Pierre Bonnard's Nature Mort makes $777,500 at Sotheby's

Pierre Bonnard's Nature Mort Aux Peches (1931) made £482,500 ($777,260) at Sotheby's Impressionist and Modern Day Sale in London on February 6.

Bonnard (1867-1947) was a founding member of Les Nabis, a group of post-impressionists formed in the 1880s credited with laying the foundations for the development of abstraction.

Pierre Bonnard Nature Mort
Bonnard's work with Les Nabis laid the foundations for abstraction

Much of the artist's later work was concerned with intimate, quiet scenes lit up with bold colours. His paintings from this era are generally his most valuable.

The record price for Bonnard's work at auction was set at Christie's in 2011, when Terrase a Vernon (1923) hammered for £7.2m ($11.5m) in London.

La Tranche de Melon by Juan Gris (1887-1927) made £434,500 ($699,937).

Juan Gris la Tranche
Gris was born in Spain but spent much of his life in Paris

The painting dates to 1926, a year before his death in Paris, and diverts from other works from this era in terms of its strong definition.

A new world record for a work by Gris at auction was set on February 5, when his Nature morte a la nappe a carreaux (1915) achieved £34.8m ($56.6m) at Christie's London.

Sotheby's day sale provided a strong close to this week's impressionist and modern art sales in London, which saw Christie's, Bonhams and Sotheby's each setting an impressive number of world record prices.  

You can view our art and photography memorabilia here, including this postcard signed by Pablo Picasso - a close friend of Gris.

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