At TEFAF, the key works of Renoir and Leavens were sold automatic translate
This year at the Fair of Art and Antiques TEFAF in Maastricht private collectors were sold paintings of Pierre-Auguste Renoir and Jan Livens. In 2011, the fair was held from 18 to 27 March in the Dutch city of Maastricht. In total, the fair was presented about 260 works of art and antiques. The exhibition attracted more than 73 thousand visitors from 55 countries.
Renoir’s painting «A Woman Collecting Flowers» («Femme cueillant des Fleurs»), dating back to the early period of Impressionism, was bought by a European collector. The cost of the work exhibited by the international gallery Dickinson amounted to 15 million US dollars. Renoir was put up for sale by the Stirling Institute of Art and Francine Clark (Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute) through the Dickinson Gallery in order to develop the existing collection of the institute.
James Rondell shared his thoughts: «Fair TEFAF is the place where there is an opportunity to acquire the best works of art. Here, many galleries can find buyers, because it is not rare that deals are concluded even after the fair is over. «
Pierre Auguste Renoir - Woman collecting flowers (1874)
«Woman collecting flowers» - a picture depicting Camilla Monet - the first wife of the great Impressionist Claude Monet, who lived only 32 years and died in 1879. Now more and more early Impressionist works appear on the market, and this 1874 canvas also represents an important period in the development of impressionism. «Woman collecting flowers» has not been on sale since 1933, when it was bought by Sterling and Francine Clarke. The institute, which is now named after them, plans to use the proceeds from this and another 32 works by Renoir to expand the existing collection.
Jan Livens - Portrait of an Old Man (1629) wood, oil, 60.1 x 47.8 cm.
A magnificent portrait of the 17th century artist Jan Lievens, whose value reached 3.9 million euros, was sold to the European collector of the Parisian gallery Haboldt & Co. «Portrait of the Old Man», written in 1629, is one of the greatest «anonymous» portraits of Livens. Together with his friend Rembrandt van Rijn, Livens created a new kind of portrait painting, which became his main form of creativity and gave rise to his career in the city of Leiden.
Earlier, «The Portrait of an Old Man» was repeatedly sold and was a welcome acquisition of collectors at all times. He demonstrates the masterly elaboration of textures: deep wrinkles on the face of an elderly man, heavy embroidered fabrics and soft velvet. A tired face, heavy eyelids and a large old beard’s beard convey the depth of wisdom and experience.
In March next year, TEFAF will celebrate its 25th anniversary.