The Modern & Contemporary Art prestige sales in the spotlight

René Magritte (1898-1967) - La saveur des larmes, 1946
René Magritte (1898-1967)
La saveur des larmes, 1946
Gouache on paper
50,80 x 36,40 cm (20 x 14,3in)
Estimate: €800,000 - 1,200,000

On 7th and 8th June, Artcurial will hold its Impressionist & Modern Art and Post-War & Contemporary Art prestige sales.

The chapter dedicated to Modern Art will feature exceptional artworks by René Magritte, Paul Delvaux, Marc Chagall as well as remarkable sculptures by Germaine Richier and Salvador Dalí. The Contemporary Art sale will highlight monochrome through two major artists, Pierre Soulages and Yves Klein, black and blue.


















Marc Chagall (1887–1985) - Jeune femme au bouquet de fleurs, 1928
Marc Chagall (1887-1985)
Jeune femme au bouquet de fleurs, 1928
Oil on canvas
26,50 x 21,80 cm (10,4 x 8,6in)
Estimate: €550,000 - 650,000


Impressionist & Modern Art
The Modern Art sale will open on 7th June at 7pm with a group of Surrealist artworks from several private collections, dominated by an exceptional gouache by René Magritte that has remained in the same French collection for forty years, La Saveur des Larmes from 1946, estimated €800,000 - 1,200,000. Artworks by Paul Delvaux, Salvador Dalí, Man Ray, Pierre Roy, Félix Labisse and Max Ernst will follow. Also on offer is a 1928 painting by Marc Chagall, Jeune femme au bouquet de fleurs, estimated at €550,000 - 650,000 as well as sculptures by Aristide Maillol, Germaine Richier and Baltazar Lobo. A set of four artworks from the 1940s by artists from the Hanoi School, Mai Thung Thu and Le Pho from Belgian and French collections will also be featured.








Pierre Soulages (1919-2022) - Peinture 65 x 143 cm, 13 décembre 2008, 2008
Pierre Soulages (1919-2022)
Peinture 65 x 143 cm, 13 décembre 2008, 2008
Acrylic on canvas
64 x 143 cm
Estimate: €700,000 - 900,000


Post-War & Contemporary Art
The Contemporary Art sale will feature two exceptional artworks. The first, a painting by Pierre Soulages produced in 2008 during the last years of his life, is estimated €700,000 - 900,000.


This sale also features a resolutely modern painter, the creator of monochrome painting and a unique shade of blue: Yves Klein. The rare artwork in the sale was executed early in his career, in 1957. In an elongated horizontal frame on a sheet of cardboard using resin tinted with blue pigments, it is estimated €300,000-400,000. It comes directly from the collection of François and Ginette Dufrêne, to whom the artist gave it as a gift. A non-figurative painting, blue is both the only subject and the only object.








Yves Klein (1928-1962) - Monochrome bleu, Sans titre (IKB 265), 1957  Pigment et résine synthétique sur papier  Signé et daté en bas à droite « Yves Klein, 57 », dédicacé au dos « A François Dufrêne et Ginette, Yves »  34 x 66,30 cm
Yves Klein (1928-1962)
Monochrome bleu, Untitled (IKB 265), 1957
Pigment and synthetic resin on paper
34 x 66,30 cm
Estimate: €300,000 - 500,000

Soulages black. Klein blue. This sale gives rise to a monochrome cohabitation where colour alone triumphs. The day's sale will begin with a fine collection of great classics such as Hans Hartung, Georges Mathieu, Zao Wou-Ki, Olivier Debré and Jean Degottex. Finally, these sales will also see the dispersal of the collection of composer and conductor Pierre Boulez as a prologue on 7th June at 6pm. The collection, which includes paintings, watercolours, drawings and prints, bears witness to the links that the composer forged with painters throughout his long career: Maria Helena Vieira da Silva, Alejandro Otero, Jean Tinguely, Alberto Giacometti, Joan Miró, Arnaldo Pomodoro and Zao Wou-Ki, as well as artworks by Paul Klee, Jean Cocteau, Philip Guston, Pierre Soulages, Francis Bacon, Bernard Saby, and many others.



Impressionnist & Modern Art
Evening Sale: 7th June - 7pm
Day Sale: 8th June - 2pm


Post-War & Contemporary Art
Evening Sale: 7th June - 8pm
Day Sale: 8th June - 4pm


3 June, 11am-6pm
4 June, 2pm-6pm
5 June, 11am-6pm
6 June, 11am-6pm
7 June, by appointment


Modern Art 
Elodie Landais
Tél. +33 1 42 99 20 84


Contemporary Art
Vanessa Favre
Tél. +33 1 42 99 16 13