NEW YORK – The late collectors Robert and Elizabeth Haskell divided their time between the southwestern Virginia town of Martinsville and the rural outpost of Little Washington, where they maintained a farmhouse estate. Outside their windows were miles of hilly horse country and open skies, not unlike the vibrant, airy Impressionist landscape paintings inside their home.
Property from the Collection of the Late Robert and Elizabeth Haskell. Alfred Sisley, Les Carrières à Veneux au soleil – le matin, 1880. Estimate $2–3 million. To be offered in the Impressionist & Modern Art Evening sale on 7 May.
Among the couple’s favourite artists was Alfred Sisley, who interpreted the dabs and dashes of Impressionism in the mediums of pastel and crayon with particular sensitivity. In the Evening and Day sales on 7 and 8 May, a group of important works on paper and canvas will be offered at Sotheby’s.
Property from the Collection of the Late Robert and Elizabeth Haskell. Alfred Sisley, La Gare de Moret-sur-Loing sous la neige. Estimate $300,000–500,000. To be offered in the Impressionist & Modern Art Day sale on 8 May.
Evident in this selection is Sisley’s passion for the landscape, which he captured in brisk, bare winters and humid, lush summers, with rolling green meadows, and the railroad visible in the distance – a fascinating vision of the burgeoning industrialization of the French countryside.