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“L’Age d’Airin” by Rodin lit up Christie’s auction

Paris, 2 December 2011, Art Media Agency (AMA).

August Rodin triumphed at Christie’s Impressionist and Modern Art auction in Paris on 1 December. The artist’s bronze, L’Age d’Airin, was sold for €4.6 million (taxes included), more than double its low estimation, and set a new world record for the artist’s emblematic piece on auction. The previous record for L’Age d’Airin sculpture was set last year in London, with a sales figure of €4.1 million.

Over half the lots, 74 out of 119, were sold reaching a total of €14.4 million. The work, L’Étude de baigneuses, by Paul Cézanne was among the head lots of the auction, acquired for €2.3 million (taxes included) — just over its low estimation of €2 million (taxes excluded). The oil painting, L’Arbre de Vence, by Russian painter Chaïm Soutine, didn’t reach Christie’s expectations selling for €1.2 million, while its low estimation was €1.4 million. Marc Chagall’s painting, Deux ânes verts, was also sold for €1.2 million, within its range of estimation (€1 million – 5 million). The Oscar Dominguez painting, Composition au taureau et piano, was a pleasant surprise as it sold for €841,000, while being estimated between €500,000 and 700,000. The emblematic oil painting by Monet, La Seine à Port-Villez, exceeded expectations with €205,000 (estimated between €60,000 and 80,000). In the sculpture department, the piece, La Femme debout, by Artistide Maillol, was sold for €205,000 — double its low estimation.

$23.3 million at Christie’s Impressionist and Modern Art auction

New York, 7 November 2011, Art Media Agency (AMA).

After the lukewarm outcome of the Impressionist and Modern Art evening auction on 1 November, Christie’s organised a day session the following day, which received almost $23.3 million. Marc Chagall’s painting La Mariée, received the highest bid for over $1 million – double its low estimation.  The painter was at the top of the auction as his painting Deux bouquets à l’atelier was sold for $506,500 (high estimation at $350,000).

Despite the disappointing result of La Petite Danseuse de quatorze ans, the night before, another one of Edgar Degas ‘danceuses’ raised buyer’s enthusiasm. This bronze statue Arabesque sur la jambe droite, la main droite près de terre, le bras gauche en dehors, found a buyer for $480,000 exceeding its estimation of $250,000-350,000.

Auguste Rodin’s bronze, Ève, petit modèle, version à la base ronde, which was one of the head lots of the auction, was acquired for $722,500. In addition, Henri Le Sidaner’s work, Floraison, exceeded Christie’s expectations with an amount of $578,500. One of the auction highlights was Henri Matisse’s drawing Tête de femme, which quadrupled its low estimation and received $410,500.  Moreover, Henri Moore’s bronze Torso, estimated between $150,000-200,000 was finally sold for $398,500.

Albert Moore at Sotheby’s

London, 2 November 2011, Art Media Agency (AMA)

Albert Moore (1841-1893) painting Waiting to Cross will be the highlight of the “Victorian & Edwardian art” sale organised by Sotheby’s in London on 15 November 2011. Estimated between £300,000-500,000, the canvas represent three women on the shore of a river, turned with their backs to the spectator and draped in togas, resembling the classic model of the Three Graces, although there is no mythological reference in this particular painting.

Albert Moore (1841-1893) was a major figure of the Aesthetic Movement. This piece is his only contribution to the emblematic exhibition of this group at Grosvenor Gallery in 1888. The Aesthetic artists such as painters, poets, decorators and creators rose up against British society’s materialism in the 1860s and the ugliness that it expressed to their eyes. They developed a new idealisation and an aesthetic of the beauty in their works which are full of sensibility and free from the rigorous principles of the Victorian rule.

Sotheby’s auction will also present six works by  Henry Scott Tuke’s (1858-1929). This set of paintings, watercolours and sculptures from a private collection is estimated at £200,000. The British painter is essentially known for his scenes full of eroticism where young nude figures are relaxing in a natural environment. However, the major piece of the corpus, Return From Fishing is a genre painting in which the artist presents a soothing moment in a sunny summers day (estimated £100,000-150,000).

