Modern Art

Freeman's knowledgeable and dedicated team of modern art specialists has established an international reputation for its sales of works through our Philadelphia-based auction house and online. Often featured in these auctions are works by Cubists, such as Pablo Picasso and George Braque; Surrealists, including Joan Miró and Salvador Dalí; along with well-recognized names like Henri Matisse, Marc Chagall, and Jean Dufy.  

Loosely considered to be twentieth-century art—up to and including the 1950s—“modern art” sold at Freeman’s includes paintings, drawings and sculpture by artists from the Post-Impressionist; École de Paris; Cubist; Surrealist; and Abstract Expressionist art movements, among many others. Past Freeman’s sales have specifically included gouaches by Chagall and Dufy, drawings by Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dalí and Joan Miró, and paintings by Richard Pousette-Dart.

Perhaps because of his familial connection to our city, and consistent representation at Philadelphia’s Makler Gallery in the 1950s and 1960s, Alexander Calder is regularly featured in sales as well, with his gouaches, mobiles and stabiles reaching top prices (often well in excess of their pre-sale estimates). Freeman’s fosters consistently strong prices for other modern sculptors, including Jacques Lipchitz and Isamu Noguchi, and Hans (Jean) Arp.

Freeman’s hosts two Modern Art auctions each year. Our specialists’ extensive experience with art of this genre, and attention to the pulse of the current market, become essential elements for ensuring the successful selling of prints, drawings, sculptures and paintings at auction. Through our website, we have become a leader in hosting online sales for buying and selling modern art. To make an appointment for a private and complimentary consultation, please contact one of our specialists.

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