$7-10m Picasso leads Impressionist art sale

The Christie's Evening Sale of Impressionist modern art will be held on November 3.

Highlights of the auction include Pablo Picasso's (1881-1973) Tête de Femme, from 1943.


Picasso's Tête de Femme, 1943 ($7-9m)

The vivid portrait of his muse and mistress Dora Marr, painted in Paris during the bleakest days of WW2, is estimated at $7-10m.

It is one of the most anticipated sales of the season.

Painted in a time of hardship and deprivation, Tête de Femme contrasts the other, sombre Picassos of the period with its bright and vibrant colours.

Elsewhere, a pastel drawing of two dancers at rest, Danseuses from 1896, by Edgar Degas (1834-1917) is expected to sell for $7-9m.

One of Degas's most highly sought-after drawings saw him return to the theme of ballet dancers in his later years - capturing the dancers' interactions with his vigorous and vibrant lines.

An important landscape by Claude Monet (1840-1926), Vetheuil effet de soleil from 1901, is a picturesque representation of the Seine, estimated at $5-7m.

Monet's 1901 painting is a sun-drenched view of the scenic village of Vetheuil. It is one of 15, of which seven are currently exhibited in major museum collections around the world.

Other works going under the hammer include the historic Rosace, 1954, by Henri Matisse (1869-1954). It was the artist's last major composition, and is priced at $3-4m.

Camille Pissarro's (1830-1903) classically composed landscape, Le Pont du chemin de fer, Pointoise, circa 1873, will also appear with an estimate of $3.5-4.5m.

Aside from Tête de Femme, other Picassos for sale will include Mère et enfant, 1925, a tender depiction of the artist's son Paulo and first daughter in-law ($600,000-800,000) and Visage féminin, profil, a late-career 1960 portrait of his future wife, Jacqueline Roque ($600,000-900,000).

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