Private Viewing of a Modern Art Auction

Here’s a private viewing of the May 8 Impressionist & Modern art auction in New York with David Norman of Sotheby’s. Norman talks about a “resplendent” watercolor still-life by Paul Cezanne, a Rose period portrait of harlequin by Pablo Picasso, and a highly abstracted oil by Joan Miro, painted at the height of the Surrealist movement.

You can view the rest of the catalogue online too (for free, but I think they make you register now).

I spend hours on these online art auction catalogues from Sotheby’s and Christies. You would think that I’m a serious art collector or gallery owner, but I’m neither. I just like to fantasize way too much. Here’s my wish list for May at Sotheby’s..

  • NATURE MORTE AU MELON VERT by Paul Cezanne, with an estimate of 14,000,000 – 18,000,000 USD.
  • Tete de Diego by Alberto Giacometti, with an estimate of 3,000,000 – 4,000,000 USD.
  • Femme nue assise by Pablo Picasso (I love Pablo’s late period paintings), with an estimate of 8,000,000 – 10,000,000 USD.
  • PORTRAIT DE JEANNE HÉBUTERNE by Amedeo Modigliani, with an estimate of 8,000,000 – 10,000,000 USD.

I think it’s called having champagne tastes with a beer budget.

About Dion

Australian artist and observer of things.. all kinds of things. I like a wide variety of art, from the weird and wonderful to the bold and beautiful.. and everything in between.


  1. Anonymous says:

    Life can be frustrating with beer pockets and a taste for the good things in life. I have the same problem when I go looking to buy a new car.

  2. Thanks for posting the video. I watched the whole thing and it was interesting to see how they go about and build it up. I enjoyed the artworks immensly though..

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