Leslie Hindman Auctioneers

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Leslie Hindman Auctioneers’ May 16 auction will highlight American and European paintings, sculpture, fine prints, photographs and multiples. The star of the sale’s remarkable Modern and Contemporary session, Alexander Archipenko’s 1937 Round Torso sculpture ($200,000 to $300,000), comes with exemplary provenance from the private collection of Mr. Michael Greenwald, Gary, Indiana. The starkly elegant 46-inch high polished terra-cotta figure was originally purchased at Katherine Kuh Gallery in 1937 by Claire Florsheim.

Also among the auction’s modern and contemporary works, Deborah Butterfield’s Horse is estimated to bring $20,000 to $40,000. The mixed media sculpture depicts a mare in fibrous, modernist form. It was acquired from the Lee Hoffman Gallery in Birmingham, Michigan by Irma Ecksel, its present owner.


Roy Lichtenstein’s Untitled Head I ($70,000 to $90,000), executed in 1970, has been in private hands since 1971, when Gray Atkinson, Sebastopol, California, acquired it from the Margo Leavin Gallery in Los Angeles. Fine bronzes round out the auction’s modern sculpture selection; Lynn Chadwick’s Two ($30,000 to $50,000), Fritz Wotruba’s 1964 Standing Figure ($20,000 to $30,000) and Michael Ayrton’s Re-Entry ($10,000 to $15,000) all come from private Chicago-area collections.


In the Fine Prints, Photographs and Multiples session, Pablo Picasso’s Les Repas Frugal ($120,000 to $140,000), from La Suite des Saltimbanques, represents a despondent transition between two of the painter’s most significant periods and was only his second work as a novice printmaker. Les Repas Frugal combines styles from Picasso’s melancholic Blue period and his Rose period, marked by his fascination with wandering acrobatic performers. It was acquired at R. S. Johnson International Gallery in 1972 by its current owner.


Not to be outdone by sculpture and multiples, the afternoon auction’s painting offerings come with equally glowing provenance. Henri Jean Guillaume Martin’s Lisette cousant, assise sous une des tonnelles de Marquayrol ($80,000 to $120,000) is the property of a Barrington Hills, Illinois collector. Elias Rivera’s Wall of Passion ($30,000 to $50,000) was used as the cover for a 2006 monograph by Edward Lucie-Smith of the artist’s work; that same year, Rivba Yares Gallery celebrated the painting with an exhibition in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

The May 16 auction’s exhibition takes place May 12 through May 15 at 1338 West Lake Street.

Editor’s note: I inteviewed Hindman years ago, listen to the interview here.