Also Sotheby’s is ready for the first test of 2014 with an extraordinary catalog for its Impressionist, Modern & Surrealist Art Evening Sale in London on February 5.
90 lots estimated £ 93 million among which the rediscovered masterpiece by Camille Pissarro, Boulevard Montmartre, matinée de printemps, 1897, originally owned by Max Silberberg, a jewish industrial of Breslau who died during the Holocaust, forced by the Nazis to sell his entire collection. In 2000 the painting was returned to his family, and will be sold in London with an estimate of £ 7.000.000-10.000.000 .
Great expectations for a group of works on paper and sculptures from the private collection of the famous art dealer Jan Krugier, historical art dealer survived at the Holocaust: with works of Goya , Delacroix and Ingres to those of Degas , Cézanne , Picasso and Giacometti. Last November in New York, 62 works from the collection of Krugier were sold by Christie’s, but the results have been well below the expectations , $ 92.5 million against the original estimate of $ 157800000-224500000 , with 17 works unsold. Sotheby’s will present 119 lots estimated £ 24 million to 39 million , 37 of which are included in the Evening sale, while the remaining will be auctioned on February 6 , during the sale entitled A Dialogue Through Art: Works from The Collection Jan Krugier. 18 works by Pablo Picasso, dated between 1902 and 1967, including the Minotaur, a recurring subject of the great Spanish master, a gouache on paper of 1936 estimated from £1.8000000 to 2.5000000 . Great supporter of the Impressionists , is part of the collection also the work of Claude Monet’s Au bord du fjord , près Christiania (1895 ), painted during one of the trips in Norway, estimated £ 1200000-1800000 .
Surrealism is represented by René Magritte, with the monumental work The beau monde , a masterpiece of the artist’s mature period which brings together the most popular elements of its iconography, the curtains , the apple and the sky amid an enigmatic characterized by the absence of the human figure ( estimate: £ at 4-6 million ) .
Finally, Studie fur Improvisation 10 by Wassily Kandinsky, estimated at 4-6 million pounds , painted in the crucial period in the artist’s career between 1909 to 1910 as a study for the famous Improvisation 10 exhibited at the Fondation Beyeler in Basel. Marino Marini, with a recurring theme in his work , Horse, an edition of 6 of 1952 estimated £600-800000 , two of which are in museum collections of Fondazione Marino Marini in Pistoia and the Museum of Art in San Diego.