The depth of variety and quality found in the nineteenth century European art genre is well represented in Sotheby's April 23rd auction in New York. William Bouguereau's monumental L'Amour et Psyché depicts the mythological lovers Cupid and Psyche en route to Mount Olympus, while his Amour à l'affût features a much younger Cupid mischievously drawing back his famous bow and arrow. Elizabeth Jane Gardner Bouguereau's ambitious painting The Farmer's Daughter earned her a coveted medal at the Paris Salon, the only American woman to achieve such a distinction. Giovanni Boldini's Ladies of the First Empire, painted in 1873, exhibits the artist's hallmark approach to capturing the elegant world of the upper class. Among the Orientalist works on offer is Rudolf Ernst's Outside the Mosque featuring Ernst's characteristic barrage of textures and surfaces, as well as John Frederick Lewis's A Frank Encampment in the Desert of Mount Sinai, 1842, an oil painting based on a watercolor deemed "among the most wonderful pictures in the world" by famed art critic John Ruskin. Gustave Courbet's Femme Endormie is related to a now destroyed painting Venus in Jealous Pursuit of Psyche, Courbet's controversial submission to the May 1864 Salon. Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot's poetic Nymphes et Faunes is a rare large-scale painting by the artist uniting his abiding interest in the natural world with an underlying appreciation for music and theater.
Please note the additional exhibition information: Possibly, London, Empire of India Exhibition, Earl's Court,1895, no. 64
Please note this lot is by Adolf Brütt, German, 1855 - 1940.
Please note Emanuele Serrano's correct nationality is Spanish.
Please note the correct title of this lot is Les Parisiennes. Please note the amended proveance, literature, and exhibition information:
PROVENANCE: Spencer Collection William Henry Vanderbilt, New York (acquired from the above in 1878) George Washington Vanderbilt II, New York (by descent from the above, his father) Brigadier General Cornelius Vanderbilt, New York (by descent from the above, his uncle, and sold, Parke-Bernet Galleries, New York, April 18-19, 1945, lot 41, illustrated) Berges Antiques (acquired at the above sale) Millicent Rogers, New York and Taos (until 1953) Thence by descent to the present owner
EXHIBITED: New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, circa 1902-1907 (on loan from George W. Vanderbilt) New York, Adelson Galleries, Inaugural Exhibition One Hundred Years of American and European Art, November 1-December 15, 1990, no. 5 (as Ladies of the First Empire)
LITERATURE: Edward Strahan, ed., The Art Treasures of America, Philadelphia, 1879, vol. II, p. 114, in the 1977 facsimile edition, vol. III, p. 108 Catalogue of the Paintings in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1905, p. 209 (Gallery 16, no. 42)
Please note the estimate of this lot is $30,000-40,000.
Please note the corrected sequence of provenance: Hadol (and sold: Hôtel Drouot, Paris, January 8, 1876) Lelogeais Collection (acquired at the above sale) Mme. Boussaton Mme Burnet (in 1937) M. Jean Burnet (in 1955) Private Collection Meitetsu Department Store, Nagoya (1979) Acquired from the above by the present owner in February 1979
Please note the corrected provenance: Sale: Bernheim, Brussels (March 1884) M. Cahen, Anvers (acquired at the above sale) Raphaël Gérard, Paris (1892) Private Collection, United Kingdom (in 1912) Aaron Anderson, Sweden Wildenstein & Co. Ltd., London (in 1962) Acquired from the above in September 1968
Please note the corrected provenance: Sale: Christie's, New York, October 25, 1989, lot 283, illustrated (for $825,000) Acquired at the above sale by the present owner
Please note the additional and corrected provenance: Durand-Ruel, Paris (acquired directly from the artist on November 10, 1890) Durand-Ruel, New York (acquired from the above on January 27, 1897) Durand-Ruel, Paris (reacquired from the above on March 22, 1902) Rosenberg, Paris (acquired from the above on April 23, 1902) Charles Viguier, Paris (and sold: Paris, Galerie Georges Petit, May 4, 1906, lot 40, as Le Quai du la Tournelle) Georges Bernheim, Paris (acquired at the above sale) Private Collection Private Collection (and sold: Sotheby's, New York, April 18, 2008, lot 17, illustrated) Acquired at the above sale by the present owner
We would like to thank Flavie Durand-Ruel for providing additional catalogue information.
This Lot has been withdrawn from the sale.
Please note the correction to the literature: John Guille Millais, The Life and Letters of Sir John Everett Millais, 1899, vol. II, p. 485
Please note the additional provenance: Sale: Hagsburg, Feldman, Geneva, June 19, 1989, lot 51/146, illustrated (and as cover) Private Collection Private Collection, New York Acquired from the above through an intermediary by the present owner