The Minorco Collection: Changing landscapes

23 outstanding landscapes that heralded the birth of Impressionism, featured in our 14 September sale of
Paintings 1400–1900

Christie’s Paris is delighted to present our Paintings 1400–1900 sale, featuring 23 landscape paintings by 19th-century artists, sourced from the outstanding Minorco Collection.

The 18th and 19th centuries saw a growing interest in nature as an artistic subject in its own right, a trend which is considered an important step in the evolution of modern art. Until this time, the landscape genre had been relegated to a position of secondary importance. This new approach to landscape painting questioned the authority of the classical tradition, in which the goal of landscape painting was to correct or improve on nature.

Landscape painting in the 18th and 19th centuries sowed the seeds for the Impressionist movement.

The group of paintings offered in our September sale features works by major artists, including Jean-Joseph-Xavier Bidauld and François-Marius Granet. The auction will be held on 14 September 2016 to coincide with Salon Paris Tableaux and the Biennale des Antiquaires.