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    SHANGHAI TO LONDON SALE REFLECTS CONFIDENCE IN THE ART MARKET

    Wednesday, March 2nd, 2022
    Pablo Picasso’s  La fenêtre ouverte (1929)  made £16,319,500

    The Shanghai to London sale series at Christie’s established a pioneering cultural dialogue between two of the art market’s major hubs and made a total of £249,070,155. Sell-through rates of 90% by lot and 93% by value demonstrated the confidence of the market, building on the successes we witnessed in 2021. Across the three sales, registered bidders from 34 countries and 5 continents reflect the strength of global demand, with 21% of buyers from Americas, 31% APAC and 49% EMEA. Millennial collectors accounted for 28% of registrants.

    Shanghai to London led with museum quality paintings by Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud, Franz Marc, and Pablo Picasso: Franz Marc’s The Foxes (Die Füchse) sold for £42,654,500, setting a new world auction record for the artist and the highest price ever achieved in Europe for a restituted work of art. Francis Bacon’s Triptych 1986-7 made £38,459,206 and Lucian Freud’s  Girl with Closed Eyes (1986-87) made £15,174,500.

    20/21 SHANGHAI TO LONDON AT CHRISTIE’S

    Wednesday, February 23rd, 2022
    BRIDGET RILEY (B. 1931)Reverse courtesy CHRISTIE’S IMAGES LTD. 2022. UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    The 20th/21st century Shanghai to London evening sale and the Art of the Surreal evening sale at Christie’s on March 1 are now live online for browsing. The 20/21 Shanghai to London series of sales will also be live and livestreamed to salerooms in Hong Kong and New York. This unique platform showcases the finest examples of art that span the dynamic art movements. Offered from the Neumann Family Collection, Bridget Riley’s Reverse (1963) (£3,000,000-5,000,000) alternates triangles of black and white across a hypnotic expanse. The painting was acquired in 1965 and has been unseen in public since then. Lucian Freud’s intimate and tender portrait, Girl with Closed Eyes (1986-87) (£10,000,000-15,000,000) will also make its auction debut.

    Lucian Freud (1922-2011) – Girl with Closed Eyes. courtesy CHRISTIE’S IMAGES LTD. 2022. UPDATE: THIS MADE £15,174,500

    PORTRAIT OF A YOUNG LUCIAN FREUD VISITING DUBLIN

    Thursday, December 2nd, 2021
    Patrick Swift (1927-1983)
    Portrait of Lucian Freud in Patrick Swift’s Hatch Street Studio. UPDATE: THIS WAS SOLD FOR 19,000

    Meet the young Lucian Freud as seen by the Irish artist Patrick Swift. Between 1948 and 1956, when he was a frequent visitor to Ireland, Freud developed a friendship with Patrick Swift, whose studio on Hatch Street he regularly shared. During this time, the two artists observed one another’s work closely; both were interested in portraiture and, to a lesser extent, still lifes. Swift was still in the early stages of his career while Freud had been critically lauded and celebrated in London with a string of acclaimed solo exhibitions. His work had been added to public collections in England and the US before he was selected to represent Britain (with Francis Bacon and Ben Nicholson) at the Venice Biennale in 1954.

    Swift’s first solo exhibition at the Victor Waddington Galleries in Dublin in 1952 was met with critical acclaim. He was, by now, part of a more-or-less bohemian set of artists and writers that included Brendan Behan, Patrick Kavanagh, Nano Reid, and John Ryan; he was also connected to the art dealer Deirdre McDonagh. Freud was introduced to this cultural network through the artist Anne Dunn on his first visit to the city in the late 1940s. On his regular visits to Dublin thereafter, Freud participated in this artistic milieu.

    This portrait of Freud at Swift’s studio in Hatch St., Dublin comes up at the James Adam sale of Imporant Irish Art in Dublin on December 8 with an estimate of €20,000-€30,000.

    AN IRISH FREUD AT SOTHEBY’S

    Thursday, October 7th, 2021

    Boat, Connemara by Lucian Freud comes up at Sotheby’s Contemporary Art evening sale in London on October 14 with an estimate of £750,000-£950,000.  It is one of two works the artist produced while in Ireland for three weeks in August 1948. It appeared on the market for the first time in more than 50 years at Christie’s in 2012 with an estimate of £200,000-300,000 and sold for £657,250. It is being sold by the owner who acquired it then. UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    (See post on antiquesandartireland.com for January 30, 2012)

    HOCKNEY PORTRAIT BY FREUD TO MAKE AUCTION DEBUT AT SOTHEBY’S

    Wednesday, June 16th, 2021

    Lucian Freud’s 2002 portrait of David Hockney will make its auction debut at Sotheby’s in London on June 29. Painted at the height of Freud’s career, this portrait of David Hockney provides a fascinating window into the narrative of a long episodic friendship that had started forty years earlier. During the spring and summer of 2002 the two titans of British art came together in a private exchange between artist and sitter. After more than a hundred hours of sittings, the result was one of the most masterful peer-to-peer portraits ever committed onto canvas. It will be a highlight at Sotheby’s British Art Evening Sale: Modern/Contemporary when it will be offered with an estimate of £8,000,000-12,000,000.

