Modern Art


Micaela Kapitzky

Dr. Markus Krause

Traute Meins

Nina Barge

Main Focus

Modern art at Grisebach 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 and 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 or Lyonel Feininger (whose “Gelbe Gasse” went for 3.6m euros in the autumn of 2016). Supposed 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.


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Auctions and Consignments

Our next auctions take place in Autumn 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.

From our Spring Auctions 2019



Max Liebermann. “Der Nutzgarten in Wannsee nach Osten“. 1924 (?). Oil on panel. 39,5 × 50 cm. Sold for 375,000 EUR (incl. premium)

Paul Klee. "Dryaden“. 1939. Oil on paper, laid down on cardboard. 49,8 × 32,7 cm. Sold for 500,000 EUR (incl. premium)

Gabriele Münter. Heuhocken in Murnau. 1909. Oil on cardboard. 25,5 x 34,7 cm. Sold for 462,500 EUR (incl. premium)

Ernst Wilhelm Nay. “Rot in tiefem Klang“. 1962. Oil on canvas. 80,5 × 60 cm. Sold for 437,500 EUR (incl. premium)

Lovis Corinth. “Helle Rosen“. 1915. Oil on canvas. 54 × 62 cm. Sold for 312,500 EUR (incl. premium)

Lesser Ury. Unter den Linden mit Litfasssäule. Circa 1925. Pastel on cardboard. 35,4 × 50,4 cm. Sold for 112,500 EUR (incl. premium)

Fritz Winter. "Mit Rot und Gelb“. 1965. Oil on canvas. 60 × 70 cm. Sold for 50,000 EUR (incl. premium)