Christie's Auction of Impressionist and Modern Art in London Realises $60.4 Million

Pablo Picasso, Nu assis et joueur de flûte, 1967, which carried an estimate of £3 to £4 million sold for: £3,401,250

A “musketeer” painted by Pablo Picasso was one of the big attractions at an auction of impressionist and modern art at Christie’s held in London, where it sold for 5.7 million pounds ($9.3 million).

The 1969 work, “Homme a l’Epee,” was the second most expensive lot of the session, after Monet’s “Au Parc Monceau,” that went for 6.3 million pounds ($10.3 million).


Published in: on June 24, 2009 at 11:55 am  Leave a Comment  
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Battle of the Picasso paintings

The depictions painted on sucessive days are set to be auctioned

Sotheby’s is selling Homme à l’épée, painted on 25 July 1969, with a suggested price tag of between £6m and £8m at its annual summer sale of Impressionist and modern art.

Christie’s will sell a work of the same title, painted the following day, for between £5m and £7m at its summer sale.


Vol d'un carnet de dessins au musée Picasso de Paris

Le vol d’un carnet original de dessins de Pablo Picasso au musée Picasso de Paris a été constaté mardi et les voleurs ont pu s’en emparer parce que la serrure de la vitrine où il était exposé était cassée.

Le vol de ce carnet de dessins des années classiques aurait eu lieu entre lundi et mardi, a-t-on appris auprès de la préfecture de police.

“La serrure de la vitrine n’était pas fermée parce qu’elle était cassée”, a expliqué un employé du musée en précisant que le carnet était exposé dans un endroit difficile à surveiller.


Published in: on June 11, 2009 at 7:39 am  Leave a Comment  

Granet Museum Opens Exhibition Focusing on Subtle Links Between Picasso and Cézanne

Paul Cézanne, Fruits, serviettes et boîte à lait(vers 1880) Musée National de l'Orangerie, Paris

The Picasso Cézanne exhibition focuses on the subtle links between these two giants in art: the direct influence of the force of the “father of modern art” on the young artist arriving in France in 1900, or the mature musings of the man who liked to say I live with Cézanne? Even if it is not flagrant in his work, Cézanne was much admired by Picasso and often in his thoughts: Cézanne! He was like a father to us all.

After Cézanne in Provence (2006), the Communauté du pays d’Aix, the Musée Granet and the Réunion des Musées Nationaux are again partners in the organisation of an exhibition in Provence, at the foot of Mont Sainte Victoire. A tutelary figure that Cézanne approached step-by-step throughout his lifetime, but which Picasso embraced energetically, just fifty years ago, not by painting it, but by buying some 2,500 acres on its northern slope and living in the famous castle of Vauvenargues, in the shadow of the sacred mountain. The anecdote is well known: I have bought Cézanne’s Sainte Victoire, Picasso told his art dealer Kahnweiler in 1958. Which one? asked Kahnweiler, thinking he was talking about a painting. The original, came the facetious reply.


Published in: on May 25, 2009 at 7:51 am  Leave a Comment  
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Museo Picasso in Málaga Examines Picasso's Later Sculptures from its Own Collection

The Collection in Context is part of a series of exhibitions aimed at placing selected works from the MPM Collection in their historical and artistic context

Woman (1961), in the Museo Picasso Málaga Collection, belongs to the extensive series of sheet-metal sculptures that Pablo Picasso made in the early 1960s. The work is at the centre of MPM’s new exhibition, which will run until 30 August 2009, and which brings together some 40 works by Picasso, alongside prominent works by two of the Andalusian artist’s great contemporaries: Julio González and Henri Matisse.

Museo Picasso Málaga’s new exhibition, Picasso’s Late Sculpture: Woman. The Collection in Context is part of a series of exhibitions aimed at placing selected works from the MPM Collection in their historical and artistic context. The sheet-metal sculpture, Woman (1961), donated by Christine Ruiz-Picasso, is the highlight of this exhibition, which runs until 30 August 2009, bringing together some 40 works produced by Picasso at different moments of his life. It includes the paper cut-outs he made as a child, his Cubist constructions, and paintings and sculptures from his later years. Alongside paintings and drawings from different periods, Picasso’s Late Sculpture: Woman. The Collection in Context also includes three major sculptures by Julio González and a magical decoupage by Henri Matisse, which allow the viewer to examine the artistic exchange that took place between the three great artists.


