Christie’s to bring Picasso, Warhol and Cezanne to Moscow

Moscow will get a unique chance to see the masterpieces of Pablo Picasso, Paul Cezanne and Andy Warhol that are due to go under the hammer at Christie’s upcoming auction.

The exhibition will feature many other remarkable artists and will be on in Moscow for just two days.

The most remarkable works, across a variety of categories, will include the highlights from Christie’s forthcoming Russian, Impressionist and Modern, Post-War and Contemporary, and Old Masters Sales in London and New York.

Most notably, an early painting by Pablo Picasso will come to Moscow, Children with Toys, created in 1901 when the artist was just about to reach 20 years of age. In the same year the painting now estimated at estimated at US $5,5-7,5 million was displayed at Ambroise Vollard’s Galley within Picasso’s first exhibition in Paris.

Along with Picasso, Moscow will see Paul Cezanne’s View from L’Estaque estimated at $8-12 million. Both masterpieces will go under the hammer in New York’s Impressionist and Modern sale on May 4.

Christie’s will also bring Andy Warhol’s portrait of Joseph Beuys, a red and black painting covered in carbonado. The portrait was created in 1980 and is estimated to fetch between $2-3 million. This work will be auctioned on May 11 in New York as part of the Post-War and Contemporary art sales.

The Moscow display will also showcase no less remarkable works by Claude Monet, Pierre Bonnard, Cindy Sherman and others.

The display is the 15th in the chain of Christie’s exhibition projects in Russia. However, this one is to be the first to bring such valuable artworks after the credit crunch of 2008-2009. Set in the 19th Century Spiridonov House, this display of exceptional works will run for two days, April 2 and 3.

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