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    Sunday, March 4th, 2018

    Pablo Picasso – Le Repos

    Pablo Picasso’s intimate depiction of his ‘golden muse’ Marie-Thérèse Walter – Le Repos from 1932 – is set to highlight Sotheby’s  Impressionist and Modern evening art sale in New York on May 14.  It is estimated at $25-35 million.  This follows the sale in London last week of a 1937, shadowed portrait of Marie-Thérèse for £49.8 million following the arrival of new love Dora Maar into the life of Picasso.  Meantime Tate Modern’s first solo exhibition of Picasso’s work, The Ey Exhibition: Picasso 1932 – Love, Fame, Tragedy, opens in London this week.

    Picasso’s paintings of Marie-Thérèse are arguably the finest emblems of love, sex and desire in 20th century art. He executed his major series of paintings depicting her in January 1932, in anticipation of Picasso’s first retrospective that coming June at Galeries Georges-Petit in Paris.

    Simon Shaw, Co-Head of Sotheby’s Worldwide Impressionist & Modern Art Department, commented:  “We are thrilled to offer this stunning painting from Picasso’s greatest series this May. As we saw last week in London, there is a vigorous global demand for depictions of Picasso’s golden muse. This classic, dreamy example from his critical year of 1932 is immediately recognisable, and captures the key elements of his work inspired by Marie Therese. Its lush, painterly quality and vibrant colours stand in stark contrast to Picasso’s final portraits of his first wife, Olga Khokhlova, which immediately precede this extraordinary period – generally considered the strongest in Picasso’s entire career.”


    Tuesday, February 6th, 2018

    Pablo Picasso – Le Matador  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR £16.5 MILLION

    Picasso’s Le Matador will make its auction debut at Sotheby’s Impressionist and Modern art evening sale in London on February 28.  Monumental in scale and painted in vivid colours Le Matador is the culmination of a life-long obsession of Picasso’s that remained one of the most important themes throughout his career.

    The painting is a brilliant display of the virtuosity with which the artist combined the complex elements that had shaped his life and art and stands as a defiant tribute to the heroic figure of the matador – embodying the artist’s own Andalusian machismo as the master of modern art takes centre-stage in the arena.

    Picasso had begun to feel that his time on this earth was running out, and so engaged in constant conversation with the great masters before him – Goya, Velasquez and Delacroix – following the traditions they had set in order to reinvent them and make a lasting mark. Painted in October 1970 it is estimated at £14-18 million.

    Helena Newman, Global Co-Head of Sotheby’s Impressionist & Modern Art Department & Chairman of Sotheby’s Europe, said:   ‘This powerful portrait exemplifies Picasso’s creative force in his final years and represents the culmination of a life-long obsession. Through the subject of the bullfight, Picasso explores the theme of life and death, creation and destruction, earth and sun, casting himself at the centre stage of the spectacle. We are thrilled to be presenting two prime examples of works by Picasso at his very best in one sale – Le Matador and Femme au béret et à la robe quadrillée (Marie-Thérèse Walter) –  both from key periods of the artist’s career.’ 


    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



    Tuesday, April 11th, 2017

    Paul Henry’s tranquil Sailing Boat on a Lough, possibly Achill Sound in 1916-17, was the top lot at Morgan O’Driscoll’s Irish and International art auction in Dublin last night. It mad a hammer price of 62,000. Other top lots included The Park Pond by Frank McKelvey (24,000),  Torso by Louis le Brocquy (24,000), Jack the Lad by Basil Blackshaw (18,000), The Dark Pool by William Crozier (16,000), 9.13.02 by Sean Scully (16,000) and Ventral by Mark Francis (10,000).  Tribal Dance by Michael Flatley failed to find a buyer in an auction where 67% of lots were sold.

    Sailing boat on a Lough by Paul Henry sold for 62,000 at hammer.


    PABLO PICASSO (1881-1973) – PICADOR (1953) (120/500) SOLD FOR 2,200

    Curved Oar Boat III by John Behan madd 3,800 at hammer.


    Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

    Pablo Picasso – Plant de tomates. UPDATE: IT SOLD FOR £17,033,750

    Painted days before the liberation of Paris Picasso’s Plant de tomates comes up at Sotheby’s Impressionist and Modern Art evening sale in London on March 1.  Picasso’s series of five paintings of a tomato plant in bloom in the Paris apartment he shared with his lover Marie-Thérèse are ripe with personal as well as wider political and cultural significance. Symbolic of victory in Europe they were a way of reflecting the spirit of hope and resilience that characterised this time.  Estimated at £10-15 million this is the most complex and visually striking example of the war period series. This museum quality work has been in a private collection for four decades.  It was sold at Sotheby’s in New York in 1976.

    Samuel Valette, Sotheby’s Senior Specialist in Impressionist & Modern Art, commented: “This exceptional work by Pablo Picasso was painted at a moment of particular tension during the war: the liberation of Paris. As such, it is infused with a sense of renewed energy and hope that distinguishes it from other wartime still-lifes, which were imbued with a more sombre and dark mood. It shows that there was light at the end of the tunnel. For Picasso, the very act of continuing to paint as normal was an act of resistance, and following the Liberation, his atelier became a must-see for the allied soldiers who wanted to witness what the master had created in the war years.”


    Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016
    Grand vase aux femme nues’ sold for £728,750

    Grand vase aux femme nues’ sold for £728,750

    Lord & Lady Attenborough’s celebrated private collection of Picasso ceramics sold for £3,080,875 at Sotheby’s in London.  The ‘White Glove’, -100% sold –  sale soared over its pre-sale estimate of £1.5 million. All 67 lots were pursued by multiple bidders, each one achieving prices above the high estimate.  The top lot was the large scale  ‘Grand vase aux femme nues’, which sold for £728,750 and established a new auction record for a ceramic of this subject.

