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Christie’s Impressionist and Modern Art Week

In the heart of Paris, art lovers and collectors alike gathered to witness the grand spectacle of Christie’s Impressionist & Modern Art Week.

This highly anticipated event was not just an auction, but a celebration of artistic mastery, with a curated selection of museum-quality works across four sales.

From the avant-garde brilliance of Man beam dan la Collection Marion Meijer to the excellent pieces from the Sam Josefowitz Collectionthe week-long affair was a testament to the lasting legacy of Impressionism and modern art.

Market solidity and notable sales

One of the defining features of this Art Week was the remarkable solidity of the market. With an astonishing 96% of lots sold, the auctions exceeded all expectations, raising a staggering €25.7 million across the four sales.

Christie's Impressionist and Modern Art Week: a resounding success in ParisChristie's Impressionist and Modern Art Week: a resounding success in Paris
Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841-1919)
Petit Bras De Seine À Argenteuil
Estimate: €200,000 – 300,000

What really set this event apart was the sheer diversity of buyers it attracted, with passionate bidders from more than 44 countries, a testament to the global allure of these timeless masterpieces. Additionally, a whopping 51% of lots exceeded their high estimates, reflecting robust market sentiment and relentless demand for quality art.

Celebrating women artists: the triumph of Françoise Gilot

Amid the fiery energy of the auction, a notable highlight was the reaffirmation of interest in women artists, epitomized by Françoise Gilot Le Concert Champetre. This masterpiece not only set a new world auction record by raising €1.3 million, but also symbolized a shift in the recognition of female artists in the art world.

Gilot’s work next to it by Berthe Morisot Exceeding expectations, La Petite Fille au Cheveux Blonds served as a poignant reminder of the growing prominence of women’s voices in the art market.

Unveiling unparalleled collections and record sales

The auctions revealed unprecedented collections and offered a rare glimpse into previously unseen works from private hands. Pieces from renowned artists such as Pierre-Auguste Renoir And Alfred Sisley fascinated collectors, while the rise of cubist artists is fun Albert Gleizes And Jean Metzinger added a new dimension to the proceedings.

Christie's Impressionist and Modern Art Week: a resounding success in ParisChristie's Impressionist and Modern Art Week: a resounding success in Paris
Alfred Sisley (1839-1899)
Les Coteaux De La Celle, Après Saint-mammès
Estimate: €400,000 – 600,000

André Derain’s the symbolic representation of Fauvism rose to €3.1 million, underscoring the enduring fascination with avant-garde movements. Moreover, the public’s enthusiastic response to pre-sale exhibitions further enhanced the significance of these artistic treasures.

Surreal treasures and Man Ray’s lasting legacy

Surreal works took center stage and captivated the audience with their enigmatic charm. by Victor Brauner pieces tripled their estimates, reflecting a renewed interest in the Surrealist movement. But it was Man beam who stole the spotlight and reaffirmed his status as one of the most iconic figures of the surrealist movement.

The sale of Man beam dans la Collection de Marion Meijer exceeded all expectations and led to hotly contested bidding wars that far exceeded initial estimates.

Notable highlights included autograph signings Man beam on paper with the headline “MoUvEmEnT DADA”, which fetched ten times its high estimate, and screen print of Le Violon d’Ingres, which doubled its high estimate and sold for €120,000.

A record-breaking triumph

A highlight of the auctions was the record sale of Opus 8, Construction mécanique ou L’Usine de papiers peints by the Belgian artist Victor Servranckx. This remarkable piece, from a French collection, quadrupled its original estimate and set a new world record for the artist at an impressive €403,200.

Christie's Impressionist and Modern Art Week: a resounding success in ParisChristie's Impressionist and Modern Art Week: a resounding success in Paris
Françoise Gilot (1921-2023)
Concert On The Green (Le Concert Champêtre), 1953
Estimate: €200,000 – 300,000

Another notable success was seen with Le Recueillement, a pre-Symbolist masterpiece Pierre Puvis de Chavannes. This compelling work exceeded its estimate by more than nine times and achieved one of the most spectacular results of the week: €277,200.

Enrichment of cultural heritage

Several works found their way into the collections of renowned museums, further enriching our cultural heritage. Notable acquisitions include Les Coteaux de La Celle by Alfred Sisley, après Saint-Mammès, Le recueillement by Pierre Puvis de Chavannes and Paris, Quai de Conti by Albert Marquet.

Finally, Christie’s Impressionist and Modern Art Week in Paris was an unprecedented success, showcasing the enduring allure and inestimable significance of these timeless masterpieces.

With record sales, unprecedented collections and a reaffirmation of interest in women artists, the event underlined the continued vibrancy and relevance of the art market on a global scale.

Images: Christie’s

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