05 avril 2011

"Reconsidering Bouguereau: An Artistic Revolution" @ Hirschl & Adler Gallery

William Adolphe Bouguereau (1825-1905), La palme (The Palm Frond), 1894. Oil on canvas, 39 3/8 x 22 1/2 in.   In the 1950s, the art establishment had a rather narrow view of art and art history. When abstract art was at its peak, Hudson River School paintings by Frederick Church and Albert Bierstadt were considered too realistic, too tightly painted and photographic and were often deacessioned by museums and largely ignored by collectors. Similarly, William Bouguereau was customarily derided in art-history lectures. Then... [Lire la suite]
09 juin 2010

William Bouguereau’s Pietà Tops Christie's Sale at $2.77 Million

William Adolphe Bouguereau (La Rochelle 1825-1905) Pietà. Photo: Christie's Images Ltd 2010 signed and dated 'W. BOUGUEREAU 1876' (lower center) and inscribed on the vase 'IN MEMORIAM DILECTI MEI FILII GEORGII DIE XIX JULII ANNO MDCCCLXXV', oil on canvas, 90½ x 58¾ in. (222.9 x 149.2 cm.) Estimate $1,500,000 - $2,500,000 Price Realized $2,770,500 Provenance: Sold by the artist to Prince Demidoff 29 July 1876 (30,000 francs).Sedelmeyer sale, 1877 (18,000 francs).with Goupil & Cie., Paris.Private collection, Spain, until... [Lire la suite]