Rare Work by Eugene Delacroix to Lead the Orientalist Highlights at Sotheby's London this June

Eugène Delacroix, Le Combat, oil on panel, est: £300 000-500 000

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.

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Published in: on May 12, 2009 at 8:55 am  Leave a Comment  
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Orientalist Art to Headline Sotheby's First-ever Major International Auction Series in the Middle East

Rudolf Ernst (1854-1932), A Hard Bargain. Estimate of $450 000-550 000

The Orientalist Genre is an area of the international art market that has returned to the fore in recent years and Sotheby’s has over the last year alone staged sales of Orientalist Art in New York, London and Paris, with worldwide totals bringing more than $36 000 000. Now, Sotheby’s will offer some 78 particularly appealing examples of Orientalist painting in its first-ever auction series in the Middle East. The Orientalist Sale, on March 18, 2009, at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Doha, Qatar is expected to fetch in the region of $5 000 000 and it will present an impressive showcase of Middle Eastern-inspired works by European artists, including superb examples by eminent Austrian, Swiss, French, Italian and Polish artists in the field.

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Published in: on February 24, 2009 at 8:01 am  Leave a Comment  
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