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    THE BIG ART SALE SEASON IN LONDON IS ABOUT TO BEGIN

    Sunday, January 31st, 2016

    London’s big art sale season is upon us.  Christie’s kicks off on February 2 with a 50 lot sale of Impressionist and Modern evening sale led by a self-portrait by Egon Schiele.  It will be followed by a sale of Surrealist Art. The top pre-sale estimate for both sales is £129.1 million.  These sales open a week of five Impressionist, Modern and Surreal art sales at Christie’s King Street and South Kensington. With estimates starting from £300 up to £10 million, the auctions present new and established collectors with a wealth of opportunities to acquire rare and seminal examples by masters of the period.

    (See post on antiquesandartireland.com for January 13, 2016)

    Paul Cézanne (1839-1906) Ferme en Normandie, été (Hattenville) (£4.5-6.5 million) © Christie’s Images Limited 2015

    Paul Cézanne (1839-1906)
    Ferme en Normandie, été (Hattenville) (£4.5-6.5 million) © Christie’s Images Limited 2015  UPDATE: THIS MADE £5.1 MILLION.

    Marc Chagall (1887-1985) Les mariés de la Tour Eiffel (£4.8-6.8 million). © Christie’s Images Limited 2015

    Marc Chagall (1887-1985)
    Les mariés de la Tour Eiffel (£4.8-6.8 million). © Christie’s Images Limited 2015  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR £7 MILLION.

    Fernand Léger (1881-1955) Le moteur (£4-6 million).

    Fernand Léger (1881-1955)
    Le moteur (£4-6 million). Courtesy Christie’s Images Ltd.  UPDATE: THIS MADE £5.2MILLION

    MONET, PICASSO, MATISSE, WARHOL, FREUD AND RICHTER

    Wednesday, January 27th, 2016

    sothebys artArt by Monet, Picasso, Matisse, Warhol, Freud and Richter have been unveiled together for the first time by Sotheby’s ahead of London’s upcoming auctions of  Impressionist, Modern, Surreal and Contemporary art.  Highlights include Picasso’s ‘golden muse’, Marie Thérèse Walter (£16-20m): Lucian Freud’s deeply intimate portrait of 17-year-old lover while pregnant with daughter Bella (£7-10m); a monumental abstract canvas by the world’s most valuable living painter, Gerhard Richter (£14-20m); Matisse’s exceptional La Leçon de piano, emerging after 89 years in a private British collection  (£12-18m); Andy Warhol’s iconic Large Campbell’s Soup Can (£4.5-6.5m) and Monet’s spectacular view of the Palazzo Ducale on the Grand Canal, Venice (£12-18m).

    BLUE PERIOD PICASSO AND MONET’S LILIES AT SOTHEBY’S

    Friday, October 9th, 2015

    The finest Blue Period work by Pablo Picasso to come to auction in a generation and a seminal Waterlilies by Claude Monet come up at Sotheby’s evening sale of Impressionist and Modern  art in New York on November 5.   Picacco’s La Gommeuse of 1901 and Monets Nympheas (1908) are from the collection of American entrepreneur and America’s Cup winner William I. Koch.

    Simon Shaw, Co-Head of Sotheby’s Worldwide Impressionist & Modern Art Department, said: “Above all others, Picasso’s Blue Period is prized as his breakthrough – this is the moment Picasso becomes Picasso. With her dreamy gaze and frank sensuality, the cabaret dancer in La Gommeuse ushers in a new visual idiom for the 20th century. Exploring themes which would underpin Picasso’s work for the next seven decades, the painting stands squarely between the bohemian nightlife of Toulouse-Lautrec and the raw expressionism of Munch and Schiele. La Gommeuse and Nymphéas hung together in the salon of Bill Koch’s beautiful home. These are two icons of art history from one of the greatest American collections ever assembled – a testament to Mr. Koch’s unique connoisseurship, which we are honored to celebrate this fall at Sotheby’s.”

    Picasso’s Blue Period works are exceptionally rare, with most residing in prestigious institutional collections including: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Guggenheim Museum, New York; the Musée Picasso, Paris; and the Art Institute of Chicago.

    The paintings will be on view at Sotheby’s in London during Frieze week from October 10-15.

