Highest Total for Any Auction Ever Staged in London at £195 Million

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Gustav Klimt's exceptional summer landscape Bauerngarten inspired energetic bidding in front of a packed London saleroom to achieve £48 million in the Impressionist & Modern Art Sale. Also leading the sale were three portraits by Pablo Picasso, accompanied by his poignant war-time still life Plant de tomates which sold for £17million. Paul Gauguin's vision of the south pacific, Te Arii Vahine, reached £8.4 million, and Alfred Sisley's snow-scape Effet de neige à Louveciennes sold for £7.4 million – a new record for the artist. The sale achieved £195 Million, the highest total for an auction ever staged in London. Click through to view the top results and highlights from the evening.

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Impressionist & Modern Art Evening Sale

Highest Total for Any Auction Ever Staged in London at £195 Million

  • Gustav Klimt, Bauerngarten (Blumengarten), 1907. Sold for £47,971,250.
    Among the finest works by Gustav Klimt ever to come to auction, Bauerngarten was painted during the golden years of Klimt’s career and was a highlight of the critically acclaimed Painting the Modern Garden exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts in London last year.

  • Pablo Picasso, Plant de tomates, 1944. Sold for £17,033,750.
    Symbolic of victory in Europe, Picasso's paintings of the tomato plant in bloom in the apartment he shared with his lover Marie-Thérèse are ripe with personal as well as wider political and cultural significance – a way of reflecting the spirit of hope and resilience that characterised this time.

  • Amedeo Modigliani, Portrait de Baranowski, 1918. Sold for £16,021,250.
    Modigliani was the most celebrated portrait artist of the 20th century to be based in Paris. This elegant composition powerfully synthesises all the elements of Modigliani's portraits in this period – from geometric simplification of the stylised human form to the almond, vacant eyes that render the sitter impenetrable.

  • Pablo Picasso, Femme nue assise, 1965. Sold for £13,658,750.
    Using confident brushstrokes in this painting created in the home he shared with Jacqueline, Picasso was able to isolate the symbols of erotic desire and threat embodied in the female nude – subjects that fascinated and preoccupied him throughout his career.

  • Pablo Picasso, Femme assise dans un fauteuil sur fond blanc, 1953.
    Sold for £12,083,750.
    This striking monochromatic portrait of the artist's lover Françoise Gilot is both a personal and intimate work and an example of Picasso's remarkable and inventive technical ability.

  • Paul Gauguin, Te Arii Vahine – La Femme aux mangos (II), 1896.
    Sold for £8,371,250.
    Painted in Tahiti, this is an important and extremely rare work from a key period in the artist's career. Executed during Gauguin's second and last visit to the South Seas, Te Arii Vahine is inspired by the lush environment that surrounded him, displaying the vividness, sensuous atmosphere and vibrant palette that characterises his celebrated Tahitian paintings.

  • Pablo Picasso, Nu couché et tête d’homme, 1967. Sold for £7,921,250.
    Nu couché et tête d'homme is a stunning, brilliantly coloured example of one of Picasso's favourite themes, that of the artist and model. This series of works proved to be one of his most passionate and energetic projects, inspired by the final love of his life, Jacqueline Roque.

  • Camille Pissarro, Les Quatre saisons (L'Hiver, Le Printemps, L'Ete and L'Automne).
    Sold for £7,696,250.
    Executed in 1872 and the first half of 1873, Pissarro’s majestic four canvas representation of the four seasons is one of the grandest achievements of Impressionist art.

  • Alfred Sisley, Effet de neige à Louveciennes, 1874. Sold for £7,358,750.
    This painting dates from a pivotal period in Sisley's œuvre when he was working with a group of artists including Monet, Renoir and Degas on the plans for what came to be known as the First Impressionist Exhibition.

  • Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Vier Akte unter Bäumen (Four Nudes under Trees), 1913. Sold for £5,446,250.
    Painted in the final year of important artistic collective Die Brücke – whose governing philosophy centred on freedom of expression – Vier Akte unter Bäumen exemplifies the zest and vigour of the movement. 


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