Wednesday, April 14

“Street scene in Montmartre”: an unpublished Van Gogh or almost soon at auction

If you are an admirer of Vincent Van Gogh, here is something to go into ecstasies with “Street scene in Montmartre”, an unpublished or almost … Painted in the spring of 1887, this painting from the short period of Paris by the Dutch artist. part of the private collection of the same French family for over a century.

In this work, Van Gogh chose to represent the Pepper Mill (also known as Moulin Debray), then located within the walls of the Moulin de la Galette on the famous butte de Paris.

For Aurélie Vandevoorde, Director of Impressionist and Modern Art at Sotheby’s:

“It is a very interesting testimony of what Montmartre was at the end of the 19th century since we discover a very bucolic Montmartre and at the time the various mills that made the Moulin de la Galette had become a place of leisure. very popular with Parisians. “

Claudia Mercier, auctioneer of the Mirabaud Mercier auction house who was responsible for the sale by the family adds:

“This painting, according to the family, has always been known to hang on the wall of their grandfather’s office so it’s a nice story in the sense that it’s a painting they lived with all their youth. “

Before it goes on sale on March 25, this work, which has never been exhibited to the public, will be presented at Sotheby’s in Amsterdam from March 1 to 3, in Hong Kong from March 9 to 12. French enthusiasts will then be able to admire it at Drouot from March 16 to 18, then at Sotheby’s in Paris from March 19 to 23. It has been estimated between 5 and 8 million euros.

The last Van Gogh auctioned off, “Plowman in a Field” (1889), reached $ 81 million in 2017 at Christie’s in New York.

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