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    Friday, June 15th, 2018

    Four paintings created by three of the key players in the development of Impressionist art come up at Sotheby’s Impressionist & Modern sale in London on June 19.  Each one embodies a different aspect of the movement, together providing an engaging insight into one of the most important periods of art history. The journey opens with Boudin’s Crinolines sur la plage (1866) and Monet’s Le Port de Zaandam (1871)marking the beginnings of Impressionist painting, with both artists painting en plein air to capture fleeting ‘impressions’ of time and place. In a rare still-life painted the following decade, Monet adapts the pioneering techniques of this ‘new’ art to a traditional subject, and the story ends with Pissarro’s majestic urban view of fin-de-siècle Paris.

    Commenting on this group, Philip Hook, Senior Specialist, Sotheby’s Board Director and author of Rogues’ Gallery: A History of Art and its Dealers, said: ‘Three of the works also share a connection with one of the most remarkable men in the history of the Impressionist movement – Paul Durand-Ruel. Durand-Ruel was drawn to contemporary art and to the process of painters painting pictures, and dedicated his life to developing a wider appreciation for such works, creating the modern art market in the process. No dealer was closer to an artistic movement than Durand-Ruel was to Impressionism – he was its promoter and its champion, its defender and its bankroller. Without him, and these revolutionary artists, art history might have looked very different.’

    Claude Monet, Le Port de Zaandam (£3.5-5 million)  UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    Eugène Boudin, Crinolines sur la plage (£600,000-900,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE £850,000

    Claude Monet, Citrons sur une branche (£2.5-3.5 million)  UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    Camille Pissarro, Le Boulevard Montmartre, brume du matin (£3-5 million)  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR £3.4 MILLION


    Wednesday, May 9th, 2018

    PICASSO – Fillette à la corbeille fleurie    

    It was an historic night at Christie’s in New York as the 19th & 20th Century Art Evening Sale, the first sale in the series from the Collection of Peggy and David Rockefeller, totalled $646,133,594 / £476,148,559 / €541,380,911. This exceeded the high estimate by $100 million.  This is the most significant charitable auction ever.

    The top lots of the sale were Picasso’s, Fillette à la corbeille fleurie, which realized $115,000,000, Monet’s Nymphéas en fleur, which totaled $84,687,500, and Matisse’s Odalisque couchée aux magnolias, which sold for $80,750,000.

    In total, 7 works sold above $30 million, and 7 world auction artist records were set for Monet, Matisse, Corot, Delacroix, Seguin, Morandi and Redon. Collectors from Europe, Asia, North and South America, and Australia participated in the sales, representing 34 different countries.

    Marc Porter, Chairman Americas, “The twin goals of education and philanthropy have driven this project and we have been so gratified with the engagement from global audiences from the moment we launched the sale in Hong Kong last November. The Rockefeller legacy has resonated strongly and we are thrilled with the results achieved for the first evening in this series of sales, already over our expectations. With new price levels set for Monet, Matisse, Corot, and others, the bidding was testament to the taste, connoisseurship and standing of the Rockefeller family combined with a shared goal to achieve a great result for the charitable beneficiaries of the sale. We continue tomorrow.”

    Sales of The Collection of Peggy and David Rockefeller  continue with English & European Furniture, Ceramics and Decorations Part I  and the Art of the Americas Evening Sale  on 9 May, and the Fine Art Day SaleEnglish & European Furniture, Ceramics and Decorations Part II  and Travel and Americana  on10 May. The Online only sale continues until Friday 11 May.

    • The most valuable collection ever previously offered at auction was the Collection of Yves Saint Laurent et Pierre Bergé in 2009 at Christie’s Paris, which achieved more than US$400 million.

    Matisse – Odalisque couchée aux magnolias

    Monet – Nymphéas en fleur


    Monday, February 26th, 2018

    THE Impressionist and Modern evening sale at Christie’s in London on February 27 will kick off 20th Century at Christie’s, a series of auctions from now to March 7.  Works from prestigious private collections will be offered, ranging from the structured still-lifes of Giorgio Morandi in ‘The Eye of the Architect’ to the early cubist composition of Georges Braque and Francis Picabia’s playful collage in ‘Abstraction Beyond Borders’, a collection that traces the development of abstraction across Europe in the 20th Century. These are complemented by works by Claude Monet, Théo Van Rysselberghe and Jan Toorop from The Triton Collection Foundation and a rare Oskar Kokoshka from the Reinold Collection. Alongside leading masterpieces from the 20th Century, ranging from Kandinsky to Degas and from Derain to Picasso, the diversity of those developing a radical artistic language at this time is represented by artists including Kees Van Dongen, Georges Vantongerloo, František Kupka and Edvard Munch.   Here are some examples from the evening sale:

