Radicals in their time, the Impressionists rallied against the rules of academic painting and, as such were the early founders of Modern Art.
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A Season for Auctions
With over $2 Billion worth of art going under the hammer in the next few days, take a sneak peek at what’s on offer at Sotheby’s extravagant Impressionist and Modern Art Evening Sale.
Remembering Edgar Degas
Renowned Impressionist artist Edgar Degas was born on this day in 1834, the scion of a wealthy banking family. At the behest of his father, Degas first studied law before pursuing art at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in 1855. In the 1870s he joined Claude Monet and his circle of Impressionist artists known for their animated, expressionistic brushstrokes. Degas’ work gained increased critical praise towards the end of his lifetime, and he is now often considered one of the boldest and most innovative of his Impressionist contemporaries.
A master of the landscape, Paris-born Alfred Sisley is one of the founders of the French Impressionist style, and his works are counted alongside Monet and Renoir for their magnificent interpretations of the natural world.
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London: After Christie’s sale last night, the art world gathers at rival Sotheby’s for the auction house’s highly anticipated Impressionist and Modern Art Evening Sale.
At US$23,448,491 to 31,264,655, carrying the highest estimate is Claude Monet’s beautiful 1908 work, Le Palais Contarini (pictured). Also starring in this multimillion sale are coveted works by Pablo Picasso, Rene Magritte, and Piet Mondrian, to name a few.
Beautiful: Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s Baigneuse, debout, en pied, in which the young woman coyly conceals herself from the viewer, clasping a white cloth to chest, her cheeks and lips delicately flushed.
Tonight, At Christie’s
Here is a sneak peek at Christie’s highly anticipated Impressionist & Modern Art Evening Sale, which is happening tonight in London. Estimated at US$18,850,141 to 25,133,521, carrying the highest estimate is Wassily Kandinsky’s Studie zu Improvisation 3 (pictured). Impressive works by Joan Miro, Pablo Picasso, and Paul Signac are also starring in this multimillion sale.
New York Auctions
Sotheby’s New York evening sale of Impressionist and Modern Art marked the start of this year’s big spring auctions. Artworks by Cézanne, Braque, and Léger beat expectations, with the sale totaling an impressive US$230 million. The top lot last night was Paul Cezanne's 1889 work, Les Pommes, which, estimated at US$25 to $35 million, was then sold to a telephone bidder for US$37 million.
Rapper LL Cool J, Donald L. Bryant Jr., and a few members of the Nahmad family (David Nahmad was absent) were among the crowd.
Rival Christie’s New York Impressionist and Modern Art evening sale is happening today.
Impressionist & Modern Art
It’s a very important week for Impressionist and Modern Art lovers, with Sotheby’s and Christie’s hosting their Spring Auctions in New York. Soutine’s Le Petit Patissier, (The Little Pastry Chef) carries the highest estimate at Christie’s evening sale on Wednesday, at US$16–22 million. The auction house hopes it will set a record for the Russian-born French artist.
However, Andre Derain’s 1905 Portrait de Madame Matisse au kimono, estimated at US$15–20 million, will probably be one of the main attractions. Derain’s painting of Matisse’s wife is “the most important portrait” ever auctioned by the artist and “an unparalleled collecting opportunity for fine art connoisseurs worldwide,” according to Christie’s.
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Impressionism, Fashion, and Modernity
The Paris fashion scene didn’t simply inspire beautiful designer collections—it also influenced several impressionist artists in the late 1800s.
Impressionism, Fashion, and Modernity, the Metropolitan Museum of Art's new exhibit, which opens today, explores the extent to which artists such as Édouard Manet, Claude Monet, and Pierre-Auguste Renoir responded to the dictates of fashion from the 1860s to the 1880s, when Paris emerged as the fashion capital of the world.
Alongside beautiful costumes, a full complement of period photographs and illustrations will afford a sense of the late 19th-century Parisian milieu that inspired, provoked, and nurtured the talents of the painters of modern life.
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“Why shouldn’t art be pretty? There are enough unpleasant things in the world.” -Pierre-Auguste Renoir
Happy birthday Pierre-Auguste Renoir! The famed artist was born on this day in 1841 in in Limoges, France. He is celebrated as a prominent leader of the Impressionist circle, best known for his radiant paintings of French leisure scenes. Renoir’s work always seems to be about pleasurable occasions, and reveals no great seriousness in his subjects.
Modigliani’s Doomed Lover
A Modigliani painting of his lover sold Tuesday night for 26.9 million pounds (US $42.1 million), the most highly valued of 74 lots at Christie’s International in London.
The painting is of Amadeo Modigliani's common-law wife. When the Italian painter died destitute, at the age of 35, in 1920, a grief-stricken Hebuterne committed suicide the following day, killing their unborn child.
The work was bought by a Christie’s Russian-speaking client services representative, bidding on the telephone on behalf of a client, against opposition from at least three others, according to Bloomberg.
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Record for Kandinsky
Christie’s kicked off New York’s major fall auction season Wednesday by selling its top lot, Claude Monet's Nymphéas, to an anonymous American collector for US$43.8 million.
Wassily Kandinsky's 1909 Study for Improvisation 8 was sold to a European collector for US$23 million, a new record for Kandinsky.
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Nazi Loot at Auction
A disputed artwork by Russian artist Wassily Kandinksy will be auctioned at Christie’s next week after the grandchild of a collector, who said it was stolen from her by the Nazis, agreed to share the sale proceeds with the current owner.
The 1923 Abstract painting Zwei Schwarze Flecke will be auctioned in New York at Christie’s Impressionist and Modern Art evening sale on November 7, 2012, where it is estimated to fetch US$1.8 million to 2.4 million.
The Kandinsky work once belonged to Sophie Lissitzky- Kueppers, a German art historian. Her grandchildren say the watercolor was one of 16 works that Lissitzky-Kueppers loaned to Hanover’s Provinzialmuseum. Those works were later seized by Nazis and termed “degenerate,” reports Bloomberg.
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Impressionist & Modern Art at Sotheby’s
Out of consideration for those affected by Hurricane Sandy, Sotheby’s is moving its important fall Impressionist and Modern Art Evening Sale from Monday November 5, 2012 to Thursday November 8, 2012.
This revised timeline will give international clients greater flexibility to view the exhibition and participate in the auction. The exhibition will open today at 10:00 a.m., as scheduled.
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