawaiian ceramicist of Japanese descent, is most well known for her ‘Closed forms.’

  • Designer Spotlight
  • Modern + Contemporary

Artist Spotlight: Yayoi Kusama

Yayoi Kusama is well known for her sculptures and installations, paintings, performances and fashion.

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Important Winter Modern + Contemporary Art Highlights

Clars’ February 9th Important Winter Modern + Contemporary Art Auction will feature artwork from an array of international artists.

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Important Winter Modern + Contemporary Art Highlights

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Clars’ February 9th Important Winter Modern + Contemporary Art Auction will feature a selection of artwork from an array of international artists.

A featured highlight this month is a watercolor on paper by influential German-Swiss artist Paul Klee. This piece, titled Fragment of a Mural (Fragment einer Wandmalerei), shows an abstract image that is left to the viewer to decipher. Klee is known for the use of geometric forms in his work — often building his arrangements with triangles and rectangles — but here we see an unrecognizable object, made more mysterious by the title identifying it as just one section from a larger composition. Klee is perhaps even better known for his innovative take on color theory. The blending of purple into red into gray tones seen in this work illustrates Klee’s opinion that small sections of color could be unified to create a harmonious visual. Furthermore, during his time as an instructor at the Bauhaus, Klee taught as a master of stained glass, often using smoking techniques to color pieces of glass. The muted tones in this watercolor echo the hazy, blended hues that would result from smoking glass. The work on paper is estimated at $100,000–$150,000.


Paul Klee, Fragment einer Wandmalerei.
Paul Klee (German, 1879–1940), Fragment einer Wandmalerei, 1933, gouache, 7.5″ x 9.75″ (19.05 x 24.8 cm).
Estimate: $100,000–$150,000

Also included in the sale this month is a work on paper, titled Green Hill, by American artist, Mark Tobey. As a founder of the Northwest School in Seattle, Washington, Tobey imbued in his peers an appreciation of East Asian culture — the effects of which are visible in Green Hill, with its muted color palette echoing Shan Shui landscapes, and an expressionist style that mimics calligraphy. The misty atmosphere of the Pacific Northwest was a driving influence on Tobey, who used earthy tones to illustrate Green Hill, with the green of the hill obscured almost completely by a heavy fog against a sepia sky. Green Hill is dated 1957, the year before Tobey became the second American artist to win the International Grand Prize at the 1958 Venice Biennale. The work is estimated at $30,000–$50,000.


Mark Tobey, Green Hill.
Mark Tobey (American, 1890–1976), Green Hill, 1957, tempera, 12.25″ x 18″ (30.8 x 45.4 cm).
Estimate: $30,000–$50,000

Another important work in the February sale is a steel sculpture by acclaimed Mexican artist, Rufino Tamayo. The piece depicts two figures, likely one male and one female based on their clothing, standing with hands overlapped in an uncomplicated embrace. The stylized figures are reminiscent of the simplified figures seen in well-known Tamayo paintings like Tres Personajes, with dominant geometric lines replacing the naturalistic curves of the human body. The sculpture shows the figures’ bodies as rectangles, with semicircle arms and circular hands. The male figure’s legs and female figure’s skirt are triangular, and the base is a narrow rectangular platform. The gray patina of the metallic material is consistent throughout and recalls the stone and clay sculptures of the Zapotec, an indigenous Pre-Colombian culture from whom Tamayo claimed both heritage and inspiration. The work is estimated at $70,000–$100,000.


Rufino Tamayo, Untitled (Dos Figuras).
Rufino Tamayo (Mexican, 1899–1991), Untitled (Dos Figuras), 1989, steel sculpture with patina, 16.5″h (41.90 cm).
Estimate: $70,000–$100,000

Next featured in the February sale is the Makemono lithograph scroll by Catalan painter and sculptor, Joan Miró, created circa 1956. Considered a major figure in the Surrealist family, Miró uses this color-printed Chanton silk scroll to marry a traditional East Asian medium with his “automatism” technique, a method of revealing an individual’s psyche through spontaneous drawing and painting. Makemono presents form and color before narrative, showing abstract human figures interspersed with birds, eyes, and nonobjective forms derived purely from the artist’s imagination. From an edition of only 50, the vibrant scroll is anchored by wooden batons on each of the two ends and includes its original carved and painted wood box. The scroll is estimated at $20,000–$30,000.


