Art market Magazine May 2016

 
€10,000-600,000 
 
In France 
 
Paris, the capital…
€10,000-600,000

In France

Paris, the capital of drawing
This spring in Paris had a distinct touch of autumn, given the shower of beautiful "leaves" on offer during the
Semaine du Dessin. While the 25th edition of the drawing fair drew the world's top collectors and curators to the Palais Brongniart as usual, there were several surprises in the salerooms, which posted various world records and purchases by institutions. For example, the Musée Rodin acquired two drawings during the Leclere auction house's sale at Drouot: a figure of a man with a snake (a study for the Porte de l'Enfer), and a dancer assumed to be modelled on Alix de Laincel-Vento, each knocked down for €31,000 (see photo). Meanwhile, the Metropolitan Museum of Art appreciated the talents of Cornelis Visscher, the Haarlem painter famous for portraits sketched with a remarkable use of the pencil. His "Gypsy Woman" in black chalk – a study for the artist's well-known engraving – crushed its estimates (€40,000/60,000) and went to join the museum's collections for €205,500 (see photo). At the same sale, staged on 31 March by Artcurial, several drawings by Gabriel de Saint-Aubin (vaunting some choice provenances) inflamed the bidding, particularly for the "L'incendie de l'Hôtel Dieu en 1772" (see photo), which belonged to the former David-Weill collection. This went for €386,200: a result confirming collectors' interest for subjects drawn from life, the artist's speciality. Celebrated in a fine exhibition at the Louvre in 2008, Gabriel de Saint-Aubin was one of the artists who chronicled his times. Another world record was set at Drouot that day with a drawing by Aloys Zötl (see photo). His walrus, revelling in the limelight, garnered the tidy sum of €202,000 – well over its previous record, also achieved at Drouot. The famous saleroom was precisely where the poet André Breton, a fervent admirer of Zötl's work, discovered his fabulous bestiary at a sale of his watercolours. And that was 60 years ago… Stéphanie Perris-Delmas

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GAZETTE DROUOT INTERNATIONAL / AUCTION RESULTS

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C A €13,640 Pierre-Louis Moreau-Desproux (1727-1794), "Projet d’élévation de la façade du Palais-Royal, des arcades
formant l’avant-cour et de la façade du nouvel Opéra", pen, Indian ink and grey wash, 112.5 x 40 cm. Paris, Drouot, collective sale, 31 March, Sadde auction house. Cabinet de Bayser. B €60,606 Théodore Rousseau (1812-1867), "Le Grand Chêne", watercolour, black chalk and ink wash, 49.4 x 55 cm. Paris, Drouot, 1 April, Millon auction house. Cabinet de Bayser.

D C €91,440 René Magritte (1898-1967), “Rebus”, work in ink on paper, dated 1928, 26.5 x 40 cm. Paris, Drouot, 25 March, Binoche & Giquello auction house. Mr. Oterelo. D €31,000 Auguste Rodin, “Study of dancer after the model of Alix de Laincel-Vento”, c. 1890-95, gouache an ink on laid paper, 16.9 x 11.3 cm. Paris, Drouot, 31 March, Leclere-Maisons de Ventes auction house.

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