Picasso leads February sale at Christie’s


A 1955 Picasso painting, Femme au Costume Turc dans un Fauteuil, will lead the Impressionist and Modern Art Evening Sale at Christie’s London on February 4.

The painting is one of a small group of portraits by Pablo Picasso showing Jacqueline Roque in the costume of an ‘odalisque’, a woman of the harem. Picasso had met Jacqueline three years earlier and she went on to become his wife and one of the most important muses of his life. The painting is expected to fetch £15-20 million.

The sale also features works from important collections including Modern Masters: Works from an Important Private Swiss Collection, a historic group led by a still life by Juan Gris, Nature Morte à la Nappe à Carreaux, which is expected to fetch £12-£18 million.

Another highlight promises to be L’Eglise de Varengeville; Soleil Couchant by Claude Monet (estimate: £4-7 million).

Jay Vincze, international director and head of the Impressionist and Modern Art Department, Christie’s London, said: “This stellar sale presents international collectors and institutions with rare opportunities to acquire exceptional works with illustrious provenance by key impressionist and modern masters.

“The global market for this category continues to expand and deepen year on year, underpinned by passion for the beauty of the period and an increasingly far reaching appreciation and understanding of the importance of late 19th century and early 20th century art movements.”