SESSION ONE: LOTS 101-250
SESSION TWO: THE COLLECTION OF PROFESSOR EGBERT HAVERKAMP-BEGEMANN, LOTS 251-323
A large, rich and deep sale, spanning more than four centuries and a wide range of countries, this is a true celebration of the art of drawing, in all its forms. There are early renaissance figure studies, projects for Baroque compositions, Rococo masterworks such as the exceptional, rare gouache landscape by François Boucher, and a good selection of 19th-century works – even a remarkable, insouciant early divisionist self-portrait of 1908 by the Italian futurist master, Gino Severini. The early Italian drawings in the sale include a fascinating late 15th-century study of the Madonna lactans from the workshop of Bartolommeo Vivarini, a magnificent red chalk female nude by Guercino, and an outstanding, dynamic study of a river god, by Francesco Salviati.
A particular highlight is the collection of the late Egbert Haverkamp-Begemann, the long-standing and much revered professor of the History of Art at New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts. Haverkamp-Begemann was a highly important figure in the teaching and study of 17th-century Dutch and Flemish art, with many students now in prominent academic and museum positions worldwide, and drawings were always an integral part of his approach to teaching. His own collection of some 80 drawings, which will be offered separately as the afternoon session of the sale, includes exceptional works by Jan Lievens, Karel van Mander, Abraham Bloemaert, Peter Paul Rubens, Adriaen van Ostade and Jan van Goyen, as well as many extremely fine drawings by lesser masters.