Sotheby's European Art Auction

-By Howard Lyon

I love auctions sites (and have posted on them before) because they usually provide very high quality, semi-large images of the paintings up for auction.

The upcoming European Painting auction is full of some great images.  Be sure to scroll all the way through to see several Bouguereau's, Godward, Gérôme, Tadema, Moore, Solomon, Knight and more.  It is a great selection.  I'd love to go to the preview of it.  If any readers should make it, please send me some photos!

Sotheby's often has images that are 2000 px in one of the dimensions and very high quality.  I could type a lot about them, but the images don't need my words getting in the way.  Here they are (and click to enlarge).

Sir Lawrence Alma- Tadema - The Three Graces

Okay, now I want a picture frame like this!

Paul-Francois Quinsac - La Fortune Passe...: Guidée par la sagesse et l'economie, elle répand ses dons sur les traveilleurs

This painting is has an amazing sense of light and atmosphere.

Max Thedy - The Building of the Pyramids

Gustave Moreau - Premiere Danseuse. Mademoiselle subra. Ballet de Sapho

William Bouguereau -  Petite Bergere

Always a pleasure to see one of his paintings come up!

Ferdinand Victor Léon Roybet - A Choice

I hate that this is where my mind went, but this is begging to be used for many a meme.

Isador Kaufman - Portrait of a Boy

Alfred-Pierre Agache - L'Annonciation

I love this painting.  The big negative space of the sky is perfect. The face of the figure on the left is beautiful are the hands.  Anyone with an extra 80-120k want to buy it and let me come look at it?  Much appreciated.

Adolphe Alexandre Lesrel - L'Aurore

Arthur Hacker -  Vale (Farewell)

Herbert Arnould Olivier - Love and Purity

Another stand out piece for me and from an artist that I wasn't familiar with.  Always exciting when that happens.

William Bouguereau - Le Voile

Georges Jules Victor Clairin - The Sultan's Favorites

Emile Claus - The Mosque of Sidi Boumediene

John Atkinson Grimshaw - The Docks at Liverpool

Solomon Joseph Solomon - A Page Buckling on a Knight's Armour

Pascal Adolphe Jean Dagnan-Bouveret - Jeune Femme en Rose avec son Enfant

Guillaume Seignac - Admiring Beauty

Victor Gabriel Gilbert - Jeunes Femmes aux Marché

I love paintings like this one that give us a little glimpse into the past.  Look at the patchwork of materials in the roof of their kiosk.

Charles Amiable Lenoir - Young Girl with Cherries

Sir Alfred James Munnings - Portrait of Mrs. Bayard Tuckerman

This is a wonderful portrait.  I love the varied brushwork.  Compare the clouds to the tightly rendered horse.  Great shapes on the landscape and a beautiful subdued palette.

Léon-Augustin Lhermitte - Moisson Pres du ru Chailly

Daniel Ridgeway Knight - At the Well

William Bouguereau - Study for l'Adoration des Mages

Jean-Léon Gérôme - Le Combat de Coqs

John William Godward - Julia

Godwards estimates seem to keep creeping up there, almost on par with Bouguereau's!

Cécile Paul-Baudry - La Sultane Favorite

Anders Zorn - Portrait of Harald Bildt

Jean-Léon Gérôme - La Vierge, l'Enfant Jesus et Saint Jeanˆ

I want to have a piece of mine in a frame like that!

Montague Dawson - The Red Jacket on Open Seas

Albert Joseph Moore - Topaz

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