The Impressionist and Modern Art Evening Sale this February will offer a selection of works of exceptional quality and importance. Leading the sale is Pablo Picasso’s majestic Femme assise près d’une fenêtre, a breathtaking portrait of his muse Marie-Thérèse Walter painted in 1932.
The relationship between artist and model is the focus of another highlight: Liebespaar (Selbstdarstellung mit Wally) by Egon Schiele. This exquisite gouache comes from the Leopold Museum in Vienna together with two other exceptional works on paper by the artist. Alongside these iconic images of modern art is perhaps one of Impressionism’s most celebrated subjects – the water lilies at Giverny – represented here by the monumental Nymphéas avec reflects de hautes herbes, which has never previously been seen at auction.
The sale features two wonderful collections from both sides of the Atlantic, each of which offers fascinating glimpses into the passions behind collecting art. One of the highlights of the sale is Joan Miró’s Femme rêvant de l’évasion of 1945, which comes from the collection of Miriam and Ira D. Wallach accompanied by two further works by Miró and other modern masters. Classic Impressionism is particularly well represented by the outstanding group of paintings by Monet, Sisley, Gauguin and Pissarro offered from the collection of the late Earl of Jersey.
Other highlights include two pastels by Edgar Degas of his two definitive subjects – the bather and the dancer – as well as Max Beckmann’s Vor dem Ball (Zwei Frauen mit Katze).
We hope you will enjoy browsing through this E-catalogue, and look forward to welcoming you to our London galleries in February.
TUESDAY, 5 FEBRUARY, LONDON - In a packed saleroom, Sotheby’s Impressionist, Modern & Surrealist Art Evening Sales brought a total of £121,075,400 / $190,500,035 / €140,798,252 (est. £103.2–149million), establishing the second-highest total for a Sotheby’s Evening Sale in this category in London. In total, 18 lots sold for over £1 million, 28 sold for over $1 million.
The top price of the evening was achieved for Pablo Picasso’s 1932 painting Femme assise près d’une fenêtre, sold to an anonymous telephone bidder for £28,601,250/ $45,001,207/ €33,260,316 (est. £25-35 million). This monumental work is part of a defining series which introduced his ‘golden muse’ Marie-Thérèse to the public eye. Picasso’s young lover became a primary emblem of love, sex and desire in 20th century art.
The Impressionist & Modern Art Evening auction achieved a total of £104,404,900 / $164,270,670 / €121,412,173 (est. £86.7-126 million) and saw a high average lot value for the works sold of £3,070,732, and was 85% sold by lot. The Surrealist Art Sale realised a total of £16,670,500 / $26,229,365 / €19,386,079 (est. £16.5-23 million), establishing sell-through rates of 85.7% sold by lot.