jeudi 29 décembre 2011

Brèves de fin d'année, Part X : les Etrennes du bibliophile ... iconographie bouquinière (suite) ...

Lot 15, "Une Liseuse de Romans" by Vincent Van Gogh, oil on canvas, 28 3/4 by 36 1/4 inches, November 1888. Christie's sale, nov. 3, 2010.

"Another oil on canvas by Van Gogh is Lot 15, "Liseuse de Romans." It measures 28 3/4 by 36 1/4 inches and was painted in November, 1888. It has a modest estimate of $3,000,000 to $4,000,000. It sold for $3,106,500. It was once in the collection of John Hay Whitney of New York. It has been widely exhibited and published. Van Gogh disagreed with Paul Gauguin's emphasis on painting from "abstraction" and from "memory," but this painting was done from "memory." "The formal aspects of the present painting," the catalogue noted, "also point to Gauguin's influence. The flat planes of color, framed in heavy black outlines, recall the style of cloisonnisme established by Gauguin, Bernard, and Louis Anquetin at Pont-Aven earlier in the year. Particularly noteworthy is Bernard's Les Bretonnes dans la prarie from August 1888...which anticipates both the emphatic contours and the distinctive palette...of Van Gogh's Liseuse. Bernard gave this canvas to Gauguin, who brought it with him to Arles; Van Gogh found the painting so original that he made a watercolor copy." (source : By Carter B. Horsley

Il vous suffisait de 3 millions de dollars pour voir cette "liseuse" trôner dans votre salon... ou pas.

Bonne journée,
Bertrand Bibliomane moderne


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