LONDON.- Christie’s Impressionist and Modern Art Evening Sale will be followed by The Art of the Surreal Evening Sale, together launching ‘20th Century at Christie’s’ on 5 February 2020. Tamara de Lempicka’s Portrait de Marjorie Ferry (1932, estimate: £8,000,000-12,000,000) and Alberto Giacometti’s Trois hommes qui marchent (Grand plateau) (1948, estimate: £8,000,000-12,000,000) will both lead the Impressionist and Modern Art Evening Sale. Further highlights include George Grosz’s politically charged Gefährliche Straße (1918, estimate: £4,500,000-6,500,000), which has remained in a private collection for 50 years and will appear at auction for the first time. A group of three still lifes by Pablo Picasso demonstrate his career-long dedication to evolving the genre with exceptional examples from the 1940s, 50s and 60s: La cafetière (1943, estimate; £1,000,000-1,500,000); Intérieur au pot de fleurs (1953, estimate: £7,000,000-10,000,000) and Nature morte au chien (1962, estimate: £4,000,000-6,000,000). Works on paper by Gino Severini, Egon Schiele, Paul Klee, Picasso and Max Ernst provide intimate insight into key artists of the 20th century.

The Day and Works on Paper sales will follow on 6 February together with the online-only sale dedicated to Picasso Ceramics, which is open for bidding from 30 January to 7 February 2020. The works will be on view in the King Street galleries from 30 January to 5 February 2020.

Portrait de Marjorie Ferry was commissioned in 1932 by the husband of the British-born cabaret star Marjorie Ferry at the height of Lempicka’s fame in Paris where she was the most sought-after and celebrated female modernist painter. By 1930 Lempicka had become the première portraitist in demand among both wealthy Europeans and Americans, specifically with those who had an eye for classicised modernism.

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Lot 8. Tamara de Lempicka (1898-1980),  Portrait de Marjorie Ferry,signed ‘LEMPICKA.’ (lower left),oil on canvas, 39 3/8 x 25 5/8 in. (100 x 65 cm.) Painted in 1932. Estimate GBP 8,000,000 - GBP 12,000,000 (USD 10,424,000 - USD 15,636,000). © Christie's Images Ltd 2020.

Conceived in 1948 Trois hommes qui marchent (Grand plateau) is among the earliest of Alberto Giacometti's famous multi-figure works, showing three walking men, positioned as if fleetingly passing each other on a street. The three figures are weaving their way past each other, connected yet isolated: the perfect embodiment of city life and the human condition during the post-war years. 


Lot 14. Alberto Giacometti (1901-1966), Trois hommes qui marchent (Grand plateau), signed and numbered ‘2/6 A. Giacometti’ (on the side of the base); stamped with the foundry mark ‘. Alexis Rudier . Fondeur . Paris.' (on the side of the pedestal),bronze with dark brown patina. Height: 28 ¼ in. (72 cm.). Conceived in 1948 and cast in bronze in a numbered edition of six, this example cast in 1950. Estimate GBP 8,000,000 - GBP 12,000,000 (USD 10,424,000 - USD 15,636,000)© Christie's Images Ltd 2020. 

George Grosz’s highly politicised depiction of Germany at the close of the First World War, Gefährliche Straße, will be presented 100 years after it was first exhibited in Grosz’s solo exhibition at the Galerie Neue Kunst in Munich. Ten paintings from the series can be seen in leading museums including the Nationalgalerie, Berlin; Kunsthalle, Hamburg; Staatsgalerie Stuttgart; Tate, London; Thyssen-Bornemisza National Museum, Madrid and the Museum of Modern Art, New York. 


Lot 6. George Grosz (1893-1959),Gefährliche Straße,signed ‘Grosz’ (lower left); signed, dated and indistinctly inscribed 'GROSZ Juli 1918, 19...STREETSCENE 1918' (on the reverse), oil on canvas, 18 5/8 x 25 ¾ in. (47.3 x 65.3 cm.) Painted in July 1918. Estimate GBP 4,500,000 - GBP 6,500,000 (USD 5,863,500 - USD 8,469,500). © Christie's Images Ltd 2020. 