Reversal for Christie’s impressionist and modern art auction

New York, 2 November 2011, Art Media Agency (AMA).

The expected impressionist and modern art auction at Christie’s New York on 1st November received negative results, as 31 out of 82 remained unsold and a total sales figure of $140.7 m, against the expected estimations of $200 m to 300 m. Christie’s met the same disastrous atmosphere in November 2008, when the art market suffered from the consequences of the financial crisis.

The emblematic work Petite Danseuse de quatorze ans by Degas set the tone of the evening. Estimated between $25 m and 35 m, it was finally sold for $18.5 m. Most of the bidders judged Christie’s expectations overly high compared with previous results for this piece. In most people opinion’s, The sombre toll was attributed to unreasonable estimations. Among the great deceptions of the session, were 7 of 11 Picasso paintings which remained unsold. However, La femme qui pleure sold for $5.1 m  doubled its high estimation and realized a new auction world record for a single print.

On a more positive note, some pieces exceeded expectations, such as The Stolen Mirror by Max Ernst that reached $16.3 m four times its low estimation. In addition Brancusi’s bronze Le Premier Cri, was sold for $14.8 m as well as a Modigliani painting La Blonde aux boucles d’oreille auctioned for $8.1 m.

This weak Christie’s auction compared to last year results of almost $230 m, could worry Sotheby’s who will organise this Wednesday its own evening sale dedicated to impressionist and modern art.

A Frederick Childe Hassam at $5m?

New York, 28 July 2011, Art Media Agency (AMA).

Rumour has it that a painting by Frederick Childe Hassam could be put on the market. The painting belongs to Erie County, New York and is currently displayed in Blasco library.

According to sources, estimate vary, but an anonymous art dealer affirms that he has a buyer who is willing to spend $5 million. Erie County contacted Christie’s New York and the auction house thinks the work could go under the hammer for $2.5 million in an auction or a private sale.

Last year, art dealer Andrew Schoelkopf of Menconi & Schoelkopf Fine Art LLC offered to sell the piece, entitled Summer Afternoon, Isle of Shoals, for $5 million with a commission of 10%. He has repeated his offer and the sale of the painting is still being discussed at Erie.

Frederick Childe Hassam is an American impressionist painter. He was born in 1859 in Boston and died in 1935. He moved to Paris to study painting and was taught by Gustave Boulanger and Jules Joseph Lefebvre. Monet and the French impressionists had a great influence on him.

One of his works has been on display at the Oval Office since President Obama came into office.

Mei Moses: Modern and Impressionist art

London, 1 July 2011, Art Media Agency (AMA).

The Mei Moses Art Index, created by American academics Michael Moses and Mei Jianping, has published the results of the impressionist and modern art sales in London. The annual return on prestige evening sale goods was 11.1% and 9.4% on objects featured at day sales.

The index is based on repeat sales and thus analyses only objects that are resold. It does not apply to all pieces sold during the June sales, but only certain lots. Furthermore, like all market indices, the Mei Moses Art Index does not take into account taxation, storage costs and buyer’s premium, which are more important in the art market than in financial markets. The index thus needs to be relativised and seen within the context of the art market.

Nevertheless, the Mei Moses Index is an indication of important auction trends and illustrates that the London market is faring well. More than 90% of lots were sold during evening sales and the Mei Moses analysis studied a quarter of repeat sale lots. The twenty-nine objects featured in the report realised a return of 11.1 % per year over a period of 17.2 years. The report goes on to compare the June sales to those of May at both Sotheby’s and Christie’s in the domains of modern and impressionist art.

The analysis concentrated on ninety-eight day sales which brought an annual return of 9.4% over a period of 13.4 years.

The report underlines that modern and contemporary artworks seem to be sound investments, which could elevate the return index to even higher levels than in 2008.

Sale of modern and impressionist art at Millon & associés

Paris, 1 July 2011, Art Media Agency (AMA).

On 5 July 2011, Millon & Associés is hosting a sale of impressionist and modern art in co-operation with Jerusalem.

