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Van Gogh landscape goes up for auction

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Christie’s has introduced that it’s going to public sale “Champs près des Alpilles” -painted by Van Gogh in Saint-Rémy in November 1889- in New York subsequent May.

Image: Vincent van Gogh, “Champs près des Alpilles” (1889). Oil on canvas, 45 x 55 cm.

My expensive Brother, I’m working like one truly possessed, greater than ever I’m in a dumb fury of labor

Vincent van Gogh, letter to his brother Theo, autumn 1889

“Champs près des Alpilles” is likely one of the many landscapes painted by Van Gogh throughout his keep on the Saint-Rémy sanatorium between May 1889 and May 1890. Christie’s, which supplies the date of creation as November 1889 (Ingo F. Walther, in his well-known biography of Van Gogh, suggests December 1889), signifies that this portray is one in every of two canvases that the artist despatched to his buddy Joseph Roulin within the early Eighteen Nineties.

Far from being a masterpiece, though Christie’s doesn’t hesitate to explain it as such (the use and abuse of the phrase “masterpiece” by public sale homes deserves an intensive research), “Champs près des Alpilles” is nonetheless a very good Van Gogh. Painted within the autumn of 1890, when Van Gogh created such masterly landscapes as his “Enclosed Field with Rising Sun” (personal assortment) or his quite a few depictions of “Olive Pickers“, the artist’s energetic and attribute brushstroke is completely considerable within the portray.

Christie’s has revealed a pre-sale estimate of round $45 million, which could be thought of cheap to conservative in view of the current sale -some three months ago- of “Cabanes de bois parmi les oliviers et cyprès” (painted only a month earlier than this work, and with very related dimensions) for $71.3 million. The sale in May 2018 of “Vue de l’asile et de la Chapelle Saint-Paul de Mausole (Saint-Rémy)” (additionally painted within the autumn of 1889, and of comparable dimensions to the portray to be auctioned at Christie’s subsequent May) for $39.7 million, a very good consequence contemplating that the portray had already been auctioned six years earlier, might also function a reference.

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