Auction of Impressionist & Modern Art on November 7, 2018
'The Pool in the Woods' from 1920 by Percival Leonard Rosseau Achieves $137,500
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NEW YORK, NY -- Doyle's auction of Impressionist & Modern Art on November 7, 2018 offered paintings, drawings and sculpture of the 19th and early 20th centuries. The works ranged from Academic and Barbizon art through Impressionism and Post-Impressionism to German Expressionism and early Modernism, including landscapes, portraits, still lifes, genre scenes and marine paintings.
PERCIVAL LEONARD ROSSEAU
Highlighting the sale was a large-scale painting by Percival Leonard Rosseau (1859-1937) from 1910, The Pool in the Woods, that achieved $137,500, far surpassing its estimate of $50,000-90,000. Consigned by the Estate of Marianne Schaller, the work depicted various breeds of hunting dogs watering at a pond.
The peripatetic life of Percival Leonard Rosseau traverses two wars, and reads like an adventure novel. Born in Louisiana, he lost nearly his entire family during the Civil War and his family plantation was destroyed by William Tecumseh Sherman during his campaign through Mississippi. According to family lore, Rosseau and his sister were saved by a slave, and were raised in Kentucky by a family friend. After pursuing various careers, as a cowboy, a lumberman, and finally achieving success as an importer, Rosseau left for France at the age of thirty-five, enrolling at the Academie Julian.
His submissions of work to the 1903 and 1904 Paris salons met with critical acclaim; the paintings featured wolfhounds and setters. Rosseau and his wife remained in France until 1915, raising hunting dogs in his home in Rolleboise, where Daniel Ridgway Knight also painted. Traveling regularly back to the United States, Rosseau and his wife left France permanently in 1915, settling in Old Lyme, Connecticut, another vibrant artists' community.
A striking watercolor sketch of the Woolworth Building by John Marin (1870-1953) was a wonderful example of his bold sense of design and fetched $37,500, doubling its estimate of $15,000-20,000. The composition evokes the grandeur of the city’s architecture and harried pace of the lives of its residents
WILLIAM MERRITT CHASE
William Merritt Chase’s (1849-1916) Head of a Young Girl (The Gray Kimono) from 1901 more than doubled its estimate of $10,000-15,000, achieving $34,375. It is identified as a portrait of Chase's daughter, Alice Dieudonne.
WORKS BY OTHER ARTISTS
Strong prices were also realized for works by Walter Elmer Schofield, Montague Dawson, Lucien Pissarro, Duchoiselle, Diego Rivera and Pavel Tchelichew, among others.
All prices include the Buyer's Premium.
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