Sotheby’s 19th Century European Paintings sale in London on 20 November offers a particularly rich selection from the 19th and early 20th Centuries, encompassing all of the major regions and schools.
We are especially excited to be offering Pescadores Valencianos (Valencian Fishermen), Joaquin Sorolla’s masterpiece of 1895. Following hot on the heels of the success of his monumental Vuelta de la pesca (Return from Fishing; Musée d’Orsay, Paris) the painting was unanimously awarded a gold medal at the Berlin International Exhibition of 1896, and was acquired by the Berlin National Gallery where it hung for the next 34 years. The work is of museum-quality, and is one of the most important works by the artist to come to auction.
Other highlights are the Swedish artist Nils Dardel’s Young Man in Black, Girl in White of 1919, which captures the artist’s reflective state of mind following the termination of his love affair with Nita Wallenberg; Peder Severin Krøyer’s recently-rediscovered harmonious depiction of his wife walking arm-in-arm with fellow painter Michael Ancher’s wife on Skagen Beach one evening, a study for one of the most iconic works in Scandinavian Art; Jean Béraud’s joyous depiction of a Parisian street celebration on Bastille Day 1880; a landscape of 1864 by Gustave Courbet painted near his native Ornans; and Ignacio Zuloaga’s audacious 1936 depiction of the dancer La Oterito nude.
Our preview begins on 16 November in our New Bond Street Galleries, and we look forward to welcoming you there.
30 & 31 October, Fundación Pons, Serrano 138., Madrid (Spanish Highlights)
2-7 November, Sotheby’s, New York (the Sorolla, Béraud, and Krøyer)
The 20th November sale of 19th Century European Paintings at Sotheby’s London brought a strong total of £8,286,900, within the pre-sale estimate of £6.7 - 9.8 million.
The sale was led by Joaquín Sorolla’s Pescadores valencianos (Valencian Fishermen), which sold to a European Foundation for £3,737,250, establishing a record for the artist at auction in sterling.
Aside from the Sorolla, a number of other key works in the sale achieved prices well above their estimates. Danish artist Peder Severin Krøyer’s Marie Krøyer and Anna Ancher on the Beach at Skagen sold for £493,250, eclipsing its pre-sale estimate of £150,000 - 250,000 and establishing the second highest price for the artist at auction. In addition, a painting by Gustave Courbet never before offered on the market – Le Ruisseau de Plaisir-Fontaine, dans la vallée du Puits Noir, painted in 1864 – sold for £481,250, above the high estimate of £200,000 - 300,000. Sunset over Lake Ruovesi, a celebration of Finnish identity and the brief Nordic summer by Akseli Gallen-Kallela soared above its pre-sale estimate of £90,000 - 120,000 to achieve £325,000, the second highest price for a work by the artist at auction. A record for a gouache by the artist at auction was established when Nils Dardel’s Young Man in Black, Young Girl in White sold for £445,000 against an estimate of £400,000 - 600,000.