Auction of Fine Paintings on March 12, 2019
Sale Totaled $576,375 with 90% of the Lots Sold
Over 120 Lots of Traditional, Academic & Early Modern Works with Moderate Estimates
NEW YORK, NY -- Doyle's auction of Fine Paintings on March 12, 2019 continued the success of this new auction category of affordable works of art. Showcasing over 120 lots of traditional, academic and early Modern paintings, the sale attracted seasoned buyers and new collectors alike.
With competitive bidding in the saleroom, on the telephones and via the Internet, the auction totaled an impressive $576,375, surpassing the pre-sale estimate of $296,100-450,300, with an exceptional 90% sold by lot and 94% sold by value.
Le Thi Luu
Highlighting the sale was Girl in a Landscape, a lovely 1963 mixed media and oil on silk by Le Thi Luu (Vietnamese, 1911-1988), that soared over its estimate of $4,000-6,000 to achieve $31,250. One of the more notable alumni of Victor Tardieu's École des Beaux-Arts de l’Indochine in Hanoi, Le Thi Luu emigrated to Paris in the 1930s to pursue her career as an artist. Along with fellow alumni, Le Pho, Nguyen Phan Chanh and Mai Trung Thu, she was one of the pioneers of Vietnamese silk paintings and is regarded as one of its masters by the younger generations of Vietnamese artists.
A few years following his studies at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna, Josef Floch (1895-1977) moved to Paris to pursue his artistic career. His first exhibitions were held at the Salon d’Automne and the Salon des Tuileries in 1926. Berthe Weill, the preeminient dealer of the Avante Garde in Paris at the time, gave him a one-man-show in 1929. Fleeing Paris during World War II, he settled in New York City. So overwhelmed was he by the enormity of the City that its architectural elements began to inhabit his new work. His studio was a common subject of his paintings. What was once considered an intimate space in painting, the studio he depicted began to meld with the buildings beyond its walls and windows. The City outside was invited into the space within, as reflected in In My Studio, No. 1, which sold for $28,125, far surpassing its $5,000-7,000 estimate.
Max Weber (American, 1881-1961) was represented in the sale by the engaging painting, Conversation, executed in 1948, that fetched $20,000, several times its estimate of $5,000-7,000. A survey taken during that that year by Look magazine polled art experts to determine the greatest living American artists – Weber placed second, following John Marin.
Leon Kroll (1884-1974) was born in New York and studied at the Art Students League under John Henry Twachtman and at the National Academy of Design, later traveling to Paris to continue his studies at the Académie Julian. Likely painted in France prior to his return to New York in 1910, Landscape with Bridge reflects Kroll’s interest in the French Impressionists and Post-Impressionists. It doubled its estimate of $6,000-8,000, realizing $15,000.
Doyle’s auction of Fine Modern Art on March 6 attracted equally enthusiastic bidding, which sent the sale total over $500,000 with 90% of the lots sold. Collectors vied for a wide spectrum of affordable 20th century paintings, drawings, sculpture and fine prints. Both of these recently launched sale categories provide exciting opportunities for seasoned buyers and new collectors alike!
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