Picasso - Fillette à la corbeille fleurie

Pablo Picasso: “Fillette à la corbeille fleurie”, 1905

The Rockefeller Collection at Christie’s

In the Spring of 2018, Christie’s will auction part of the art collection of Peggy and David Rockefeller, including masterpieces by Pablo Picasso, Claude Monet, and Henri Matisse.

January 9th 2018. Source: Christie’s

The collection sale will be the most significant philanthropic auction ever presented, with all the Estate sale proceeds destined to benefit selected charities. The first highlights include masterpieces of Impressionist and Modern Art, including a Rose Period Picasso selected by Peggy and David Rockefeller from Gertrude Stein’s collection (estimate in the region of $70 million), Claude Monet’s “Nymphéas en fleur”, painted circa 1914-1917 (estimate in the region of $35 million), and a sumptuous 1923 reclining nude by Matisse that is poised to reset the artist’s record high price at auction (estimate in the region of $50 million).

Pablo Picasso
A Rose Period masterpiece, executed in 1905, “Fillette à la corbeille fleurie” is a highlight of the collection. Rich in pathos in its depiction of bohemian life at the turn of the 20th century, this rare work is a technical tour de force of draftsmanship and atmosphere.

Henri Matisse
“Odalisque couchée aux magnolias”, painted in Nice in 1923 is the most important work by Henri Matisse to be offered on the market in a generation. The subject of the odalisque, the reclining female figure, held special significance for Matisse as it presented the opportunity to measure his art against past masters.

Claude Monet
Monet’s beloved garden of Giverny was a source of unending inspiration. “Nymphéas en fleur” is among the largest scale, most brilliantly colored, and vigorously worked canvases that the artist executed – a glorious tribute to the natural world.

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