Impressionist & Modern Art Sale at Sotheby’s in Paris Includes an André Masson Masterpiece


PARIS.- Not since Sotheby’s began staging sales of Impressionist & Modern Art in Paris has an auction had such a Surrealist feel. On December 8 Sotheby’s Paris will offer one of the finest-ever Surrealist paintings: a key work by André Masson, his 1939 Gradiva, which encapsulates the friendship and artistic co-operation between Masson and the André Breton group that started in November 1936 and lasted until 1942. The spectacular format, and the attraction of the Gradiva myth to the Surrealist psyche, makes this one of the most successful works in Surrealist art. This is the first time this celebrated painting – shown in all the major retrospectives devoted to André Masson and Surrealism –will be offered at auction (estimate €1.500,000-2,000,000*). Sotheby’s are also honoured to offering for sale eight