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Pablo Picasso (1881-1973), Homme à l’épée, oil on panel, 57 3/8 x 45 in. (145.6 x 114.3 cm.). Painted on 25 July 1969. Estimate on Request. Photo Christie's Image Ltd 2015

New York - Christie’s announces a blockbuster line-up of Impressionist and Modern art highlights from its combined cross-category week of major fine art sales, to be held November 9 – 13, 2015. Over 500 works of Impressionist and Modern Art by the most celebrated artists of the era will be offered across the week, beginning with The Artist's Muse: A Curated Evening Sale on November 9, Impressionist & Modern Art Evening, Day and Works on Paper sales on November 12 and 13, and a companion online-only sale of Picasso Ceramics running November 3 – 20.

Christie’s previously announced the sale week will be led by Amedeo Modigliani’s Nu couché from 1917-1918, a masterpiece of the Modern era. Poised to set a new auction record for the artist, it is among the star lots of a special cross-category sale of 20th century art curated along the theme of the artist’s muse. Selected Impressionist and Modern Art highlights are detailed below; additional Post-War and Contemporary Art highlights will be announced in the coming days. Complete e-catalogues will be available online prior to October 19.

The Artist’s Muse: A Curated Evening Sale

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Paul Gauguin (1848-1903), Jeune homme à la fleur, oil on canvas, 17 7/8 x 13 1/4 in. (45.4 x 33.5 cm.). Painted in 1891,Tahiti. Estimate: $12,000,000-18,000,000. Photo Christie's Image Ltd 2015

PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF DIMITRI MAVROMMATIS

A richly colored and fully-worked portrait created early on during Gauguin’s first extended stay in Tahiti. For Gauguin, the island itself and its people were his muse.

Gauguin’s Tahitian paintings are among the most admired and coveted artworks of the Post-Impressionist period. This portrait was first owned by Henri Matisse, and has been in the same private collection for the last 30 years.

Single subject portraits by the artist from this period are exceedingly rare, with the last offered at auction in 2008.

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Paul Gauguin (1848-1903), Thérèse, carved miro wood, gold gilding and copper nails. Height: 26 in. (66 cm.). Executed circa 1902-1903; unique. Estimate: $18,000,000-25,000,000Photo Christie's Image Ltd 2015

PROPERTY FROM AN IMPORTANT EUROPEAN PRIVATE COLLECTION 

A masterfully carved female form from his Tahitian period; it is among the great rarities by the artist to appear at auction and is poised to exceed the standing record for any sculpture by Gauguin. 

At a little over 2 feet in height, the sculpture originally stood in front of Gauguin’s home in Tahiti alongside a sibling sculpture, Père Paillard, now owned by the National Gallery in Washington D.C. The work retains the gold gilt Gauguin used to highlight the carving and fashion the clothing. 

Executed after several years on the island, this sculpture displays a more abstracted, primitive style that influenced scores of modernist artists to follow, including Pablo Picasso. 

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Paul Cézanne (1839-1906), L'homme à la pipe (Étude pour un joueur de cartes), recto; Père Alexandre (verso), watercolor on paper (recto); pencil on paper (verso), 19 x 12 5/8 in. (48.2 x 32 cm.). Painted in 1892-1896 (recto); Drawn in 1890-1892 (verso). Estimate: $18,000,000-25,000,000Photo Christie's Image Ltd 2015

WORKS FROM A DISTINGUISHED PRIVATE EUROPEAN COLLECTION

This two-sided work on paper comes from Cézanne’s celebrated Card Players series. Using the workers he encountered in Provence as his muse, Cézanne’s depictions of card players are widely considered to be one of the most important series of paintings in modern art. 

The watercolor image on the front side of this masterwork is a study for the left hand figure in Cézanne’s oil paintings of men playing cards. In total, there are only seven known existing drawings and watercolors that Cézanne created as studies for his final Card Players paintings. While oils of this prime subject seldom appear at market, the watercolor is a prime work in its own right of Cézanne’s signature theme. 

