Art Auctions: Christie’s London

The two auctions “Impressionist and Modern Art» and «Art of Surrealism», held at an auction house Christie’s in London on February 2, 2016, brought about 96 million pounds, according to their organizers. That is the total price of the sold lots, according to the press representatives of Christie’s.

The auction «Impressionist and Modern Art» exhibited works by the greatest artists of the XIX and XX centuries, representatives of Impressionism, early Modernism, Cubism and Expressionism. Many of the works were exhibited at the auction for the first time in many years. Among the most expensive paintings are: a self-portrait by Egon Schiele sold for £7,250,500 and a Chagall’s «Lovers and the Eiffel Tower» sold for £7,026,500. Then come Paul Cezanne’s landscape «The farm in Normandy in the summer» and Fernand Leger’s painting «The Engine.» In addition, the sale displayed works by Pablo Picasso, Wassily Kandinsky, sculptures by Giacometti and many others.

No less interesting was the evening auction «Art of Surrealism», which was held on the same day. It exhibited 42 works of 16 artists, the top lot among them is a Max Ernst’s painting «Stolen Mirror», which was sold for £7,642,500. The picture was painted by the artist at the peak of his creative career — phantasmagoric landscape, made in the technique of decals, French “décalquer». Many of the Surrealists tried to work in this technique, but it was Ernest who managed to combine it with the oil painting. Among other works successfully sold at the auction are masterpieces by Pablo Picasso, Wifredo Lam, Rene Magritte, Joan Miro and Salvador Dali.

 

Marc Chagall, «Lovers and the Eiffel Tower», 1928