The Arts Voyager 2, 2-10: Revelations
From Christie's February 8 sales, an education in the art of Berthe Morisot, Maria Blanchard, Maurice Utrillo, and Paul Signac (and Maximilien Luce)
By Paul Ben-Itzak
Copyright 2012 Paul Ben-Itzak
If you don't follow art auctions because "Why bother, I can't afford to actually buy anything," you may be missing an edifying and breathtaking lesson in art history; many of the works, belonging for years to private collectors, have never or rarely been exhibited in public, whence the revelations in regarding the tableaux themselves, their provenance, and even the surprisingly affordable prices some go for... Perusing the results of Tuesday's Impressionist/Modern Day Sale and Works on Paper Sale, respectively, at Christies London, even this long-time arts voyager discovered things he'd never known, even after 10 years in Paris and seven in New York, related to four of the works sold, by Paul Signac, Maurice Utrillo, Berthe Morisot, and Marie Blanchard.
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