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 on 2 and 3 June 2022. 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 Highlights

from our auctions on 2 June 2022

Lot 9

Max Pechstein

“Russisches Ballett”. 1909. Oil on canvas. 100 × 100 cm. EUR 2,000,000–3,000,000

Lot 15

Max Beckmann

“Grauer Strand”. 1928. Oil on canvas. 35.5 × 78.5 cm. EUR 1,000,000–1,500,000

Lot 329

Emil Nolde

“Hohe See”. 1939. Oil on canvas. 86 × 100 cm. EUR 1,000,000–1,500,000

Lot 316

Emil Nolde

“Christina”. 1915. Oil on canvas. 59 × 50 cm. EUR 400,000–600,000

Lot 5

Ernst Wilhelm Nay

“Mit grüner Scheibe”. 1964. Oil on canvas. 110 × 100 cm. EUR 250,000–350,000

Lot 22

Alexej von Jawlensky

“Stilleben mit Blumen und Früchten”. Circa 1905. Oil on canvas. Relined. 57.5 × 48 cm. EUR 200,000–250,000

Lot 23

Gerhard Hoehme

“Symparabol”. 1959. Oil and polyester on canvas. 105 × 155 cm. EUR 80,000–120,000

Lot 27

Hans Hartung

“T 1981 – H 12”. 1981. Acrylic on canvas. 97 × 146 cm. EUR 120,000–150,000

Lot 28

Max Slevogt

Still life with apples, grapes, and plums. (Before) 1920. Oil on canvas. 61 × 84 cm. EUR 50,000–70,000

Lot 319

Ewald Mataré

“Grosse kniende Kuh”. 1925. Bronze with brown patina. 21 × 45.5 × 18 cm. EUR 100,000–150,000