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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 from 1st to 3rd December 2021. 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 2nd and 3rd December 2021

Max Beckmann

“Badende mit grüner Kabine und Schiffern mit roten Hosen”. 1934. Oil on canvas. 80 x 60 cm. EUR 1,000,000–1,500,000

Emil Nolde

“Meer (I)”. 1947. Oil on canvas. 67.5 × 88 cm. EUR 1,000,000–1,500,000

László Moholy-Nagy

“Space Modulator Experiment, Aluminium 5”. 1931-35. Multi-Media-object: oil, plastic, aluminium and panel. 86.5 × 71 × 8 cm. EUR 600,000–800,000

Otto Dix

“Selbstbildnis”. 1913. Oil on paper on cardboard. 36 × 30 cm. EUR 200,000–300,000

Emile Bernard

“Bretonnes dans un champ ou La moisson”. 1888. Oil on canvas. 27 × 62 cm. EUR 150,000–200,000

Max Liebermann

“Die Große Seestraße in Wannsee mit Spaziergängern”. Circa 1920-23. Oil on canvas. 73 × 92 cm. EUR 500,000–700,000

Hannah Höch

“Modeschau”. 1925/1935. Collage on coloured primed paper. 27.7 × 22.8 cm. EUR 100,000–150,000

Marcel Duchamp

“From or by Marcel Duchamp or Rrose Sélavy (The Box in a Valise)”. 1961 Original, box covered with green linen with altogether 4 miniature objects and 64 reproductions after original works of the artist. Box: 40.7 × 37.4 × 9 cm. EUR 100,000–150,000

Ernst Wilhelm Nay

“Metagrün”. 1963. Oil on canvas. 200 x 140 cm. EUR 300,000–400,000