Peter Doig's Cabin Essence to sell at Christie's Frieze Week sale

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Spo Brig

2015-09-23 08:26:02

One of Peter Doig's most important paintings, 'Cabin Essence', will be offered by Christie's during London's Frieze Week.

Painted between 1993 and 1994, the work is part of Doig's celebrated 'Concrete Cabin' series, depicting an apartment block hidden amidst a forest of trees in Briey-en-Forêt, north east France.

Designed by the French architect Le Corbusier, the Unité d’Habitation has been described as "one of the most important modernist buildings of all time". Doig was one of a number of volunteers who travelled to France to help restore the building, built in 1957 and then abandoned just 20 years later.

"The building took me by surprise as a piece of architecture," Doig recalled. "But it was not until I saw the photograph I had taken of the building through the trees that it became interesting. That made me go back and look at it again. I was surprised by the way the building transformed itself from a piece of architecture into a feeling. It was all emotion suddenly."

The paintings he subsequently produced have been exhibited extensively around the world,

"At Christie’s we have been privileged to present some of Peter Doig’s greatest works in recent years, yet we have never had a work like this," said Francis Outred Chairman and Head of Post-War and Contemporary Art EMERI.

"One of the largest works made by Doig in the 1990s, it conjures an atmosphere that you could walk right into. There is such a wealth of art history referenced in the process and technique of the painting but ultimately it represents an entirely new means of figurative painting.! 

"Quite simply the holy grail of Doig’s ‘Concrete Cabins’; acquired by the present owner from the Turner Prize in 1994 it comes to auction for the first time with an outstanding museum exhibition history."

The painting will be exhibited at Christie’s New York on September 26-29, then Christie’s London from October 10, prior to the Post War and Contemporary Evening Auction on October 16.

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