Impressionist and Modern Art

One of the flagship sectors of the art market comprising works by artists from the late 19th century through to first half of the 20th century. This area includes works by Impressionist, Surrealist, Expressionist and Cubist painters.


Tamara Karsavina painting

‘Mother of modern British ballet’ portrait sold at Christie’s and donated to Royal Academy of Dance

31 March 2021

A portrait of the 'mother of modern British ballet’ will go on public display this autumn after dance enthusiasts rallied round to bid at auction.

Christie's changes category names for flagship art auctions

29 March 2021

Christie’s has announced that from this summer it will be renaming its Impressionist & Modern and Post-War & Contemporary sales.

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The web shop window: Pablo Picasso doodle

15 March 2021

Thousands of items are available to buy from dealers online. Here we pick out one that caught our eye this week.

White Interior picture by Carl Moll

The $4m house record for Vienna Secession picture

01 March 2021

An evocative interior scene by one of the founding members of the Vienna Secession movement set a landmark price at Freeman’s of Philadelphia.

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Swiss tribute to the beautiful Dordogne

01 March 2021

In June 1925, only six months before his death, the Swiss painter Felix Vallotton and his wife visited the Périgord for the first time, which he declared to be “the most beautiful countryside on earth”.

Vincent van Gogh Montmartre painting

Sotheby’s to offer a van Gogh as Bonhams unveil a Picasso

27 February 2021

Two major consignments of Impressionist and Modern art have been announced in the last week.

Anne Marion

$150m art collection of a US cattle rancher, oil magnate and philanthropist comes to auction at Sotheby’s

25 February 2021

The art collection of the late Anne Marion (1938-2020), a cattle rancher, oil magnate and philanthropist, will be offered at Sotheby’s in May.

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Edouard Manet dog portrait emerges at Paris sale

15 February 2021

This canine portrait 'Minnay' by Edouard Manet (1832-83) will be offered for sale by Drouot Estimations on February 26.

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Nonesuch Gallery discovers Goldstein 'Moses' painting

15 February 2021

This hitherto unrecorded work by the Jewish painter Morris Goldstein (1892-1965) is offered by the Nonesuch Gallery, priced at £5000.

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Marquet doubles up as oils sell separately at auction within 24 hours

08 February 2021

Two paintings by the French artist Albert Marquet (1875-1947) performed successfully at auctions in two different French cities in the space of 24 hours.

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Moll’s interior scene consigned to Freeman’s

18 January 2021

Carl Moll (1861-1945) was one of the founding members of the Vienna Secession movement. On February 23 in its sale of European Art and Old Masters, Freeman’s of Philadelphia will offer a painting by him that has been in the same family since it was acquired in Germany in the early 1920s.

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Russell Drysdale record equalled at Melbourne sale

04 January 2021

An important work by Modern Australian artist Russell Drysdale (1912-81) equalled his auction record when it sold at Deutscher and Hackett (25% buyer’s premium).

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Austrian artist’s rare auction appearance

21 December 2020

A group of works by the elusive Austrian émigré artist Marie-Louise von Motesiczky (1906-96) made a rare appearance at Chiswick Auctions’ (25% buyer’s premium) latest British & European Fine Art sale.

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Swiss artist stars as a pair of his works occupy the two top spots in a Zurich auction

21 December 2020

Works by Ferdinand Hodler (1853-1918) were the highlights of the Koller (25/22/15% buyer’s premium) sale of Swiss Art, held in Zurich as part of its December auction series.

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French artist goes once more unto the beach

14 December 2020

In the second half of the 19th century, the Normandy coast became a popular destination for Parisians keen to make an excursion from the capital and to enjoy the new leisure activity of sea bathing.

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Bonnard on offer at Besch in Cannes

14 December 2020

This oil on canvas by Pierre Bonnard from 1908 will be offered as part of Besch Cannes Auction’s December 27-31 series of Prestige sales.

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Surrealist Max Ernst branches out into forest

30 November 2020

De Baecque & Associés (27% buyer’s premium) offered the second instalment of the Modern and Contemporary art collection of Colette Creuzevault.

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Mammen makes entrance with Way Out

30 November 2020

For many decades, Jeanne Mammen was a forgotten artist. In the 1920s-30s she had been a celebrated illustrator and chronicler of the Weimar Republic.

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Railway picture by Moholo-Nagy emerges at Munich sale

30 November 2020

In 1919, László Moholy-Nagy came to Berlin, having fled from his native country after the collapse of the short-lived Hungarian Soviet Republic.

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Picasso ceramic portrait at Piasa

16 November 2020

This painted and glazed earthenware ceramic by Pablo Picasso from 1956 decorated with a profile Portrait de Jacqueline will feature in the November 25 sale of Modern and Contemporary Art at Piasa in Paris.

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