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London Impressionist Art Week Begins February 25th 2019

Posted by Iain Brunt on February 18, 2019 on Antiques.co.uk

London hosts some major sales of impressionist art. Sothebys has the least number of works up for auction this time, but their big flagship work is Le Palais Duval, a painting by Claude Monet. Although not very large, this picture is expected to fetch over 20 million pounds. It's a superb example of his work.

The second choice in the lots of this auction is the small Egon Schiele Trieste fishing boat. It has a wonderful history and invites the viewer into a voyage of discovery.

Sothebys will also be auctioning a good selection of surrealist works, a part of its evening auction.

Christies has perhaps a wider choice with a lot of works by Edgar Degas. Only people with fat wallets will be able to bid on this grouping of flagship works. Paul Signac’s Saint Tropez is a stunning example of his work. Christies also has two works by Giovanni Boldini that aren’t too expensive for such an accomplished artist.

One of the favorites is a painting by Felix Vallotton. It's small and expensive but what a wonderful subject with the child kicking her foot out.

There are more works in day sales of both auction houses that are easily affordable.

The secret of visiting these auctions is for art lovers to enjoy them as a mixed show. If they are thinking of buying, they should seek advice and remember to make sure they decide their bid price before they enter the auction. When the adrenalin kicks in and in the atmosphere of the room, its quite easy to get carried away. And don't forget the buyers premium on top of each final bid which is quite hefty these days.

Another option is to purchase art works privately, without the pressure of an auction deadline, so they should take their time.

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