Michelangelo’s painting of The Torment of Saint Anthony, described by his earliest biographers, has been acquired by the Kimbell Art Museum of Fort Worth, Texas. Its purchase was announced today by the Kimbell’s newly appointed director, Dr. Eric McCauley Lee. Executed in oil and tempera on a wooden panel, this work is the first painting by Michelangelo Buonarroti (1475–1564) to enter an American collection, and one of only four known easel paintings generally believed to come from his hand. The others are the Doni Tondo in Florence’s Uffizi Gallery and two unfinished paintings in London’s National Gallery, The Manchester Madonna and The Entombment.
Sotheby’s forthcoming sale of 19th Century European Paintings in London on Wednesday, June 3, 2009 will bring to the market a fine selection of works from the Orientalist genre, a corner of the international market that has seen its profile continually gather momentum on the international stage in recent years. In 2008 Sotheby’s sales of Orientalist Art worldwide brought a combined total in excess of $36 million.
Eugène Delacroix’s (1798-1863) Le Combat is the most valuable of the Orientalist works on offer in London in June with an estimate of £300 000-500 000. Painted circa 1856-58, the highly focused composition epitomises the eminent French artist’s dynamic North African subjects. The work – which is brimming with energy – portrays a cloaked combatant on his rearing horse taking two attackers, lying in ambush, by surprise and it combines Delacroix’s first-hand experience of Morocco with his own romantic vision.
Sotheby’s 19th Century European Paintings sale on Wednesday, June 3, 2009, features a choice group of 15 works by some of the most representative Spanish artists of the time: Hermenegildo Anglada-Camarasa, Santiago Rusiñol, José Maria Sert, Joaquín Sorolla and Ignacio Zuloaga. The Bathing Hour, a striking canvas by Joaquín Sorolla (1863-1923) is the highlight of this section as it has never before been seen in public and has always remained in private collections. The Bathing Hour will be exhibited for the first time ever at Sotheby’s Madrid on May 25-26 to coincide with the inauguration at the Prado Museum of the most important retrospective on the life and work of this internationally renowned artist.
Painted in 1915 but signed and dated in 1917, The Bathing Hour is one of a select number of oils that Sorolla executed on La Malvarrosa beach at Valencia that year. Sorolla’s time in his home town in the summer of 1915 provided a welcome respite from the major project that had been occupying the majority of his time since 1911, namely the commission from Archer M. Huntington to paint a series of monumental canvases on the theme of the Vision of Spain for the Hispanic Society of America, New York. This massive series of canvases celebrating Spanish regional life necessitated that Sorolla travel extensively throughout Spain to paint the local peoples and record their customs. Returning in the summers to the city in which he had grown up and where he could relax with his family by the sea offered him a much needed break from Huntington’s mammoth task as well as the opportunity to turn his attention to more liberating subjects.
XI Scientific Symposium «Expertise and attribution of paintings and applied art works» took place at the Engineers pavilion of the State Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow on November 16–18. The important conference was organized by an antiques trading company «Magnum Ars». Leading researchers, experts and art critics from Russia, Ukraine and Baltic region countries participated in the event. Traditionally, subject reports from the conference were published in a special digest.
An auction house Bonhams & Butterfields will hold sales of European paintings in San Francisco on November 15, 2005. The auction will comprise masterworks from such renowned artists as: Spanish painter Raimundo de Madrazo y Garreta; Italian artist Margherita Caffi, known as «la veneziana»; and English-born painter John Glover, who later emigrated to Australia.
Supposedly, the top lot of the sales will be «A little princess in the gardens at Versailles» by Raimundo de Madrazo y Garreta. Signed, inscribed and dated «R. Madrazo Terminé chez mon ami A. Peacock Pittsburgh 1905», the oil on canvas painting depicts an entertaining court scene where all are striving to entertain a royal child. Surrounded by ladies-in-waiting, servants, dogs and a monkey, the colorful painting captures the essence of daily life for the little Princess.
On the 26th of April the Easter auction was held in Russian auction house “Gelos”. A special collection of icons and Easter eggs was presented. The auction’s catalog included strings of numismatics, antiquarian books, philately, household articles and interior items, porcelain and glass, antiquarian arms, Russian and West-European paintings, contemporary art, Russian icons, silver, jewelry, antiquarian furniture… In all more than 550 lots.
The top-lots were the sculptural composition “Janissary”, tea-set “Tête-à-tête”, collection of Russian stamps of the period from 1857 to 1917, two Easter eggs (wooden and porcelain) and also the publication of count F. Tolstoy dedicated to memorable medallions of 1812, 1813, 1814 and 1815 events.
Sotheby’s Sale of 19th century European paintings, including the Spanish sale, today achieved a total of £12,121,760, with newly-discovered works handsomely exceeding their pre-sale estimates, and with works by Spanish artist Joaquin Sorolla and Italian artist Telemaco Signorini shattering existing world auction records.
Chief among the highlights of the day, Sorolla’s potent La Hora del Baño (The Bathing Hour) of 1904 easily outstripped the existing auction record for the artist (£1,815,000 hammer, established at Sotheby’s in London in 1990) when it sold to a determined telephone bidder for £3,701,600. The result elicited excited applause from a packed saleroom, and the applause was later repeated when Signorini’s powerful work, The Barge Haulers sold for another record price of £2,805,600 against an estimate of £180,000-£250,000. nbsp;
The first major retrospective in more than 20 years devoted to the great 16th-century painter Domenikos Theotokopoulos (1541-1614) – known to posterity as El Greco – will open at The Metropolitan Museum of Art today, October 7, 2003. One of the most original artists of his age, El Greco was celebrated for his highly expressive and visionary religious paintings. The international loan exhibition’s approximately 80 works include an unsurpassed selection of his psychologically compelling portraits, as well as his rare incursions into landscape, genre, mythology, and sculpture. Particular emphasis will be placed on his late works, in which mystical content, expressive distortions, and monumental scale are taken to ever greater extremes, culminating in the Adoration of Shepherds, the spectacular nine-foot-tall painting created to decorate his own tomb.
The sale of important 19th Century European Paintings at Sotheby’s Amsterdam on Tuesday 21 October 2003 will again offer several impressive examples of the Dutch Romantic School paintings. One of the highlights is a detailed View on the Hoofdwacht with the Grote Kerk, Zwolle by Cornelis Springer. The oil on panel was acquired directly from the artist on 31 August 1869 by the Amsterdam collector J.C. van Pappelendam (1810-1884) for 550 Dutch guilders and has never been offered before. The Paintings has been on loan until recently in the Stedelijk Museum Zwolle (€160,000-200,000). Cornelis Springer (1817-1891) grew up in a family of carpenters and building contractors, and mastered the principles of architectural drawing and perspective already at an early age.
The sale of important 19th Century European Paintings at Sotheby’s Amsterdam on Tuesday 21 October 2003 will again offer several impressive examples of the Dutch Romantic School paintings. One of the highlights is a detailed View on the Market Square in Zwolle by Cornelis Springer, an oil on panel from 1869 that has been on loan in the Stedelijk Museum Zwolle and has never been offered before (euro160,000-200,000). Cornelis Springer (1817-1891), who grew up in a family of carpenters and building contractors, and mastered the principles of architectural drawing and perspective already at an early age, is also represented with a lively Town view with figures near a gate. This painting was recently discovered in a US private collection. Outstanding is the excellent rendering of the many figures (euro200,000-300,000).