PRESS RELEASE: Christie's to offer exemplary works of 19th Centruy European Art this May
Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida (Spanish, 1863-1923), Algarrobo (The Carob Tree), oil on canvas.
Estimate: $700,000 - 1,000,000
New York – Christie’s announces the sale of 19th Century European Art on May 23, which offers a strong selection of fresh to the market paintings, drawings, and sculpture by leading artists who reflect the extraordinary diversity of this pivotal period of art history. Painters of the Barbizon, French Realist and Orientalist schools are represented, as well as a strong selection of Belle Époque painters and important female artists. The tightly curated sale of 88 lots is primarily sourced from private collections with lots ranging in price from $7,000 to $1,200,000.
A highlight of the sale is Joaquín Sorolla’s (Spanish, 1863-1923), Algarrobo (The Carob Tree) painted when the artist was visiting the Spanish village of of Jávea, in eastern Spain (estimate: $700,000-1,000,000). The artist was entranced by the beauty of the area, and this work is a striking example of Sorolla’s ability to capture the effects of heat and light using an almost abstract pattern of light and texture. It is considered among the first true landscape paintings by the artist.
The sale also includes a very strong section of works of art by French artists lead by Le Roi de la forêt by Rosa Bonheur (estimate: $800,000 – $1,200,000). This masterpiece by the renowned animalier depicts a life-sized stag in the artist’s exactingly naturalistic style and was considered by the artist herself to be one of her masterpieces. Two works by Jean-François Millet, Le Passage des oies sauvages (estimate: $600,000-800,000) and Portrait of a Woman, probably the Artist's Sister (estimate: $250,000-350,000) are highlights which are emblematic of the two different periods of Millet’s career – his early portraiture, and his later depictions of peasant life in the area around Barbizon. Le Passage des oies sauvages is an important work by the artist in pastel, a medium in which he was considered exceptionally skilled.
There is also a strong group of paintings by Sir Alfred Munnings, Dutch paintings lead by a very high quality Wouterus Verschuur, and several important works by Jean-Léon Gérôme which illustrate the wide variety of subject matter within the artist’s oeuvre.
Christie’s, the world's leading art business, had global auction, private and digital sales in 2017 that totalled £5.1 billion / $6.6 billion. Christie’s is a name and place that speaks of extraordinary art, unparalleled service and international expertise. Christie’s offers around 350 auctions annually in over 80 categories, including all areas of fine and decorative arts, jewellery, photographs, collectibles, wine, and more. Prices range from $200 to over $100 million. Christie's also has a long and successful history conducting private sales for its clients in all categories, with emphasis on Post-War & Contemporary, Impressionist & Modern, Old Masters and Jewellery.
Alongside regular sales online, Christie’s has a global presence in 46 countries, with 10 salerooms around the world including in London, New York, Paris, Geneva, Milan, Amsterdam, Dubai, Zürich, Hong Kong, and Shanghai.
*Please note when quoting estimates above that other fees will apply in addition to the hammer price - see Section D of the Conditions of Sale at the back of the sale catalogue.
*Estimates do not include buyer’s premium. Sales totals are hammer price plus buyer’s premium and are reported net of applicable fees.