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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Christie’s sales go ahead despite cyber attack

20 May 2024

Auction house Christie’s went ahead with its sales as planned despite suffering a ‘technology security incident’ that brought down its website.

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Impressionism anniversary marked in major St James's exhibition

20 May 2024

Gallery with family connections stages a show 150 years on from Paris exhibition where the art movement began

Les Distractions de Dagobert by Leonora Carrington

Leonora Carrington’s surrealist ‘masterpiece’ sets major auction record at Sotheby's

18 May 2024

Setting a record for any British-born female artist at auction, a surrealist painting by Leonora Carrington (1917-2011) drew a lengthy bidding battle at Sotheby’s New York on May 15, taking the artist into a new league commercially.

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Clipper by ‘the Irish Alfred Wallis’ sails into Dublin to set a record

13 May 2024

A picture by the artist dubbed ‘the Irish Alfred Wallis’ soared above estimate to bring a record at Dublin saleroom Adam’s (25% buyer’s premium).

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How Whistler became a prolific and powerful printmaker

13 May 2024

When James Abbott McNeill Whistler (1834-1903) arrived in Paris in 1855 determined to pursue a career as an artist, printmaking was experiencing a revival.

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Kirchner steps back into view

11 May 2024

For over a century, the whereabouts of the painting Tanz im Varieté (Steptanz) (Vaudeville Dance/Tap Dance) by the Expressionist Ernst Ludig Kirchner were unknown.

Rohan McCulloch

A Magritte sketch is among five lots to watch

06 May 2024

With estimates from £380, here are five previews of upcoming items.

Gustav Klimt portrait

Klimt portrait sets Austrian auction record but fails to ignite bidding battle

25 April 2024

A late portrait by Gustav Klimt (1862-1918) that emerged at Vienna auction house im Kinsky has sold for €30m (£25.9m).

La Psyché by Eva Gonzalès

The National Gallery buys its first work by Impressionist painter Eva Gonzalès

22 April 2024

A painting by French Impressionist painter Eva Gonzalès has been acquired by The National Gallery via a private treaty sale from a British collection for a “tax-advantageous price” of £1.49m.

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Pippin work pops in to the 62nd Philadelphia Show

15 April 2024

Horace Pippin (1888-1946), a self-taught black US artist known for images of the First World War, biblical scenes and images of racial segregation, features at 'The Philadelphia Show' this year where his 1944 still-life 'The Love Note' is offered by M Hanks Gallery for $250,000.

Giorgio De Chirico, Manichini (Landau, TEFAF New York 2024)

De Chirico picture included in TEFAF New York highlights on the 100th anniversary of Surrealism

11 April 2024

Despite a strained relationship with Surrealism, the artist had a profound effect on the movement.

Concetto spaziale, La fine di Dio

Egg-shaped artwork could set new auction record for Italian artist Lucio Fontana

09 April 2024

An artwork by Lucio Fontana, the Argentine-Italian artist known for his 'slashed canvas' creations, is coming to auction in May.

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A Francis Picabia artwork is among five lots to watch

08 April 2024

With estimates from £500, here are five previews of lots coming up at auction this week.

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Two for one deal on ‘Singer Sargent’

08 April 2024

Two watercolours in the manner of John Singer Sargent sailed above hopes when offered by Amelia Jeffers (20% buyer’s premium) in Delaware, Ohio on March 7.

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Eye on an object: Equestrian painting by Claude Grosperrin

08 April 2024

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

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Early Khanna creation emerges in New Jersey

01 April 2024

A relatively early work by the Indian post-war painter Krishen Khanna (b.1925) hammered for $116,000 (£90,500) against an estimate of $4000-8000 at Taurus Auctions (18% buyer’s premium).

Mazzoleni, Art Basel Hong Kong. Credits Mark Blower. Courtesy Mazzoleni, London Torino

Work by Modern Italian master included in Art Basel Hong Kong sales

29 March 2024

Contemporary giant includes some Modern offerings including several recent sales from a London gallery.

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Dealer 'Dick' Turpin's fine art exemplifies his eclectic taste

11 March 2024

Although the late antiques dealer Maurice ‘Dick’ Turpin (1928-2005) may have been better known for his expertise in furniture and works of art, he also had an eye for a painting.

Adrien Meyer of Christie’s

Magritte leads Modern art auctions in London as overall totals fall

09 March 2024

A surrealist painting by René Magritte (1898-1967) led the latest series of Modern and Contemporary art sales in London although overall the auctions at Sotheby’s, Christie’s and Phillips were rather flat compared to previous years.

Picasso designed chair

Chair prices propelled higher thanks to Picasso

04 March 2024

A Parisian sale titled Pablo Picasso and his Friends staged at Piasa in France on February 15 included a series of artworks to which the great man had contributed in some way.

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