Christie’s is honoured to present The Cox Collection: The Story of Impressionism, one of the greatest American collections to ever appear on the market. Masterpiece works by Caillebotte, Cézanne and Van Gogh will headline the 25 works from the collection offered in November, and a dedicated sale of American furniture and decorative arts will take place online in December. A portion of the sale proceeds will benefit educational purposes. A global tour of highlights from the collection will include stops in Taipei, Tokyo, Hong Kong and London, before the auction preview at Christie’s Rockefeller Center Galleries in New York.

For over half a century, the businessman, collector, and philanthropist Edwin Lochridge Cox stood at the forefront of civic life in Texas and the greater United States. A cherished figure in his home city of Dallas, Cox was celebrated as not only a true visionary in the field of American energy, but also as an indispensable benefactor and patron of some of America’s most important cultural institutions. Across his 99 years, Edwin L. Cox cultivated a profound personal legacy centred on the core values that guided his extraordinary trajectory: entrepreneurship, scholarship and the importance of helping others.

Detail: Gustave Caillebotte (1848-1894), Jeune homme à sa fenêtre, 1876. Oil on canvas. 45 ⅝ x 31 ⅞ in (116 x 81 cm). Estimate: Price upon request. Offered in The Cox Collection: The Story of Impressionism, Evening Sale at Christie's New York on 11 November.

Adrien Meyer, Global Head, Private Sales, and Co-Chairman, Impressionist and Modern Art, remarks:

‘Perhaps one of the finest collections of Impressionist art to ever come to auction, the Cox collection will be remembered as a milestone in the art market. Most of the pictures will be seen as a once in a lifetime opportunity for any collector or museum in the making.’

Explore the auction

The Cox Collection: The Story of Impressionism, Evening Sale

New York, 11 November

Collection highlights

  • Vincent van Gogh (1853–1890)

    Cabanes de bois parmi les oliviers et cyprès
    oil on canvas
    17 ⅞ x 23 ¾ in. (45.5 x 60.3 cm.)
    Painted in Saint-Rémy in October 1889.
    Price upon request

  • Gustave Caillebotte (1848–1894)

    Jeune homme à sa fenêtre
    oil on canvas
    45 ⅝ x 31 ⅞ in. (116 x 81 cm.)
    Painted in 1876.
    Price upon request

  • Paul Cézanne (1839–1906)

    L’Estaque aux toits rouges
    oil on canvas
    25 ¾ x 32 in. (65.5 x 81.4 cm.)
    Painted in 1883-1885.

  • Claude Monet (1840‒1926)

    Le bassin d'Argenteuil

    signed 'Claude Monet' (lower left)
    oil on canvas
    21¾ x 28⅞ in. (54 x 73.2 cm.)
    Painted in 1874
    Related sale
    The Cox Collection: The Story of Impressionism, New York, 11 November 2021

The story of Impressionism — A timeline

The Cox Collection tells the story of Impressionism and Post-Impressionism, encapsulating the defining stylistic and thematic characteristics of these seminal movements in 25 masterpieces. Trace over half a century of Western art history: from the birth of Impressionism in 1874 with founding fathers Monet, Degas and Pissarro to Van Gogh’s arrival in Arles in 1888 — the start of a productive period for the artist, and the genesis of Monet’s celebrated Nymphéas series in 1897, which he continued until his death in 1926.

Take a virtual tour

360-view | The Cox Collection: The Story of Impressionism

From Monet and Caillebotte to Cézanne and Van Gogh, explore masterpieces from the Cox Collection in our virtual galleries or make an appointment to visit us in person at Rockefeller Center from 30 October–11 November.

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High Style in Highland Park: The Collection of Mr. & Mrs. Edwin L. Cox
Online | 5-19 November

Edwin and Ann Cox lived in Dallas’s historic Highland Park which served as the magnificent backdrop to one of the greatest American collections of Impressionist masterpiece works, and also to his collection of antiques and decorative arts. The Coxes created a home which served as a brilliant example of the merging of European masterworks with sophisticated examples of decorative art. The sale includes European Furniture, American and Nineteenth Century European Paintings, European Silver and European Porcelain and Glass.

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Explore furniture and decorative arts highlights from the Cox Collection to be offered Online from 5-19 November