    La Gommeuse - Pablo Picasso

    La Gommeuse – Pablo Picasso UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR $67.45 MILLION

     

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    Nymphéas - Claude Monet ($30-50 million)

    Nymphéas – Claude Monet ($30-50 million)  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR $33,850,000

    MONET, PICASSO, MARC AT CHRISTIE’S LONDON SALE

    Thursday, June 4th, 2015

    A total of 52 covetable works to inspire collectors worldwide come up at  Christie’s Impressionist and Modern  Art evening sale in London on June 23.  Estimates range from £250,000 to £9 million for works by Monet, Picasso, Sisley, Rodin,  van Dongen, Marc, Signac, Magritte and Miro.  Franz Marc’s Gemsen from 1911 is at auction for the very first time with an estimate of £1.8-2.5 million. The artist sought to create an image of the world in harmony which led to increasingly abstracted elements in his art from 1911, the year he founded Der Blaue Reiter (The Blue Rider) with Kandinsky.  The top lot in the sale is Iris Mauves by Claude Monet which dates from 1914-1917. It is estimated at £6-9 million.  Here is a small selection:

    Franz Marc (1880-1916) Gemsen (£1.8-2.5 MILLION) © Christie’s Images Limited 2015

    Franz Marc (1880-1916)
    Gemsen (£1.8-2.5 MILLION) © Christie’s Images Limited 2015

    Pablo Picasso (1881-1973)  Tête  (£4.8-6.5 MILLION) © Christie’s Images Limited 2015

    Pablo Picasso (1881-1973)
    Tête (£4.8-6.5 MILLION) © Christie’s Images Limited 2015

    Claude Monet (1840-1926) Iris mauves (£6-9 MILLION) © Christie’s Images Limited 2015

    Claude Monet (1840-1926) Iris mauves (£6-9 MILLION) © Christie’s Images Limited 2015

    THE PROPERTY OF THE MUSÉE RODIN, PARIS Auguste Rodin (1840-1917) Aphrodite, grand modèle (£600,000-800,000). © Christie’s Images Limited 2015

    THE PROPERTY OF THE MUSÉE RODIN, PARIS
    Auguste Rodin (1840-1917) Aphrodite, grand modèle (£600,000-800,000). © Christie’s Images Limited 2015

    VAN GOGH, MONET LEAD SOTHEBY’S $368 MILLION SALE

    Wednesday, May 6th, 2015
    Vincent van Gogh, L'Allee des Alyscamps

    Vincent van Gogh, L’Allee des Alyscamps

    Vincent van Gogh’s vibrant L’Allee des Alyscamps  made $66.3 million at Sotheby’s in New York last year. It was the top lot in an Impressionist and Modern evening art auction that brought in $368.3 million over a pre-sale high estimate of $351 million.  Five bidders competed for the work, which had been estimated at in excess of $40 million.  It was sold to an Asian private collector.  Three of the top five lots of the night went to Asia.

    Monet’s Nympheas (Water Lillies) from 1905 was the second highest lot of the evening. It was sold to an American private collector for $54 million.  Five works by Monet totalled $115.4 million.

    All eleven pieces from the estate of Chicago businessman and philanthropist Jerome H. Stone found buyers, amounting to a total of $57.8 million. Alberto Giacometti’s Femme de Venise VI – the tallest from his standing female nude series – was held in the Stone collection for more than 20 years and sold for $16.2 million.

    Pablo Picasso’s Femme au chignon dans un fauteuil, which had remained in the Goldwyn Collection since 1956, made $29.9 million.  It set a record for a portrait by Picasso of his lover Francoise Gilot.  It was purchased by a major figure in the Chinese film industry: Wang Zhongjun, Chairman and co-founder of entertainment giant Huayi Brothers Media Group. Wang Zhongjun said: “I first fell in love with the painting and then I fell in love with its story. The Goldwyn family is legendary in our industry and in this one work, I can see not only Pablo Picasso’s genius, but also Samuel Goldwyn Sr.’s creative vision.”

    (See posts on antiquesandartireland.com for March 19, April 13 and April 29, 2015).

    MONET, LEGER, PICASSO, GIACOMETTI AT SOTHEBY’S NEW YORK

    Wednesday, April 29th, 2015

    The 69 works at Sotheby’s evening sale of Impressionist and Modern Art in New York on May 5 are estimated to achieve more than $270 million.  The eleven works from the collection of Chicago philanthropist Jerome H. Stone – largely unseen for the last 45 years – are led by Fernand Leger’s La Roue Bleue,  Etat Definitif ($8-12 million).

    The auction features six paintings by Monet spanning the period from the 1870’s to the 1910’s and including his most celebrated subjects like water lilies, Venice, a snowscape, the Seine and the Normandy coast. Nympheas (Water Lilies) is estimated at $30-45 million.  Nu couchee et femme se lavant les pieds by Picasso is from a private collection.  There is a strong selection of 15 Impressionist, Modern and Surrealist sculpture including Femme de Venise VI by Giacometti ($8-12 million) and Le Chat by Picasso ($2-3 million).

    (See post on antiquesandartireland.com for April 13, 2015)

    Pablo PIcasso -  Le Chat

    Pablo PIcasso – Le Chat  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR $1,810,000 

    Fernand Leger - La Roue Bleue, état definitif

    Fernand Leger – La Roue Bleue, état définitif  UPDATE: THIS MADE $10,554,000

    Alberto Giacometti - Femme de Venise VI

    Alberto Giacometti – Femme de Venise VI  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR $16,154,000

    Pablo Picasso - Nu couche et femme se lavant les pieds.

