The Impressionist & Modern Art department offers paintings, sculptures and works on paper by the foremost artists of the late 19th century and first half of the 20th century. Artists included are Cézanne, Giacometti, Matisse, Monet, Picasso, Van Gogh and all those who forged artistic movements such as Impressionism, Fauvism, Cubism and Surrealism.
Christie’s hosts regular auctions of Impressionist & Modern Art in New York, London, Paris and Amsterdam. Twice a year, our London and New York salerooms feature an Evening Sale, Day Sale, and a specialized auction of Works on Paper. Separate curated sales of Italian Art and the Art of the Surreal are also held in London. Our international team of experts includes more than 30 specialists across the Americas, Europe and Asia who offer comprehensive art advisory services to consignors and buyers. Additionally, we have a dedicated Private Sales team that provides clients with a discreet, flexible option to buy and sell outside the auction timeline.
The Impressionist and Modern art market continues to demonstrate great strength and international appeal. In 2012, Christie’s sold nearly $1 billion of Impressionist and Modern art worldwide and achieved its highest ever total for a sale series for the category in Europe (February 2012). These superior results reflect our ability to curate sales of the highest caliber, tailored to the demands of an expanding global collecting base interested in works of exceptional rarity, quality and esteemed provenance.
We have consistently achieved top prices in all of our international sale sites, and 2012 was no exception. In London, we achieved exceptional results for Henry Moore’s Reclining Figure: Festival (£19 million), which set a new world record for the artist, and Joan Miró’s tour de force, Painting-Poem (£16.8 million). Among the many highlights from our New York salerooms was the November 2012 auction of Wassily Kandinsky’s rare masterpiece, Studie für Improvisation 8, which realized over $23 million and set a new world auction record for the artist, as well as Monet’s Nymphéas ($43.8 million, November 2012), a breathtaking Impressionist view of the lily pond at Giverny. Exceptional prices realized in Paris include world records for a work of furniture by Alberto Giacometti (€1.4 million, May 2012) and Ben Nicholson’s Violon et guitare from the collection of Hélène Rochas (€3.3 million, September 2012).