Sotheby’s is pleased to unveil highlights from its upcoming Evening Sale of Impressionist & Modern Art in New York. The 14 November auction will be led by Edvard Munch’s seminal Pikene på broen (Girls on the Bridge) from 1902.
Sotheby’s is pleased to unveil highlights from its upcoming Evening Sale of Impressionist & Modern Art in New York. The 14 November auction will be led by Edvard Munch’s seminal Pikene på broen (Girls on the Bridge) from 1902, which is estimated to achieve in excess of $50 million. The lyrical work ranks as one of the most powerful paintings of his career, and has twice set a new world auction record for the artist at Sotheby’s. Sotheby’s marquee autumn auctions of Impressionist & Modern and Contemporary Art will be on view in our York Avenue galleries beginning 4 November.
The rich symbolism of Girls on the Bridge relates to Munch’s Frieze of Life, which takes the stages of a young woman's development from puberty to maturity as one of its themes. Girls on the Bridge continues Munch's exploration of the themes of both sexual awakening and mortality. The image of a cluster of young women, huddled in a secretive mass between two points of land, resonates with explosive tension.
The present work has formed an integral part of several famed collections. It was first brought to the United States by Norton Simon in the 1960s. Wendell and Dorothy Cherry acquired Girls on the Bridge from Norton Simon in 1980, adding to an extraordinary collection that included seminal works by Degas, Klimt, Modigliani, Sargent, Soutine and Picasso. Wendell Cherry passed away in 1991 and Girls on the Bridge remained with his widow Dorothy until 1996, when it was sold at Sotheby’s New York.
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