Works by Florida artist join Dali, Picasso, Chagall and Miro on Feb. 7 at Baterbys

About 270 original prints – many of them signed and/or numbered, by major 20th-century masters like Salvador Dali, Pablo Picasso, Marc Chagall, Joan Miro and others – will be sold at auction on Saturday, Feb. 7, by Baterbys Art Auction Gallery. The sale will be conducted live (and online), in the Pointe Orlando complex, 9101 International Drive in Orlando.

The auction will begin at 2 p.m., after a one-hour preview from 1-2 p.m. The entire auctioneer’s premium (10 percent of sales) will be donated to the Mission of Threshold Center for Autism in Winter Park, Fla.

One of the centerpieces of the auction promises to be a plate signed and numbered limited-edition lithograph by Salvador Dali, titled Etre Dieu (French for “Being God”). The plate, one of only 500 produced, is inspired from an “opera-poem” written by Dali himself and based on a libretto by Dali and Manuel Vasquez Montalban, with music by the French avant-garde musician Igor Wakhevitch.

Dali is the only painter to write a libretto for an opera-poem. Etre Dieu was first conceived in 1927 as a reflection of Dali’s larger-than-life personality, and a collaboration with Federico Garcia Lorca, in Madrid, Spain. In 1974, Dali made a record of the opera in Paris. But he refused to follow Montalban’s text word-for-word, declaring, “Dali never repeats himself.” Instead, he improvised.

Ultimately, Etre Dieu was produced as an audio-visual opera-poem in six parts, in 1985. The work features Dali as God and Brigitte Bardot as an artichoke. The 3-CD boxed set (which is NOT offered at the Feb. 7 sale) was published by German-label Eurostar, now out of business. It is so rare, only a few sets are known to exist.

Another highlight of the sale will be about 25 original paintings by William Vincent Kirkpatrick (Fla./N.M., 1939-2004). Born to Irish parents in St. Augustine, Fla., Kirkpatrick was an Impressionist painter of landscapes, florals, figures and Native American portraits. He also painted murals. He split his time between St. Augustine and Santa Fe, N.M.

Also to be offered will be a collection of original prints and lithographs by Leonor Fini (French/Argentinian, 1908-1996), who studied and painted in the circle of Salvador Dali. Best known for her surreal female figures and illustrations, Ms. Fini was born in Buenos Aires, but in 1933 she moved to Paris, where her works revealed a gift for fantasy. There, she became part of the Surrealist movement.

Also slated to cross the block on Feb. 7 will be works of art by the following listed artists:

• Pablo Picasso (Spanish/French, 1881-1973) – Probably best known for his Cubist paintings and printmaking, Pablo Picasso singlehandedly revolutionized Western art. He was born in Spain and lived most of his life there or in France, where he studied the Old Masters and classical sculpture.

• Marc Chagall (Russian/French, 1887-1985) – Best known for his village peasant theme paintings, Chagall (born Moishe Shagal) was a shrewd observer of the contemporary scene and had great sympathy for human suffering. He became a French citizen after studying at the Ecole de Paris.

• Henri Toulouse-Lautrec (French, 1864-1901) – Toulouse-Lautrec became one of France’s most prominent Post-Impressionist painters. He brilliantly captured the Paris night life, and was often called “the soul of Montmartre.” He also did illustrations for the magazine Le Rire during the 1890s.

• Joan Miro (Spanish, 1893-1983) – Miro was born in Barcelona and earned international acclaim for his abstract curvilinear design paintings, collages and murals. His work is mostly Surrealistic. Miro despised conventional painting methods and once famously declared an “assassination of painting.”

• Jack Levine (Mass./N.Y., born 1915) – Still alive and well in Boston, Levine is an American Social Realist painter and printmaker best known for his satires on modern life, political corruption and biblical narratives. His caricatures are in the mod genre and express unique social commentary.

Baterbys offers its clients something that is unique in the industry: a lifetime money-back guarantee of authenticity for each work of art it sells. No other auction house offers such a guarantee.

Baterbys has more than 25 years’ experience in the art world and auctioneering. The firm specializes in Internet and live auctions of world-class, authentic artwork, especially 20th-century masters, from Dali through Chagall, Picasso, Fini and numerous post-Impressionists.

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