The sale will be led by a painting by Camille Pissaro, Les Carrières du chou, Pontoise, completed in 1882 and estimated at €950,000 to €1.2 million. Another major Pissaro will be put on sale, Paysage aux environs de Paris, an oil dating from 1857 and valued at €50,000 to €70,000.

Marc Chagall’s Les mariés dans le ciel de Vitebsk oil, 1969, is estimated at €350,000 to €450,000, along with La Bénédiction de Jacob (1967), an oil canvas completed in 1967 and estimated at €650,000 to €850,000.

A charcoal and pastel drawing by Edgar Degas, Danseuse, is valued at €60,000 to €70,000; Kees van Dongen’s oil painting entitled Portrait de la Comtesse Anatola de Bremond d’Ars (1947), is estimated at €120,000 to €150,000, along with Georges Rouault’s La route, an oil also estimated at €120,000 to €150,000; a bronze and golden patina sculpture by Arman Saxophones and Captive, a wooden bronze sculpture by the same artist, both estimated at €60,000 to €80,000; an oil canvas by Victor Vasarely, Karim, completed in 1949 and valued at €150,000 to €200,000.

A Maximilien Luce, estimated at €2,000 to €3,000 and entitled Vue de Méricourt, 1930, will be presented along with an Alfred Von Wierusz Kowalski (1845-1915), Dans la neige, an oil valued at €80,000 to €120,000; a colour lithograph by Francis Bacon, Portrait du pape Innocent X (étude), 1969, estimated at €10,000 to €12,000.

Amongst the more exotic pieces is Chu Teh-Chun’s À l’abri de l’éclipse, 2005, estimated at €60,000 to €80,000.


Christie’s to sell Elizabeth Taylor’s collection

New York, 28 June 2011, Art Media Agency (AMA).

Christie’s has announced the sale of the Elizabeth Taylor Collection.

The lots will be presented to the public in a three-month exhibition running from September 2011. The touring event will travel to various cities such as Dubai, Paris, Geneva, London, Los Angeles, Moscow, Hong Kong and, in early December, New York. The auction will be held from 3 to 6 December 2011.

The collection includes jewels, haute couture clothes, film props, decorative art pieces, as well as modern and impressionist art paintings.

Elizabeth Taylor’s father, Francis Lenn Taylor, was an art dealer who owned a gallery in Beverly Hills in which he exhibited paintings brought back from the UK. Many celebrities visited the gallery, contributing to Elizabeth Taylor’s growing popularity in Hollywood.

Elizabeth’s collection of paintings comprises a prestigious set of British and French canvasses and drawings from the nineteenth to twentieth centuries. Some pieces were bequeathed to the star by her father.

The sale of modern and impressionist artworks will be part of Christie’s modern and impressionist art sale in London, scheduled for February 2012.

Sotheby’s Impressionist and Modern Art Sale realises $157,5 million

London, 23 June 2011, Art Media Agency (AMA).

On 22 June 2011, Sotheby’s hosted a sale of impressionist and modern art, one day after that of rival Christie’s. Thirty-five lots were presented and the total pre-auction estimate amounted to £77.3 million – £111.2 million. Only three lots were not sold and the sale realised £96.96 million, or $157.5 million.

An Egon Schiele was sold for £24.68 million, a record for the artist. Hauser mit Bunter Wasche (Vorstadt II) was put on sale by the Leopold Museum in Vienna and overtook Schiele’s previous record of $22.4 million, set at Christie’s New York in 2006.

Another record was achieved by Tamara de Lempicka’s La Dormeuse,a painting completed in 1930 and estimated at £2.2 – £3.2 million. It sold for over £4 million, whereas it had been bought for $294,000 in 1997.

All in all, twenty-seven lots were auctioned for more than one million pounds. Alberto Giacometti’s Trois Homes qui Marchent II went under the hammer for £10.68 million, overtaking the $3.8 million realised in 1988. Two Picassos were auctioned for more than £10 million and La Liseuse by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, estimated at £5 – £8 million, was bought telephonically for £5.64 million.

