The auction realised €23.8 million, a record for a sale of Impressionist and Modern Art at Sotheby's France.
A battle between six bidders from around the world propelled Amedeo Modigliani's masterful Portrait of Paul Alexandre to €13,537,500, a new record for the artist in France. Pablo Picasso's Le peintre et son modèle sold for €3,009,500, achieving the second highest price in the auction.
Our forthcoming Impressionist and Modern Art sale will take place in Paris on 4 June 2014.
This sale is dominated by Modigliani’s majestic Portrait de Paul Alexandre painted in 1911-12, from the mythical collection of the sitter, the artist’s first patron, as well as four beautiful drawings with the same prestigious provenance.
Accompanying this museum-quality work are eye-catching compositions from the greatest names of Modern Art, notably two magnificent canvases by Pablo Picasso presenting iconic themes from the end of his career. As befits a Parisian sale, Surrealism will be well represented: a monumental red, white and yellow Personnage, oiseau (1976) by Joan Miró will rub shoulders with André Masson’s incandescent Pygmalion (1937). The Surrealist section will be further enriched with works by Francis Picabia, René Magritte, Max Ernst, Wifredo Lam, Léopold Survage, Salvador Dali, Oscar Dominguez, Victor Brauner and Jean Arp. This sale will also showcase George Braques’ superbly refined Nature morte aux cerises (1936) alongside select works by Auguste Rodin, Fernand Léger, Raoul Dufy and Pierre Bonnard.