It is one of the rare paintings by Vincent Van Gogh still belonging to a private collection. This work dating from its Parisian period and showing the Butte Montmartre in a bucolic light will be on sale at the end of March by Sotheby’s. A major event for the art world.
It is “A huge event” for the art world. Discovered in a private French collection, a rare painting of Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890) painted during the two short years that Dutch impressionist artist has moved to Paris, will be put on sale at the end of March by Sotheby’s.
Estimated between 5 to 8 million euros, this painting, “emblem” of the next sale of impressionist and modern art at Sotheby’s, was acquired in the 1920s by a family of Parisian collectors and had never been exhibited before. in public.
A turning point in Van Gogh’s journey
“Very few paintings from the Montmartre period are still in private hands, most of which are now kept in the most prestigious museums in the world. The presentation on the market of a painting from the iconic Moulin de la Galette series will therefore undoubtedly be a major event for Van Gogh collectors and for the art market in general. “
In the columns of the review Knowledge of the Arts , Aurélie Vandevoorde and Étienne Hellman, directors of the Impressionist and Modern Art Department at Sotheby’s France, do not hide their emotion by evoking the painting by Vincent Van Gogh. The sale will be made by videoconference on March 25.
Because this canvas, dated 1887 and painted during the two years that Vincent van Gogh spent in Paris, marks a turning point in the career of the Dutch painter, an expressionist beginning with a use of color aimed at creating an impression beyond the transcription of reality.
Sotheby’s and @MirabaudMercier Mercier unveil a masterpiece by Vincent Van Gogh. Street scene in Montmartré, 1887. From a private French collection, it will be the emblem of the Impressionist and Modern Art sale on March 25 in Paris. pic.twitter.com/aERfeHfDex
— Sotheby’s France (@SothebysFr) February 24, 2021
On this painting, which shows the Butte Montmartre in a bucolic light, we can notably see the Moulin à Poivre, located within the walls of the Moulin de la Galette, behind palisades, against a blue-gray winter sky. In the foreground, a couple are walking and two children are playing.
According to Knowledge of the Arts, this very rare painting baptized Street scene in Montmartre (Impasse des Deux Frères and the Pepper Mill) is part of the Parisian period of Van Gogh, which has around 200 works.
Exposed to the general public
To the delight of art lovers, the painting, so far listed in catalogs (by black and white photos), but preserved “In private hands” since its acquisition by a French family around 1920, will be exhibited to the general public before being put on sale.
The “Will be exhibited first in Amsterdam, where the artist’s greatest collectors are located, and will be studied by the Van Gogh Museum, which shows a real interest in the work”, said Claudia Mercier, auctioneer of the house Mirabaud Mercier, to which the owners have entrusted the painting. For the occasion, this house has also partnered with Sotheby’s for the sale.
Before its sale in Paris and in live on the internet, the oil on canvas will be exhibited in Amsterdam therefore, from 1is to March 3, then to Hong Kong, from March 9 to 12, before returning to Paris at Drouot, from March 16 to 18, then at Sotheby’s Paris, from March 19 to 23.
As a reminder, the last Van Gogh auctioned off, Plowman in a field (1889), had reached $ 81 million in 2017 at Christie’s in New York.