    Pablo Picasso – Nu couche et femme se lavant les pieds.  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR $10,330,000

    Nympheas (Water Lilies) by Claude Monet.

    Nympheas (Water Lilies) by Claude Monet. UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR $54,010,000

     

    CHRISTIE’S REVISES SCHEDULE TO REFLECT CHANGING CLIENT TASTES

    Thursday, April 9th, 2015
    Piet Mondrian (1872-1944), Composition No. III (Composition with Red, Blue, Yellow and Black), 1929. ($15-25 million).

    Piet Mondrian (1872-1944), Composition No. III (Composition with Red, Blue, Yellow and Black), 1929. ($15-25 million). UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR $50,565,000

    THE schedule for the New York Spring sales of Impressionist and Modern Art at Christie’s  has been revised to reflect the cross-collecting tastes of todays buyers.  The series will now launch on May 11 with a special curated sale entitled Looking Forward to the Past led by Picasso’s Femmes d’Alger (Version O) which is set to become the most expensive artwork ever sold at auction. It is estimated in the region of $140 million.  By adding this sale with its blend of Impressionist, Modern, Post-War, and Contemporary objects, Christie’s created  what it saw as  an opportunity to fully embrace the cross-category collecting approach to the benefit of clients.

    Claude Monet (1840-1926) Les meules à Giverny ($12-18 million) © Christie’s Images Limited 2015

    Claude Monet (1840-1926)
    Les meules à Giverny ($12-18 million) © Christie’s Images Limited 2015  UPDATE: THIS MADE $16.4 MILLION

    Christie’s Impressionist and Modern art sales will then resume on a new date, Thursday May 14, with the evening sale of Impressionist and Modern Art led by two superb examples from the era: Monet’s Les Meules à Giverny ($12-18 million) and Piet Mondrian’s Composition No. III (Composition with Red, Blue, Yellow and Black) ($15-25 million). This sale is anchored by offerings from the collection of John C. Whitehead, the late former chairman of Goldman Sachs. Of the 44 lots to be offered on May 14, 95% have been in private collections for the last decade or more, and 84% of the works have been previously been featured in museum exhibitions.

    UPDATE:  The evening sale of Impressionist and Modern Art realized $202,608,000 with sell-through rates of 93% by lot and 99%

    (See posts on antiquesandartireland.com for March 9, March 16 and March 29)

    MONET’S LES PEUPLIERS AT CHRISTIE’S IN MAY

    Saturday, March 26th, 2011

    Les Peupliers by Claude Monet at Christie's.

    Monet’s Les Peupliers will feature at Christie’s Modern Art evening sale in New York on May 4.  This is one of the most celebrated of the great series of works from his years in Giverny.  Painted en plein air during the summer of 1891, the work is the largest of the artist’s paintings devoted to a picturesque arrangement of poplar trees, known as the “tree of liberty” in his native France.

    Most of the 24 works in Claude Monet’s Poplars series are housed in major museums around the world, with the remainder in private collections.  The story behind them is interesting.  In 1891 Monet learned that a row of mature poplar trees near his house was to be cut down. He made a deal with the woodcutter to leave them standing long enough for him to continue painting them. This resulted in the series of paintings in differing perspectives, lights and seasons all conceived from his small floating studio on the waterway.
    Estimated at US$ 20-30 million, the painting is offered from an important private collection and remains in pristine condition, in its original unvarnished and unlined state.  The top price paid for a Monet at auction was $80.4 million for Le bassin aux Nympheas from 1919.  It was sold at Christie’s in London in June 2008.
    UPDATE:  IT MADE $22,482,500

    A MONET BY RENOIR AT TEFAF

    Friday, March 11th, 2011
    This painting, Femme cueillant des Fleurs (Woman picking flowers) depicts Camille Monet, first wife of Claude Monet, who died young.  The work by Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841-1919) features at The European Fine Art Fair (TEFAF) at Maastricht. It is being sold through Dickinson by the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute in the United States in order to strengthen other areas of its collection.
    Important early Impressionist paintings are increasingly rare on the market. This one is a poignant reminder of a story of fierce jealousy involving Monet’s first and second wives. Camille Doncieux was 18 years old when Monet met her in 1865. She became his lover and the model for a number of  works in these early years. Monet’s father refused to accept her into the family because of her humble origins. Despite this the couple married in 1870.
    The lifelong friendship between Monet and Renoir was at its closest between 1866 and 1875. The two men often painted together. Camille was depicted in a number of their paintings including Femme cueillant des Fleurs, which dates from this period in the development of Impressionism.  A year after Renoir painted this picture, Camille became ill and in 1879 she died aged 32 , her already poor health worsened by the recent birth of her second son Michel.
    Monet’s second wife Alice Hoschedé destroyed all the material that she could find relating to Camille. Only one photograph survived the purge.
    TEFAF runs at Maastricht in The Netherlands from March 18-27.
    See antiquesandartireland.com posts for January 6 and Janaury 13.