Modern & Contemporary Day Auction
Live Auction: 30 June 2022 • 12:00 PM BST • London

Modern & Contemporary Day Auction 30 June 2022 • 12:00 PM BST • London

F ollowing the success of the inaugural edition in March 2022, Sotheby’s London is delighted to present the second iteration of Sotheby’s London Modern & Contemporary Art auction this June. Running the gamut of the avant-garde from the late 19th century through to artists working today, the sale presents exceptional artworks by artists who dared to innovate and experiment over the course of 150 years.

Highlights of the sale include exceptional works by René Magritte, Adrian Ghenie, Marc Chagall, Damien Hirst, Pablo Picasso, Yayoi Kusama, Andy Warhol, Tamara de Lempicka and Marlene Dumas.

Auction Highlights

View 1 of Lot 408: Galatée
René Magritte
Galatée
Estimate: 800,000 – 1,200,000 GBP
René Magritte's "Galatée"
With its surreal arrangement of soft white clouds floating serenely over a tranquil landscape, Galatée takes as its subject matter one of the most iconic motifs within René Magritte’s oeuvre: that of a cloud-filled sky, inspired by the wide flat landscapes of Belgium with the large open skies that created the perfect scenery to inspire Magritte.

Modern Highlights from the Modern and Contemporary Day Sale

View 1 of Lot 329: The Butcher
Adrian Ghenie
The Butcher
Estimate: 400,000 – 600,000 GBP
Adrian Ghenie's "The Butcher"
Rendered in the hallmark style of Adrian Ghenie’s masterful visual practice, The Butcher from 2009 is a sumptuously surreal amalgamation of colour, texture and form. Oscillating between figurative and abstract, the composition demonstrates Ghenie’s preference for what he has called ‘staged accidents’, resulting in a series of unique textures and pictorial elements.

Contemporary Highlights from the Modern and Contemporary Day Sale

Modern Highlights

Emerging Artists

Works on Paper Highlights

British Art

Impressionist Highlights

View 1 of Lot 312: Pumpkin
Yayoi Kusama
Pumpkin
Estimate: 200,000 – 300,000 GBP
Yayoi Kusama's "Pumpkin"
Rendered in a shade of golden-orange, Kusama deliberately painted Pumpkin in the gourd’s essential colour with a direct semblance to a sweet, tender and luscious kabocha. The work is covered in precisely painted polka dots and set against a wall of tessellated nets – all of which are wholly iconic and era-defining features of the artist’s style.

Women Artists

German Art

View 1 of Lot 418: Maison au toit rouge
Pablo Picasso
Maison au toit rouge
Estimate: 550,000 – 700,000 GBP
Pablo Picasso's "Maison au toit rouge"
In Pablo Picasso’s oeuvre, the theme of landscape emerges as a game of metaphors and symbols. The dialogue with his immediate environment arose from his internal monologue; as a reliable storyteller of his own biography, he portrayed what was closest to him.

Sculpture Highlights

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