Rarely seen Van Gogh painting sells for over 13 million euros

“Street Scene in Montmartre” by Vincent van Gogh. Image: Courtesy of Sotheby’s via ETX Daily Up

One of the few paintings by Vincent Van Gogh that is still in private hands was auctioned for more than 13 million euros on Thursday, Sotheby’s said.

“Street Scene in Montmartre”, which was on public display for the first time since its inception in 1887, brought in 13.09 million euros in the same collection after a century, the auction house announced.

With well above the estimate of 5 to 8 million euros, the sales price is a record for the artist in France, he added.

The painting was the culmination of an auction of 33 works by masters such as Degas, Magritte, Modigliani, Klee, Rodin and his muse Camille Claudel, which were sold in an auction streamed live by Sotheby’s in Paris.

The painting was re-offered at the end of the sale in Paris after the auction house suspended its first sale in the early afternoon, where it fetched a slightly higher sale price due to problems with online bidding.

Other highlights were the sale of a recently restored work by Camille Pissarro, “La Recolte des pois”, which brought in 3.38 million euros. It was originally commissioned by Van Gogh’s brother Theo.

Francis Picabia’s “La Corrida” has now achieved 3.15 million euros.

First time to see it

The Van Gogh of 1887, one of more than 200 paintings the Dutch Post-Impressionist master produced in Paris in two years, shows one of the windmills that dotted Montmartre when it was just a village on the northern outskirts of the capital.

A couple for a walk and two children play in front of a wooden fence and leafless trees, which are depicted in the characteristic tan and brown tones of his “Dutch palette” and are interrupted by a bright red flag above the mill.

This period marked a turning point in Van Gogh’s career as he began exploring expressionist techniques and new uses of color in the last few years of his life, before committing suicide in 1890 at the age of 37.

It is not considered to be one of his best works.

The last Van Gogh to go public auction from 1889, Laborer in a Field, sold for $ 81 million in 2017 in New York.

Professionals knew about the work, but it was cataloged only as a black and white photograph and acquired by a French family around 1920.

This week, it was on public display for the first time since it was painted 135 years ago.

“Paintings from the Montmartre series are rare: it is very likely that private buyers, the great Van Gogh collectors around the world, and probably institutions as well, will attract great interest,” explains Aurelie Vandevoorde, Sotheby’s director of Impressionism and Modernism Art in Paris, AFP said before the sale.

“Street Scene in Montmartre” by Vincent Van Gogh. Image: Courtesy of Sotheby’s via ETX Daily Up

The identity of the buyer was not disclosed, but Claudia Mercier, an auctioneer at Mirabaud Mercier auction house who was hired by the painting’s owners, said she had been checked by the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, “who has shown serious interest in the work . “

Among other groundbreaking works that were auctioned off at Sotheby’s double sale of Impressionist and Modern art in Paris and London was a pastel by Edgar Degas called “Dancer”, which sold for 2.6 million euros.

In the British capital, a portrait of photographer Dora Maar by Pablo Picasso cost £ 9.7 million (US $ 12.7 million).

A triptych in spring tones by British painter David Hockney, one of the world’s most expensive living artists, did not exceed £ 6.1 million in the final tender, below original estimates.

A bigger success, however, was “Embrace on the Beach” by the Norwegian painter Edvard Munch, which was sold for 16.2 million pounds (22.2 million US dollars).

The painting was briefly in the possession of the highest Nazi official Hermann Göring, although Munch was officially designated by the Third Reich as a “degenerate” artist.

A self-portrait by the Norwegian mercury painter also sold for £ 3.1 million, less than estimated. JB


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