What the Art Market has to say about Pablo PICASSO (1881-1973)

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Hergé, comic strip legend, starts the year with a new record [15 Jan 2021]

Artcurial kicked off 2021 with a sale dedicated to comics that included what Artcurial described as one of the most evocative and enigmatic book covers in the Adventures of Tintin series… a rare drawing that was expected to fetch around 3 million dollars. So how did Tintinophiles react? The patience of Tintin enthusiasts has been […]

Sotheby’s… stronger together! [15 Dec 2020]

As the year draws to a close, the major auction houses have increasingly pursued a ‘big mix’ (all periods together) strategy. This was definitely the case with Sotheby’s recent New York sale which offered a small but solid catalog of works completely unshackled by divisions into traditional ‘periods of creation’. The art from the past […]

Highlights expected at Christie’s at the beginning of December [27 Nov 2020]

December’s art sales will mark the last salvo of what has been – despite everything – an extraordinary year on the art auction market. Artprice takes a quick look at the most eagerly awaited works on offer as the year’s end approaches. Christie’s Hong Kong… 2 December Visits started on 21 November in New York […]

The Vollard Suite… a case study [06 Nov 2020]

Although Pablo Picasso taught himself the engraving techniques that he mastered, he actually produced more than 2,500 engravings of various kinds. In the 1930s he produced what has come to be known as the Vollard Suite, a series of 100 prints whose themes and styles provide an unparalleled insight into the life of the Spanish […]

A couple of Parisian art fairs resist: Galeristes and ASIA NOW! [20 Oct 2020]

Although all the major Parisian art events have been hastily cancelled (the Fiac, Paris photo and even Art & Museum) other fairs such as Galeristes and Asia Now have confirmed they will be taking place, highlighting the rarity of such events in this very difficult period. Galeristes 2020 The 5th edition of the Galeristes art […]

Nicolas Party helps resuscitate art market [15 Sep 2020]

Ludic and colourful, the work of this Swiss artist is attracting the attention of international collectors.   Nicolas PARTY was born in Lausanne in 1980 and now lives between Brussels and New York. Exhibited by several major international galleries and museums, last year he became one of the youngest recruits at Hauser & Wirth, a highly […]

Pop Art is still popular! [31 Jul 2020]

.. . . Yes indeed… On 10 July last, Christie’s organized its first ever major ‘worldwide’ auction, baptised ONE. Thanks to streaming technology, ONE took place via 4 consecutive sessions in Hong Kong, Paris, London and New York, and it grossed nearly $421 million in just four hours. Although none of the works sold above […]

Upcoming masterpieces: Picasso, Lichtenstein, Bacon… and many more [23 Jun 2020]

After months of lethargy, the high-end market is bouncing back into action with Christie’s and Sotheby’s both organising live online sales. We take a look at the offering, including several museum-worthy pieces that could well jump start a prestige market that has been almost dormant for three months. An unprecedented “global” event on 10 July […]

Artprice at the Sotheby’s Institute of Art in New York: the Art Market might have reached a turning point [04 Mar 2020]

Art history has traditionally analysed the evolution of artistic trends by reference to precise criteria such as dates, places, movements and techniques. Nowadays, however, a far more flexible and interconnective approach seems to prevail, most likely driven by the dynamic links between ideas, exhibitions, artists and works resulting from the proliferation of the Internet and […]

London, weaker performances [10 Feb 2020]

London’s prestige art sales last week opened the 2020 auction season with less impressive results than in previous years. The turnover figures were clearly down on 2019 and together Christie’s and Sotheby’s Imp/Mod + Surrealist sales on 4 and 5 February last week took $202.4 million versus $326 million a year earlier (more than $124 […]

London kicks off the 2020 calendar [04 Feb 2020]

With the UK’s divorce from the EU having just been formalised, the Art Market is in full swing in London with the first prestige sales of the year. This Tuesday (4 Feb) and tomorrow (5 Feb), Sotheby’s and Christie’s will be hosting the first major Impressionist, Modern and Surrealist sales of 2020, proposing works by […]

Dora Maar at the Tate Modern [28 Jan 2020]

A committed artist and intellectual, Dora Maar was recognized during her lifetime, signing commission contracts, publishing in numerous magazines, and exhibiting works alongside the 1930s avant-garde. After her relationship with Picasso ended, her distress and deep depression cut her off from others. She voluntarily isolated herself, but her activity remained intense and she devoted over […]

Our “blue chip” artists index outperforms the S&P 500 [27 Dec 2019]

over the long term and posts a 3.3% increase for 2019 American stock markets have been super buoyant this year: the S&P 500 started the year at 2,510 points and reached 3,190 points this Tuesday, 17 December 2019. That’s a 26.2% increase over 12 months… adding more than a quarter to this fundamental index’s historical […]

Top 10 of the most expensive artworks in 2019 [20 Dec 2019]

Artprice regularly reviews the top 10 ranking of artworks that have fetched the highest prices on the global art auction market… works that have excited and moved global buyers more than any others. As the year-end is an appropriate moment for tallies and totals, here is an update of the most spectacular Fine Art auction […]

New York’s Impressionist & Modern sales post turnover down 32% on 2018 [15 Nov 2019]

