It’s a stunning collection that includes works by Monet, Van Gogh, Renior, Matisse and Degas.
But despite the works’ importance, many of the pieces have not been seen in public for a generation.
Now the paintings are finally on show – ahead of a sale at Christie’s next week expected to raise more than £100million.
Claude Monet ‘Saule pleureur et bassin aux nymphéas’. Estimate available on request. The auction will be held on February 27 at Christie’s, London
Vincent Van Gogh’s ‘Portrait de Femme: buste, profil gauche’ estimated to go for £8,000,000-£12,000,000
Paul Cézanne ‘Nature morte de pêches et poires’. Estimate available on request
The 23 Impressionist and post-Impressionist masterpieces, amassed by an anonymous private collector, include what experts call ‘an incandescent’ waterlily painting by Claude Monet valued at more than £40million. Dating from between 1916 and 1919, it belonged to the artist’s son Michel.
The artworks, being sold as individual lots, also include a still life of a dish of peaches and pears on a bare wooden table by Paul Cezanne which is expected to sell for more than £20million. Painted in 1885-87, it marks a turning point for the artist as he moved away from Impressionism.
Christie’s employees pose with painting entitled ‘Sentier dans le bois’ by French artist Pierre-Auguste Renoir estimated to go for £7.5- 10.5million ($9.8 – 13.7million)
Christie’s employees pose with the painting entitled ‘Femme au tub’ by French artist Pierre Bonnard
A Christie’s employee poses in front of the painting ‘Danseuse assise sur une table, fond rouge’ by Henri Matisse
‘Le monde poetique II’ (L) and ‘La belle captive’ (R) by Belgian Surrealist artist Rene Magritte
A portrait of a young woman, thought to be of a bar or cafe worker, by Vincent Van Gogh – one of only seven oil paintings known to exist from a three-month stay in Antwerp during the winter of 1885 – has an estimate of up to £12million.
The Hidden Treasures collection went on display in London yesterday before the sale on February 27. Cyanne Chutkow of Christie’s called it ‘one of the most important collections to come to the market in London for over a decade’.
It also includes a forest scene by Pierre-Auguste Renoir painted between 1874 and 1877 which has an estimate of up to £10.5million and has not been seen in public since it was bought in 1986.
Other highlights include a Henri Matisse painting of a dancer, expected to fetch £4.5million to £7million, and a charcoal drawing of a woman drying herself by Edgar Degas, valued at up to £600,000.