A 1883 bronze by Auguste Rodin, Eve, Petit Modele was bought by art dealer Ben Frija for £1.94 million and Joan Miro’s Femme a la Voix de Rossignol dans la Nuit was sold for £4.7 million.

Sotheby’s is holding an even more prestigious Impressionist and Modern Art Sale on 23 June, before presenting a contemporary art sale on 29 and 30 June in London.

Results of Modern and Contemporary Art Sale at Bonhams London

London, 22 June 2011, Art Media Agency (AMA).

94% of the lots at the Bonhams London art sale were sold, realising £3.57 million, or 99% of the pre-auction estimate total.

Bonhams presented the same artists as Christie’s and Sotheby’s, such as Picasso, Miró, Modigliani Chagall, Renoir, Léger, but the auction featured less important works.

Lot #23, a painting by Amedeo Modigliani (1884-1920) entitled Portrait de femme, was sold for £1,812,000, the highest bid at the sale.

Works by Pablo Picasso were amongst the star lots, as Tête de matador went under the hammer for £216,000 and Femme nue assise for £204,000.

Carlos Nadal’s pieces also sold well, such as Fenêtre ouverte, bought for £42,000, Le Port for £21,000 and La Plage, for £20,400.

Bonhams has thus met expectations and will hold a sale of design items, jewellery and watches in London, as well as a sale of twentieth-century British artists on 29 June, just before launching their ancient art sales.

London inaugurates summer sales at Christie’s

London, 22 June 2011, Art Media Agency (AMA)

The summer sales have been launched in London, where Christie’s hosted the first sale of the season on 21 June 2011. The art world will have taken note that all the Picassos sold for more than their pre-auction estimates, whilst Les Nymphes de Claude Monet from the Beyeler Gallery did not find a new owner.

Three paintings by Picasso realised almost a third of the sales total, which amounted to £140 million or $227 million. Almost thirteen per cent of the 92 lots were not sold, thirty-one works went under the hammer for more than a million pounds and four world records were set.

The first forty lots were from the Fondation Beyeler and totaled £44.7 million, having been estimated at £46 – £47 million. Although this may seem disappointing, the unsold piece should be taken into account: Les Nymphes by Claude Monet was estimated at £17 to £24 million.

Picasso’s Le Buste de Françoise from the same collection was purchased for £10.6 million by New-York art dealer William Acquavella. Lionel Pissarro, from Paris, bought Las Vallon by Paul Gauguin for £6.4 million. Furthermore, a work by Diego Giacometti sold for ten times its lowest estimate. The small side table, Gueridon aux Bourgeons, went under the hammer for more than £640,000.

The general euphoria of the sale seems to have spread to other lots and Christie’s has announced that the evening’s results are the third-highest ever realised by the auction house in London. The sale seems to bode well for the season and confirms that the UK capital is still an important centre on the art market. The rest of the season will reveal whether the sales figures of this year will improve on the 2010 summer turnover of £300 million.

Pissarro at Sterling and Francine Clark Institute

Massachussets, 14 June 2011, Art Media Agency (AMA).

The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute is presenting an exhibition of the work of Impressionist painter Camille Pissarro in “Pissarro’s People.”

This is the first exhibition focusing on the artist’s personal relationships and his social ideas. Showing paintings from all over the world, the exhibition is a testament to Pissarro’s depiction of human figures via a personal exploration of his humanism.

The exhibition features forty oil paintings and fifty works on paper. These works explore the three dimensions of Pissarro’s life: his family relationships, his friendships and his intense intellectual involvement with the social and political theories of his time. “Pissarro people” is the only exhibition ever to have regrouped portraits of Pissarro’s close family. A number of works by Pissarro’s friends, colleagues and neighbours are also included.

“Pissarro’s People” will be showing at the Sterling and Francine Clark Institute in Williamstown until 2 October 2011.

Sotheby’s Impressionist and Modern Art Sale

London, 8 June 2011, Art Media Agency, (AMA).

Sotheby’s Impressionist and Modern Art Sale will take place on 22 June 2011. The auction will feature a selection of extremely rare, high-quality works, many of which have been in private collections and never been shown to the public.

