Scandinavian Sale & German & Austrian Paintings

This year’s sale will incorporate both Sotheby’s annual Scandinavian Sale and the sale of German, Austrian, Hungarian and Slavic Paintings. Among the Scandinavian paintings is one of the most exciting groups of works by the foremost Finnish artist, Helene Schjerfbeck, to come to auction in recent years. Crippled by a hip injury at an early age, Schjerfbeck’s personal struggles with health add poignancy to one of her most iconic images, Tanssiaiskengät (Dancing Shoes) of 1882 (est: £250,000-350,000). Schjerfbeck was not alone in her choice of children as a subject; another Scandinavian to favour the same theme was the Swedish artist Carl Larsson. Larsson’s watercolours, Skalorna (est: £200,0000-300,000) and Brita at the Piano (est: £150,000-200,000), are among the other highlights in the sale. Part of the European sale will be devoted to German, Austrian, Hungarian and Slavic Paintings. This section is particularly rich in works by Hungarian artists, from academic classical paintings to modern en plein air pictures. Among the highlights is Mihály Munkácsy’s The Tin Drum (est: £60,000-80,000), dated 1872. Formerly in the Thyssen-Bornemissza collection, this work was painted at the height of Munkácsy’s career, following his move to Paris, and draws inspiration from the artist’s own youth and childhood experiences.

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