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The failure of the Van Gogh and Lempitski record. Christie's auction gave surprises

The disappointing result was Christie's in the first auction "Season of the XX century." The evening sale of the works of the Impressionists and modernists brought the auction house $ 279.3 million instead of the expected 304.7 million. The headliner of the auction is the landscape The development of the genre from antiquity to the present day: how did religion and the invention of oil painting contribute to the genre in Europe, and why is the Hudson River so important? Read more Vincent van Gogh - remained unsold, and a number of "star" works left at a price lower than expected.The first sale of any significant auction week inevitably sets the tone for all subsequent ones. In this sense, the auction for one of the premium lots - the painting “A Corner of a Garden with Butterflies” (1887) by Vincent van Gogh became exemplary. This strikingly dynamic landscape. The development of the genre from antiquity to the present day: how did religion and the invention of oil painting contribute to the genre in Europe, and why is the Hudson River so important? Read further appeared on the auction podium for the first time since its inception, and its preliminary assessment has fluctuated around an ambitious $ 40 million. And when the presenter was unable to sell it for 30 million, a murmur of bewilderment rolled through the hall.A corner of the garden with butterfliesVincent Van Gog1887, 50.4 × 61.4 cm With an awkward hitch, trading began for the portrait “A Woman in an Orange Beret and Fur Collar (Maria Teresa)” by Pablo Picasso. During the first minute, the activity of buyers was low, and as a result, the canvas of 1937, for which it was planned to gain 15-20 million dollars, took only 14 million. But another portrait Portrait is a realistic genre depicting a person or a group of people existing in reality. The portrait - in the French reading - portrait, from the old French portraire - "reproduce something line in line." Another facet of the name of the portrait lies in the outdated word "parsuna" - from the Latin. persona - "person; person". Read more Maria Theresa, written in 1931 and named “The Lamp”, was bought for $ 29.5 million with the upper threshold of $ 35 million.
  • Pablo Picasso, "Woman in an Orange Beret and with a Fur Collar (Maria Teresa)" (1937). Private collection
  • Pablo Picasso, "The Lamp (Maria Theresa)" (1931). Private collection
In addition, among the unsold works was the painting “The Flying Statue” (circa 1964/65) by Rene Magritte and the landscape “The Ladder in Vetøy” (1881) by Claude Monet, for which they offered only $ 7.5 million at the lowest preliminary estimate of 12 million
Meanwhile, the “Pond with water lilies” (1917/19) of the same Monet became the most expensive lot of the evening. Gentle, almost transparent work, which was tentatively estimated at 30-50 million dollars, was bought for 31.8 million. However, this is more than a modest result compared to “Water Lilies in Blossom” (ca. 1914 - 1917), which in May went away for $ 84.7 million during the fabulous sale of the Peggy and David Rockefeller collections.Pond with water liliesClod Monet1918, 100.7 × 200.8 cm. A pleasant surprise was presented by Monet's winter landscape “The Snow Effect at Giverny” (1893). The picture appeared on the market just a few months after it was one of the central exhibits of the exhibition “Monet and Architecture” in the National Gallery in London. Her estimate ranged from $ 5 to $ 8 million, but an energetic five-minute battle brought the cost of work to $ 15.5 million (with a premium).The snow effect in GivernyKlod Monet 1893, 65.4 × 92.7. Another surprise for the auction participants was “The Woman with the Mandolin” by Tamara de Lempicki. For the lady in the azure dress, depicted in a recognizable contrasting, angular style of the artist, they planned to help out 6-8 million dollars. The result surpassed even bold expectations and amounted to 9.1 million dollars in view of the premium. This figure was a new world record for Lempitsky's works.
  • Tamara de Lempicka, "Woman with a Mandolin" (1929). Private collection
  • Pablo Picasso, "Lean Woman" (1921). Private collection
Auerto Giacometti’s “Cat” sculpture, Pablo Picasso’s “Lean Woman” and urban landscape were justified by auctioneers. The development of the genre from antiquity to the present day: how did religion and invention of oil painting contribute to the genre in Europe and why is the Hudson River so important? Read more Camille Pissarro "Rue Saint-Lazare, sunny weather". The figurine, which the Swiss master made in 1951 and cast in 1955, was tentatively estimated at $ 14-18 million, and sold for $ 17.1 million. Portrait Portrait is a realistic genre depicting a person or a group of people existing in reality. The portrait - in the French reading - portrait, from the old French portraire - "reproduce something line in line." Another facet of the name of the portrait lies in the outdated word "parsuna" - from the Latin. persona - "person; person". Read more "The leaking woman" by Picasso went under the hammer for 12.1 million dollars with the expected 10-15 million. The artist depicted the pensive girl in 1921 with pastel on paper. A full of life and color picture Pissarro overlooking one of the central streets of Paris was bought for 12.3 million dollars with estimeyte at 8-12 million.KotAlberto Giacometti1955, 81.5 cm "The season of the XX century" at Christie's will continue the sale of works on paper of impressionists and modernists, day trading in their pictorial and sculptural works, as well as the auction "Albert and Diego Giacometti. Design Masters. All of them will be held on Monday, November 12th.Street Saint-Lazar, sunny weatherCamille Pissarro1893, 73.2 × 60.2 cmArchive: read us in the Telegram and look in Instagram
According to the materials of the official site of the auction house Christie's and artnet News

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