This vibrant and beautifully maintained work was acquired by the present owners in 1983 and has never before been offered at sale.

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Pablo Picasso (1881-1973), Homme à l’épée, oil on panel, 57 3/8 x 45 in. (145.6 x 114.3 cm.). Painted on 25 July 1969. Estimate on Request. Photo Christie's Image Ltd 2015

PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE EUROPEAN COLLECTION

This powerful depiction of a musketeer is a triumph of Picasso’s late career, and was the signature promotional image for one of Picasso’s final grand exhibitions in 1970, at the Palais des Papes in Avignon. 

The inspiration for this stylized self-portrait was the artist himself; here he brandishes a sword as a symbol of strength and the familiar costume of a “mosquetero”, a favorite motif and a nod to his Spanish origins. 

Demand for late musketeer portraits from this late period has increased dramatically in recent years, driven in part by major exhibitions. Four of the top five auction results for works of this period have been achieved in the last five years, and Christie’s remains the global market leader in sales of works by Picasso.

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Alberto Giacometti (1901-1966), James Lord, oil on canvas, 45 3/4 x 31 3/4 in. (115.9 x 80.6 cm.). Painted in 1964. Estimate: $22,000,000-30,000,000. Photo Christie's Image Ltd 2015

WORKS FROM A DISTINGUISHED PRIVATE EUROPEAN COLLECTION

This portrait of American author James Lord is one of Giacometti’s best known and most widely published works on canvas. A brilliant example of the artist’s late style, the composition and use of space focuses attention on the sitter’s elongated head and body and intense expression of the eyes. 

James Lord met Giacometti in a café in Paris in 1952 and became the inspiration for this painting, an experience he chronicled in his book “A Giacometti Portrait”. 

The painting was featured in the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)’s comprehensive 1965 retrospective on Giacometti. 

Never before offered at auction, this mesmerizing portrait has been in a private European collection for the past 25 years. 

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Alberto Giacometti (1901-1966), Homme au blouson (Diego), plaster with parting compound, 20 in. (50.8 cm.). Executed in 1953; unique. Estimate: $6,000,000-8,000,000. Photo Christie's Image Ltd 2015

WORKS FROM A DISTINGUISHED PRIVATE EUROPEAN COLLECTION 

Modeled in 1953 Diego au blouson features Giacometti’s favored subject -his brother Diego. This sculpture, done in plaster, is a unique work and was the model from which the bronze edition was cast. 

Displays a thick, built-up and almost painterly surface in the sweater that Diego wears, providing substantial bulk and weight to the figure. 

Giacometti spent a great deal of time studying every line in Diego’s face and through this connection of artist and model, here he has crafted a deeply intense, heavily-worked and detailed portrait. 

Impressionist & Modern Art Evening Sale

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Claude Monet (1840-1926), Iris jaunes au nuage rose, oil on canvas, 39 ½ x 39 ½ in. (100.4 x 100.4 cm.). Painted in 1924-1925. Estimate: $6,000,000-8,000,000. Photo Christie's Image Ltd 2015

PROPERTY OF AN EAST COAST COLLECTOR 

A rare, colorful, and large-scale canvas by Monet presenting one of the most sought-after motifs from his oeuvre: Irises 

The artist painted the present work from a view of his water garden in Giverny, as part of a larger series including his famous mural-sized floral compositions now at the Musée de l'Orangerie 

The artist painted this work in the wake of WWI, bringing a bright spirit back to France 

His use of color and brushwork would pave the way for Modernism and eventually Abstract Expressionism

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Paul Cézanne (1839-1906), Pommes sur un linge, oil on canvas, 15 ⅛ x 18 ¼ in. (38.8 x 46.4 cm.). Painted circa 1885. Estimate: $7,000,000-10,000,000. Photo Christie's Image Ltd 2015

PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE JAPANESE COLLECTION SOLD TO BENEFIT IUCHI CHARITABLE TRUST SCHOLARSHIP FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS IN JAPAN 

A middle-period still-life of the artist’s most famous subject, apples 

A wonderful combination of richly worked fruit and more broadly handled drapery in the background 

Exhibited in Cézanne’s first one-man show in 1895 

Previously in the collection of the Art Institute of Chicago 

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Paul Cézanne (1839-1906), Arbres au bord d’une route, watercolor and pencil on paper, 18 ⅜x 12 ⅝in. (46.6 x 32.1 cm.). Executed circa 1885. Estimate: $400,000-600,000. Photo Christie's Image Ltd 2015

PROPERTY OF E. ALEXANDRA STAFFORD FROM THE STAFFORD FAMILY COLLECTION 

A fine middle period watercolor from 1885, executed during the artist’s most classical phase 

It is an emphatically structured composition, and in exceptionally fresh condition with vibrant pigment throughout 

The work comes from a distinguished American collection where it has been for over 50 years 

Another work from the collection, Cézanne’s Le Repas is being offered as lot 1069 of the Impressionist and Modern Works on Paper sale on November 13.

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René Magritte (1898-1967), Le miroir universel, oil on canvas, 45 ⅝ x 35 in. (116 x 89 cm.). Painted in 1938-1939. Estimate: $3,000,000-5,000,000. Photo Christie's Image Ltd 2015

PROPERTY OF A LADY 

Large-scale, prime Surrealist Magritte oil exhibiting one of his most renowned subjects, the female nude, here with a particularly alluring palette

The sensual, Classical female subject emerges from a mysterious exterior scene with delicate stars pinpointing its horizon

This motif evolved into an important series of about six canvases with the same pictorial elements, completed in 1946

Has been in the same collection since 1985 and is offered fresh to the market this season

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Pablo Picasso (1881-1973), Homme assis (Mardi gras), oil on canvas, 51 x 38 ¼ in. (129.5 x 97.2 cm.). Painted on 15 February 1972. Estimate: $6,000,000-9,000,000. Photo Christie's Image Ltd 2015

THE MILES AND SHIRLEY FITERMAN COLLECTION 

At over four feet high, this late period Musketeer is grand in scale with a pleasing heavily-worked paint surface

As with many of Picasso’s musketeers, the painting is also a form of self-portrait, with Picasso imagining himself as a young soldier

It was painted during the carnival week (on Mardi Gras) of 1972 and exhibited at Picasso’s first posthumous exhibition one month after he died in 1973

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Max Ernst (1891-1976), Un ami empressé. Height: 25 3/4 in. (65.4 cm.). Conceived in 1944 and cast in 1957.Estimate: $200,000-300,000. Photo Christie's Image Ltd 2015

EUROPEAN SCULPTURE FROM THE HARRY W. AND MARY MARGARET ANDERSON COLLECTION

This elegantly architectural sculpture comes from the important California collection of Hunk and Moo Anderson (responsible for the recent major Stanford gift) alongside 5 other great examples of European sculpture

This is very fresh to market having been in the family’s collection for over 40 years

The artist created the present motif while working in Long Island, New York in 1944

The motif relates to the Greek myth of the hero Hercules and his larger adversary, Atlas; while there existed a sort of symbiotic relationship between the two, they also competed

PUBLIC EXHIBITIONS: OCT 31 – NOV 12, CHRISTIE’S ROCKEFELLER CENTER

The Artist’s Muse: A Curated Evening Sale: Monday November 9, 7PM

Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening Sale: Tuesday November 10, 6:30PM

Post-War and Contemporary Art Day Sales, I and II: Wednesday November 11, 9AM & 2PM

Impressionist and Modern Art Evening Sale: Thursday November 12, 7PM

Impressionist and Modern Day and Works on Paper Sales: Friday November 13, 10AM & 2PM