S otheby’s is pleased to announce the launch of a new series of sales : Les Arts sous Influence / Influencing the Arts. These auctions will showcase the legacy of illustrious, fascinating and inspiring men and women who have left their mark on the arts.
This year, the celebration of Napoleon’s bicentenary death is a reminder of the global influence of this extraordinary figure. Beyond the military, political and administrative aspects of his life, Napoleon dominated the arts of his time, laying out the contours of a new aesthetic destined for the expression of his own glorification.
The continued presence of Napoleon in the arts, and the prevalence of his iconography are testament to the enduring fascination the world has for him. Therefore, the Napoleon sale will offer a rich panorama of works, spanning two centuries of art history.
The result of an incredible synergy between our specialist departments, the sale brings together an incredibly diverse spectrum of collecting categories.