Dedicated to painting, sculpture and graphic arts creation from the 1880’s to the 1950’s, the Impressionist & Modern auctions place one of Artcurial’s historic specialties in the forefront. In 2017, the Impressionist & Modern department totals close to €24M in sold art, placing Artcurial among the leading players in the field.
This clear dominance is the result of the department’s expertise for several years as much with the relationships created with the collectors, artists’ families, key market players and the institutions as with the legality, tax and inheritance advice it confers in terms of art objects, benefiting families, notaries, lawyers and Family Office.
The Department is also recognised for its authentication and research in historic and inheritance expertise as well as its ability to highlight and internationally enhance works with which they are entrusted at auction, and obtaining a reference price.
It is for these many reasons that Artcurial’s Impressionist & Modern department has acquired a solid legitimacy in the dispersion of prestigious collections over the recent years under the gavel of Francis Briest, the authority of Fabien Naudan and Bruno Jaubert’s leadership: Louis Carré, Tériade, Gérard Oury, Paul Pétrides, Fonds Constantin Brancusi, Dina Vierny/ Fondation Maillol, Ernesto et Liuba Wolf, Pierre Hebey collections, Brollo’s Giacometti, Jean Leymarie or Paul Lombard and Camille Claudel from her sister Louise. To name a few. The Department also registers spectacular prices, creating a reference on the international market, in particular for Feininger, Utrillo, Maillol, Gonzalez, Duchamp and a Rodin, the magnificent rediscovered “Andromeda”, which reached the astronomical price of €3.7M in May 2017. In the second half of the same year, 20 works of art by Camille Claudel went under the hammer and allowed French national museums including the Musée d'Orsay to pre-empt 12 pices while L'Abandon, emblematic work of the artist, fetched nearly €1.2M.
Thanks to its knowledge of the market and of collections, Artcurial targets international buyers both during public and private sales, guarantying optimum result.
The new generation’s scrutiny with respect to art, styles, periods and an unconventional approach to history open up new and exciting prospects within collections currently under construction. It is amidst this new perspective of renewal that Artcurial’s Impressionist & Modern department wishes accompany collectors while responding to their expectations in terms of knowledge and services.
On December 1, Artcurial will be dispersing an exceptional collection of works by Balthus, one of the greatest French figurative artists of the post-war period. From the collection of Frédérique Tison, the artist's model and muse, all these works were previously kept at the Château de Chassy in the Morvan.
Comprising 150 drawings, watercolors and canvases, most of which were produced in Chassy between 1953 and 1961, this is an event sale. It is the first time that such a large group of Balthus' works has been presented on the market.
The Impressionist & Modern sale was dominated by the exceptional painting Te Bourao (II) by Paul Gauguin, the last artwork still in private hands of a major nine paintings cycle painted in Tahiti and sent to Paris in 1898 as part of an exhibition dedicated to the artist at the Ambroise Vollard gallery. The oil on canvas reaches €9,553,200, almost twice its estimate.
Artcurial organisait les mardi 17 et mercredi 18 septembre, pendant la Biennale de Paris, la vente inédite de la Collection Joseph Altounian, l’antiquaire des musées, l’ami des artistes. Présentant près de 350 pièces dont 6 dessins d’Amedeo Modigliani, la vacation totalise 2 721 737 €, le double de son estimation et fait gants blancs avec 100% de lots vendus.
Marc CHAGALL (1887-1985)
Fleurs et amants, 1935
Sold €337,600 on 8th July 2020
Pierre-Auguste RENOIR (1841-1919)
Étude de femme et de fleurs - Circa 1915
Sold €213,600 on 8th July 2020
Moïse KISLING 1891-1953
Au coin d'une rue - 1926
Sold €235,625 on 8th July 2020
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