Modern Art


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.

Auctions and Consignments

Our next auctions will take place in Spring/Summer 2023. We appraise 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.

Selected Results

From our Winter Auctions on 1st and 2nd December 2022

Lot 13

Otto Dix

“Katzen (Theodor Däubler gewidmet)”. 1920. Oil and glitter on aluminium sheets on wood. 47 × 37 cm. Sold for 985,000 EUR (incl. premium)

Lot 19

Max Beckmann

”Selbstbildnis gelb-rosa”. 1943. Oil on canvas. 94,5 × 56 cm. Sold for 23,225,000 EUR (incl. premium)

Lot 24

Max Liebermann

“Reiter am Meer nach rechts”. 1912. Oil on canvas 71 × 89 cm. Sold for 805,000 EUR (incl. premium)

Lot 10

Otto Dix

“Mädchen mit roter Tasche”. 1924. Watercolour and brush and India ink over pencil on paper. 39.5 × 30 cm. Sold for 300,000 EUR (incl. premium)

Lot 35

Victor Servranckx

Opus 9. 1924. Oil on canvas. 70.5 × 58 cm. Sold for 312,500 EUR (incl. premium)

Lot 5

Egon Schiele

“Mother and Child (Mutter und Kind)”. 1918. Chalk on paper. 29.9 × 37 cm. Sold for 225,000 EUR (incl. premium)

Lot 16

Werner Heldt

“Samstagnachmittag (Sonntagnachmittag)”. 1952. Oil on canvas. 60.5 × 100.5 cm. Sold for 250,000 EUR (incl. premium)

Lot 12

Hans Baluschek

“Frühling”. 1911. Oil on canvas. 146 × 95 cm. Sold for 100,000 EUR (incl. premium)

Lot 44

Georges Braque

“Les Citrons”. 1952. Oil on canvas. 35 × 46 cm. Sold for 362,500 EUR (incl. premium)

Lot 29

Ernst Wilhelm Nay

“Figurale Nausikaa”. 1950. Oil on canvas. 60 × 70 cm. Sold for 187,500 EUR (incl. premium)