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Event Date28 February 02:00 PM GMT | Live auction 21609

20th/21st Century: London Evening Sale

20th/21st Century: London Evening Sale

Sale Overview

Christie’s London will host its 20th/21st Century Evening Sale on 28 February 2023, featuring major works by some of period’s most significant artists.

Leading highlights offer contrasting visions of the female form, including Pablo Picasso’s Femme dans un rocking-chair (Jacqueline) and two masterpieces by Georg Baselitz from the Hess Art Collection. Elsewhere, themes of nature and landscape unite works by Paul Cézanne and Lucian Freud. Stories entwine across the sale: the latter’s Scillonian Beachscape, notably, was inspired by a trip to the Isles of Scilly with John Craxton, who in turn was the owner of Alberto Giacometti’s important and unique sculpture Chandelier for Peter Watson

A rich group of German Expressionist paintings finds contemporary echoes in works by Liu Ye and Amoako Boafo; portraits by Pierre Auguste Renoir and Gustave Klimt speak to those of Lynette Yiadom-Boakye and Claire Tabouret. From works by Marc Chagall and Paul Gauguin to David Hockney and Cecily Brown, the sale offers a rich opportunity to explore Impressionist, Modern and Contemporary art in dialogue.

Explore other auctions in the sale series 20th/21st Century Art.

The Art of the Surreal will immediately follow the 20th/21st Century Evening Sale.


Auction times
28 Feb 02:00 PM (GMT) Lots 1-76

Our specialist’s selection

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Michelle McMullan

Michelle McMullan

Senior Specialist | Impressionist & Modern Art

Michelle McMullan is a Senior Specialist in the Impressionist and Modern Art team, London.

Michelle works closely with the international Day, Evening and Private Sales teams, responsible for appraising artworks and collections for each of these business channels. Michelle focuses on cultivating client relationships and advising clients on consignments and acquisitions, with a particular affinity for those new to collecting and to the auction world. Michelle led the Impressionist and Modern Art Day Sale team for five years, delivering the highest grossing sale total in London for the category in 2018. In 2012, Michelle headed the record-breaking sale of Picasso Ceramics from the Madoura Pottery Collection and continues to set new benchmarks for this aspect of Picasso’s oeuvre. Michelle is also a key part of the dynamic team driving interest and results for the Surreal category.

Michelle joined Christie’s in 2009. Previously she worked in commercial industry while earning a B.A. in History of Art and Italian from University College London.
Claudia Schürch

Claudia Schürch

Senior Specialist | Post-War & Contemporary Art

Claudia Schürch is a Senior Specialist in the Post-War & Contemporary Private Sales team. She graduated from a Master’s Degree in History of Art and Visual Culture from the University of Oxford in 2009. Prior to joining Christie’s in 2015 she worked in Wealth Management at Credit Suisse in London and Zurich.

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