    Lucian Freud – David Hockney, oil on canvas, 2002. (£8-12 million) Copyright Sothebys. UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR £14,905,200

    FREUD EXPLORATION AT IRISH MUSEUM OF MODERN ART

    Sunday, February 23rd, 2020

    Few artists spent as much time in the studio as Lucian Freud (1922-2011), regarded as one of the greatest realist painters of the 20th century.  He changed the way we see portraiture and the nude.  In its latest incarnation the Freud Project at the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA) has set out on an investigation into the relationship between the artist and their studio and the role of the studio  as a space for production. In all its forms the studio exerts a fascination as the physical and conceptual frame as an artist’s work progresses. The exhibition of 29 paintings and 16 works on paper is made possible by the IMMA Collection: Freud Project, a five year loan of 52 works by Lucian Freud to IMMA.  The programme of research will build  on existing ways of thinking about the studio and focus on the contemporary situation in Ireland. This is the fifth exhibition to be presented as part of the project and it will run until August 30.

    Lucian Freud standing on his head with his daughter Bella in his studio c1986 © Estate of Bruce Bernard, courtesy of Virginia Verran.

    STILL TIME TO CATCH FREUD AND YEATS AT IMMA

    Saturday, January 4th, 2020

    If you have not yet managed to see it there is still time to catch a marvellous show at the Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin.  Life Above Everything brings together the work of Lucian Freud (1922-2011) and Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957).  Freud had a lifelong interest in the work of Yeats and admired its force and energy.  He did not cite Yeats as an influence but seems to have found common purpose with its originality and independence.  A pen and ink drawing by Yeats, The Dancing Stevedores, hung beside Freud’s bed forI over 20 years.  Unique to the show is a group of seven paintings by Yeats which Freud selected for a close friend, advising him which works to acquire.  Freud’s first visit to Ireland in 1948 has been described, at least in part, as a pilgrimage to the site of Yeats’ work.  They exhibited together only one in their lifetimes, at the inaugural show at the ICA in London in 1948. Freud’s work has been exhibited with that of other artists, but this is the first time that it is presented with a single other artist. The show runs until January 19.

    Girl with Roses by Lucian Freud from the Freud-Yeats show at IMMA. British Council, London, UK /  © The Lucian Freud Archive /  Bridgeman Images

    DONEGAL MAN BY LUCIAN FREUD AT SOTHEBY’S

    Wednesday, August 14th, 2019

    Meet Donegal Man by Lucian Freud. The 2007 etching comes up at Sotheby’s Made in Britain sale in September. Signed with initials in pencil it is numbered 26/46 on Somerset wove paper. The total edition includes 12 artist’s proofs. It was with Acquavella Contemporary Art in New York and the present owner acquired it from Galerie Simon Blais in Montreal in March 2008. Lot 106 in the auction is estimated at £7,000-20,000. The live auction begins on Setpember 10.

    Lucian Freud – Donegal Man

    CONTEMPORARY ART MAKES £93.2 MILLION AT SOTHEBY’S IN LONDON TONIGHT

    Tuesday, March 5th, 2019

    Lucian Freud – Head of a Boy 1956. UPDATE: THIS MADE £5.8 MILLION

    The Contemporary Art evening sale at Sotheby’s in London tonight brought in £93.2 million. Lucian Freud’s 1956 Head of a Boy, a portrait of Guinness heir Garech Browne, made £5.8 million.  It achieved the highest price for a work by the artist from the 1950s. The painting is fresh to the market, having remained in the collection of the Irish cultural patron  the Hon. Garech Browne since its execution.

    Apex by Jean Michel Basquiat made  £8.2 million and Juncture by Jenny Saville made £5.7 million. This represented an increase of over 1000% on the £457,250 achieved by this work a decade ago.

    The sale of 66 lots was 91% sold by lot and saw five works make over £5 million.  There were auction records for Adam Pendleton, Toyin Ojih Odutola, Rebecca Warren, and for a sculpture by Martin Kippenberger.

    LUCIAN FREUD’S PORTRAIT OF GARECH BROWN TO MAKE AUCTION DEBUT

    Thursday, January 31st, 2019

    Lucian Freud – Head of a Boy 1956.  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR £5,799,100

    Lucian Freud’s 1956 portrait of Garech Browne – Head of a Boy – will make its auction debut at Sotheby’s Contemporary Art evening sale in London on March 5. The portrait bespeaks the lifelong friendship between Lucian Freud and Garech Browne – dedicated patron of Irish music, poetry and culture, Guinness heir, and last custodian to the magical Luggala estate.

    Freud first visited Luggala in the 1940’s with his wife Kitty, before eloping with Garech’s cousin, Lady Caroline Hamilton-Temple-Blackwood, in 1952. This painting of a young Garech was created at the Luggala estate during a potentially fractious moment in the course of Freud’s tempestuous second marriage; he and Caroline acrimoniously separated in 1957, barely a year after its execution.

    Embodying the sensational powers of observation which famously characterise Freud’s work, this is a remarkable example of portraiture executed when Freud was just 34 years of age.  Small in scale and yet boasting a remarkable emotional intensity, the 18 by 18cm work is at once testament to the artist’s masterful control over his subject, and a tremendous tribute to the sitter – the late Hon. Garech Browne.  The portrait hung adjacent to the fireplace in the grand sitting room at Luggala for over half a century.  It is estimated at £4.5-6.5 million.

    Garech, who founded Claddagh Records in 1959, became custodian of Luggala in 1970 and continued the legacy of legendary Guinness hospitality.  He relished live performances by musicians. The Luggala visitors’ book highlights the diversity of musicians who spent time at the house from 1970: singer Dolores Keane, composer Frederick May, singer Marianne Faithfull, Sting, Bono, The Rolling Stones, Mick and Bianca Jagger, and Michael Jackson.