Christie's auctions '$2.3m' work by 'the greatest painter of the last century'



2015-06-26 12:34:26

Christie's auctions '$2.3m' work by 'the greatest painter of the last century'

That's how cultural icon Gertrude Stein described Giovanni Boldini, whose striking work is for sale...

On October 12, Christie's New York will offer an extraordinary selection of19th Century European Art Including Orientalist, Sporting and Maritime Paintings.

The sale will present exquisite examples of the classic tradition of Europe as well as the exotic allure of the Orient, and will feature some of the most sought-after artists of the 19th Century.

Giovanni Boldinis exquisite Portrait of Marthe Rgnier

Giovanni Boldinis exquisitePortrait of Marthe Rgnier

These will include Giovanni Boldini, JosBenlliure y Gil,Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida, WilliamAdolphe Bouguereau, Jean Baptiste Camille Corot, Frederick Lord Leighton and Montague Dawson.

In total, the sale will offer over 100 lots of great quality and beauty. The sale's top lot isGiovanni Boldini's exquisitePortrait of Marthe Rgnier, 1905. Painted at the height of the artist's career, Marthe Rgnier embodies Parisian chic during the Belle poque.

The work is estimated at $2-3m.

Three years after Boldini executed this tour de force likeness, it was exhibited by its then owner, Michel Manzi, at the newly inaugurated Htel des Modes.

The hotel wasthe brainchild of Manzi and, as a meeting point for haute couture and contemporary art, was to prove an overnight success.

Adding to the drama of this portrait is Boldini's strident plunging perspective, one of the innovative hallmarks of the artist's matureoeuvre. Equally characteristic of Boldini's work is the pulsating pink patchwork.

The artist's daring compositional elements led cultural icon Gertrude Stein to presciently profess, 'Once time has established values in their correct order, Boldini will be recognized as the greatest painter of the last century.' It is expected to bring $50,000-70,000.

Watch this space for more news on Christie's October 12 sale.

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