Surrealist Triumph at Galerie Charpentie; Contemporary Art Sale Totals €13.7 Million

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PARIS.- Sotheby’s Evening Sale of Contemporary Art totalled €9.3m, led by Jean-Michel Basquiat’s iconic Water-Worshipper (1984) at €2,416,750. This magnificent painting echoes Basquiat’s Haitian origins, combining personal cultural memories with the evocation of oppressed minorities in the Americas. The second highest price in this first session, €1,352,750, went to Jean Dubuffet’s monumental sculpture Métalogie aux Turbulences (1971) from his celebrated Hourloupe cycle, with its flat expanses of red, blue, white and black – a contrasting approach to his earlier works, with texture banished in favour of compartmentalized surfaces of flat colour, an approach Dubuffet also used for paintings and installations. The sale posted world record prices for two European artists: Germany’s Emil Schumacher – €480,750 for his Solluk (1962); and Czech