Items on sale include L’Empire des Lumières by René Magritte, a monumental work by Joan Miro and a rare painting by Paul Klee. A sculpture by Alberto Giacometti, entitled Trois Hommes qui marchent II has been estimated at ten to fifteen million pounds and a daring painting by Pablo Picasso, Le Baiser, at six to eight million pounds. The sale will conclude with one of the most impressive works by Egon Schiele ever to appear at a public auction, Häuser mit bunter Wäsche (Vorstadt II). The oil painting has been valued at 22 M£ to 30 M£. It is expected that the sale will total 77 M£.

“The sale will appeal to a wide and very international audience. It presents a great opportunity for collectors to acquire some exceptional works, many of which are fresh to the market, having been in the same collections for many years. The selection, which ranges from Rodin through to late Picasso, brings to the market many works of museum quality, led by a magnificent Schiele cityscape from the prestigious Leopold Museum collection,” said Helena Newman, chairman of Sotheby’s impressionist and modern art section, as quoted in Art Daily.

Results of American art sale at Sotheby’s

New York, 20 May 2011, Art Media Agency (AMA)

Sotheby’s American art sale held yesterday in New York realized $27,124,125.  The auction featured modern, Impressionist and Ashcan paintings.

The majority of important lots sold well and all in all, one work sold for more than three million dollars, another for more than two million and four went for more than one million dollars.

It was thought that March Playing the Cello by Milton Avery would be the star lot and it did exceed its pre-auction estimate of $800,000 to 1.2 M$ by selling for $1,426,500.  Yet it was far from achieving the highest price.

George Bellow’s Dock Builders, valued at 2 to 3 M$, achieved the best result by selling for $3,890,500.  Childe Hassal’s work Quai de Saint Michel was purchased for $2,098,500 and Flood Diaster by Thomas Hart Benton for $1,874,500.  White Blanket and Spruce by Ernest Léonard Blumenschein was estimated at $700,000 to $900,000 and sold for $1,538,500.

Surprisingly, Storrs’s Abstract Sculpture was not sold, nor Bierstadt’s Light in the Forest, estimated at 2 to 3 M$.  A more pleasant surprise for Sotheby’s was the result realized by William Merritt’s The Old Sand Road from the Edward P. Evans Collection.  Old Sand Road was estimated at £700,000 to £900,000 and sold for $1,202,500.

Modigliani at Bonhams London

London, 18 May 2011, Art Media Agency (AMA).

Bonhams will be hosting its modern and impressionist art sale on 21 June 2011.  Included in the selection of works is a Modigliani.

Portrait de Femme, dated 1917-1918, is valued at 1.5 to 2.5 M£.  On 2 November 2010, Nu assis sur un divan (la belle romaine), also painted in 1917, set a new record for the artist and was sold for £38,351,400.  The sculpture, Tête, Modigliani’s second highest record, was purchased for £32.066.650 on 14 June 2010.

Picasso’s study for  Demoiselles d’Avignon will also be on sale and is estimated at 3 to 5 M£.  Other works by the Spanish painter will be Tête de matador, £150,000 to £200,000; Femme nue assise at £165,000 to £175,000 and Personnages, £20,000 to £30,000.

L’Écuyère bleu au coq rouge by Marc Chagall has been estimated at £60,000 to £80,000.  A Chagall sketch book will also be on sale at Bonhams on 17 June 2011.

Works by Carlos Nadal and Oscar Dominguez will also be on auction.

Gauguin’s clogs sold for $338,500

New York, 10 May 2011, Art Media Agency (AMA).

Sotheby’s has kicked off their spring sales with a new record for a Gauguin sculpture, sold for 11 M$.  The next sessions of the Modern and Impressionist Art Sale were less spectacular, but Paul Gauguin set another record.  The wooden clogs he sculpted and wore were sold for more than $338,500, including charges.

However, the new record depends on whether the clogs are considered sculptures or footwear.  If they are seen simply as wooden shoes, Sotheby’s are the proud setters of a new record.

