Sotheby’s will set a new world auction record with Amedeo Modigliani’s Nu couché (sur le côté gauche) at this month’s Impressionist and Modern Sale in New York, with an estimate of more than $150 million. The figure is the highest estimate ever placed on a work of art, and has already been confirmed as a record breaker. “This painting reimagines the nude for the modern era,” says Simon Shaw, the co-head worldwide of Sotheby’s Impressionist and modern art department.
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Dancing Examination, (1874) via ExpoDegas
b. July 19, 1834 in Paris, France
d. september 27, 1917 in Paris France
Ecole des Beaux-Arts
Edgar Degas is considered an Impressionists artist. He is considered one of the founders of Impressionist art by some though his style crossed many artistic boundaries. His paintings, pastels, drawings and sculptures showed his skilled draftsmanship.
L’Absinthe (1875-6) via Tate
Degas’s subjects changed throughout his career. He started painting historical paintings and reproductions of grand masters to contemporary life. He captured horses at the race track, and women at work. But his focus would soon turn to dancers backstage or in rehearsals.
Little Dancer of Fourteen Years, was probably his most controversial piece, as some saw it as hideous and while others its potential.
Little Dancer of Fourteen Years, (1880-1881) via the Clark
Towards the end of his life, Degas became blind, and turned to sculpting. He created many horse sculptures capture their movement as well as his ballerina and women bathing.