Auctions Begin This November with IMPRESSIONIST & MODERN AND AMERICAN ART At Sotheby’s New York.
Following Sotheby’s record-breaking auctions of The Collection of Mrs. Paul Mellon in 2014, Sotheby's once again is honored to present fine art acquired over a lifetime by this legendary tastemaker.
Works by artists including Claude Monet, Camille Pissarro, Nicolas de Staël, Winslow Homer and Eugène Delacroix that have descended in the Mellon Family to present will be offered in a series of auctions at Sotheby’s New York, beginning this November and extending into 2018.
Jeremiah Evarts, Head of Evening Sales for Sotheby’s Impressionist & Modern Art Department in New York, commented: “In 2014, thousands of collectors, longtime admirers and new fans crowded into Claude Monet Champ d’iris à Giverny 1887 Estimate $3/5 million 2 our galleries and followed along on social media to take part in auction history, as fine art, furniture and decorative art from Mrs. Paul Mellon’s extensive collection raised over $200 million for The Gerard B. Lambert Foundation. It is a true honor and privilege to once again represent this great American family, and offer paintings that have since descended through the Mellon family. Works by many of the same artists that inspired heated bidding battles in 2014, including Pissarro, Homer and de Staël, will be presented in auctions beginning this November in New York, offering collectors another chance to acquire paintings with this celebrated provenance – many which have not been seen in public for half a century.
Works from the Mellon Family Collection are led by Claude Monet’s Champ d’iris à Giverny, painted in 1887 during a period of respite from the artist’s extensive travels in Holland, Brittany and, finally, his newly-established permanent studio at Giverny (estimate $3/5 million). The idyllic, pastoral subject matter of this work encapsulates the central focus of Monet’s oeuvre toward the end of the 19th century, when he divorced himself from painting urban scenes of Paris and devoted himself fully to his beloved countryside in Giverny. The present work was acquired by the Mellons in 1953 and has remained in the family’s collection since.
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