Published in: on May 14, 2009 at 12:56 pm  Leave a Comment  

Diego Rivera Self-portrait Highlights Christie's Latin American Sale

Gunther Gerzso (Mexican 1915-2000), Azul-Verde-Naranja, oil on canvas 21½ x 28¾ in. (54.6 x 60.3 cm.) Painted in 1964. Estimate: $80 000-120 000

Christie’s Latin American Sale in New York on May 28 and 29 will feature rare masterpieces spanning from 17th century Colonial art to Contemporary paintings. Important artists represented include Diego Rivera, Leonora Carrington, Mario Carreño, Cundo Bermúdez, Wifredo Lam, Rufino Tamayo and Matta. The two-day sale will offer 276 lots and expects to realize in excess of $14 million.

A self-portrait by Diego Rivera will lead the sale (estimate: $1.2-1.8 million). Sigmund Firestone, an American engineer and art collector from Rochester, New York, met Rivera and Frida Kahlo on a business trip to Mexico in 1939, and subsequently maintained a friendship and correspondence with the artists, commissioning self-portraits from each.


Published in: on April 30, 2009 at 9:52 am  Leave a Comment  
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Grand Welcome Auction at Ketterer’s new House for Art

Alexei von Jawlensky Landscape Lake Geneva. 1915. Oil on linen-finish paper on cardboard. 27.4 x 39.1 cm (10.8 x 15.4 in). Estimate: € 100 000-150 000

Munich, 15 April 2009 (kk) – Ketterer Kunst is celebrating its new House for Art directly at Neue Messe Munich with the sale of important works dating from the 15th to the 21st centuries at four Grand Welcome Auctions to be held on 19/20 June 2009. “I’m very glad indeed that we can now present our new domicle for art in all its splendour to our clientele and an interested public. Anyone who wants to experience art close up and plunge into the fascinating world of auctioneering, is in the right place here,” thus Robert Ketterer, auctioneer and owner of Ketterer Kunst.


Published in: on April 28, 2009 at 12:57 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Experts Say Picasso Could Have Been Inspired by Mozarabic Bible for his Guernica Figures

Pablo Picasso, Guernica, 1937

Several experts from the world of art have stated that there is an extraordinary likeness between the figures that appear in the guernica painted by the artist and those in a Mozarabic Bible from the 10th Century, which is housed in the Cathedral in Leon, to the point where it has been discarded that it was fruit of a coincidence.

This Bible was exhibited in Barcelona in 1929 and in Paris in 1937, a time when the Cubist genius could have discovered the expressionist drawings that appear in the medieval text, according to the head of the Cathedral of Leon Museum, Máximo Gómez Rascón.


Published in: on April 21, 2009 at 7:45 am  Leave a Comment  
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Rediscovered Cuban Masterpiece By Mario Carreno Leads Christie's Latin American Art Sale In May

Mario Carreño, Fuego en el batey (Fire in the farm) from 1943

Christie’s announced a rediscovered painting by Mario Carreño, entitled Fuego en el batey (Fire in the farm) from 1943, will lead the Latin American Sale on May 28. Widely regarded as a lost masterpiece of Cuban modernism, the painting has been in the Collection of Milton and Nona Ward in Baldwin, New York for over half a century. Never published in color and out of public view for all those years, Mario Carreño’s Fuego en el batey appears now along with two other unpublished and unknown works by the artist and his contemporary René Portocarrero.


Published in: on April 17, 2009 at 11:53 am  Leave a Comment  
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First Large-scale Showing of Futurism in Britain in Thirty Years at Tate Modern

Christopher Richard Wynne Nevinson, The Arrival 1913

This exhibition will be the first large-scale showing of Futurism in Britain in thirty years. The movement set out to modernise Italian art and social attitudes and its influence spread across Europe and beyond, revolutionising the response to the dynamism of modern life. Its master of ceremonies was the poet Filippo Tommaso Marinetti and this exhibition celebrates the centenary of his publication of The Founding and First Manifesto of Futurism in 1909.


Published in: on April 16, 2009 at 1:28 am  Leave a Comment  
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