Simon Shaw, Co-Head of Sotheby’s Worldwide Impressionist & Modern Art Department, commented: “A key factor in tonight’s successes was our longstanding relationships with top collectors, and our partnership with them throughout the sale process – the three works from the Private American Collection that led our sale, Monet’s Le Pont japonais, and more were non-competitive consignments. It was a privilege to offer Picasso’s spectacular Le Sauvetage exactly a decade after we last auctioned it in New York, and we are thrilled to see its price double in that time. We are pleased to once again deliver exceptional results on behalf of a great American institution, with Monet’s Sur la Falaise à Pourville selling for well over its high estimate to benefit the Acquisitions Fund of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.”
On 7 May, Sotheby’s Impressionist and Modern Art Evening sale will offer Picasso’s dramatic Le Sauvetage, the most accomplished and colourful among a series of well-known canvases from 1932. Vibrant colour dominates the offerings with two important works by Matisse, La Séance du matin and La femme en jaune, both from the artist’s resplendent Nice period in the 1920s. Among the notable examples of Impressionism is Monet’s spectacular and richly-painted canvas of the Japanese footbridge in his Giverny garden. The sale also includes pivotal works of Modern sculpture including one of the most successful examples from Giacometti's Femmes de Venise series, coming to us from the Estate of Jan Krugier. Additional works from the Krugier Estate include canvases by Picasso, Braque, Monet and Léger. A hitherto-unknown 1946 canvas from Miró, a major oil from the 1880s by Renoir, an early oil painting by Feininger and a spectacular coastal landscape by Monet will also be included in the sale.