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7 Paintings by William Bouguereau Lead Sotheby's European Art Auction in NY

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    7 Paintings by William Bouguereau Lead Sotheby's European Art Auction in NY
    22.05.2018

Featuring: 7 Works by William Bouguereau, Led by 2 Paintings Sold to Benefit the Berkshire Museum ** The Reunion of Two Paintings by Émile Renouf & Frederick Arthur Bridgman Formerly Hung at the Corcoran Gallery in Washington D.C. ** Exceptional Victorian & British Paintings, Including Works by Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema and John Atkinson Grimshaw AUCTION 22 May Public Exhibition Opens 19 May

 

NEW YORK, 8 MAY 2018 – Sotheby’s is delighted to announce our annual spring auction of European Art in New York on 22 May 2018. Led by seven paintings by William Bouguereau, the auction will offer 88 exceptional works that showcase the diversity of the collecting category. The sale also includes exceptional examples by Émile Renouf, Albert Edelfelt and Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot – many of which are from distinguished private collections and resurfacing at auction for the first time in over a century. Our exhibition opens to the public on 19 May, alongside our exhibitions of American Art, Master Paintings and Important Design.

WILLIAM BOUGUEREAU: MASTER OF FRENCH ACADEMIC PAINTING

The May auction will include seven works by William Bouguereau, including La bourrique (The Pony-back ride) from 1884, which is being sold to benefit the Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, Massachusetts (estimate $2/3 million). Painted during the height of the artist’s commercial success, the work captures two young girls in a moment of play and is a testament to Bouguereau’s emotional and artistic intuition.

Bouguereau’s L’agneau nouveau-né (The Newborn Lamb) from 1873 is another highlight being sold to benefit the Berkshire Museum (estimate $1.5/2 million). Painted nearly life-size, The Newborn Lamb once hung prominently in the reception room of Alexander Turney Stewart’s 55-room New York mansion on the corner of 34th Street and 5th Avenue, alongside Hugues Merle’s Shakespearean painting Hamlet and Ophelia, also featured in the sale (estimate $250/350,000).  The auction will also include two additional works sold to benefit the Berkshire Museum: Faubourg de Constantinople (estimate $700,000/1 million) by Alberto Pasini and Charles-François Daubigny’s Paysans allant aux champs (estimate $70/100,000).

Before asserting himself as the most influential champion of French Academic painting, William Bouguereau demonstrated a deep respect for Classicism and the Antique, drawing inspiration from the frescoes of Pompeii and Herculaneum as well as Jacques-Louis David and Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres. His monumental suite of four paintings, Les quatre saisons is the artist’s earliest recorded gold-ground decoration, and among the very few early commissions to remain in private hands, having been passed down through generations of the same family for more than 150 years (estimate $600/800,000).

REUNIONS & REDISCOVIERIES

The auction will reunite two masterpieces formerly hung at the Corcoran Gallery in Washington D.C.: Émile Renouf’s The Helping Hand (estimate $300/500,000) and Frederick Arthur Bridgman’s The Procession of the Bull Apis (estimate $500/700,000). From its debut at the Paris Salon of 1881, The Helping Hand was an immediate public success and secured Renouf’s international fame as one of the greatest Realist painters of the 19th century. For over 100 years, it captivated viewers at Washington’s Corcoran Gallery, with its sentimental subject of a weathered fisherman and his fresh-faced companion rowing out to sea and its monumental scale – measuring over 7 feet across.

As the first of Frederick Arthur Bridgman’s paintings to enter a public collection in America, and the last major historical genre painting he would create for nearly a decade, The Procession of the Bull Apis is regarded as one of the artist’s most important early works. Bridgman’s archaeological precision and exotic subject matter, inspired by numerous trips to Egypt and North Africa and a profound devotion to scholarly research, immediately compelled comparisons to the Orientalist paintings of Jean-Léon Gérôme, Bridgman’s teacher and mentor in Paris in the 1860s. 

The sale will also unveil, for the first time at auction, Giuseppe de Sanctis’ painting of 6th-century Byzantine Empress Teodora (estimate $100/150,000). De Sanctis’ composition follows late-19th century popular culture’s interests in Byzantine history, exemplified by playwright Victorien Sardou’s 1884 play Théodora, which portrayed the era as one of regal decadence and seductive power. De Sanctis was inspired by the architecture and objects of Byzantium, most prominently displayed in the mosaics on the wall and the tiles of the floors which are reminiscent to those at the Basilica San Vitale in Ravenna, Italy, where two famous mosaics of Justinian and Theodora exist today.  Its exhibition today is its first in over 130 years, marking an important rediscovery for the artist.