Joan Miró, Makemono
Joan Miró (Spanish, 1893–1983), Makemono, 1956, color lithographic scroll in colors on silk with wooden batons (accompanied with original carved and painted wood box), 16.13″ x 382″ (41 x 970 cm).
Estimate: $20,000–$30,000

Other notable artworks to be offered in the sale include prints by Yayoi Kusama, a ceramic plate by Pablo Picasso, and a painting by Guy Anderson.


Yayoi Kusama, Pumpkin
Yayoi Kusama (Japanese, b. 1929), Pumpkin, 1982, lithograph in colors with collage, 22.75″h x 18.75w″.
To be offered: February 9th
Pablo Picasso, Visage Masque.
Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881–1973), Visage Masque, 1947, ceramic plate, 12.5″ x 15″ (31.75 x 38.1 cm).
Estimate: $20,000–$30,000
Fernand Leger, Deux Personnages.
Fernand Léger (French, 1881–1955), Deux Personnages, 1947, watercolor, 12.5″ x 16.25″ (32 x 41 cm).
Estimate: $60,000–$90,000
Enrico Donati, Luxor VIII
Enrico Donati (American/Italian, 1909–2008), Luxor VIII, 1979, oil and sand on canvas, 50″ x 48″ (127 x 122 cm).
Estimate: $10,000–$15,000
Bidding for Clars’ February 9th, 2023 auction is available by phone, absentee bid, live online at Live.Clars.com and through Liveauctioneers.com and Invaluable.com. For more information about this auction, please contact [email protected].

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Spring Fine Jewelry & Timepieces Auction

Clars’ Spring Jewelry & Timepieces Auction on April 14th includes a fine selection of colored gemstones, diamonds, antique and signed jewelry, and timepieces.

  • Auction
  • Fine Jewelry & Timepieces

Artist Spotlight: Andy Warhol

Published in 1979, Andy Warhol’s bizarre take on the classic traditional subject of fruit still lifes, titled Space Fruit: Still Life Series, underscores his evolving interest in abstract art in the late 1970s.

  • Artist Spotlight
  • Modern + Contemporary

March Highlights

Our March 17th and 18th auctions will offer beautiful Chinese watercolor paintings, artwork ranging from El Greco to Andy Warhol, rare gold and silver coins, and a nice selection of diamond jewelry.

  • Auction

Artist Spotlight: Norman Rockwell

Norman Rockwell was a prolific painter and illustrator, best known for depicting everyday American life.

  • Artist Spotlight
  • Modern + Contemporary

Spring Design Auction

Clars is starting Spring with our Design Auction, to be held on March 16, 2023 at 10 AM PST.

  • Auction
  • Modern + Contemporary

Designer Spotlight: Toshiko Takaezu

Toshiko Takaezu, a Hawaiian ceramicist of Japanese descent, is most well known for her ‘Closed forms.’

  • Designer Spotlight
  • Modern + Contemporary

Artist Spotlight: Tom Wesselmann

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American artist Tom Wesselmann began his career in his hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio, later moving to New York City to teach art, where his creativity blossomed, and he began his Great American Nude series.

For over a decade, Wesselmann added to the series, which consisted of works both small and large depicting the nude female form in a variety of poses, and always surrounded by objects familiar to his American audience, including ice cream sundaes, radiators, and Camel cigarettes, to name a few. These elements in Wesselmann’s work, which were sometimes collaged from photographs or painted by the artist himself, led many to include him in the burgeoning Pop Art movement of the 1960s.


The Great American Nude #13.
Tom Wesselmann (American, 1931–2004), The Great American Nude #13, 1962, oil, fabric, and collage cut-outs on tin, 7″ x 7″.
Sold: $162,500

Wesselmann himself rejected this label, saying he utilized the objects in his compositions not to make a statement on consumerism, but because of his interest in the aesthetics of the everyday. Indeed, the works in Wesselmann’s Great American Nude series show Coca-Cola bottles, presidential portraits, and rotary telephones decorating the background of each room; objects of American mundanity, juxtaposed with the playful and dynamic nude figures for which the artist is known.


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While attending the Nihon Bijutsuin art school in Tokyo, Japan, Okayama-born artist, Chiura Obata, was trained in both Japanese and Western painting techniques — a unique education that would influence his style over the years.


