Auctioneer Henry Wyndham at the rostrum during the Impressionist & Modern Art Evening sale.
NEW YORK – Known to New York collectors as the auctioneer of the Old Masters sale, Henry Wyndham presided over the rostrum of his first Impressionist & Modern Art Evening sale in New York on a night that realized a total $219 million.
Pablo Picasso’s Le Sauvetage sold for $31.5 million.
Soaring past its pre-sale high estimate of $18 million, Pablo Picasso’s Le Sauvetage drew interest from numerous collectors, eventually selling to a phone bidder for $31.5 million to a resounding applause. The painting portrays the dramatic seaside rescue of Marie-Thérèse, the artist’s lover, a subject that he revisited many times at the end of 1932 in response to her contracting a serious disease after swimming in the Marne. The prolonged bidding battle drove the painting to the highest price of the Impressionist & Modern sales.
Henri Matisse’s La Séance du matin sold for $19.2 million.
Henri Matisse’s La Séance du matin, a 1924 painting of the artist’s studio assistant and frequent muse Henriette Darricarrère, sold for $19.2 million. The year that the painting was executed, Henriette developed a paralyzing stage fright that forced her to give up her musical pursuits and begin painting instead. La Séance du matin commemorated Henriette’s first forays into art making and became one of Matisse’s most beloved paintings from the period. Henriette was also the model for Matisse’s La Femme en jaune, painted in the artist’s Nice period in 1923. After several bidders vied for the work, it sold to a bidder for $8.6 million.
Claude Monet's Le Pont japonais sold for $15.8 million.
Perhaps the most iconic artist of the Impressionist period, Claude Monet continues to capture the imagination of collectors around the world. Notably, tonight Monet’s Le Pont japonais, a late example of a subject that the artist returned to again and again in his career, drew interest from several bidders, selling to a private Asian collector for $15.8 million. Also garnering significant attention was Sur la falaise à Pourville, a seascape that Monet painted en plein-air at the height of the Impressionist period in 1882. The artist’s Parisian dealer Durand-Ruel, who was instrumental in establishing the artist’s reputation throughout Europe and abroad, purchased the picture not long after its completion. It was one of the first major Impressionist canvases to be sent to the United States. Formerly in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum, the picture surpassed its presale high estimate, selling for $8.2 million.
Alberto Giacometti's La Place sold for $13 million.
The strength of the market for works by Alberto Giacometti was apparent throughout the night as all five woks by the artist sold totaling $35.1 million. La Place, the artist’s first multi-figural sculpture, sold for $13 million, while six bidders drove Femme de Venise V, an iconic sculpture, to $8.8 million.
Joan Miró's Sans Titre sold for $8 million.