T his January’s Part II online sale of Master Paintings presents a wide range of works dating from the 14th to the 19th century. The sale includes a number of important Renaissance gold grounds, 17th century Dutch and Flemish paintings, portraiture across the ages, landscapes, still lifes and more. We are honored to feature property from three important groups which include works from the collection formed by Rembrandt scholar and museum director David Carter and his wife Louise Carter, property from the estate of world-renowned art collector, publisher, and writer Alexis Gregory, sold to benefit the Alexis Gregory Foundation, and a selection of paintings from the estate of prominent New York gallerist Paul Kasmin.
Additional Old Master paintings highlights include an impressive representation of Mars by Giovanni Francesco Barbieri, known as Guercino, an intimate Madonna and Child by Sir Anthony van Dyck, a rediscovered cassone panel by Liberale da Verona and a pair of charming portraits by Adriaen van Ostade. The sale also features 19th Century European Paintings, including a remarkable, rare self-portrait by William Bouguereau, a vivid series of works illustrating the antique ode The Story of Anacreon by Jean-Léon Gérôme, and an impressive equestrian painting by John Frederick Herring Snr. sold to Benefit The Edward M. Snider Youth Hockey Supporting Organization.
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Early Italian Highlights
Portraits Through the Ages
19th Century Highlights
S otheby’s is honored to be offering the collection of David and Louise Carter, including paintings, sculpture, and drawings, throughout Masters Week 2021. David G. Carter and Louise Belknap met at the Met in the museum’s library stacks where she was cataloguing for her first job after graduating as an Art History major from Bryn Mawr. David had a newly established Metropolitan Museum of Art fellowship after completing his doctoral studies at the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University. His earlier days saw him graduate from Princeton as an Art & Archeology major in a wartime accelerated class, then service as a diplomatic courier during WWII, followed by an MA at Harvard / the Fogg and his doctoral studies at NYU. The subsequent union of David and Louise in 1951 began a lifetime passion for building a superb Art Collection that they enjoyed surrounding themselves with over their 63 wonderful years together. While David came to be known as a Dutch & Flemish scholar with a specialty in Rembrandt, his was also a fine and discerning eye as a connoisseur with deep understanding of artistry and quality when selecting Artworks for their personal collection or as the director of the Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design and The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (where he nearly doubled the size of the exhibition space during his tenure). Art was the framework for his entire world.
Artist Spotlight: Cornelis Cornelisz. van Haarlem
C ornelis Cornelisz. van Haarlem (1562-1638) was a Dutch painter of the Golden Age. In the 1580s, Cornelis van Haarlem, together with the poet, painter and art theorist, Karel van Mander, and the painter and engraver, Hendrick Goltzius, was one of the principal exponents of the Mannerist style which enjoyed a brief but intense flowering in Haarlem. But in the later years of Cornelis's career, the artist abandoned the extreme Mannerism of the Haarlem Academy and turned toward a more temperate approach. The violent contortions and exaggeratedly muscular nudes which typified his earlier style gave way to restful poses and figure types, more akin to classical ideals of proportion and harmony. A recent New York Times Magazine article delves deeper into Cornelis's artistic style and legacy.