Sotheby’s Masters Week achieved an extraordinary $82.5 million across six sales, nearly twice the 2017 series results. Among the more than 650 paintings, drawings and sculptures sold were a pair of immaculate Venetian views by Canaletto, which earned $4.2 million. The week's three private sales saw remarkable results, garnering a combined $23 million. For more of the best auction moments from Masters Week, click ahead. And while the sales may be over, two exhibitions of Spanish Golden Age paintings are on view through 11 February in our New York galleries. Selling a work of art, fine timepiece or jewel with Sotheby’s is simple. Click here for more information about consigning with Sotheby's.
The upcoming sale of Old Master Drawings (31 January, New York) celebrates the brilliance of the medium across eras and styles, with works by Baroque master il Guercino, French Romantic Pierre-Paul Prud’hon and Italian avant-garde artist Gino Severini. The second session of the auction is dedicated to the collection of the late Egbert Haverkamp-Begemann, the influential professor of 17th-century Dutch and Flemish art at New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts. The collection includes exceptional works by Jan Lievens, Karel van Mander, Abraham Bloemaert and many others. Click ahead for a tour of master drawings across the centuries. Old Master Drawings including the Collection of Professor Egbert Haverkamp-Begemann 31 January | New York
Masters Week is taking over Sotheby’s New York headquarters with seven auctions and exhibitions. Highlights of the week of sales include rare and exciting masterpieces from the 14th to 19th centuries, from such esteemed artists as Velazquez, Titian, and Goya. The exhibitions will be open to the public beginning 26 January. The Line of Beauty: Drawings from the Collection of Howard and Saretta Barnet 31 January Old Master Drawings including the Collection of Professor Egbert Haverkamp-Begemann 31 January The Otto Naumann Sale 31 January Fine Old Master and 19th Century Paintings 1 February Master Paintings Evening Sale 1 February Master Paintings and Sculpture Day Sale 2 February The Auckland Project at Sotheby’s: An Exhibition of Works from the Spanish Gallery 26 January–11 February
Covering nearly 500 years of Western art, the superb collection of drawings carefully assembled by Howard and Saretta Barnet is highly unusual in its combination of small overall size, great chronological span, and exceptionally high quality. The collection will be offered as The Line of Beauty on 31 January 2018 in New York.
“The greatest masters of Western European art, from Leonardo to Picasso, began every work of art that they made with drawings,” says Gregory Rubinstein, Head of Sotheby's Old Master Drawings department. This universality is why art lovers and collectors who are fascinated by the process of making art are fascinated by drawings. Two such collectors were Howard and Saretta Barnet. Unique in its combination of small overall size, great chronological span and exceptionally high quality, the Barnet Collection was assembled over a period of nearly 40 years and reflects a powerful, consistent eye for quality and beauty. Click ahead to enter the worlds of Ingres, Goya, Degas, Freud and other masters. The Line of Beauty: Drawings from the Collection of Howard and Saretta Barnet 31 January | New York
This coming fall, winter and spring, the remarkable Collection of Howard and Saretta Barnet will be offered across multiple auctions at Sotheby’s. The Barnets were visionary collectors, far ahead of their time. The rarity, quality and importance of the individual works in the Barnet Collection are difficult to overstate, and even more significant is the astonishingly clear and erudite vision that brought these works together. From seemingly disparate geographic origins and historical eras, these works are united in one all-important characteristic: beauty. The Contemporary Art in the Barnet collection, to be offered in both the Evening and Day sales this November, shows great refinement and taste with a true appreciation for the vitality of color in 20th-century art. Whether in the dazzling palette of the Noland, the subtle sunlit shades of the Agnes Martin or the nuanced black-on-black of the Reinhardt, the Contemporary paintings in the Barnet Collection declare the genius of these masters in boldly creating compositions embodied entirely of color and luminosity. There is an extraordinary sense of harmony and aesthetic consistency that seems to run through the entire collection, with each and every object in dialogue with one another. Their collection of works on paper, led by a remarkable group of Old Master drawings, will be offered in a single-owner auction in January 2018. The group covers an eye-watering chronological span of around half a millennium, from the serene view of Fiesole, executed around 1500 by Fra Bartolommeo, to Lucian Freud’s probing 1989 portrait of Balthus. The Collection of Howard and Saretta Barnet will also include offerings in our March Important Design auction, our April Prints & Multiples auction and a dedicated sale of an exceptional group of sculpture in May 2018, featuring important African and Oceanic Art, Pre-Columbian Art, American Indian Art and Antiquities.
Ahead of this week’s Old Master sales in New York, Head of Old Master Drawings Greg Rubinstein looks at some of the remarkable discoveries made by the department that have featured in this year’s and previous year’s sales. In our instant-access age, when it is easy to think that pretty much all human knowledge is immediately available through a couple of judicious clicks, it is both exciting and refreshing that major artistic discoveries continue to be made with some regularity. In the field of Old Master Paintings and Drawings in particular, lost or previously unknown masterpieces emerge every year, thanks to a magic combination of the level of specialist knowledge needed to identify some of these works correctly, and changes in tastes and fortunes over the centuries, which have caused the works – often correctly identified in earlier times – to slip gently out of public view.
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