The 1926 painting ‘La Dame de Pique’ by the Czech surrealist artist Toyen sold at auction in Prague on Sunday for nearly 3 million euros, a record high for a work by a Czech artist. She painted it whilst living in Paris, at a unique time in her development as an artist, in terms of the style – after gravitating away from the ‘Artificialism’ style she had developed with fellow Czech avant-garde painter and collaborator Jindřich Štýrský and a return to Surrealism.

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