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.


Lucian Freud portrait of John Richardson

Seven highlights from the John Richardson collection at Sotheby’s

03 August 2020

A collection of paintings, sculpture, works on paper and prints owned by the late art historian John Richardson is being offered at Sotheby’s later this year.

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Colnaghi caters for Mod Art fans

20 July 2020

This picture by Ramon Casas (1866- 1932), sold from Colnaghi during London Art Week.

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Artist Georg Schrimpf attracts flurry of bids at Van Ham

20 July 2020

In his autobiography Georg Schrimpf described how he originally lacked the courage to become a painter and spent several years as a baker, a waiter and a coalman until he finally found the conviction to devote himself exclusively to art.

Christie's auction in New York

Three continents, four auctioneers, 80 lots and 80,000 online watchers: Christie’s ‘One’ sale brings $421m

16 July 2020

A late work by Roy Lichtenstein topped the bill at Christie’s first ‘relay-style’ auction. The sale involved four auctioneers in different countries each conducting a section of the sale with the venues linked-up together via live streaming.

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Roubtzoff depiction of Tunisian street life appears at Millon

13 July 2020

Paris Millon will offer this painting of a Tunisian street scene by Alexandre Roubtzoff (1884-1949) at its Antiquities and Orientalist sale on July 21.

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Francis Bacon stars at Sotheby's in the first summer ‘super sale’

06 July 2020

Sotheby’s held the first of this summer’s ‘super sales’ last week as it combined a series of three Modern and Contemporary art auctions into a marathon four-and-a-half hour live-streamed event.

Albert Birkle painting

German artist’s enigmatic portrait of railway worker makes major auction record at Lempertz

04 July 2020

Albert Birkle (1900-1986) was a German artist who studied in Berlin later moving to Salzburg in Austria. He was part of the ‘Neue Sachlichkeit’ or New Objectivity movement of the 1920s.

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Dealer Katz defined and refined

22 June 2020

London auction of dealer's works follows similar 2013 sale and Rafael Valls offering held this April

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Five Vuillard works on offer at Artcurial

15 June 2020

This painting of Madame de Saint-Maurice is one of five works by Edouard Vuillard spanning the years 1900-18 from the Georges and Jacqueline Herbin collection on offer at Artcurial in Paris.

The Drunkard by Joaquín Sorolla

Dealer Daniel Katz sells Sorolla’s study of a drunkard to National Gallery

11 June 2020

The National Gallery in London has bought a painting by Spanish artist Joaquín Sorolla (1863-1923) for £325,000 from London’s Daniel Katz Gallery.

‘Les femmes d'Alger (version 'F')

Christie’s launches major cross-continental Modern art sale using live streaming with bidders in the room where permitted

15 May 2020

Christie’s is launching a new sale-format for a major 20th century art auction in July.

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Graduation oil painting by artist who worked on Diaghilev set designs soars to six figures

06 April 2020

An early work by Boris Anisfeld titled 'Adam and Eve' made one of the highest prices in the Russian paintings and works of art auction at Shapiro (25% buyer’s premium) in New York

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Collection of husband-and-wife artistic duo Stieglitz and O'Keeffe sells in New York

30 March 2020

Works by artist Georgia O’Keeffe (1887-1986) and her husband, photographer Alfred Stieglitz (1864- 1946), were the chief focus of a sale held by Sotheby’s (25/20/13.9% buyer’s premium) in New York.

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Egg tempera creates a Plummer cracker

23 March 2020

Although championed by Stanley Spencer and the poet and critic Herbert Read, Francis Plummer (1930-2019) is a name few will have heard of.

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‘A crapshooter throwing dice’

23 March 2020

Paul Jenkins (1923-2012), an American Abstract artist and member of the New York School, was born in Kansas City. He worked at a ceramics factory in his youth, an experience that heavily influenced his tactile methods of painting.

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Freeman's flagship gallery off to fine launch

09 March 2020

First auction to be held in Freeman’s new Philadelphia site topped by Degas and Van Gogh

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Toulouse-Lautrec at the double in North Carolina

09 March 2020

An unsigned double-sided graphite drawing depicting an assortment of bulls, other animals and equestrian figures ascribed to the French artist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec will be offered by Leland Little on March 14 in Hillsborough, North Carolina.

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Sleepy Canadian oil awakened in Teddington

02 March 2020

A briefly catalogued 20th century painting, spotted by bidders as the work of the Ontario-born painter David Milne (1882-1953), raced to £38,000 at auction in Teddington. It had come for sale from Eaton Cottage in Thames Ditton, Surrey, with an estimate of just £100-200.

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Karl Hofer expresses himself at Taunton auction

02 March 2020

This late drawing by Karl Hofer (1878-1955), the German Expressionist painter who was branded a creator of ‘degenerate art’ by the Nazis, was one of dozens consigned by his family to Taunton saleroom Greenslade Taylor Hunt (19.5% buyer’s premium).

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Swiss painter Marius Borgeaud offers paws for thought

02 March 2020

Marius Borgeaud (1861-1924) was one of several Swiss painters working in Paris around the turn of the 20th century.

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