Orientalism sale at Artcurial

On 12 May 2015, Artcurial is putting 67 Orientalist works on sale, including six works by Jacques Majorelle (1996-1962). The highlighted lots are two works by Jacques Majorelle: Souk à Bab Tarzout, estimated between €150,000 and €200,000, and Nu dans les jardins Majorelle, estimated between €80,000 and €150,000. Other paintings at the auction pay hommage to Morocco and Algeria, including Le jour de l’Aïd, by José Cruz Herrera, estimated between €30,000 and €40,000, and Fête à Biskra by Maurice Bompard, estimated between €50,000 and €70,000. Olivier Berman, director of the Orientalism department at Artcurial said: “Paris remains a key place for Orientalism, and Artcurial is in the lead. For this sale, we’ve managed to bring together a set of six paintings by Jacques Majorelle, of which we hold the world auction record, with La Kasbah rouge, which sold for €1,315,818, including fees, in June 2009.” Jacques Majorelle, born in Nancy, was introduced to the world of Art Nouveau by his father, a cabinet maker, before going to study at the École des Beaux-Arts in Nancy. He exhibited his paintings for the first in Paris in 1908, and in 1917, after several trips, moved to Marrakech, Morocco. His works are held in public collections at the Musée des Beaux-Arts and the Musée de l’École, both in...

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Eastern and Orientalist Art at Millon

Paris, 27 November 2012, Art Media Agency (AMA). On 3 December 2012, auction house Millon along with Lucien Arcache is to host a sale of Eastern and Orientalist Art, at the Hôtel Drouot, Paris. 300 objects, paintings and sculptures will be offered. During this session it will be possible to acquire a collection of manuscripts (23 altogether), mainly Persian, gathered over the last thirty years. The highlight is Anthologie poétique – rewritten and illuminated at the royal atelier of Boukhara. The production of this collection is dated from 1564. In good condition, which is very rare for this kind of objects, the manuscript is estimated between €100,000 and 150,000. Another manuscript, a khamseh from Nizami from 15th Century, including fourteen miniatures of School of Shiraz, is valued between €12,000 and 15,000. Two works by Jacques Majorelle are to be presented on this sale and will surely attract the attention of African art connoisseurs. Le foulard pourpre is the key piece. This Senegalese portrait, produced in Dakar in 1952 is one of the most expressive works by the artist, estimated between €120,000 and 130,000.  Africaine sous une végétation luxuriante is a canvas coming from Guinea, according to the auction house “this atypical composition shows a dignity of gigantic trees contrasting with the size of people illuminated with white light coming through the branches”. The canvas is estimated between €60,000 and 80,000. Les Kasbahs de l’Atlas, book by Majorelle, will be offered as well (estimated between €15,000 and 18,000). Jewellery and a music box will surely interest some of the collectors. Khorras Kbach – a pair of golden engraved earrings with precious stones and Baroque pearls, from the 17th century, originated from Morocco, will be put on sale. They are deemed worth between 25,000 and 30,000€. Plates offered on this session illustrate the fascination of Iranians for Chinese porcelain, according to the example –...

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Unseen work by Jean-Léon Gérôme put on sale at Artcurial

Paris, 9 October 2012. Art Media Agency (AMA). Artcurial Briest Poulain F. Tajan will present an exceptional and unseen work by French artist Jean-Léon Gérôme on 11 December 2012. Kept in the artist’s family during 150 years, The Harem’s Stroll will be put on auctions by the house’s Orientalism department. This large painting by Jean-Léon Gérôme, never seen on the market before, was part of Madeleine Gérôme’s legacy (the daughter of the artist). According to the release, this work, estimated between €800,000 and €1.2m, combines all the qualities coveted by collectors and institutions: a charming theme, remarkable quality, ideal origin and large size. Recent exhibitions held at the Orsay Museum “Jean-Léon Gérôme, history on show” and “From Delacroix to Kandinsky, European orientalism” organised by the Belgium Royal Museums and displayed at the Marseille Vieille Charité Centre have recalled Jean-Léon Gérôme’s artistic richness and international fame. His works, widely spread through engraving and photography, have become iconic pictures of popular visual culture all over the world. Since his first trip to Egypt in 1855-1856, Jean-Léon Gérôme has been considered an impartial witness of the Eastern reality. Combined with a great care for detail and exactitude, his poetic fantasy appeared to the public as the faithful representation of reality. Gérôme represented with unique accuracy the Eastern world that fascinated...

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The Randstad Institute supports the Delacroix exhibition at the Domaine de Chantilly

Chantilly, 27 September 2012. Art Media Agency (AMA). According to the release, the Randstad Institute for equal opportunities and sustainable development is continuing its commitment to the Domaine de Chantilly, supporting the exhibition “Delacroix and the Dawn of Orientalism”, opened on 29 September. After supporting the exhibition “Dutch Art at the Musée Condé” and the event “Come and plant the first flowery avenue”, Randstad is once again favouring the access of all to culture, notably by associating families and educational teams from a neighbour city. Orientalism is one of the highest points of the Musée Condé’s collections. Second in France for the ancient painting, it collects many orientalist works:  22 paintings and over a hundred drawings, acquired by the Duke d’Aumale. Delacroix is represented in Chantilly by various orientalist paintings and his extraordinary Morocco sketchbook (1832). Many other artists, famous at that time, will be exhibited next to the great master: Decamps, Marilhat, Vernet, Fromentin, etc. In the beginning of December, the Randstad Institute will organise a visit for Mondataire’s school...

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“Delacroix and the dawn of Orientalism” in Chantilly

Chantilly, 17 September 2012. Art Media Agency (AMA). From the 29 September 2012 to the 7 January 2013, the Salle du Jeu de Paume of the Condé Museum, in Chantilly, will welcome the exhibition called ”Delacroix et l’aube de l’orientalisme“ (Delacroix and the dawn of Orientalism). Orientalism is one of the highest points of the Condé museum collections. The second in France for ancient painting, it preserves many orientalist works: 22 paintings and more than a hundred drawings, acquired by the Duke d’Aumale. Delacroix is present in Chantilly with several orientalist paintings and with his extraordinary Morocco sketchbook (1832). Many other artists, then famous, are exposed  next to the great master: Decamps, Marilhat, Vernet, Fromentin, etc. The exhibition means to focus on the beginnings of Orientalism, to  explore the birth of this movement in order to understand better these artists that were the first to dare looking beyond Europe. The period is that of the July Monarchy, regime of Louis-Philippe, father of the Duke d’Aumale who donated  the castle of Chantilly to the Institut de France. This exhibition will be directed by Vincent Pomarède, head curator of heritage at the Paintings department of the Louvre and Nicole Garnier-Pelle, head curator of heritage at the Condé...

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