Our 22 May sale of 19th Century European Art is led by the Embodiment of Dreams, a collection of paintings that celebrates nineteenth century artists’ fascination with the aesthetic possibilities of imagination and invention. From daring interpretations of long told legends including Franz von Stuck’s Dionysos, Jean Delville’s epic Orphée aux enfers, and Alexandre Cabanel’s dramatic depiction of Shakespeare’s Portia, to evocative recreations of Greco-Roman culture by John William Godward and Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema, each of these artists possessed a remarkable ability to envision worlds never before realized.
Highlights include Julius LeBlanc Stewart’s monumental 1884 Salon picture Five O’clock Tea as well as his long untraced The First Spring and William Bouguereau’s nearly life-size young peasant girl La paresseuse, emerging from a private American collection after nearly 80 years. Venice is captured in a vibrant group of paintings by Federico del Campo, Eugen von Blaas and Felix Ziem while an important garden scene by Joaquin Sorolla joins a diverse group of works by Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot. An excellent group of five paintings by Sir Alfred James Munnings, honoring the 50th anniversary of his passing, are joined by a rare painting by his contemporary Harold Knight, among many others.
We look forward to welcoming you to our galleries from 18-21 May.