Lot 159 of the 4 May 2011 Sotheby’s New York sale was estimated at between $100,000 and $150,000.  The item’s highest pre-auction estimate was thus doubled.  The clogs, signed P. Go, will be included in the catalogue raisonné being compiled by the Wildenstein Institute.  Another pair have been exhibited at Tate Modern in London during a retrospective on the artist.

In a letter from Gauguin to Vincent Merles, the French artist discusses his clogs: “When my clogs ring on the granite floor, I hear the dull and powerful sound that I am looking for in painting”.

According to an expert, Gauguin sculpted three pairs of clogs.  The third owner, after witnessing this new record, might be tempted to sell his pair of the artist’s shoes.

Christie’s Modern and Impressionist art sale brings in more than 155 M$

New York, 5 May 2011, Art Media Agency (AMA).

Christie’s Modern and Impressionist Art spring sale generated more than 155 M$ (104 M€) yesterday.  This amounts to 15 M$ less than rival auction house Sotheby’s.

Christie’s slightly lower total can be explained by the number of lots on sale – 59 at Sotheby’s and 57 at Christie’s – and by the selection of works.  The lowest pre-auction estimate was $300,000 at Sotheby’s and $120,000 at Christie’s.  However, 82% of Christie’s lots were sold to 74% at Sotheby’s.

The bids on three lots were in excess of 20 M$ and two new price records were set by the artists Maurice de Vlaminck and Neo-impressionist Maximilien Luce.

Vlaminck’s 1905 oil painting, Paysage de banlieue, measures 65cm x 81cm and the estimate was 18 M$ to 25 M$.  It was sold for 22.4 M$, charges included.  The painting, which was bought by the great art dealer Ambroise Vollard in Paris after its completion, has set a new record for the artist.  In 1994, it was sold for 6.8 M$.

Maximilien Luce’s 1900 oil, measuring 116cm x 81cm, entitled Notre-Dame de Paris, was estimated at 2M$ to 3M$ and sold for 4.2 M$, charges included.

Yesterday, Marc Porter, the president of Christie’s in the United States, said that these results illustrated the enduring appeal of important works on the global art market.  He added that impressionist and brightly coloured works sold well.

His statement is confirmed by the sale of one Claude Monet’s poplar paintings dating from the artist’s best known period, his years in Giverny.  The 1891 painting, entitled Les Peupliers, is one of the largest in the series (116cm x 72cm).  Estimated at between 20 M$ and 30 M$, an American collector bought the work for more than 22 M$, charges included.  The last time the painting was sold, eleven years ago, the hammer price was 7 M$.  A successful investment, as the seller received thrice what he paid for it.

The third lot that went for more than 20 M$, is Picasso’s Les Femmes d”Alger (1955), estimated at between 20 M$ and 30 M$.  It was bought for 21 M$, charges included, to an unidentified seller.

Last night, Christie’s stated that 47% of the buyers were European, 36% were American and 4% were of Asian origin.

Other noteworthy results, charges included:

  • lot 29, La fenêtre ouverte by Henri Matisse, 1911 estimated at between 8 M$ and 12 M$, sold for 15.7 M$;
  • lot 22, Le petit déjeuner by Pierre Bonnard, 1936 estimated at between 6 M$ and 9 M$, sold for 6.2 M$;
  • lot 55, Le Compotier by Fernand Leger, 1925, estimated at between 3.5 M$ and 4.5 M$, sold for 5.1 M$;
  • lot 4, Entends-tu by Yves Tanguy, 1937, estimated at between 1 M$ and 1.5 M$, sold for 2 M$.

Sotheby’s Impressionist and Modern art sale brings in 170 M$

New York, 4 May 2011, Art Media Agency (AMA)

The 3 May sale at Sotheby’s New York, called “Impressionist and Modern Art”, brought in over 170 M$ inclusive.

The whole sale was due to bring in between 158 M$ and 229 M$. More than 74% of the lots were bought and 37 works were sold for over 1 M$. The highest selling work was Picasso’s Femme lisant, sold for over 21 M$. Two records were broken: the first one by artist Paul Gauguin and the second one by surrealist artist Paul Delvaux.

