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. Max Beckmann’s “Anni (Mädchen mit Fächer)“, which sold for EUR 3.9 million in 2005, remains the most expensive artwork ever auctioned in Germany.  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 fall 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

Auction Results Spring 2018

Post auction sale: Works not sold at auction may be purchased at the reserve price for a period of two months – until end of Julyy 2018 – during the post auction sale. These works are displayed in the catalogue view with the selection post auction sale. By selecting all lots, you'll be able to display all results.


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Gabriele Münter

Kohlgruberstraße (Murnau). 1908

Sold for 575,000 EUR (incl. premium)

Max Beckmann

Weiblicher Kopf in Blau und Grau (Die Ägypterin). 1942

Sold for 5.5 million EUR (incl. premium)

Käthe Kollwitz

“Selbstbildnis mit geschlossenen Augen, nach hinten geneigt“. 1909

Sold for 100,000 EUR (incl. premium)

Karl Hofer. “Putzmacherin“. 1922. Sold for 350,000 EUR (incl. premium)

Max Liebermann. “Wannseegarten“. Circa 1925. Sold for 312,500 EUR (incl. premium)

Horst Antes. “Grauer Kopf vor Grün“. 1978/79. Sold for 93,750 EUR (incl. premium)

Pablo Picasso. “Taureau“. 1955. Sold for 85,000 EUR (incl. premium)

We are looking forward to your consignments!

Our next auctions take place November 2018. We appraise your art – confidentially, non-binding, and free of charge. Please send us a reproduction of the art work either by mail or email, including details on the medium, date, and size (unframed), which are important for the appraisal, as well as any other relevant information. You may as well use the estimate request. Please do not hesitate to contact us.