30 septembre 2017

In 'Drawn to Greatness,' the Morgan to Showcase Master Drawings from Thaw Collection

Francisco de Goya (1746–1828), Leave it all to Providence (Dejalo todo a la probidencia), 1816-20, black ink and gray wash, Thaw Collection, The Morgan Library & Museum, 1999.22.  The Thaw Collection is considered among the foremost private collections of drawings assembled over the last half century. It was first promised to the Morgan in 1975 by Eugene V. Thaw, now a Life Trustee, and the museum received the full collection of 424 works in early 2017. In honor of this extraordinary gift—one of the most important in... [Lire la suite]

28 août 2017

Exhibition at the Kimbell Art Museum focuses on the life of Giacomo Casanova

  Giacomo Casanova, by his brother Francisco Giuseppe Casanova, 1750-1755. FORT WORTH, TX.- Notorious today for his amorous pursuits, Giacomo Casanova (1725–98) was esteemed by his contemporaries as a charming conversationalist, expert on many topics, and an international man of letters. He traveled widely throughout the continent, with extended sojourns in his native Venice, Paris, London, and much of Eastern Europe, mingling with royalty, popes and luminaries such as Voltaire and Benjamin Franklin along the way. This... [Lire la suite]
27 mars 2017

Jean-Honoré Fragonard (1732-1806), La coquette fixée, ca. 1755

Lot 331. Jean-Honoré Fragonard (1732-1806), La coquette fixée, ca. 1755. Oil on canvas, 55.9 x 45.7 cm. Estimate: € 200.000 - 400.000. Photo Hampel Accompanied by certificate. Provenance: J. Porgès, Château de Rochefort. Mme L. Surmont. sale, Galerie Charpentier, Paris, 15 March 1935, lot 3 (to Gibour). Private collection, England. Private collection, France; sale Sotheby's, New York, 28 January 2000, lot 93, from where purchased by Hall & Knight, Ltd., by whom sold to... [Lire la suite]
07 mars 2017

Piguet Auction House to offer The Givaudan collection: The epitome of French 18th century taste

Lot 793. Louis-Léopold Boilly (1761-1845), La tendresse conjugale, huile sur panneau, signée, 52,5x43,5 cm. Estimation CHF 60,000-80,000.   GENEVA.- This Spring, Piguet Auction House gives pride of place to the Xavier and Leon Givaudan collection with the wonders of French 18th and 19th century art. The collection houses pieces of furniture and paintings from the most renowned cabinet makers and artists of the period as well as silver and works of art. These works will be auctioned... [Lire la suite]
14 février 2017

Bacri Frères-Antiquaires Paris, la collection d’un des plus grands marchands d’art du milieu du XXe siècle chez Sotheby's

Corneille de La Haye dit Corneille de Lyon, Portrait d’Anne de Pisseleu, duchesse d’Étampes (1508-1580), vers 1545. Estimation : 200.000-300.000 €. Photo: Sotheby's. PARIS – Sotheby’s a l’honneur d’annoncer la vente de la collection Bacri Frères - Antiquaires Paris qui se tiendra à Paris le 30 mars prochain. Héritiers du « connoisseur » du XVIIIe siècle, amateurs, collectionneurs et marchands influents, à l’instar des familles d’antiquaires Fabius ou Seligmann, ils furent les grands... [Lire la suite]
16 janvier 2017

Seven Centuries from the Woodner Collections Celebrated at National Gallery of Art, March 12–July 16, 2017

Benvenuto Cellini, A Satyr, 1544/1545, pen and brown ink with brown wash over black chalk on laid paper; laid down, with framing line in brown ink, overall: 41.6 x 20.3 cm (16 3/8 x 8 in.), National Gallery of Art, Washington, Woodner Collection, Patrons' Permanent © 2016 National Gallery of Art Washington, DC—Ian Woodner assembled an extraordinary collection of over 1,000 old master and modern drawings, making him one of the 20th century's most important collectors. More than 150 works from his... [Lire la suite]

10 janvier 2017

Jean-Honoré Fragonard (Grasse 1732 - 1806 Paris), The Fountain of Love

Lot 49. Jean-Honoré Fragonard (Grasse 1732 - 1806 Paris), The Fountain of Love, oil on canvas, 18 1/2  by 14 3/4  in.; 47 by 37.5 cm. Estimate 1,500,000 — 2,500,000 USD. Photo: Sotheby's. Provenance: Monsieur Berend;His sale, Paris, Hôtel Drouot, 2 December 1889, lot 4;There acquired by Marcel Bernstein;Thence by descent to Henry Bernstein;Bartoloni Collection;With Wildenstein, New York;Irwin Laughlin, Washington, D.C.;Thence by descent to his daughter, Mrs. Hubert Chanler, New York;By... [Lire la suite]
14 septembre 2015

"Fragonard amoureux" au musée du Luxembourg

Fragonard amoureux : Affiche.  PARIS - Le dix-huitième siècle fut, selon les frères Goncourt, celui de la séduction et de l’intrigue amoureuse, dont Jean-Honoré Fragonard (1732-1806) aurait été le principal illustrateur, voire le principal agent. L’inspiration amoureuse parcourt en effet l’œuvre protéiforme et généreuse du « divin Frago », depuis les compositions champêtres de ses débuts jusqu’aux allégories amoureuses qui occupèrent la fin de sa carrière. Tour à tour galant, libertin, audacieusement polisson ou au... [Lire la suite]
05 avril 2015

Research reveals significantly different composition in Jean-Honoré Fragonard's Young Girl Reading

Jean-Honoré Fragonard, Young Girl Reading was a gift of Mrs. Ailsa Mellon Bruce in memory of her father, Mr. Andrew W. Mellon, in 1961. National Gallery of Art, Washington. WASHINGTON, DC.- One of the most beloved paintings in the National Gallery of Art's permanent collection, Young Girl Reading (c. 1770) by Jean-Honoré Fragonard, shows a young woman in profile, reading the book in her hand. It is now clear that a completely different face was painted underneath, that of an older woman looking out towards the... [Lire la suite]
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30 juin 2014

Masterpieces of painting from French national museums on view at Macao Museum of Art

Jean Clouet, Portrait of François I, King of France, circa 1530. Oil on wood (oak), 96 x 74 cm. Collection of Musée du Louvre. © RMN-Grand Palais (musée du Louvre) / Hervé Lewandowski.  MACAO.- After showcasing the treasures of Napoleon last year by Le French May, the Macao Museum of Art is celebrating its 15th anniversary in hosting 12 of the greatest masterpieces on loan from the most prestigious French museums: Musée d’Orsay, Château de Versailles, Musée du Louvre and Centre Pompidou.  Organized especially to... [Lire la suite]