On May 13, Christie’s 20th century art auction fetched a total of $ 481,114,000 (€ 397,501,595), selling 98% per lot. Combined with the results of Christie’s 21st century auction on Tuesday, the running total for the New York auction house’s series of spring sales comes to $ 691,585,500.
Pablo Picasso: “Femme assise près d’une fenêtre (Marie-Thérèse)”, October 30, 1932
One of the extraordinary series of iconic portraits that Picasso painted of his golden-haired muse during this historic year, this monumental work is in among the most majestic and impressive depictions of Marie-Thérèse ever painted by the artist. Painted in Boisgeloup on October 30, 1932, “Femme assise près d’une fenêtre (Marie-Thérèse)” crowns this great series of masterpieces from 1932.
By then, Marie-Thérèse was the main focus of her lover’s production. . In the present canvas, Marie-Thérèse completely dominates the figure, an idolized muse who reigns as a deity over the artist and his creation. The work was auctioned for 85 million euros (104 million dollars)
Vincent van Gogh: “Le pont de Trinquetaille”, 1888
Painted during Van Gogh’s pivotal fifteen-month stay in Arles, a town along the Rhone River in the Provence region of southern France, “Le pont de Trinquetaille” – with its electric color palette and expressive brushstrokes – is a canvas emblematic of the artist’s maturity period.
Inspired by the intense Provencal light, while living amid the French rural landscape, Van Gogh’s work underwent a radical transformation as he produced one modern masterpiece after another. Painted in the summer of 1888, “Le pont de Trinquetaille” dates from this extraordinary period of creativity.
Representing the Rhone of Arles, it encapsulates the experimentation of this vital period in the artist’s work. As with the best landscapes of Van Gogh’s Arles, color acquires a force of its own within the radical composition.The work was auctioned for 37.4 million dollars.
Piet Mondrian: “Composition: No. II, with Yellow, Red and Blue”, 1927
Throughout the 1920s, Mondrian pioneered Neoplasticism, developing and refining the principles of abstract art using only the fundamental elements of painting. Created in the latter part of the decade, “Composition: No. II, with Yellow, Red and Blue” encapsulates the spirit of Mondrian’s “classical period”, at which time he reached a maximum level of purity and balance in his paintings. The work was auctioned for 26 million dollars.