Picasso is credited with transforming the still-life genre into an art form of endless symbolic, allegorical or stylistic possibility. La cafetière (1943, estimate; £1,000,000-1,500,000) is constructed with angular lines and saturated colour and was given as a gift from Picasso to his lover of the time Marie-Thérèse Walter. Intérieur au pot de fleurs (1953, estimate: £7,000,000-10,000,000) is filled with the formal influence of his friend Henri Matisse, while this intriguing interior scene can also be seen to allude to the inner turmoil that characterised the artist’s life at this time. Nature morte au chien (1962, estimate: £4,000,000-6,000,000) is a large and playful still-life that not only offers a glimpse into the private world of Pablo Picasso and his idyllic final home, Notre-Dame-de-Vie in Mougins, but encapsulates the abiding themes and stylistic qualities of the artist’s work in what has become known as his late, great period. 


Lot 5. Pablo Picasso (1881-1973), La cafetière, gouache on paper laid down on card,19 ¾ x 25 ½ in. (50 x 65 cm.) Executed in Paris in April 1943. Estimate GBP 1,000,000 - GBP 1,500,000 (USD 1,303,000 - USD 1,954,500). © Christie's Images Ltd 2020. 


Lot 11. Pablo Picasso (1881-1973), Intérieur au pot de fleurs, signed 'Picasso' (upper left); dated '20.12.53.' (on the reverse), oil on canvas,51 ¼ x 38 1/8 in. (130 x 96.8 cm.) Painted on 20 December 1953Estimate GBP 7,000,000 - GBP 10,000,000 (USD 9,121,000 - USD 13,030,000). © Christie's Images Ltd 2020. 


Lot 4. Pablo Picasso (1881-1973), Nature morte au chien, signed 'Picasso' (upper left); dated '22.10.62.' (lower right), oil on canvas, 51 1/8 x 63 ¾ in. (130 x 162 cm.) Painted in Mougins on 22 October 1962Estimate GBP 4,000,000 - GBP 6,000,000 (USD 5,212,000 - USD 7,818,000). © Christie's Images Ltd 2020. 

Conjuring a sense of light, movement, sound and people, La Ferrovia Nord-Sud dates from 1913 (estimate: £700,000-1,000,000), the peak of Gino Severini’s Futurist period. Here, Severini transports the viewer into the bustling realm of the underground railway. Executed in 1929, Der Ballon im Fenster (estimate: £200,000-300,000) by Paul Klee takes as its focus a multicoloured balloon which the artist has glimpsed through a gap in the curtains, its bright form floating across the sky above a landscape bathed in the glow of a setting sun.


Lot 7. Gino Severini (1883-1966), La Ferrovia Nord-Sud, signed and dated 'G. Severini 1913' (lower right); signed again 'Gino Severini' (on the reverse), charcoal on paper, 17 ¾ x 20 7/8 in. (45.2 x 53 cm.) Executed in 1913Estimate GBP 700,000 - GBP 1,000,000 (USD 912,100 - USD 1,303,000). © Christie's Images Ltd 2020. 


Lot 2. Paul Klee (1879-1940), Der Ballon im Fenster, signed 'Klee' (lower right); dated, numbered and inscribed 'IV 1929. C.7. der Ballon im Fenster' (on the artist's mount), watercolour on paper, laid down on the artist's mount. Image: 12 ¾ x 9 ½ in. (32.5 x 24.2 cm.). The artist's mount: 13 5/8 x 9 ¾ in. (34.5 x 24.7 cm.) Executed in 1929. Estimate GBP 200,000 - GBP 300,000 (USD 260,600 - USD 390,900). © Christie's Images Ltd 2020.