Sotheby's offer host of 20th century masterpieces in London



2016-01-21 16:18:49

Sotheby's upcoming Surrealist and Modern Art Evening sale in London will offer 20th century masterpieces by the likes of Picasso, Monet, Matisse, Degas and Giacometti to name but a few.

"We are delighted to launch the first London sale season of 2016 with auctions of Impressionist, Modern and Surrealist Art," said Helena Newman, Global Co-Head of Sotheby’s Impressionist & Modern Art Department.

"Included in the auctions are works by some of the most important and desirable blue-chip artists of the 20th Century that will appeal to the broad-ranging and discerning tastes of today’s collectors around the globe."

Leading the sale is Pablo Picasso's work Tête de femme, a portrait of his lover and ‘golden muse’ Marie-Thérèse Walter. Painted in 1935, whilst Walter was pregnant with his child, Picasso's portrait features a crescent moon, symbol of the Roman fertility goddess Diana, and is one of the most geometrically complex renderings of Marie-Thérèse he ever produced.

As a superb portrait of Picasso's most iconic subject, captured at a moment of great significance in his life, Tête de femme is expected to sell for £16-£20 million ($23.3-$29.2 million).

Another major lot will be La Leçon de piano, an exceptional work by Matisse fresh to the market after spending 89 years in a private British collection.

Featuring Henriette Darricarrère, Matisse’s favourite model of this era, and her two younger brothers, the vibrant 1923 painting was originally acquired by the late Scottish collector Royan Middleton and will cross the block with an estimate of £12-£18 million ($17.5-$26.3 million).

Further highlights include Claude Monet's Le Palais Ducal vu de Saint-Georges Majeur, a spectacular Venice view estimated at £12-£18 million; Fernand Léger's 1919 work Eléments mécaniques, estimated at £3-£5 million; Franz Marc Grosse's Landschaft I (Large Landscape I) (1909), estimated at £4-£6 million; and the Auguste Rodin sculpture Iris, messagère des Dieux, estimated at £6-£8 million.

The auctions take place in London on Wednesday February 3.

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