DALLAS – Continuing a recent noteworthy trend, Heritage Auctions’ Fine European Art Auction Dec. 6, once again will feature an outstanding selection of works by woman artists. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.
Leading the group is Anne Redpath’s highly expressive still life with daffodils and tulips (above). Redpath was a major figure of the Edinburgh School who forged a successful career painting intimate interior spaces, depictions of rural life that have a primitive quality and floral arrangements. Following study at the Edinburgh College of Art in 1913, Redpath exhibited her work regionally, eventually gaining an associate professorship at the Royal Scottish Academy in 1947, becoming the first female academician there in 1952.
“Her paintings frequently teeter on the brink of abstraction,” Heritage Auctions Senior Fine Art Expert Marianne Berardi said, “with their lively marks and animated surfaces such as those in the present still life, which is a symphony in white.”
The elegant, 19th-century still life with flowers, a porcelain vase and a goldfish bowl, 1849 (estimate: $5,000-$7,000) by Elise Puyroche-Wagner is an essay on the German artist’s master of rendering a wide variety of textures. Puyroche-Wagner spent a good portion of her career in Lyon, France, a noted center for accomplished flower painting thanks to Lyon’s history as a major center of textile design and production. Flowers were painted to serve as models for silk motif designers.
The sale also features handsome Post-Impressionist paintings by a pair of French artists, including Yvonne Canu’s St. Tropez, le soir (estimate: $5,000-$7,000) and Jeanne Selmersheim-Desgrange’s Les pins and Venice, each of which carries an estimate of $4,000-$6,000. Both artists employed the pointillist technique popularized by better-known male artists Georges Seurat and Paul Signac – the latter was Selmersheim-Desgrange’s longtime lover.
The sale includes a fine selection of 19th-century drawings, a group that is headlined by Pierre-Augste Renoir’s Gabrielle, Jean et une petite fille, 1895 (estimate: $40,000-$60,000), and a group of Flemish and Old Master drawings that includes Baldassarre Franceschini’s Study of a male nude, seated, resting his chin on his left hand; A male nude in profile climbing a staircase, a separate study of his hand holding a stick (recto and verso) (estimate: $15,000-$25,000) and Edude de cheval by Edgar Degas (estimate: $7,000-$10,000).
The auction also includes figure and compositional drawings, some of which are two-sided sheets connected to finished paintings by an array of artists, including Sebastian Vrancx’s Turnus and his horsemen at the walls of the Trojan camp; Itis telling Turnus about Aeneas; Aeneas and Turnus agree to single combat; and The death of Camilla (four works) (estimate: $8,000-$12,000), Giuseppe Maria Crespi’s Hercules holding a club; A nude tracing a circle with a compass (recto and verso) (estimate: $7,000-$9,000), Cristoforo Roncalli’s Apollo seated on a cloud holding a torch aloft, design for a ceiling decoration (estimate: $6,000-$8,000) and Victory holding a jug; design for an overdoor by Giulio Pippi (also called Giulio Romano) (estimate: $5,000-$7,000), as well as works by Girolamo Muziano, Guiseppe Cades and Stefano Della Bella.
The auction includes a selection of eight graphite sketches by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, as well as an impressive group of School of Paris paintings by figures including Marcel Dyf, Emilio Grau-Sala, Georges d’Espagnat, Edouard Cortes, Charles Camoin and Louis Icart.