Old Master, Modern & Contemporary Prints

Christie’s will hold its Old Master, Modern & Contemporary Prints on December 2. The auction represents over 500 years of artistic achievement and features important works by many of the most recognized Old Master, Modern and Contemporary artists. An outstanding impression of Albrecht Durer’s woodcut Samson rending the Lion (lot 28) leads the Old Master section. Dating from 1496, this image is one of the icons of Northern Renaissance printmaking.

Edvard Munch. The Girls on the Bridge (Madchen auf der Brucke). Woodcut with lithographic coloring, 1918. Estimate: £120,000-180,000. Lot 235

Other works include a complete set of 21 fine engravings for the Illustrations of the Book of Job by William Blake (lot 6).

The Modern and Contemporary section offers an interesting diversity and includes a rare impression of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec’s first two lithographs, Au Moulin Rouge, la Goulue et sa Soeur and L’Anglais au Moulin Rouge(lots 316 and 317).

A strong late-19th/early-20th Century European section, thanks to the inclusion of a number of German expressionist prints from the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Rostock, boasts a group of important works such as Emil Nolde’s striking Junge Danin (lot 242). Rare portfolios by Karl Schmidt-Rottluff (lots 303 and 304) form a fascinating contrast to French 19th century pieces by Bonnard, Vuillard and Signac also offered in the sale.

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