In June and July, Christie’s explores 20th century art, from George Condo’s cartoonish surrealism and the verve of Pablo Picasso’s Madoura ceramics, to Barbara Hepworth’s contemplative forms and the early works of Lucian Freud.
20th Century at Christie’s launches on 20 June with the Modern British & Irish Art Evening Sale, featuring key pieces from the 1930s and 1940s. Works by Henry Moore and Ben Nicholson will be offered alongside post-war artists including Bridget Riley and Leon Kossoff.
The Modern British & Irish Art Day Sale will follow on Tuesday 21 June. With estimates ranging from £4,000 to £300,000, this auction provides exciting opportunities for both new and established collectors.
The week continues with the 36-lot Impressionist & Modern Art Evening Sale on 22 June, offering fascinating insight into the life and work of titans Claude Monet, Amedeo Modigliani, Pablo Picasso, Wassily Kandinsky and Paul Klee. The sale is led by a portrait of Madame Hanka Zborowska by Modigliani, which appears at auction for the first time, and a plein-air masterpiece by Claude Monet, painted in Argenteuil before the landmark first Impressionist exhibition.
A remarkable private Swiss collection of seven works by Wassily Kandinsky and Paul Klee, many dating from their time working together at the Bauhaus, illustrates one of the most fruitful and lasting friendships in modern art. Two still lifes by Pablo Picasso from 29 December 1946 capture a single day in the life of the artist.
The week, which takes place during our 250th anniversary year, concludes with Christie's Post-War and Contemporary Art auctions on 29 and 30 June. Led by museum-quality works by American Pop legends Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol, these auctions will also feature a collection of early works by Jean-Michel Basquiat from the collection of Johnny Depp, with additional highlights including a large-scale abstract by Gerhard Richter.
Viewing opens from 17 June at Christie’s King Street and Christie’s Mayfair, with auctions running from 20 to 30 June. Online sales take place from 17 June to 7 July. If a trip to London isn't in your plans, visit us at christies.com/20thcentury, where you can download the catalogue and participate in online auctions.