Wassily Kandinsk’s Studie für Improvisation 10 (Study for Improvisation 10). Estimate £4,000,000-6,000,000.

NEW YORK - As the exhibition of highlights from the Impressionist, Modern & Surrealist Art Evening sale come down I am amazed at how time has flown past. Perhaps it is due to the excitement at having such a superb response from our clients. Being here has reinforced my sense of the remarkable depth of quality across so many areas of the sale – Auguste Rodin's Le penseur, which has what must be the finest patina of any cast to have come to auction; the wonderful, vibrant Henri Matisse Boléro Violet from 1937 and the Picasso works on paper from the private collection of Jan Krugier are all works that immediately spring to mind.


Henri Matisse’s Boléro Violet from 1937. Estimate £6,500,000-8,500,000.

Works by Surrealist artists have also attracted a great deal of attention. We brought to New York a phenomenal gouache by Salvador Dalí, formerly in the collection of Edward James and a stellar Magritte amongst others. Le beau monde, literally translated, a beautiful world, invites the viewer into a dreamlike space and is undoubtedly a masterpiece of Magritte's mature period and the quintessential Surrealist picture. It unites some of Magritte's most distinctive iconography – the apple – the curtain and the cloudy sky. The juxtaposition of these familiar objects in an unexpected context encourages us to question their significance and purpose and reveals a key theme of Magritte's art and that of the Surrealist movement. Like so many of the pieces we will offer on 5 February, the painting has superb provenance, coming to the market after several decades in a private collection.


René Magritte’s Le beau monde. Estimate £4,000,000-6,000,000.

A number of works, including an incredibly important 1910 painting from Kandinsky's rare series of Improvisations and Jawlensky's expressionist tour de force Roter hut will go from here to our exhibition in Cologne before returning to London for the opening of our pre-sale exhibition in New Bond Street on 30th January.