20th Century Week at Christie’s London brings together works by some of the biggest names in Impressionist, Modern and Post-War and Contemporary Art, offered across nine auctions this February and March.
Impressionist and Modern Art highlights for the season include Hidden Treasures – the most important single-owner collection of Impressionist and Modern Art to be offered in London for a decade – with masterpieces by Cézanne, Matisse, Monet, Bonnard and Renoir, whilst The Art of the Surreal sale features a rare, large and iconic work by René Magritte, Le lieu commun, never before seen at auction.
This season sees our Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening and Day Auctions joined by our second Masterpieces of Design and Photography auction, placing iconic pieces from these two categories side by side.
David Hockney’s majestic Henry Geldzahler and Christopher Scott, one of the most important paintings in the artist’s legendary series of double portraits, leads the Evening Auction alongside works by Peter Doig, Nicolas de Staël, Adrian Ghenie, Hurvin Anderson and Albert Oehlen.
Following the success of our first edition of the auction in 2017, Masterpieces of Design and Photography returns this March, pairing cutting edge design with some of the most iconic photography produced in the 20th century. A stunning Joris Laarman Bone Chair sits alongside Marc Newson’s ground-breaking Oregone Stretch Lounge, while exceptionally rare prints by artists ranging from El Lissitzky to Diane Arbus and Thomas Struth feature in the auction’s photographs section.
Preview works during the global tours in New York, Hong Kong and Los Angeles from 19 January, or visit the full view at our King Street galleries, on display from 21 February to 7 March.
About the lot
Property of the Van Haelen Family
Property from an Important Private Collection
The British artist’s 1969 painting of Henry Geldzahler and Christopher Scott shines in sale that totals £79,282,000
The story behind Henry Geldzahler and Christopher Scott (1969), a masterpiece from the Barney A. Ebsworth Collection
As Hockney’s double portrait of the curator and his partner comes up for auction, we recall his radical impact on New York’s arts scene
Cézanne makes the top price and world auction records set for Signac and Caillebotte in second highest total ever for an Impressionist and Modern Art series in London
Post-War and Contemporary Art specialist Cristian Albu discusses the fourth and final work in a ‘dark and devastating’ series
The National Portrait Gallery’s director discusses a special fundraising auction of works donated by artists
A guide to Wolfgang Tillmans, the German artist whose photographs reveal endless curiosity
Never previously offered at auction, the most important Magritte painting of a bowler-hatted man since Le fils de l’homme in 1998
Highlights from the most important single owner collection of Impressionist and Modern art offered for a decade.
An exquisite work that shows how the misunderstood visionary brought a vibrant clarity to still life painting
The water lily paintings are celebrated as Claude Monet’s greatest masterpieces.
Two portraits of different women that reflect the artist’s preoccupation with depicting different elements of Paris society
Works from the great colourist’s career that demonstrate how he saw his models as collaborators who challenged his creativity
From textiles to his mastery of colour and line, via his paintings, prints, drawings and cut-outs
Impressionist and modern Art specialist specialist Keith Gill looks at the artists’ shared love of sailing
This study for the Beethoven Frieze may look familiar — a sister work has recently been promoting a Klimt exhibition in London
A guide to one of the founders of Impressionism, famed today for his lush depictions of female sensuality
A tour of the Parisian bars which hosted the greatest artists, writers and intellects of the age
A primer on the great Belgian Surrealist, featuring works offered this season
A guide to Giorgio de Chirico — adored by the Surrealists, an influence on Hopper and Hitchcock, loved by Warhol
A closer look at an artist widely regarded as the French Impressionist par excellence
A brief survey of the influences, motifs and concerns of Marc Chagall
Our specialists’ tips, from what to look for in a glaze to how to read hidden stamps. Illustrated with works offered at Christie’s
René Magritte, Le lieu commun
A special publication exploring the most important painting of a bowler-hatted man by René Magritte to come to market since Le fils de l’homme in 1998.
An Adventurous Spirit
An in-depth look at the masterpieces in An Adventurous Spirit, an important private collection featured in our Impressionist and Modern Art Evening Sale.
31 January – 5 February
11 – 16 February
Weekdays: 10am – 6pm
Saturday: 12pm – 4pm
Christie's Los Angeles
336 N. Camden Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
19 - 22 February
19 February, 10:30am - 5:30pm
20 February, 10:30am - 5:30pm
21 February, 10:30am - 5:30pm
22 February, 10:30am - 5:30pm
Christie's Hong Kong
22nd Floor, Alexandra House
18 Chater Road, Central, Hong Kong
7 – 11 February
7 February, 10am – 5pm
8 February, 10am – 5pm
9 February, 10am – 5pm
10 February, 1pm – 5pm
11 February, 10am – 5pm
Christie's New York
20 Rockefeller Plaza
New York, NY 10020
21 Feb, 10am – 8pm
22 Feb, 9am – 4:30pm
23 Feb, 12pm – 5pm
24 Feb, 12pm – 5pm
25 Feb, 9am – 4:30pm
26 Feb, 9am – 4:30pm
27 Feb, 9am – 3pm
8 King Street
London SW1Y 6QQT
The George Michael Collection
This March, Christie’s presents The George Michael Collection: a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for collectors, art lovers and legions of fans to acquire works from the legendary recording artist’s private collection. Over 200 lots, including iconic pieces by leading YBA artists, will be offered across a live auction in London on 14 March and an online sale from 8–15 March – with proceeds used to continue George Michael’s philanthropic work.
Christie’s Education London | Up Close and Personal: Hockney and His Double Portraits
Join Christie’s Education lecturer, Andrea Mattiello and explore the formative work of David Hockney's 1969 portrait of Henry Geldzahler and Christopher Scott being sold in Christie's Post War and Contemporary Art Sale in March. On this one-day course, the morning lecture will be followed by an exclusive preview of Hockney’s masterpiece and also have the unique opportunity to view the art works to be auctioned, first-hand.
26 February 2019 | 10:30am – 3:30pm, Fee £120