A painting by Pissarro sold €1,6M
A Painting by Pissarro sold €1,6M
On 20 March at Drouot, this sensitive portrait of the young Rosa was highly appreciated by enthusiasts. Estimated at €220,000, it finally went up to €1.6 M (Thierry de Maigret). As well as Pissarro's signature and the pretty face of the young lady, the painting had the advantage of appearing for the first time at auction since its sale on 16 April 1896 by Durand-Ruel to one Monsieur Boivin. The painting then remained in the family. It appeared in the monograph exhibition at the gallery which had opened the previous day. It also featured in three other exhibitions at the Durand-Ruel gallery in April 1904, April and May 1945 and from June to September 1956, as well as in an exhibition at the Musée Carnavalet in 1953, "Masterpieces from Paris collections: paintings and drawings from the 19th century French school". This painting is the only one of Rosa in the Artnet database. The young woman was engaged as a servant by the Pissarro family in the 1890s, and rapidly became a model for the artist. In 1895, she posed for "La Ravaudeuse", and "Femme tirant son bas", and in 1896 for "La Petite bonne" and "Petite bonne flamande". On 15 January 1896, Pissarro wrote to his son: “I've finished four paintings of ten and fifteen of La Rosa.” This one, a figure of ten, was perhaps one of this group.
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Will the latest Salon do better than the previous ones? It's hard to say, especially in an economic downturn. But the Paris fair has succeeded in setting the bar ever higher over the years. In 2012, the professionals unanimously acclaimed a positive result, marked by a higher attendance rate, good sales, and the return of American buyers, while the presence of representatives from the top museums confirmed the excellence of the works on offer.
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