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    Thursday, April 29th, 2021

    Edgar Degas’ Danseuse rose (circa 1896, estimate: £2,500,000-3,500,000)and Femme sortant du bain (circa 1886-88, estimate: £1,300,000-1,800,000) will feature in Christie’s 20th and 21st Century evening sale next June 30. Together, they represent Degas’ exploration of two of the themes he found most enduring – that of the dancer at rest and the intimate gestures of a woman bathing. Through the second half of his career, pastel had become Degas’ favoured medium, its materiality allowing him to build up complex layered colour schemes in his compositions. These two works on paper illustrate not only the evolution of Degas’ technique over the course of a decade, reflecting his mastery of the medium, but also the growing importance of working in series within his practice at this time. Danseuse rose and Femme sortant du bain have remained in the same private collection for over 20 years and have not been seen publicly since the 1990s.

    Edgar Degas –  Danseuse rose. Courtesy CHRISTIE’S IMAGES LTD. 2021 UPDATE: THIS MADE £3,022,500


    Wednesday, March 4th, 2020

    Coronavirus nothwithstanding TEFAF, the European Fine Art Fair, is looking forward to welcoming visitors from all over the world. March 5 is early access day when it opens by invitation only, Friday is preview day, again by invitation only, and the fair proper runs from March 7 to March 15. Further to the Dutch authority’s advice, TEFAF is taking extra precautionary measures, such as additional all-day cleaning services and distribution and placement of hand sanitizers at the fair. The local health authorities will set up an information desk in the entrance area at the MECC.

    Heading into the 33rd edition, TEFAF Maastricht continues to be a pillar of the art market, providing a vital destination for collectors to explore the diversity of 7,000 years of art history. This outstanding fair provides collectors with the opportunity to acquire some of the finest works available on the market. Among many highlights this year is Three Dancers in Yellow Skirts,  a c1891 oil by Edgar Degas (1834 – 1917). It is being exhibited by Hammer Galleries.

    Edgar Degas – Three Dancers in Yellow Skirts


    Wednesday, June 24th, 2015

    Klimt's portrait of Gertrud Loew sold for £39.1 million.

    Klimt’s portrait of Gertrud Loew sold for £39.1 million.

    Petite danseuse by Edgar Degas sold for a record of £15.8 million.

    Petite danseuse by Edgar Degas sold for a record of £15.8 million.

    No less than seven works sold for more than £10 million at Sotheby’s Impressionist and Modern art sale in London this evening. Gustav Klimt’s portrait of Gertrud Loew made £39.1 million;  Kazimir Malevich’s Suprematism, 18th construction sold for £21.4 million; Manet’s Le Bar aux Folies Bergere made £16.9 million and there was a record for a sculpture by Edgar Degas when Petite Danseuse a quatorze ans sold for £15.8 million.

    The sale realized £178.6 million.  This is the second highest total for any sale ever held in London.  Melanie Clore, Chairman, Sotheby’s Europe & Co-Chairman Worldwide, Impressionist & Modern Art, said: “Tonight’s result is testament to the truly outstanding quality of the works on offer.  To follow our highest totals for Impressionist and Modern art sales in New York, with another sensational sale in London, emphasises the strength of what is undoubtedly a truly global market. Our worldwide network of specialists are working with a broader collector base than ever before, so whether it’s New York, London, or any of our worldwide selling locations, we are seeing incredibly strong results across the board.”

    (See posts on for June 10, June 4, June 2, May 22 and May 13, 2015)


    Wednesday, June 10th, 2015

    Degas' Petite danseuse de quatorze ans

    Degas’ Petite danseuse de quatorze ans  UPDATE: IT MADE £15.8 MILLION

    Edgar Degas’ Petite danseuse de quatorze ans, comes up at Sotheby’s Impressionist and Modern Art evening sale in London on June 24.  One of only a handful of bronze casts remaining in private hands it is estimated at £10-15 million. Most are housed in major museum collections, including Tate, London, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Philadelphia Museum of Art and Museé d’Orsay, Paris.

    Helena Newman, Sotheby’s Co-Head of Impressionist & Modern Art Worldwide said:Petite danseuse de quatorze ans is Edgar Degas’ most important and iconic sculpture.  The artist’s ambitious and highly innovative work marks the pinnacle of his achievements as a sculptor, and its forthcoming sale represents a rare opportunity to acquire an icon of Impressionist art.

    The art historian Richard Kendall, co-curator of the Royal Academy’s exhibition Degas and the Ballet wrote: “Degas’ Little Dancer Aged Fourteen is among the three or four most celebrated sculptures of the modern age.  Along with Rodin’s The Kiss and the same artist’s The Thinker, and perhaps Bartholdi’s Statue of Liberty, Degas’s statuette of a slender young ballet dancer has become recognisable to millions and admired throughout the world.”