28 septembre 2015

The Lock, one of Constable's most celebrated masterpieces, to be offered at Sotheby's

John Constable (1776-1837), The Lock, oil on canvas, 55 x 48 inches, £8-12m. Photo: Sotheby's. LONDON.- On 9th December this year, Sotheby’s London will offer for sale John Constable's The Lock - one of the small group of monumental landscapes, known as the 'Six Footers', which for many define the pinnacle of the artist's career. Depicting a bucolic scene on the River Stour in the artist’s native Suffolk, and painted in response to the huge critical acclaim that greeted Constable's first treatment of the composition... [Lire la suite]
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23 septembre 2015

FauveParis, René Lalique et les coléoptères…

René Lalique (1860-1945), Gobelet Scarabées Rhinocéros (détail), circa 1897-1899. Photo Fauve Paris PARIS - Le jeudi 15 octobre à 19h lors de sa vente Légendes d’automne, FauveParis mettra aux enchères un exceptionnel gobelet aux scarabées rhinocéros de René Lalique. Cet objet mentionné comme « perdu » depuis 1902 dans les ouvrages de référence a été redécouvert cet été dans un inventaire réalisé par Maître Cédric Melado, commissaire-priseur directeur de FauveParis. Présenté pour la toute première fois à... [Lire la suite]
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22 septembre 2015

Ambitious exhibition in Amsterdam brings together Vincent van Gogh and Edvard Munch

Edvard’s ticket for the World Exhibition in Antwerp, 1885 - Vincent at the age of nineteen.  AMSTERDAM.- On the occasion of the Van Gogh commemorative year 2015, the Van Gogh Museum will present Munch : Van Gogh, an ambitious exhibition that brings together Vincent van Gogh and Edvard Munch. Many iconic masterpieces that are only rarely put on loan, as well as other first-class works from around the world will be exhibited. Munch : Van Gogh will be the very first exhibition in the reopened Exhibition Wing... [Lire la suite]
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09 septembre 2015

The Fleming Collection opens exhibition of works from Aberdeen Art Gallery

J. M. T. Turner (1775-1851), Caerlaverock Castle, c.1832, Watercolour on paper, Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums Collections. LONDON.- This Autumn, the Fleming Collection is exhibiting works from Aberdeen Art Gallery which is closed for refurbishment along with the adjoining Cowdray Hall. Aberdeen Art Gallery’s outstanding collection demonstrates the city’s rich cultural heritage. The exhibition includes works by renowned Scottish portrait painters and artists. These include a 17th-century self-portrait... [Lire la suite]
08 septembre 2015

Fit for a Queen: Fitzwilliam first UK Museum to acquire a portrait by Spanish court painter Vicente López

Vicente López y Portaňa, Maria Isabel de Borbón, Queen of the Two Sicilies, 1829-1830 © The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge. CAMBRIDGE.- The Fitzwilliam Museum Cambridge has acquired a Royal portrait from 1829-30 of Maria Isabel de Borbón, Queen of the Two Sicilies by Spanish court painter Vicente López y Portaňa (1772 -1850) – this is the first painting by the artist to enter a public collection in the UK. The painting has been acquired with support of the Art Fund, the Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum and other generous... [Lire la suite]
05 septembre 2015

Francisco de Goya's 'Portrait of Dona Isabel de Porcel': A question of attribution

Francisco de Goya, Doña Isabel de Porcel, detail, Before 1805. Oil on canvas, 82 x 54.6 cm © The National Gallery, London.  LONDON.- 'Portrait of Doña Isabel de Porcel' has long been heralded as one of Goya’s most dazzling portraits and is amongst the most striking, recognisable and admired paintings in the National Gallery. However, some scholars have recently cast doubts over the attribution of the picture. The exhibition Goya: The Portraits (running concurrently in the Sainsbury Wing), which includes around... [Lire la suite]
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28 août 2015

Fresh-to-market estates highlight 1,000+ lots of fine & decorative arts at Heritage Auctions

A Ninety-Six Piece Sèvres-Style Porcelain Service, 19th century. Marks: (imitation Sèvres marks) Offert par le Duc de Richelieu a Mme. de Lamballe; signed F. AULDET to painted cartouches. Estimate: $30,000 - $50,000. Photo Heritage Auctions DALLAS, TX.- Treasured objects from fresh-to-market private collections, including a 96-Piece Sèvres-Style Porcelain Service (est. $30,000+) will cross the block in Heritage Auctions' Fine & Decorative Arts Including Estates Auction... [Lire la suite]
22 août 2015

The V&A and the Scottish National Gallery have jointly acquire sculpture by Lorenzo Bartolini

Lorenzo Bartolini, The Campbell Sisters Dancing a Waltz, c. 1821. LONDON.- Bartolini was a revolutionary and rebel sculptor, now considered to be one of the European greats. His style was distinct to that of his traditional neo-classical contemporaries as he sought to capture the ‘beauty of nature’ in his works. Bartolini’s bas-relief of Cleobis and Biton attracted the attention of the Napoleonic government and secured his fame as a sculptor. In 1839, Bartolini was appointed professor at the Florentine Academy of Fine Arts... [Lire la suite]
19 août 2015

Sotheby's New York announces 19th Century Furniture & Decorative Arts Sale

George-Henry Blake, The Frick Commodes’ Companion Pair, Boulle Style Marquetry Commodes. Estimate $300/500,000. Photo: Sotheby's.  NEW YORK, NY.- Sotheby’s is pleased to announce that its 15 October auctions of 19th Century Furniture & Decorative Arts in New York will feature both a dedicated single-owner sale at 10:00AM, Property of a Distinguished Private Asian Collection, and a various-owners auction at 2:00PM. The morning sale will highlight over 200 works from an important Private... [Lire la suite]
15 août 2015

Largest Rodin exhibition ever presented in Canada on view at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

Auguste Rodin (1840-1917), The Age of Bronze, 1876. Bronze, Alexis Rudier Foundry, 1911, 181.6 x 50.8 x 52.1 cm. Buffalo, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Elizabeth H. Gates Fund. Photo Albright-Knox Art Gallery / Tom Loonan / Art Resource, NY MONTREAL.- The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts is presenting Metamorphoses: In Rodin’s Studio from May 30 to October 18, 2015. Produced and circulated in the United States by the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts in collaboration with the Musée Rodin in Paris, this... [Lire la suite]