Modern Art

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.

 

 

Micaela Kapitzky

Dr. Markus Krause

Traute Meins

Nina Barge

Selected Highlights Autumn 2018

Auction 300 – Selected Works
Thursday, 29 November 2018, 6 p.m

 

Auction 299 – Modern Art
Friday, 30 November 2018, 11 a.m.

 

Press Release

 

Previews

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner

“Drei Akte im Wald“. 1912

Estimate EUR 1,200,000 – 1,500,000. Auction “Selected Works“, 29 November 2018

Erich Heckel

“Blaue Iris“. 1908

Estimate EUR 1,000,000 – 1,500,000. Auction “Selected Works“, 29 November 2018

Otto Mueller

“Drei Badende und rotbraune Bäume“. Circa 1914

Estimate EUR 700,000 – 900,000. Auction “Selected Works“, 29 November 2018

Max Beckmann. “Holzfäller“. 1933. Estimate EUR 250,000 – 350,000. Auction “Selected Works“, 29 November 2018

Emil Nolde. “Segelboot“ (Hamburger Hafen). 1910. Estimate EUR 400,000-600,000. Auction “Selected Works“, 29 November 2018

Otto Dix. “Tanzsaal in St. Pauli“. Circa 1924/25. Estimate EUR 250,000 – 350,000. Auction “Selected Works“, 29 November 2018

Lesser Ury. “Hochbahnhof Bülowstraße bei Nacht“. 1922. Estimate EUR 250,000-350,000. Auction “Selected Works“, 29 November 2018

Max Beckmann. “Liegende“. 1932. Estimate EUR 250,000-350,000. Auction “Selected Works“, 29 November 2018

Ernst Wilhelm Nay. “Exzentrik“. 1953. Estimate EUR 250,000 – 350,000. Auction “Selected Works“, 29 November 2018

Karl Hofer. “Montagnola (Tessin)“. Circa 1930. Estimate EUR 80,000 – 120,000. Auction “Selected Works“, 29 November 2018

Max Liebermann. Blick aus dem Atelier auf den Königsplatz und die Siegessäule. 1895. Estimate EUR 50,000 – 70,000. Auction “Modern Art“, 30 November 2018

Max Beckmann. “Selbstbildnis mit steifem Hut“. 1921. Estimate EUR 50,000 – 70,000. Auction “Modern Art“, 30 November 2018

Walter Leistikow. “Motiv aus der Mark“. Estimate EUR 40,000 – 60,000. Auction “Modern Art“, 30 November 2018