Modern Art


Micaela Kapitzky

Dr. Markus Krause

Traute Meins

Nina Barge

Main focus

Modern art is the strongest pillar of our business. It encompasses a period of artistic creation that could hardly be more multifaceted. It begins with Impressionism and ranges over Expressionism, Dada, Bauhaus, Verismo, New Objectivity, and Surrealism all the way to post-war Modernism, in which distinctive individuals such as Willi Baumeister and Ernst Wilhelm Nay point the way toward Informalism. Grisebach has set the standard in these fields. After our auction house was founded in 1986, we quickly established ourselves as the highest-revenue German auction house for modern art. The most expensive artwork ever sold at a German auction to date is Max Beckmann's mysterious "Ägypterin", sold at Grisebach in Spring 2018 for 5.5m euros. Sensational results were not limited to the works of prominent artists such as Max Liebermann, Lovis Corinth, Emil Nolde, Max Pechstein, Otto Mueller, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Karl Hofer, Max Beckmann or Lyonel Feininger (whose “Gelbe Gasse” went for EUR 3.6 million in the autumn of 2016). Erstwhile outsiders whose work has gained new appreciation at Grisebach have also reached new heights. For example, the Cologne Progressive Anton Räderscheidt’s 1921 painting “Haus Nr. 9,” an icon of New Objectivity, fetched EUR 865,000 at Grisebach in the fall of 2016. The art market, as we have seen, is subject to constant transformation. For us, the team at Grisebach, this transformation is our mission, our inspiration, and the object of our enduring fascination.



Auctions and Consignments

Our next auctions take place on 30 and 31 May 2019. We provide valuations for your art – confidentially, non-binding, and free of charge. Please send us a reproduction of the artwork by either post or email, including details such as the medium, date, and size (unframed). You may also use the estimate request form. Please do not hesitate to contact us by telephone – we are always at your disposal.