Chiura Obata, Storm on Lyell Mountain.
Chiura Obata (American/Japanese, 1885–1975), Storm on Lyell Mountain (from the World Landscape Series), 1930, woodcut print in colors, 10.75″ x 15.5″.
Sold: $13,000

As a young man entering the United States, Obata settled in California and focused his talents on depicting the landscapes he saw, ranging from deserts and treeless plains to the cliffs and lakes of Yosemite. Obata found success with these subjects, working in both painting and woodblock printing, and began his teaching career at the University of California, Berkeley in 1932. During the second World War, Obata experienced discrimination due to his Japanese identity and was interned at the Topaz War Relocation Center in Utah, where he painted some of his darkest and most emotionally resounding works.


Left: Chiura Obata (American/Japanese, 1885–1975), Evening at Clark Inn (from the World Landscape Series), 1930, woodcut print in colors, 15.5″ x 10.75″. Sold: $7,150
Right: Chiura Obata (American/Japanese, 1885–1975), Upper Lyell Fork (from the World Landscape Series), 1930, woodcut print in colors 15.5″ x 10.75″. Sold: $9,100
Chiara Obata, Mountain Mist
Chiara Obata (American/Japanese, 1885–1975), Mountain Mist, watercolor, 15.5″ x 19.75″.
Sold: $20,000

Throughout his career, the marriage of Japanese and Western approaches to visual language set Obata apart from his peers both in Japan and in the United States. Using Japanese techniques, like woodblock printing and sumi ink-and-brush painting, while portraying distinctly American landscapes earned him a glowing reputation in and around his chosen home of California. Obata’s work resonates within the blended cultures of the San Francisco Bay Area, where his art, whether in subject or technique, feels familiar to so many residents. Obata’s resiliency during and after confronting the horrors of war, with his continued commitment to cultural collaboration, feels just as inspirational and relevant today as it surely was during his lifetime.


Obata highlights
Left: Chiura Obata (American/Japanese, 1885–1975), Shower, Point Lobos, 1933, watercolor and gouache on silk, 19.5″ x 14″. Sold: $15,000
Right: Chiura Obata (Japanese/American, 1885–1975), Deer Dance (Folk Dance), Scare Crow, Northeastern Prefecture, Japan, circa 1960, watercolor, gouache, and gold leaf on silk, 33.5″ x 21″. Sold: $18,750

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Artist Spotlight: Jaime “Germs” Zacarias

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Jaime Zacarias, also known as “GERMS,” is an artist native to South Los Angeles who names his Chicano heritage and predecessors among his influences.


GERMS, Queso
Jaime “Germs” Zacarias (American, 21st century), Queso, 2016, acrylic on canvas, 60″ x 48″.
Sold: $500

Mentored by Chicano painter, Gilbert “Magú” Lujan, and taking inspiration from the Surrealists as well as Avant Garde and street artists like Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring, Zacarias paints otherworldly creatures that draw reference from familiar imagery while creating strikingly original forms.


GERMS, Untitled (Free/Dumb)
Jaime “Germs” Zacarias (American, 21st century), Untitled (Free/Dumb), 2022, acrylic on canvas, 36″ x 36″.
Sold: $750
GERMS, Ziggy
Jaime “Germs” Zacarias (American, 21st century), Ziggy, 2014, acrylic on canvas, 48″ x 36″.
Sold: $500

Zacarias says, “I find myself mesmerized by the seemingly infinite details and borderline infectious behaviors of each character I create, while striving to transform and challenge the traditional interpretations of the icons we all know so well.” The marriage of nostalgia and innovation in the work of GERMS creates a visual language that transcends barriers, both cultural and temporal.


GERMS, L.A. Taco
Jaime “Germs” Zacarias (American, 21st century), L.A. Taco, 2016, acrylic on canvas, 40″ x 16″.
Sold: $562.50
GERMS, Untitled (Squid)
Jaime “Germs” Zacarias (American, 21st century), Untitled (Squid), acrylic on canvas, 36″ x 24″.
Sold: $500
Sources:
Jaime GERMS Zacarias – GERMS 4 U
Watch Inside the World of Artist Jaime ‘Germs’ Zacarias | SoCal Connected | KCET

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