Simon Shaw, the director of the “Impressionist and Modern Art” section at Sotheby’s New York, elaborates on the sales history of Picassos : “We have sold a great selection of eight works covering the artist’s career, including a beautiful painting of Marie-Thérèse Walter and her sister reading,  sold for 21 M$.” Three other works by the Spanish master from the Dodie Rosekrans Collection brought in over 20 M$: Couple à la guitare was sold for more than 9 M$, Femme for more than 7 M$ and Fillette aux nattes et au chapeau vert almost hit the 6 M$.

Another major event of the evening was the sale for over 11 M$ of a canvas by Jawlensky. Two records were attained: a sculpture, Jeune tahitienne by Paul Gauguin –more than 11 M$- and Les Cariatides by Paul Delvaux –sold for 9 M$.

Other noteworthy results:

  • Standing Woman by Alberto Giacometti, 1956-1957, estimated at 3 M$, sold for 7.3 M$;
  • La Seine à Argenteuil by Claude Monet, 1877, estimated at between 6 M$ and 8 M$, sold for 6.2 M$;
  • When the hour Strikes by René Magritte, 1932, estimated at between 5 M$  and 7 M$, sold for 5.9 M$;
  • Portrait of Monsieur Brun by Édouard Manet, estimated at between 4 M$ and 6 M$, sold for 5.4 M$ ;
  • The Thinker by August Rodin, 1915 – 1917, estimated at between 1,5 M$ and  2 M$, sold for 4 M$.

Impressionist and Modern art sale at Christie’s New York

New York, 21 April, 2011, Art Media Agency (AMA)

Christie’s has announced its next impressionist and modern art evening sale, due on 4 May and estimated at over 160 M$.

57 exceptional works representing some of the most brilliant artists in this category will be up for sale, notably with paintings and sculptures by masters such as Claude Monet, Pierre Bonnard, Henri Matisse, Maurice de Vlaminck, Pablo Picasso and Giorgio de Chirico.

Conor Jordan, director of the impressionist and modern art department at Christie’s New York announced: “The colour is the thread of the works presented on 4 May, thanks to fiery oranges in Vlaminck’s wonderful landscapes and notably the blue-green colours of Claude Monet’s poplar trees .”

According to Jordan, the last impressionist and modern art sale of February in London proved that the collectors’ demand for high-quality-newly-presented-on-the-market works keep on peaking and attracting more and more collectors.

Moreover, Christie’s is going to present quite a number of major paintings which have belonged to private collections for generations and put up for sale for the first time. Among the key lots of the sale, Paysage de banlieue, 1905, by Vlaminck is estimated between 18 M and 25 M$.


“The impressionists and their influence” at the Arkansas Art Center

Little Rock, 21 April 2011, Art Media Agency (AMA).

The Arkansas Art Center is currently presenting an exhibition dedicated to impressionism. “The impressionists and their influence” is on until 26 June 2011 and is organized in collaboration with the High Museum of Art of Atlanta. The works come from collections of the famous High Museum of Art, the Arkansas Arts Center and private collections.

The exhibition collects about a hundred paintings and intimate works on paper by French artists such as Claude Monet, Paul Cézanne, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Edgar Degas or Camille Pissarro as well as works by great post-impressionist artists as Pierre Bonnard, Édouard Vuillard and Paul Signac. Furthermore, the exhibition gathers works of American artists like Mary Cassatt, Childe Hassam and Theodore Robinson, who fell under the influence of the impressionists.

At then end of the 19th century in Paris, impressionists captured the world they saw around them. They painted luminous scenes of carefree summer outings, riverbanks and seasides, private gardens, public parks, ballrooms and cafes along with the people who inhabited them.

The exhibition perfectly renders the atmosphere the impressionists evolved in as well as their influences on American artists.  It is possible to see many masterpieces such as Femme arrangeant son chapeau, (1890) by Auguste Renoir or La mer à Sainte-Adresse, (1965) by Frédéric Bazille.

The Arkansas Arts Center (AAC) is an art museum founded in 1960, the mission of which is to follow the training, inspiration and artistic creation of art in Arkansas so as to make it accessible to everyone.