Art amid Covid-19: Rembrandt and Picasso entice artwork lovers again to auctions after lockdown – artwork and tradition

Works by Rembrandt, Miro and Picasso are being supplied to entice life again to the public sale world subsequent week when Sotheby’s holds its first face-to-face sale because the coronavirus in London with a line-up from the Renaissance to the European Avant Garde.

With artwork collectors locked down from Moscow to Manhattan and a few fortunes in peril from the worst financial hit in centuries, the artwork public sale world is making an attempt to carry again some sparkle after the gloom of the pandemic.

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Sotheby’s will on Tuesday maintain its first face-to-face public sale at its Bond Street salerooms because the outbreak, with 71 works spanning half a millennium of European artwork historical past, from Gerhard Richter to Rembrandt.

The Rembrandt is a self portrait of the artist as a younger man, one in all solely three left in personal arms. The Dutch grasp appears to be like out with the marginally affected confidence of youth. Price tag: 12-16 million kilos ($15-20 million).

One of Miro’s dream work, Peinture (Femme au chapeau rouge), from 1927, exhibits a lady floating in opposition to putting blue, intentionally obscure like a wistful love poem. It is on provide for 20-30 million kilos.

“It’s fantastic to be back in the galleries here in Bond Street,” Helena Newman, chairman of Sotheby’s Europe, informed Reuters.

The Picasso is a seductive picture of his lover, Marie-Thérèse Walter, Femme Endormie. In charcoal on primed canvas, her curved face, arms and lips are seen however her physique is just hinted at. Price: 6-9 million kilos.

“A statuesque and mysterious creature: a kind of goddess even, embodying youth and innocence and pure force of life,” artwork historian Andrew Graham-Dixon mentioned of the portrait.

Fast ahead 40 years to Richter’s Clouds (Window), which evoke the Romantic landscapes of Constable and the light-effects of Turner. On sale for 9-20 million kilos.

Presale estimates for the public sale vary from 128.eight million kilos to 185.eight million kilos.

There will likely be restricted attendance and bidders will likely be in a separate room to the auctioneer. Admittance is by ticket.

(This story has been printed from a wire company feed with out modifications to the textual content. Only the headline has been modified.)

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