Oscar Niemeyer 1907–2012

Oscar Niemeyer was a landmark figure of the Brazilian modern architectural movement who over the course of his lifetime designed more than 500 projects around the world. His designs were known for their free-flowing forms, relationship to the natural environment, and unique approach to straight versus curved lines. Niemeyer frequently worked in concrete thus exemplifying his creative ability to design lightness from dense material.

Born in Rio de Janeiro in 1907, he studied at the Escola Nacional de Belas Artes from 1929 until 1934. In 1932, he joined the firm of his mentor and renowned modernist architect and urban planner Lúcio Costa. The firm’s collaboration in 1936 with Le Corbusier on the Ministry of Education and Health building in Rio de Janeiro was celebrated as Brazil’s emergence as a force in modern design. Niemeyer’s first major project came in 1941 when he was commissioned to design the Pampulha Architectural Complex—now a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Auction Results Oscar Niemeyer

OSCAR NIEMEYER, lounge chairs, pair | wright20.com

Oscar Niemeyer

lounge chairs, pair

estimate: $10,000–15,000
result: $44,400
OSCAR NIEMEYER, Rio chaise lounge | wright20.com

Oscar Niemeyer

Rio chaise lounge

estimate: $15,000–20,000
result: $40,000
OSCAR NIEMEYER, lounge chairs, pair | wright20.com

Oscar Niemeyer

lounge chairs, pair

estimate: $20,000–30,000
result: $37,500
OSCAR NIEMEYER, lounge chair and ottoman | wright20.com

Oscar Niemeyer

lounge chair and ottoman

estimate: $15,000–20,000
result: $37,200
OSCAR NIEMEYER, Marquesa Bench | wright20.com

Oscar Niemeyer

Marquesa Bench

estimate: $10,000–15,000
result: $30,000
OSCAR NIEMEYER, Low Easy chair | wright20.com

Oscar Niemeyer

Low Easy chair

estimate: $10,000–15,000
result: $27,500
OSCAR NIEMEYER, lounge chair and ottoman | wright20.com

Oscar Niemeyer

lounge chair and ottoman

estimate: $15,000–20,000
result: $26,400
OSCAR NIEMEYER, Rio Chaise Lounge | wright20.com

Oscar Niemeyer

Rio Chaise Lounge

estimate: $15,000–20,000
result: $24,000
OSCAR NIEMEYER, lounge chairs, pair | wright20.com

Oscar Niemeyer

lounge chairs, pair

estimate: $20,000–30,000
result: $21,600
OSCAR NIEMEYER, dining table | wright20.com

Oscar Niemeyer

dining table

estimate: $15,000–20,000
result: $21,600
OSCAR NIEMEYER, Lounge chairs and ottomans, pair | wright20.com

Oscar Niemeyer

Lounge chairs and ottomans, pair

estimate: $12,000–15,000
result: $19,200
OSCAR NIEMEYER, lounge chair and ottoman | wright20.com

Oscar Niemeyer

lounge chair and ottoman

estimate: $15,000–20,000
result: $18,750
OSCAR NIEMEYER, stools, pair | wright20.com

Oscar Niemeyer

stools, pair

estimate: $15,000–20,000
result: $18,000
OSCAR NIEMEYER, Untitled (drawing for Brasilia/Planalto Palace) | wright20.com

Oscar Niemeyer

Untitled (drawing for Brasilia/Planalto Palace)

estimate: $7,000–9,000
result: $17,500
OSCAR NIEMEYER, Rio chaise lounge | wright20.com

Oscar Niemeyer

Rio chaise lounge

estimate: $3,000–5,000
result: $16,250
OSCAR NIEMEYER, lounge chairs, pair | wright20.com

Oscar Niemeyer

lounge chairs, pair

estimate: $15,000–20,000
result: $16,250