A little over a year ago, Christie’s brought a previous record-setting Nicolas de Staël nude to market in New York to set a new record at $12.1m. The sale capped a run in the Russo-French painter’s market—though there have been plenty of strong sales since—that had been building for several years.
Now Christie’s has found the time, place and work to make another strong move in the painter’s market:
Christie’s France is delighted to offer Parc des Princes by Nicolas de Staël on 17 October during the week of FIAC (International Contemporary Art Fair) with an estimate of €18,000,000-25,000,000. The monumental painting has remained in the family of Nicolas de Staël since his passing in 1955, and constitutes a key element in the history of post-war art.
Completed in the spring of 1952, this large-scale painting (200x350cm) marks the zenith of the series of soccer players, which Nicolas de Staël painted after attending the France-Sweden match with his wife, on the evening of 26 March 1952, in the renowned Parisian stadium. In the spotlight, the beauty of the interaction between the players proved a striking scene for the artist, who immediately began working on figurative compositions executed with his palette knife.
Pierre Martin-Vivier, 20th Century International Director: “It is such a joy to present this historical and monumental painting in Paris during FIAC. Parc des Princes is a masterpiece by de Staël, a work that challenged the pictorial idiom of the post-war period. We believe that the art market will respond with the same enthusiasm which drives us. Coming directly from the family of the artist, it is estimated at 18-25 million euros, and could set a new world auction record”.