Riopelle ~ Iceberg IV arrives in Heffel Vancouver

Jean~Paul Riopelle, Iceberg IV

Jean~Paul Riopelle, Iceberg IV

Heffel is proud to offer Jean Paul Riopelle’s impressive Iceberg IV in our upcoming Fall Live auction of Post~War & Contemporary Canadian art in Toronto on November 28.
The work recently arrived at our Vancouver gallery and is on display until October 25.
This is a rare opportunity to view such a significant work from one of Canada’s most important painters and we welcome the public to visit and enjoy this masterpiece at our Granville Street location.
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Pierre Trudeau’s office furniture to be offered at auction by Heffel

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 August 27, 2013 – for immediate release

In an upcoming online auction in September of 2013, Heffel Fine Art Auction House will be offering a set of office furniture used by charismatic Canadian politician, writer and constitutional lawyer Pierre Elliott Trudeau, who served as Prime Minister from 1968 to 1979 and 1980 to 1984.  After Trudeau left office he returned to private practice, acting as counsel to prominent Montreal law firm Heenan Blaikie until his passing in 2000.  This set of furniture was commissioned from award-winning designer Alexandra Champalimaud specifically for Trudeau’s use.  The lot consists of Trudeau’s desk, office drawers and cabinet, made of various materials such as maple burl wood and veneer, marble and bronze metal.

To add to the illustrious history of Trudeau’s set of furniture, former Prime Minister Jean Chrétien then used it when he joined Heenan Blaikie in 2004.

Proceeds of sale of this lot will go to The Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation, which promotes outstanding research in the humanities and social sciences.

Please note that these items can only be previewed at an offsite location in Montreal by appointment – please contact our Montreal gallery at 514 939-6505 to set an appointment.

The auction opens on Thursday, September 5 and begins to close on Thursday, September 26.  Bidding takes place online – for more information consult www.heffel.com

Media contact:

For more information, to schedule an interview or media viewing, or for high-resolution images, please contact:

Tania Poggione

Director of Montreal Office
email: tania@heffel.com
Telephone: 514 939-6505

Details of the Lot to be auctioned:

ALEXANDRA CHAMPALIMAUD
1952 – Canadian

1985

Estimate: $4,000 ~ $6,000 CAD

Desk maple burl wood and veneer, marble and bronze metal 29 1/4 x 88 1/2 x 48 1/2 in,  74.3 x 224.8 x 123.2 cm

Desk
maple burl wood and veneer, marble and bronze metal
29 1/4 x 88 1/2 x 48 1/2 in, 74.3 x 224.8 x 123.2 cm

Shelf Cabinet maple burl wood and veneer, bronze metal and plexiglass 84 x 36 x 22 3/8 in,  213.3 x 91.4 x 56.8 cm

Shelf Cabinet
maple burl wood and veneer, bronze metal and plexiglass
84 x 36 x 22 3/8 in, 213.3 x 91.4 x 56.8 cm

Office Drawer (5 separate units) maple burl wood and veneer, wood, marble and bronze metal The 5 units can be placed all together or separately. The two drawer units can be locked with a key. 29 x 168 x 22 in,  73.7 x 426.7 x 55.9 cm

Office Drawer (5 separate units)
maple burl wood and veneer, wood, marble and bronze metal
The 5 units can be placed all together or separately. The two drawer units can be locked with a key.
29 x 168 x 22 in, 73.7 x 426.7 x 55.9 cm

With offices and representatives in Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, Calgary and Vancouver, Heffel truly embodies Canada’s National Auction House. Since 1995, it has sold more Canadian art than any other auctioneer worldwide, with over $325 million in art auction sales. In addition to full-colour printed catalogues, Heffel publishes its entire live auction online at http://www.heffel.com, from initial promotion and illustrated lot listings, to the auction’s live multi-camera webcast and final sale results. Led by the most experienced team of fine art specialists in Canada, Heffel provides transparent expert service because they believe that art inspires the human spirit.

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Heffel Sale has art from Riopelle Mistress


A piece by Jean-Paul Riopelle is shown, from the collection of Belle Burke. The never exposed collection held by former Riopelle mistress Belle Burke, will be auctionned off in Heffel Fine Art Auction House’s spring 2013 event, on Wednesday in Vancouver. THE CANADIAN PRESS

TORONTO – New York forensic accountant Joan Lipton always thought of her father’s cousin, Belle Burke, as her “exotic, bohemian” relative.

A prominent translator, editor and writer, the now 84-year-old Burke used to live in Paris and Venice; had famous friends including author Norman Mailer and art collector Peggy Guggenheim; and had a Greenwich Village apartment adorned with beaded curtains and tokens from the City of Lights, including a poodle named Ebonite and paintings.

Lipton knew the art on Burke’s walls was from someone she once knew, but it wasn’t until a few months ago she found out they were done by late Montreal abstract artist Jean-Paul Riopelle, and that he gave them to Burke when she was his mistress in Paris in the 1950s.

Eight of Burke’s Riopelle pieces are now up for sale through Heffel Fine Art Auction House’s spring 2013 event, being held on Wednesday in Vancouver.

