The Impressionist & Modern Art Day Sale achieved £20 million. The top lot of the sale was Marc Chagall’s Sirène au pin which sold for £701,000. This work, a gouache, watercolour and pastel on paper from 1960, stands as the quintessential Chagall piece - imbued with a whimsical sense of romantic possibility and glowing with the vivid colours and sensual delights of the South of France.
There was institutional buying in the sale, as Musée d’Orsay acquired Les Danaïdes or Femmes à la source by Paul Sérusier for £233,000 – a rare, timeless and enchanting depiction of group of women engaged in solemn procession towards a water-source, harking back to Greek mythology.
Further demonstrating the strength of the market for works on paper, the sale offered a large number of sought-after works by artists including Pablo Picasso, Fernand Léger and Edgar Degas. Highlights included Wassily Kandinsky’s An die See und an die Son, which brought an above-estimate £665,000, and Joan Miró’s striking Sans titre that exceeded its estimate to make £569,000.
Sculpture performed very strongly, with twenty-one lots selling for a combined total of £2.4 million (est. £1.3 – 1.9 million) led by Auguste Rodin’s Eternel Printemps, selling for £305,000. Other highlights that performed well against estimate included a bronze sculpture by Dame Barbara Hepworth, Pierced Round Form, which sold for £155,000.
The Sotheby’s Impressionist & Modern Art Day Sale features a diverse and exciting selection of paintings, works on paper and sculpture by the leading artists of the late 19th and 20th centuries. Highlights will include works by important artists such as Marc Chagall, Henri Matisse, Egon Schiele, Giorgio Morandi, Max Pechstein and Pierre-Auguste Renoir.