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    Monday, January 21st, 2019

    Egon Schiele (1890 – 1918)
    Triestiner Fischerboot (Trieste Fishing Boat)  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR £10.7 MILLION

    A Modernist vision of a Trieste fishing boat by Egon Schiele comes to auction for the first time at Sotheby’s Impressionist and Modern art evening sale in London on February 26.  Painted in 1912, Triestiner Fischerboot (Trieste Fishing Boat) holds a unique position in Schiele’s oeuvre.  It was created in the aftermath of what was arguably the most tumultuous and life-changing experience for the artist. Recently released from a brief period of incarceration in Neulengbach in Austria, and rejected by the local community there, Schiele’s visit to Trieste in 1912 was prompted by a desire to escape memories of the recent past, and relive memories of earlier visits shared with his sister Gerti in 1907 and 1908.

    It also prompted an unleashing of radical new artistic expression. In a year of iconoclastic developments across Europe that forever altered the direction of twentieth-century art, from Cubism, Orphism and Futurism to Expressionism, Schiele sought to explore in oil a thoroughly modernist treatment of colour, surface, pattern, texture and form. The painting is estimated at  £6,000,000-8,000,000.

    In the summer of the preceding year Schiele and the model Wally Neuzil had settled in Neulengbach seeking inspiration but Schiele’s bohemian lifestyle scandalised his conservative neighbours. The couple found themselves in a precarious position when a retired naval officer’s daughter asked for their help to run away and although they returned the girl to her parents, the artist was arrested and placed on trial. The experience and particular loss of freedom it entailed was to have a marked effect on Schiele’s life and work.


    Monday, October 29th, 2018
    Major works by some of the world’s most revered and expensive artists will come under the hammer at the big November art sales in New York. With work ranging from a major restituted masterpiece by Egon Schiele to a splash painting that promises to make David Hockney the world’s priciest living artist the sales of Impressionist and Modern and Contemporary and Post War art at Christie’s and Sotheby’s promise to create a splash of their very own.
    Schiele’s masterwork, City in Twilight, the small city II will highlight Sotheby’s Impressionist and Modern evening sale on November 12. Painted in 1913 it was purchased in 1928 by a young Jewish widow living in Vienna, Elsa Koditschek. The work was forcibly sold under the Nazi regime and is now offered as the resolution of a private restitution between the present owners and Elsa’s heirs.
    David Hockney’s Portrait of an Artist (Pool with two figures) at Christie’s Post War and Contemporary evening sale on November 15  is estimated in the region of $80 million and is poised to become the most expensive  work by a living artist ever sold at auction.
    Highlights from the Impressionist and Modern evening sale at Christie’s on November 11 range from Claude Monet’s Effet de neige at Giverny and one of 12 extant works of Le basin aux nympheas to Picasso’s Femme au beret orange et au col de fourrure (Marie-Therese).
    Along with Hockney there are  masterpieces by Pisarro, Rothko, Monet, Bacon and Rodin at Christie’s Post War and Contemporary evening sale on November 15.
    Sotheby’s say that their Impressionist and Modern sale on November 12 promises to be among the strongest and boldest in recent history. Works on offer range from a floral composition by Monet to a painterly canvas showcasing Maurice Vlaminck’s Fauve period and Miro’s monumental pastel Figure. Magritte’s painting of Edward James is one of the most important Surrealist portraits to appear at auction in decades and will feature with newly discovered works by Renoir, Morandi and Rembrandt Bugatti.

    The Contemporary Art evening sale at Sotheby’s on November 14 will offer works by Willem de Kooning, Frank Stella, Jeff Koons and many other leading contemporaries.

    Egon Schiele’s City in Twilight, the small city II is at Sotheby’s.  UPDATE: THIS MADE $24.6 million  

    David Hockney’s Portrait of an Artist (Pool with two figures) at Christie’s  UPDATE:THIS MADE $90,312,500

    Mark Rothko’s Untitled (Rusts, Blacks on Plum) 1962 at Christie’s. UPDATE: THIS MADE $35,712,500

    Georgia O’Keeffe, Calla lilies on Red at Sotheby’s. UPDATE: THIS MADE $6.3 MILLION


    Tuesday, April 25th, 2017

    Egon Schiele’s – Danaë

    Egon Schiele’s first masterpiece Danaë will lead Sotheby’s evening sale of Impressionist and Modern Art in New York on May 16.  Painted in 1909, the work marks Schiele’s first major oil painting of a female nude, and is estimated to sell for $30–40 million.  The artist was just 19 years when he produced this extraordinary example of his daring technique. Danaë introduces the artist’s iconic aesthetic, and epitomizes the Jugendstil movement’s influence at the time. The composition also pays homage to Schiele’s informal mentor, Gustav Klimt, who championed the young artist throughout his career.