“I gather, from what she’s told me, that he was married and had two young daughters and they started a relationship, and I think it was a very tempestuous one,” Lipton said in a recent telephone interview.

“They were together for several years. He wanted to marry her and she tells me that she refused.”

Lipton said it was the early ’50s when New Jersey-born Burke (nee Notkin), a French and literature major, went to Paris to live and study.

She worked as a translator and editor and met Riopelle at a party during a productive period in his career, when he was wed to dancer Francoise l’Esperance.

They had an affair for several years, and Riopelle was said to be smitten.

Burke, however, wanted to end the romance for quite a while and returned to New York to get away from his marital pleas and work for then-senator Jacob Javits.

Still, Riopelle persisted, visiting her there and writing her numerous letters.

He also showered her with oil paintings, watercolours and a sketchbook containing 19 smaller watercolours (17 of which will be in Heffel’s sale).

“Some of them had writing on them to her, and in addition to these watercolours and the love letters there were other things,” said Lipton.

“He would take catalogues relating to his shows and write love notes to her. He would take scraps of newspaper or would do a watercolour on a kind of fold-up paper and write notes to her and put them inside.

“So there’s quite a trail about their relationship, virtually all of it in French.”

Other Riopelle works Burke is selling include two untitled oils on canvas: One is expected to fetch $100,000 to $150,000, and the other has a pre-sale estimate of $80,000 to $120,000.

Lipton said she found out the story behind the pieces when she started going through Burke’s belongings to prepare them and her home for sale.

Burke, who doesn’t have children, is “very frail now and she’s had some memory problems, which have gotten a little bit worse,” and she “can no longer live on her own.”

But Burke “remembers Riopelle and remembers his works very well,” said Lipton, noting the older woman is not emotional about selling the works.

“I think she remembers the period with fondness,” said Lipton. “She remembers that she did not want to marry him and that she essentially ran away. But I wouldn’t describe her as emotional in a negative way. I think she feels very positively about the art and it was a long time ago.”

Lipton said she wanted to sell the pieces through Heffel because she “really liked the idea of having these works sold in Canada.”

“I felt that that was just sort of poetic justice, and I know that he has a daughter who has created a catalogue resume and I just thought it was the proper thing to do.”

The Heffel sale also includes another Riopelle work that’s not from the Burke collection — a 1955 canvas titled “Composition” that measures more than two metres long and is expected to fetch between $600,000 and $800,000.

A total of 186 lots will be on offer in the auction that will be presented in two sessions and is expected to achieve between $7 million and $10 million.

Full sale catalogue available at www.heffel.com

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The Late Show with David Letterman ~ Dave Wins an Auction… featuring Heffel!

Talk show host titan David Letterman from The Late Show is an aggressive bidder! Letterman featured an auction skit on his March 18, 2013 program which included clips of our very own Robert Heffel and telephone bidders.

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Les Plasticiens et les années 1950 – 1960 / The Plasticiens and Beyond: Montreal, 1955 – 1970

Tousignant

Claude Tousignant
Accélérateur chromatique, 1968
Acrylic on canvas / Acrylique sur toile, 243.84 cm

The Musée national des beaux-arts du Quebec in partnership with the Varley Art Gallery of Markham present Les Plasticiens et les années 1950-1960 / The Plasticiens and Beyond. Montreal, 1955-1970. Conceived and co-curated by Roald Nasgaard in collaboration with Michel Martin, the exhibition takes an in-depth look at the Montreal-based artistic movement that placed Canada at the forefront of the international contemporary art scene in the 1960s. A broad and stunning selection of major works on loan from some of the most important North American museums and private collections enlightens us as to the strength and consistency of the artistic production of prominent post-war Canadian artists such as Claude Tousignant, Guido Molinari, Yves Gaucher and Charles Gagnon.

Les Plasticiens et les années 1950 – 1960

Musée national des beaux-arts du Quebec, Québec City (February 7 – May 12,2013)

The Plasticiens and Beyond. Montreal, 1955-1970

Varley Art Gallery, Markham (May 26 – September 2, 2013)

Le Musée National des Beaux-Arts du Québec en partenariat avec la Varley Art Gallery de Markham présentent Les Plasticiens et les années 1955-1960. L’exposition conçue par Roald Nasgaard, qui agit également à titre de commissaire conjointement avec Michel Martin, pose un regard critique sur le mouvement montréalais qui plaça la Canada à l’avant-scène de l’art contemporain international dans les années 1960. Une sélection impressionnante d’œuvres importantes, qui proviennent des plus grands musées et collections privées en Amérique du Nord, met en lumière la force et la cohérence de la productions de plusieurs artistes canadiens d’après guerre de premier plan dont Claude Tousignant, Guido Molinari, Yves Gaucher et Charles Gagnon.

Les Plasticiens et les années 1950 – 1960

Musée National des Beaux-Arts du Québec, Québec (7 février – 12 mai 2013)

The Plasticiens and Beyond: Montreal, 1955-1970

Varley Art Gallery, Markham (26 mai – 2 septembre 2013)

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