Christie’s is proud to present Visionary: The Paul G. Allen Collection Part I, an auction of over 60 masterworks from the collection of the late Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist, Paul G. Allen. From Canaletto’s famed vistas of Venice and Paul Cezanne’s magisterial vision of the Mont Sainte-Victoire to Gustav Klimt’s Birch Forest, and latterly, David Hockney’s joyful depictions of his native Yorkshire, the collection highlights landmark moments in the development of landscape painting through centuries. Botticelli’s Madonna of the Magnificat, Georges Seurat’s pointillist masterwork Les Poseuses, Ensemble (Petite version) and Lucian Freud’s Large Interior, W11 (after Watteau) demonstrate the enduring power of the human figure in art, while the polyvalent practice of artists such as Max Ernst and Jasper Johns show how artists can subvert tradition to move art forward. Spanning over 500 years of art history, this auction will be the largest and most exceptional art auction in history.
29 October – 7 November, 11am – 4pm
8 November, 11am – 2pm
Should you wish to visit our 20 Rockefeller Plaza location to view Visionary: The Paul G. Allen Collection, please be advised that the exhibition will close promptly at 2pm on Tuesday, 8 November. Entry is dependent on volume of in-person attendance.
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Achieving $1.5 billion in a single evening, Visionary: The Paul G. Allen Collection is the biggest sale in auction history