The auction houses continue to push into Surrealism in the face of supply constraints in the Impressionist and Modern markets:
Christie’s is proud to present a stellar selection of 36 lots in the much anticipated annual evening sale of The Art of The Surreal on 4 February 2015. The auction comprises works from many important collections, led by Joan Miró’s masterful L’oiseau au plumage déployé vole vers l’arbre argenté, 1953, from a Distinguished European Collection (estimate: £7-9 million). Tailored to meet the market’s ever growing appetite for surrealist works, further highlights include notable examples by Magritte, Chagall, Picabia, Arp, Ernst, Tanguy and Dominguez. Christie’s overall evening of Impressionist, Modern and Surrealist Art on 4 February has a total pre-sale estimate of £92.8 million to £133.8 million.
Olivier Camu, Deputy Chairman, Impressionist and Modern Art, Christie’s: “This February Christie’s is offering the strongest and most valuable grouping of Surrealist art to be offered at auction, worldwide, to date. At the core of the group are two anonymous private collections which are each the result of over 50 years of passionate collecting by their respective owners. We are proud to present the most important and impressive group of works by Magritte and Miró to come to the market. Many works are at auction for the very first time and are thus totally fresh to the market and should appeal to today’s broad group of discerning international collectors, who increasingly recognise and appreciate the influence that the Surrealists had on subsequent artists of the 20th and 21st centuries.”