Impressionist & Modern masterpieces are still fetching high prices with a new record for Umberto Boccioni and a strong result at nearly $20 million for a work by Gustave Caillebotte… but there weren’t any really big-ticket trophies. Christie’s and Sotheby’s prestige sales kicked off on 11 November with, as usual, two Imp/Mod catalogues containing roughly […]

Christie’s Top 10 results in Q1 [03 May 2019]

In Artprice’s fortnightly series of auction rankings identifying the Art Market’s primary trends, this week’s Friday Top looks at Christie’s best results in the first quarter of 2019. The world’s most powerful art auctioneer (with a global turnover of nearly $5 billion from Fine Art in 2018) just keeps on generating extraordinary results. Two years […]

Top-selling drawings in Paris [05 Apr 2019]

In Artprice’s fortnightly series of auction rankings designed to help you identify the Art Market’s primary trends – this week’s Friday Top! article picks out the top 10 results during the intense week of drawing shows, fairs and auctions as part of Paris Drawing Week. Every year – for the past 13 years – Drawing […]

Fernand Léger – a perfect example of Modernism [02 Apr 2019]

Fernand Léger’s creations were highly unique and his spirit of independence and ‘avant-gardism’ continue to inspire to this day. Frequently shown by museums, his works are also popular with the market. Fernand LÉGER’s discovery of Cézanne’s work in 1907 acted as an electro-shock: Cézanne was delving into Cubism and Abstraction. Taking up quarters in the […]

Top Modern art [08 Mar 2019]

Every other Friday, Artprice compiles a “Top” ranking providing insight into the Art market’s major trends. This week we look back at the 10 most highly valued Modern works in 2018. Generally speaking, the Modern segment generates the Art Market’s most spectacular auction results, including two results above the $100 million threshold last year. In […]

Evening dress at Christie’s [13 Nov 2018]

At a time when rivalry between collectors seems to have reached an unprecedented high, Christie’s is poised to raise prices to exceptional levels. Tonight the Art Market’s most powerful players will be present at an exceptional event: a prestige sale organised by Christie’s in New York (13 November 2018). Under the title An American Place, […]

Tokyo’s Top Ten [14 Sep 2018]

In our fortnightly series of auction rankings, this week’s Friday Top looks at the best Fine Art auction results hammered in Tokyo since the beginning of the year. Every year, between 12,000 and 14,000 artworks change hands on the Japanese auction market, the 10th largest national market in the world. Although less upmarket than London, […]

Joan Miro show at the Grand Palais [04 Sep 2018]

3 October 2018 – 4 February 2019 The Grand Palais in Paris is the superb location for an ambitious Joan MIRO (1893-1983) retrospective lasting four months. It’s not the first because back in 1974 the National Galleries of the Grand Palais hosted an exhibition of work by the Catalan artist to mark his 80th birthday. […]

London sales: international buyers… but mixed results [26 Jun 2018]

Sotheby’s prestige London sale of Impressionist & Modern Art on 19 June found new owners for 26 (72%) of the high quality lots on offer, versus 10 unsold, producing a total of $115.7 million. That’s a sharp drop (-30%) compared to last year’s total for the same session which managed to take in $163.8 million. […]

After Basel… London [19 Jun 2018]

The high-end art market’s last major rendez-vous before the summer has begun: London’s Impressionist & Modern Art sales. Artprice takes a look at the catalogues and the prices. Both Christie’s and Sotheby’s are hoping to finish the first half of 2018 in style… and both have prepared large selections of high quality works. Between June […]

A stunning top 10 in the first half of 2018 [08 Jun 2018]

Artprice’s fortnightly series of Fine Art auction rankings gives you a theme-based TOP article every other Friday. Today’s TOP article looks back at the best auction results during the first five months of the year. The top 10 best results in the first half of 2018 generated a total of $816 million. Of course, this […]

Another Modigliani Nu Couché sets the market on fire… [02 May 2018]

In 2015, a Reclining Nude by Modigliani became the second most expensive artwork in auction history. Three years later, another nude by the same iconic artist has appeared on the market. With this spectacular canvas, shown in Hong Kong its sale in New York, Sotheby’s is probably hoping for another major auction record for the […]

Top results so far in 2018 [27 Apr 2018]

In today’s “Top” article from our fortnightly series of Art Market rankings, Artprice rounds up the world’s best Fine Art auction results since the beginning of 2018… results that bode well for the rest of the year. Traditionally, the most important and prestigious Fine Art auction sales during the early months of each year are […]

What records might we expect from the sale of the century? [24 Apr 2018]

Make no mistake… this has to be the sale of the century. Generously relayed by the media and masterfully orchestrated by Christie’s for months (world tour of the sale’s principal masterpieces with 14,000 visitors in in Hong Kong), the David and Peggy Rockefeller collection is expected to generate over $600 million. Promoted in no less […]

The future of Expressionism [10 Apr 2018]

Expressionism does not seek to reveal or prove anything… it just expresses! Its birth in early-20th century Germany reflected the atmosphere that prevailed before WWI. Its visionary artists were sensitive to the brutality of changes affecting society and the hostility of a world they had no choice but to live in. Their ‘expression’ reflects the […]

Top results from the Paris Drawing Week [23 Mar 2018]

The Friday “Top”. This week our fortnightly Top-10 auction ranking focuses on the 10 best results ever hammered in the French capital for drawings. The ranking provides historical reference points for the sales to be held in Paris during the last week of March… sales that will round off an intense month of drawing market […]

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