    Painted in 1969, a little more than a week before his 88th birthday, Pablo Picasso’s self-portrait Tête d’homme  is estimated at  $8/12 million.  It was painted in 1969, a little more than a week before his 88th birthday and was first exhibited in a one-man show that the artist curated himself in the hallowed halls of the Palace of the Popes in Avignon. Works emerging from a distinguished private collection include Impressionist pictures by Paul Signac, Alfred Sisley and Pierre Bonnard, as well as an important early sculpture by Alexander Archipenko. The group is led by Signac’s Le Pin de Bertaud ($3.5/5 million), a spectacular view of Saint-Tropez painted in 1899-1900

    Paul Signac – Le Pin de Bertaud

    Pablo Picasso’s self-portrait Tête d’homme



    Wednesday, January 13th, 2016

    A self-portrait by Egon Schiele painted when the artist reached creative maturity in 1909 leads Christie’s Impressionist & Modern Art Evening Sale in London on February 2.  It is estimated at £6-8 million.  The auction includes 50 lots which trace the rich variety and breadth of revolutionary movements from the late 19th and early 20th century from Impressionism, to early Modernism, Cubism, Colourist works and Expressionism.

    Among the museum quality works on offer are Les mariés de la Tour Eiffel, one of Marc Chagall’s most romantic paintings of the 1920’s (£4.8-6.8 million); the largest of a series of four works Paul Cézanne created at the home of legendary Impressionist collector Victor Chocquet (£4.5-6.5 million); Fernand Léger’s Le moteur, 1918, (£4-6 million); a still life by Pablo Picasso from 1937, painted on the eve of Guernica (£4-6 million);  Chrysanthemum by Piet Mondrian (£1.6-2.4 million) and Bahnhof Königstein, by Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, 1916. The evening sales of Impressionist, Modern and Surrealist Art on February 2 have a total pre-sale estimate of £87.3 million to £129.1 million.

    The auction will open a week of five Impressionist, Modern and Surreal art sales at Christie’s King Street and South Kensington with estimates from £300 to £10 million.

    EGON SCHIELE (1890-1918) Selbstbildnis mit gespreizten Fingern (£6-8 million) © Christie’s Images Limited 2015

    EGON SCHIELE (1890-1918) Selbstbildnis mit gespreizten Fingern (£6-8 million)
    © Christie’s Images Limited 2015  UPDATE: THIS MADE £7.2 MILLION

    PABLO PICASSO (1881-1973) Nature morte signed and dated ‘Picasso 25 Av 37’ (£4-6 million) © Christie’s Images Limited 2015

    PABLO PICASSO (1881-1973)
    Nature morte
    signed and dated ‘Picasso 25 Av 37’ (£4-6 million) © Christie’s Images Limited 2015  UDATE: THIS MADE £4 MILLION.


    Thursday, November 5th, 2015
    Modigliani, Portrait de Paulette Jourdain

    Modigliani, Portrait de Paulette Jourdain

    Masterworks from the Taubman collection brought in $377 million at Sotheby’s in New York last night. In its first appearance at auction Modigliani’s portrait of Paulette Jourdain made $42.8 million after five bidders from around the globe competed. It went to an Asian buyer. A total of twelve works achieved more than $10 million and Frank Stella’s Delaware Crossing more than doubled the previous auction record for the artist when it made $13.7 million.

    Willem de Koonings Untitled XXI sold for $24.9 million. A private European collector paid $20.4 million for Mark Rothko’s Untitled (Lavender and Green) and Femme assize sur une chaise by Pablo Picasso (a portrait of Dora Maar) made $20 million.  A selection of six works on paper by Egon Schiele sold for $13.5 million and all 14 sculptures were sold, with a combined total of $37.9 million.

    More than 400 works from the collection of the late A Alfred Taubman are to be sold across various auctions at Sotheby’s throughout 2016. (All images courtesy Sotheby’s).

    (See posts on for October 4 and September 7, 2014).

    Schiele, Freundin, Rosa-Blau

    Schiele, Freundin, Rosa-Blau

    Stella, Delaware Crossing

    Stella, Delaware Crossing

    de Kooning, Untitled XXI

    de Kooning, Untitled XXI

     Rothko, Untitled (Lavender and Green).

    Rothko, Untitled (Lavender and Green).