Modern art from countries across Europe and around the Mediterranean by artists who are not yet part of the international mainstream will feature at Sotheby’s in London on November 12. The auction, entitled 20th Century Art – A Different Perspective, is lead by a group of works by artists who were at the fore of the intellectual avant-garde in Europe between the First and Second World Wars. Their principal occupation was the exploration of non-figurative art and in the pursuit of art’s highest form of purity they decreed that painting must be abstract. The auction, comprising 74 lots, also features a strong selection of early twentieth-century figurative works by artists who had assimilated the tenets of impressionist and cubist painting.
The auction is scheduled to become an annual feature on Sotheby’s calendar focusing on artworks from the 1920’s to the 1960’s with a special focus on cubism, abstraction, constructivism and other works by members of the Bauhaus, Der Sturm, de Stijl and Osma.
UPDATE: THE SALE TOTAL WAS £1,863,313 IN AN AUCTION WHICH WAS 81.1% SOLD BY LOT.