Exceeding pre-sale estimates, symbolist landscapes by Vilhelm Hammershøi, Jakub Schikaneder and Lévy-Dhurmer achieved great success alongside bright and light-filled compositions by Joaquín Sorolla and Nils Dardel.
Sorolla's Setting out to Sea, Valencia, was the auction's top lot achieving £1,426,500.
Our sale of 19th Century European Paintings showcases iconic examples by leading artists of the period. Highlights from a European Private Collection include two masterpieces by Joaquín Sorolla that have remained out of public view in recent decades, Setting out to Sea andGathering the Sail, which both depict the life of the fishermen of Valencia with majestic grandeur, along with Ramón Casas’ Girl with a Blue Scarf.
The Austrian Biedermeier is represented by two oils on panel by Waldmüller from two Austrian private collections, Diligence Rewarded andWildbad Gastein, while evocative turn-of-the-century Symbolist views of the city include A Street Corner in Prague by Jakub Schikaneder, two landscapes by Vilhelm Hammershøi and a Venetian pastel by Lucien Lévy-Dhurmer. Into the new century, Nils Dardel’s vividly dramatic Grasshopperpersonifies the eccentric artist intoxicated by a new love affair. This work comes to the fore just before the opening of an important retrospective devoted to the artist at the Moderna Museet in Stockholm this summer.