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.


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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Rare Gauguin woodcut print offered in New York sale

09 November 2020

Swann Galleries is holding a 476-lot sale of Old Master to Modern prints spanning the 16th to 20th centuries in New York on November 12.

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French galleries team up for joint exhibition highlighting well-travelled artist Martin-Ferrières

09 November 2020

With much of Europe retreating once again into lockdown, two French galleries are offering a window on the world with a retrospective of the well-travelled artist Jacques Martin-Ferrières (1893-1972).

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Imps & Mods sales are slimmer affairs but with high selling rates

02 November 2020

The latest evening sales of Impressionist & Modern and Contemporary art held at Sotheby’s (25/20/13.9 buyer’s premium + 1% overhead premium) in New York produced very high-selling rates but they were somewhat slimmer affairs than the normal run of sales in this category.

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News in Brief – including a Salvador Dalí Surrealist artwork selling at Bonhams

26 October 2020

A round-up of art and antiques news from the previous seven days, including news of a Salvador Dalí from 1937 selling for £7m at a Bonhams auction.

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Modern Vietnamese works reflect historical links to former French Indochina colony

19 October 2020

A number of strong results for works by modern Vietnamese painters have been achieved in recent weeks in salerooms across France.

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Getty Museum buys 39 Dutch drawings from private collector

15 October 2020

A group of Dutch drawings put together by a collector over a number of years has been acquired by the J Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles.

‘Going to the Pictures, 1941’ by Russell Drysdale

Russell Drysdale outback scene heads to Australian auction

01 October 2020

One of the most important works by modern Australian artist Russell Drysdale (1912-81) has been consigned to auction by descendants of the well-known art critic Clive Turnbull.

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Karl Kunz's boxing match appears in Frankfurt auction

28 September 2020

Among the million-plus visitors to the notorious 'Die Ausstellung Entartete Kunst' organised by the Nazis in 1937 was the painter Karl Kunz (1905-71). He was not there to be disgusted by the excesses of the “modern degenerates”, as was the official intention, but rather to be inspired by the work of his fellow painters.

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Courtauld acquires rare Gauguin manuscript through acceptance in lieu scheme

25 September 2020

A rare illustrated manuscript by Paul Gauguin (1848-1903) has been acquired by The Courtauld through the Acceptance in Lieu Scheme.

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The $275,000 toast to a Golden Guinness Girl

21 September 2020

The highlight of a two-day sale of works from White Oaks, a prominent Atlanta mansion, was this portrait of Anglo-Irish society hostess Oonagh Guinness by Philip de László (1869-1937).

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