    Claude Monet (1840-1926)
    Prairie à Giverny © Christie’s Images Limited 2018  UPDATE: THIS MADE £7,546,250 

    Edgar Degas (1834-1917)
    Dans les coulisses (In the Wings) © Christie’s Images Limited 2018  UPDATE: THIS MADE £8,993,750

    KEES VAN DONGEN (1877-1968) La femme au collier – fond rouge © Christie’s Images Limited 2018   UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    Pablo Picasso (1881-1973)
    Mousquetaire et nu assis
    © Christie’s Images Limited 2018  UPDATE: THIS MADE £13,733,750


    Thursday, October 26th, 2017

    IF  you are a collector drawn to artists like El Greco, Claude Monet, Robert Delaunay, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Russian artists of the twentieth century it is probably just as well that your name is Rothschild.   Christie’s has announced that property from the collection of Stanford Z. Rothschild, Jr. will be offered across a series of sales in November and December, including the Impressionist and Modern, American Art and Old Masters sales.

    In his lifetime he amassed one of the largest, privately owned collections of Russian avant-garde art in the United States. Certain works in the collection are being sold by the Rothschild Art Foundation, a charitable organization founded by Stanford Z. Rothschild, Jr.  Overall, the collection includes 51 works and is expected to exceed $30 million.

    Conor Jordan, deputy chairman, Impressionist and Modern Art, commented: “Stanford Rothschild, Jr.’s forty-year journey in art collecting was distinguished by an ambitious range and a keen sense of quality.  Few collections range from the 17th to the 20th century; fewer still are as rich in prime examples from the artists represented. Whether it is the expressive force of El Greco’s ‘Saint Francis and Brother Leo in Meditation,’ or the scintillating atmosphere that marks the two fine Monets of the Normandy coast and Venice, Stan’s attention to the compelling experience a great work of art should offer is present everywhere.”


    GEORGIA O’KEEFFE (1887-1986) APPLES – NO 1 ($300,000-500,000)


    Claude Monet (1840-1926) – Le Rio de la Salute painted in 1908 ($7-10 million) CHRISTIE’S IMAGES LTD. 2017


    Saturday, September 9th, 2017

    Objects and artworks from the personal collection of Claude Monet will come up at Christie’s in Hong Kong on November 26.  Early works by Monet that trace his artistic development range from sketches to pastels and some of the first examples of the artist working in series. These are presented alongside pieces from his own collection by artists and friends including Édouard Manet, Eugène Boudin, Auguste Rodin, Paul Signac and others. Through Japanese prints, personal items and photographs of the artist the sale offers a glimpse into the private world of Claude Monet.

    In addition to being the first sale dedicated to Impressionism in Asia the auction will be transmitted to Christie’s Parisian auction room to enable European based clients to attend and participate. Titled Dear Monsieur Monet, the collection, preserved by Rolande Verneiges, an unrecognised yet protected daughter of Claude Monet’s son Michel, presents an intimate and family driven insight into one of art history’s most beloved artists. Hidden from the rest of the world, these works have only been seen in catalogue reproductions.

    CLAUDE MONET (1840-1926) Falaises des Petites-Dalles ($2-3 million)

    AUGUSTE RODIN (1840-1917)
    Salomé ($50,000-80,000)

    Two women, from the series Six Jewel Rivers ($3,000-5,000)

    CIRCA 1880, MAKER’S MARK ILLEGIBLE ($300-500)


    Thursday, November 17th, 2016
    Claude Monet - Meule (Grainstack) Courtesy Christie's Images Ltd., 2016

    Claude Monet – Meule (Grainstack) Courtesy Christie’s Images Ltd., 2016

    A classical Monet stole the show at Christie’s Impressionist & Modern Art evening sale in New York last night. One of Monet’s famous themes and part of the Haystacks series, Meule (Haystacks) sold for $81,447,500 in a sale of 49 works that brought in $246,344,500.  This was a record for a work by Monet. The previous record, for Water Lillies, was $80.4 million.

    Picasso’s Buste de Femme (Dora Maar) made $22,647,500 and Rigide et courbe (Rigid and curved) by Wassily Kandinsky sold for $23,319,500.

    (See posts on for November 1, 2016 and September 17, 2016)


    Tuesday, November 1st, 2016

    Monet, Picasso and Kandinsky will lead Christie’s auction of Impressionist and Modern Art in New York on November 16.   The evening sale of 49 works by the major artists of the era is expected to achieve more than $200 million.

