Friday, June 5, 2015

Our Art News Letter for June 5, 2015 - Including News for Dali, Frederic Remington, Joseph Mallord William Turner, Manet, Pablo Picasso, Picassi, Rembrandt,

John Willis Good (1845 - 1879)

Before & after the Race

Two massive bronze sculptures of horses by Josef Thorak, which stood outside the New Reich Chancellery in Berlin during Adolf Hitler’s rule, were recovered by German police, along with a number of other long-missing Nazi artworks — More

Picasso masterpiece “Les Femmes d’Alger,” which recently sold at Christie’s for a record $180 million, could be on its way to Qatar. Sources tell us that Hamad bin Jassim — also known as HBJ — was the buyer. One said, “The painting almost certainly will not go on public display in Qatar because of the nudity, even though it is a cubist work.”

Extraordinarily inventive and enduringly influential, J. M. W. Turner (1775–1851) produced many of his most important and famous pictures after the age of sixty, in the last fifteen years of his life. Demonstrating ongoing radicalism of technique and ever-original subject matter, these works show Turner constantly challenging his contemporaries while remaining keenly aware of the market for his art. More

A Paris art dealer has been detained by French authorities as part of a probe into an alleged art-trafficking ring, according to a person familiar with the matter, after the stepdaughter of Pablo Picasso complained that pieces from her collection had gone missing. More

The Art Of Salvador Dali

Frederic Remington's 'Pretty Mother of the Night -- White Otter is No Longer a Boy,' circa 1900; estimated at $1.2 million to $1.8 million
Christies: Visions of the West: American Paintings from the William I. Koch Collection represents the breadth of Western Art with works spanning the 19th Century to the present day. Highlights include the most important historic artists of the genre including Thomas Moran, Frederic Remington, Henry F. Farny, William Robinson Leigh, and Philip R. Goodwin, among others. The sale also features notable examples by many of the most important contemporary Western artists, including Howard Terpning, Martin Grelle, Tom Lovell and G. Harvey, among others. Representing a wide variety of Western subjects, the sale represents an excellent opportunity for new and established collectors alike.

Marina Picasso, Pablo Picasso’s granddaughter, is selling his villa in Cannes and 126 of his ceramics as she tries to shake off unhappy childhood memories of the artist. She has already received an offer of 150 million euros for La Californie, the luxurious Riviera villa and studio where the Spanish-born artist lived and worked during her childhood, she told the Nice-Matin regional newspaper on Saturday, while Auction house Sotheby's hopes to raise 6-8 million euros in the sale of the Picasso ceramics.

She has been selling off his works for years to support herself and her charities. She renovated the villa in 1987 and renamed it the “Pavillon de Flore”, although it is better known as “La Californie”.

She intends to use the proceeds of the auction to finance projects for elderly people and teenagers in France. Marina Picasso, who has five children, three of them adopted, has long been involved in philanthropy and financed a village for 350 orphans in Vietnam for 25 years.

She admits that she "couldn't bear to see his paintings" and "it took a lot of time to make the distinction between the artist and the grandfather".

Marina Picasso is also reportedly aggressively selling off some of her 10,000-piece collection of his art. Seven of the works are valued at $290 million.

Poor little rich girl?

This image released by Sotherby's auction house in London shows Edouard Manet's Le Bar aux Folies-Bergere. One of the defining images of French Impressionism is up for sale, as Sotheby's auctions Edouard Manet's "Le Bar aux Folies-Bergere." The auction house said Monday that the painting will be offered at a June 24 sale in London, with an estimated price of 15 million pounds to 20 million pounds ($23 million to $30.7million) 

A  painting described by Dr Christopher Brown, former director of theAshmolean Museum where it has recently been on loan, as “one of the greatest Old Masters in this country and one of finest portraits ever made by Rembrandt,” is to be sold to a private buyer for £35 million in a sale conducted by Sotheby’s. Unless a British institution can muster sufficient funds in the next six months, it will in all likelihood leave the UK, where it has been since the early-18th century. More

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