A New Look at Picasso
“Many people think of Cubism when they think of Picasso, but there is so much more to see,” says McCloskey. The work in this sale spans five decades and proves that even Picasso can still surprise. Among the treasures is this original poster of a white dove—the image that made the bird the most popular symbol of peace.
Posters of the Belle Époque
In the 1890s, the French elevated posters to an art form. Led by Jules Chéret, lithographic posters became graceful forms of stylized expression. This sale features famous examples from the period, like Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec’s Ambassadeurs (left) and Alphonse Mucha’s Reverie (right), as well as originals by Chéret. As McCloskey puts it, “Although they were technically ads, the people of Paris saw these posters as works of art, which is why they survive today.”
Venture to Latin America
From Frida Kahlo to Fernando Botero, Latin American artists have produced some of the most extraordinary images. This sale features female forms from two Latin masters: Francisco Zúñiga’s brilliant rendering of Silvia, and Armando Amaya’s white marble Emelia (pictured). “Amaya studied with Zúñiga, and these works are a perfect example of the influence of a master on an equally masterful student,” says McCloskey.
Turn to the Classics
“The Old Masters are historically one of the safest art-investment categories,” says McCloskey. The rarity of these works—and their immeasurable influence on the following centuries of art—will always make them desirable. Among the highlights in this sale are two types of self-portraits. One is an original engraving by Albrecht Dürer (left), in which Christ’s face resembles the artist’s own, and the other is a moving self-portrait by Rembrandt (right)—his last self-portrait etching.
Invest with Confidence
“Prints are great for collecting. You can get masterpieces for a fraction of the price of a mediocre oil,” says McCloskey. Just make sure you’re getting the real deal. Ask for certificates of authenticity and copies from the artist’s catalogue raisonné (included with all works in this sale). Finally, always consult an expert: Subtleties such as ink color and paper type can reveal whether a piece is a masterwork, a lesser example, or a fake.