Wright is pleased to present a curated sale of 20th Century Art including over forty works from the Collection of David and Vivian Campbell, who were leading philanthropists and collectors in Canada. Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Irving Penn, Saul Steinberg and Andy Warhol are among the artists represented in this selection from their impressive and robust collection. This auction also features works on paper by Kiki Smith and Barry Le Va, paintings by Raymond Parker and Michael Goldberg and sculptures by Louise Nevelson and Mary Bauermeister.

David & Vivian Campbell

20th Century Collectors and Philanthropists

David and Vivian Campbell were prominent philanthropists of the arts in Canada and collectors of early modern masters. Over the course of half a century, David and Vivian built a collection around intimate and dazzling works by giants of early 20th century art—Picasso, Matisse, Gris, Gauguin, Munch and Rodin among them—as well as later 20th century artists such as Will Barnet, Saul Steinberg and David Hockney, who grew out of the traditions of earlier masters, with a reverence for landscape and portraiture.

The scope of the century, along with the Campbells' distinct tastes within its vastness, are presented in the selection offered here; a landscape study of Le Pont des Arts by Paul Signac from 1895, the earliest work in the sale, shares the same musicality of color as Andy Warhol's screenprint of Beethoven from nearly one hundred years later. Portraits by Matisse and Hockney, done forty years apart, both present subjects that are quirky and grounded, executed with an economy and confidence of line. Irving Penn photographs Igor Stravinsky with the same adulatory nod seen in a portrait by André Kertész of his predecessor, Brassaï. An exuberant collage by Picasso celebrates the birth of his son, while Old Man's Afternoon by Will Barnet meditates on loss and aging. A thread evident throughout the selection is the ability for the art that we love to reflect the life that we live.

David and Vivian Campbell in their home in Toronto, 1997,
with Picasso's Jacqueline tricottant. Image: Jeff Goode.

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20th Century Art

Selections from the Campbell Family Collection

Auction / Chicago
1 October 2020
12 pm central

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