『•』 Under the fire of criticism resists the pedigree ⚓🥁 🔥 9,5/10,5 M€ Sold!
In the context of a vast movement of opinion on the painter’s attitude towards young Tahitian women, this rare oil on canvas and the most famous of Paul Gauguin’s artistic periods has sold quite well: above estimates even if I expected more. Moreover, it will remain in France, which is quite surprising to me (perhaps it is precisely because of the current context).
I mention the Pedigree in the title, it is a very important thing in the world of things and rare goods, especially in art: Between how many hands and which ones, has the painting passed from the artist’s studio? The more hands are numerous and non-emotional (buying to resell quickly is one example) the more the long-term value will be affected. If the work passes through a prestigious owner, it actually gains a kind of legitimacy (which is very relative but which is, it is human, a social proof of its value).
This painting passed from the hands of Ambroise Vollard in November 1898 (the painter sent it from Tahiti) and then sold to the Galéa family until today. If the painting, from the beginning, is in private collection, it was on long-term loan to the Metropolitan Museum of New York from 2007 to 2017.
A painting by a well-known, recognized artist of a flourishing personal period and period that remained hidden from view for a long time and was only then visible in a prestigious museum. It’s rare, so it’s very sought-after. I think, moreover, that it will be sold by 20 or 30 much (really much) more expensive… even if I would prefer to see it in a French museum and why in a museum outside Paris to boost public access;)
I had done a very interesting interview with the director of the department who was in charge of sales but the department has not yet given me permission to broadcast it… One day, maybe ^^