Koekkoek Masterpiece Debuts in Heritage Auctions

lfk copy.jpgDALLAS - Consigned from a private North Carolina family collection, Winter landscape with wood gatherers and skaters, 1854” a masterpiece by Barend Cornelis Koekkoek (est: $150,000-$250,000) leads Heritage Auctions’ European Art auction June 24 in Dallas. The auction offers 14 works on paper, including four by the noted French artist Paul Signac.

Signac’s Le secret d'Amour, was exhibited in the famed 1903 Paris, Salon, as a classic example of the artist’s well-known themes of beautiful women, ravishing nymphs, and cavorting putti that was powerfully influenced by the example of William Bouguereau, the preeminent French Academic painter of the last quarter of the nineteenth century (est. $50,000-$70,000). Le port de Paimpol, 1924, - also by Signac is a delightful watercolor and pencil on paper appears at Heritage from a private Dallas collection for the first time in 30 years.

Best known for his idyllic and picturesque scenes of rural peasant life, Daniel Ridgway Knight received critical acclaim, fame and success during his lifetime, and today his works are some of the most recognizable and beloved images in nineteenth century art. Normandy girl sitting in a garden s an iconic example of the artist's work on a grand scale, painted with a masterful sense of composition and Impressionist technique and echoes his favored subject of depicting young peasant women in pleasing landscape (est. $70,000-$100,000).

Beloved site. A folk painting, by Mikhail Filipovich Ivanov represents the artist’s  transition from highly-finished works painted in a tight neoclassical style to a realist artist treating peasant subjects in a more emotionally-charged expressionistic technique (est. $50,000-$70,000). The oil on canvas was selected to introduce the world to Russian art at The Louisiana Purchase Exposition, informally known as the St. Louis World's Fair, which hosted the largest collection of Russian art ever sent abroad for exhibition.

Among the selection of quintessential Parisian artists includes Édouard Vuillard’s delicate still-life Le compotier de pêches (Bowl of peaches), circa 1889-90; Place de la Madeleine, circa 1967 by the prolific Edouard-Léon Cortès (est. $30,000-$50,000); and Au Musée du Louvre -- les Murillo, 1912, by Louis Béroud (est. $30,000-$50,000).

The auction also offers highly-sought after artworks of classic Venetian views and a lovely pair of oil on copper Paris views attributed to Giuseppe I Canella: the charming Vue du Louvre (est. $15,000-$25,000) and Vue de l'Arc de Triomphe (est. $15,000-$25,000)

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