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 take place from 2nd to 4th December, 2020. We appraise 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.

Highlights from our Autumn Auctions 2020

2 to 4 December 2020

Lot 37

Emil Nolde

„Mohn im Wind“. 1926. Oil on canvas. Relined. 40 x 48 cm. EUR 350,000–450,000

Lot 21

Lyonel Feininger

"Cammin". 1934. Oil on canvas. 60.5 x 50.5 cm. EUR 500,000–700,000

Lot 4

Georg Tappert

“Geisha-Revue“. 1911/13. Oil on canvas. 115.5 x 105.5 cm. EUR 350,000 – 450,000

Lot 18

Otto Dix

“Zirkusscene“. 1923. Mixed media with collage on paper. 49.4 × 35.3 cm. EUR 200,000–300,000

Lot 48

René Magritte

“Le domaine enchanté“. 1953. Gouache on light cardboard. 12.7 × 24.8 cm. EUR 400,000 – 600,000

Lot 26

Alexej von Jawlensky

“Abstrakter Kopf: Komposition Nr. 9“. 1924. Oil on linen-finish paper on cardboard. 42.5 × 34.5 cm. EUR 250,000 – 350,000

Calábria Collection

Hermann Glöckner

“Verschränkung von schwarzem und weißem Keil auf Silber“. Circa 1933-35. Coloured paper and lacquer on cardboard. 30.2 × 30.5 × 1.4 cm. EUR 80,000-120,000

Calábria Collection

Almir da Silva Mavignier

Untitled (K.B.47). 1961. Oil on canvas in object case . 90 x 90 cm (103.5 x 103.5 x 8.8 cm). EUR 50,000-70,000