    Brooke Lampley, Christie’s Head of Impressionist and Modern Art, New York, remarked: “This sale constitutes an exceptional line-up of masterpieces and fresh to market gems perfectly suited to collectors’ taste. From Monet to Kandinsky, Cézanne to Matisse, and a great range of works by Picasso, all of the sought after artists of the period are well represented in this sale, with offerings at every price level.”

    Chaim Soutine - Le garçon d'etage ($6-9 million. Courtesy Christie's Images Lt.d, 2016.

    Chaim Soutine – Le garçon d’etage ($6-9 million. Courtesy Christie’s Images Lt.d, 2016.  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR $6,519,500

    Claude Monet - Meule (Grainstack) Courtesy Christie's Images Ltd., 2016

    Claude Monet – Meule (Grainstack) Courtesy Christie’s Images Ltd., 2016  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR $81,447,500


    Tuesday, April 19th, 2016

    An exceptional selection of 52 works will feature at Christie’s Impressionist and Modern Art evening sale in New York on May 12. Led by outstanding paintings by Monet, Picasso, and Modigliani, many of which have not been on the market for decades, the sale will feature several estates and private collections including The H.O. Havemeyer Collection, The Collection of Kenneth and Susan Kaiserman, The Ducommun Family Collection, and A Distinguished American Collection offering Frida Kahlo’s dream like love scene of Dos Desnudos en el bosque.

    Brooke Lampley, Christie’s Head of Impressionist and Modern Art, New York,  remarked: “This season we tailored our sale to meet current collector demand for iconic examples from the most celebrated artists of the period. The two Monets, Modigliani portrait, Picasso mousquetaire and Braque still life are all of unmatched quality and come with distinguished provenance.”

    Claude Monet (1840-1926) Le bassin aux nymphéas ($25-35 million). Courtesy Christie's Images Ltd., 2016

    Claude Monet (1840-1926)
    Le bassin aux nymphéas ($25-35 million). Courtesy Christie’s Images Ltd., 2016  UPDATE: SOLD FOR $27,045,000

    Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) Homme assis ($12-18 million). Courtesy Christie's Images Ltd, 2016

    Pablo Picasso (1881-1973)
    Homme assis ($12-18 million). Courtesy Christie’s Images Ltd, 2016  UPDATE: SOLD FOR $8,005,000

    Amedeo Modigliani (1884-1920) Jeune femme à la rose (Margherita) Courtesy Christie's Images Ltd., 2016. ($12-18 million)

    Amedeo Modigliani (1884-1920)
    Jeune femme à la rose (Margherita) Courtesy Christie’s Images Ltd., 2016. ($12-18 million)  UPDATE: SOLD FOR $12,765,000

    Frida Kahlo (1907-1954) Dos desnudos en el bosque (La tierra misma) ($8-12 million). Courtesy Christie's Images Ltd., 2016.

    Frida Kahlo (1907-1954)
    Dos desnudos en el bosque (La tierra misma) ($8-12 million). Courtesy Christie’s Images Ltd., 2016. UPDATE: SOLD FOR $8,005,000, A WORLD AUCTION RECORD FOR ANY LATIN AMERICAN ARTIST


    Thursday, February 4th, 2016
    Auguste Rodin - Iris

    Auguste Rodin – Iris

    Impressionist, Modern and Surreal art brought in a total of £93.7 million at Sotheby’s in London last night.  The top lot was Pablo Picasso’s Tete de Femme which sold for£18.9 million.  It was a portrait of his muse Marie Therese Walter painted in 1935. A lifetime cast of Auguste Rodin’s Iris – once in the collection of Sylvester Stallone – sold for £11.6 million.  The Surrealist section was led by Le Miroir by Paul Delvaux which sold for £7.3 million, a new auction record for the artist.  Henri Matisse’s La Lecon de Piano sold for £10.8 million and  Claude Monet’s Le Palais Ducal vu de Saint Georges Majeur  sold for £11.6 million.

    La Lecon de Piano by Henri Matisse

    La Lecon de Piano by Henri Matisse

    There were participants from 35 countries, which was on a par with last year.  Helena Newman, Global Co-Head of Sotheby’s Impressionist & Modern Art Department, said: “Tonight we saw continued market activity across all price levels, with depth of bidding from a broad international spectrum. Five lots selling for more than £7/$10 million and there was particular strength for sculpture and Surrealism – with record prices achieved for both Rodin and Delvaux.”

    Sales of Impressionist and Modern Art continue today.


    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 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