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Impressionist & Modern Art

Small, But Perfectly Formed

An artwork does not need to be large to be exquisite. In fact, it is often said the best things come in small packages. In June this year, to coincide with its flagship sales in London, Sotheby's will stage a deceptively 'small' sale. Bringing together a range of works from across the 20th and 21st centuries, with occasional surprises from earlier moments, this first-of-its-kind sale will include a broad mix of exceptional paintings, sculptures and works on paper which share one common characteristic – each one will be no bigger than the size of the catalogue page on which it is illustrated, in 'Actual Size'.

HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE RECENT IMPRESSIONIST & MODERN ART EVENING SALE ON 1 MARCH 2017.

Thomas Bompard, Head of Impressionist & Modern Art Evening sales in London explains: "The sale chimes with a particular kind of collecting interest that is ever-more pronounced among today's collectors – the evidence of which was readily apparent in Sotheby’s salerooms over the course of the last week. There, we saw small but power-packed works – be they by Gauguin, de Stael, Klimt or Klein – attract interest and competition almost in direct anti-correlation to their scale."

PAUL GAUGUIN'S TE ARII VAHINE – LA FEMME AUX MANGOS (II). SOLD FOR £8.4 MILLION. 

This sale represents a unique opportunity to experience some of the world's most interesting works of art from a broad spectrum of artists, movements and styles. The innovatively designed exhibition in the New Bond Street Galleries will take place in one room, and whilst the objects may be diminutive in size, the viewing experience will have striking visual impact. Bompard continues: " These works are often intense: intensely personal, intensely intimate and intensely powerful." The accompanying catalogue will act as a permanent record of this unique concept, which offers an exciting addition to the Sotheby's sale calendar. 

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