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    AUCTION 22 May
    Public Exhibition Opens 19 May



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  • Lot 24 Works Of Art Sold To Benefit The Berkshire Museum William Bouguereau La bourrique (The Pony-Back Ride) signed W-BOUGUEREAU- and dated 1884 (lower right)  oil on canvas 53 3/4 by 39 7/8 in. 136.5 by 101.3 cm Estimate $2/3 million
    Lot 24 Works Of Art Sold To Benefit The Berkshire Museum William Bouguereau La bourrique (The Pony-Back Ride) signed W-BOUGUEREAU- and dated 1884 (lower right) oil on canvas 53 3/4 by 39 7/8 in. 136.5 by 101.3 cm Estimate $2/3 million
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  • Lot 25 Works Of Art Sold To Benefit The Berkshire Museum William Bouguereau L'agneau Nouveau-Né (The Newborn Lamb) signed W-BOUGUEREAU- and dated 1873 (lower left)  oil on canvas 65 by 34 5/8 in. 165.1 by 87.9 cm Estimate $1.5/2 million
    Lot 25 Works Of Art Sold To Benefit The Berkshire Museum William Bouguereau L'agneau Nouveau-Né (The Newborn Lamb) signed W-BOUGUEREAU- and dated 1873 (lower left) oil on canvas 65 by 34 5/8 in. 165.1 by 87.9 cm Estimate $1.5/2 million
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  • Lot 20 Property From Gallison Hall, Charlottesville, Virginia: The James F. Scott Collection Émile Renouf Un Coup De Main (The Helping Hand) signed E. Renouf and dated 81 (lower left) oil on canvas 61 3/4 by 88 1/2 in. 156.8 by 224.8 cm Estimate $300/500,000
    Lot 20 Property From Gallison Hall, Charlottesville, Virginia: The James F. Scott Collection Émile Renouf Un Coup De Main (The Helping Hand) signed E. Renouf and dated 81 (lower left) oil on canvas 61 3/4 by 88 1/2 in. 156.8 by 224.8 cm Estimate $300/500,000
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  • Lot 13 Property From A Private Midwestern Collection Albert Edelfelt Au Jardin signed A. EDELFELT, inscribed Paris and dated 1882 (lower right) oil on canvas
    Lot 13 Property From A Private Midwestern Collection Albert Edelfelt Au Jardin signed A. EDELFELT, inscribed Paris and dated 1882 (lower right) oil on canvas
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  • Lot 10 Property From A New York Collection John Atkinson Grimshaw A November Night signed Atkinson Grimshaw and dated 1874 (lower left); inscribed A November Night, signed Atkinson Grimshaw, and dated 1874 (on the stretcher) oil on canvas 30 1/8 by 25 in. 76.5 by 63.5 cm Estimate $250/350,000
    Lot 10 Property From A New York Collection John Atkinson Grimshaw A November Night signed Atkinson Grimshaw and dated 1874 (lower left); inscribed A November Night, signed Atkinson Grimshaw, and dated 1874 (on the stretcher) oil on canvas 30 1/8 by 25 in. 76.5 by 63.5 cm Estimate $250/350,000
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  • Lot 6 Property From A Private Collection, France William Bouguereau Les Quatre Saisons: Le Printemps, L'été, L'automne, L'hiver oil on canvas each, 72 7/8 by 35 3/8 in. 185 by 90 cm Estimate $600/800,000
    Lot 6 Property From A Private Collection, France William Bouguereau Les Quatre Saisons: Le Printemps, L'été, L'automne, L'hiver oil on canvas each, 72 7/8 by 35 3/8 in. 185 by 90 cm Estimate $600/800,000
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  • Lot 5 Giuseppe de Sanctis Teodora signed Giuseppe DeSanctis, inscribed Napoli and dated 1887 (lower left)  oil on canvas  26 1/2 by 55 1/2 in. 67.3 by 141 cm
    Lot 5 Giuseppe de Sanctis Teodora signed Giuseppe DeSanctis, inscribed Napoli and dated 1887 (lower left) oil on canvas 26 1/2 by 55 1/2 in. 67.3 by 141 cm
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