    In many ways Lord & Lady Attenborough were pioneers, appreciating Picasso’s creative ingenuity with the medium of fire clay soon after the artist began producing ceramics.  Lord Attenborough’s astute understanding of Picasso’s body of work in ceramics has been widely lauded; he understood that Picasso created these pieces with the same innovative passion as his paintings, sculptures and prints. Actively building a collection that was unique for its time – beginning in 1954 with a souvenir ashtray purchased for £3 – Lord & Lady Attenborough spent the next 50 years acquiring many different examples of the ceramic editions. The well-loved and respected late actor, director and producer recounted how every summer, he and Sheila took their children on holiday to a pension in the South of France. A casual visit to the Madoura pottery in the town of Vallauris – where Picasso began working in 1949 – developed into a annual event when, on or around August 29, they would drive to the studio to choose his birthday present.


    Friday, January 15th, 2016

    The Stolen Mirror a technical tour-de-force by Max Ernst leads Christie’s sale of the Art of the Surreal in London on February 2.   One of the artist’s finest works the dream like landscape painted in 1941 is estimated at £7-10 million.  The auction comprises 42 lots by 16 different artists.  Among them are Pablo Picasso, Wilfredo Lam, René Magritte, Joan Miró and Salvador Dali. Here is a taste:

    MAX ERNST (1891-1976) The Stolen Mirror (£7-10 million). © Christie’s Images Limited 2015

    MAX ERNST (1891-1976) The Stolen Mirror (£7-10 million).
    © Christie’s Images Limited 2015

    Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) Arlequin signed ‘Picasso 26’ (£1.5-2.5 million). © Christie’s Images Limited 2015

    Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) Arlequin
    signed ‘Picasso 26’ (£1.5-2.5 million). © Christie’s Images Limited 2015



    Friday, January 8th, 2016

    Picasso in Private at Sotheby’s in London on February 5  offers an opportunity to acquire works on paper, ceramics and terracotta sculpture that remained in the artist’s studio throughout his lifetime.  They will be offered from the collection of his grand daughter Marina Picasso.  Highlights will be on view at Sotheby’s in New York from January 13=17.

    A masterful overview of Picasso’s career in its entirety, spanning every decade of his oeuvre and encompassing each of the artist’s genres, the collection of 187 works includes 70 ceramics and terracotta sculptures and 106 works on paper. With estimates ranging from £4,000 to £180,000, the sale is expected to make a combined total of £6.9–9.8 million.  It will follow Sotheby’s Impressionist, Modern & Surrealist Art evening and day sales on February 3 and 4.

    Pablo Picasso - Nature morte aux fruits (£100,000-150,000).

    Pablo Picasso – Nature morte aux fruits (£100,000-150,000).

    Pablo Picasso - Chevalier picador dans l'arène (£120,000-180,000).

    Pablo Picasso – Chevalier picador dans l’arène (£120,000-180,000).

    Pablo Picasso - self-portrait

    Pablo Picasso – self-portrait

    Pablo Picasso - Femme a la robe entrouverte c1955 (unique) £35,000-45,000.

    Pablo Picasso – Femme a la robe entrouverte c1955 (unique) £35,000-45,000.



    Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015
    Pablo Picasso (1881-1973)  Tête sold for £4,450,500. Courtesy Christie's Images Ltd., 2015.

    Pablo Picasso (1881-1973)
    Tête sold for £4,450,500. Courtesy Christie’s Images Ltd., 2015.

    Claude Monet (1840-1926) Iris mauves

    Claude Monet (1840-1926) Iris mauves Courtesy Christie’s Images Ltd., 2015

    Claude Monet’s Iris mauves was the top lot at Christie’s Impressionist & Modern Art Evening Sale in London tonight.  It made £10,834,500 at an auction that brought in £71,461,000. Sell-through rates were 84% by lot and 92% by value. In total, 24 works of art sold for over £1 million and 29 for over $1 million. Bidders from 32 countries across 5 continents competed in the room and on the telephone,

    Jay Vincze, International Director said: “This evening’s sale of Impressionist & Modern Art saw notable demand for highly covetable works by the masters of late 19th and 20th century art, led by Claude Monet’s remarkable ‘Iris mauves’. Once again, this auction attracted global participation from bidders around the world, further evidencing the deep international demand for the category witnessed in our New York Sales in May. This resulted in strong prices across the full breadth of the category, from the birth of Impressionism – illustrated by the rare 1872 work by Alfred Sisley – to the energy of the late 1969 portrait by Pablo Picasso. For the second year, this Evening Sale marks the start of a week of ‘Impressionist & Modern Art’ and ‘Modern British & Irish Art’ auctions at Christie’s London, collectively presenting new and established buyers with opportunities across price levels.”


    Tuesday, June 9th, 2015

    Unique ceramics from the collection of Marina Picasso, the artist’s grand daughter, come up at Sotheby’s in London on June 25.   The 126 lots – comprising hand painted plates, vases and tiles, hand modelled figures and sculptural pieces – are estimated to bring in around £4.5 million.  Here is a small selection:


    Hibou (£30,000-40,000).

    Hibou (£30,000-40,000).

    Abstraction Vase (£150,000-200,000).

    Abstraction Vase (£150,000-200,000).

    Buste d'homme (£100,000-150,000).

    Buste d’homme (£100,000-150,000).

    Vase - Negatif Positif.

    Vase – Negatif Positif (£180,000-250,000)