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Top Lots: American and European Art

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June 02, 2023

On June 15th, Capsule presents American and European Art, a sale of figurative work, landscapes, genre scenes, still lifes, and marine paintings from 19th and 20th century artists.  The auction spans Realist, Barbizon, Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, and Fauvist works from artists such as Louis Valtat, Marc Chagall, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Armand Guillaumin, Louis Lozowick and sculptor Antoine-Louis Barye. Live exhibition hours will be held June 12-14, 11am-3pm, and by appointment at our Chelsea gallery.

Louis Valtat, Cruche aux Anémones, 1926

Lot 20 | Louis Valtat, Cruche aux Anémones, 1926


A major highlight of the sale is a beautiful floral still-life by French painter Louis Valtat, who exhibited with the Fauves in the famous 1906 Salon d’Automne. Cruche aux Anémones, painted in 1926 is an excellent example of the artist’s impressionistic style.

Lot 17, Armand Guillamin, Péniches sur la Seine à Charrenton (c. 1885)

Lot 17 | Armand Guillamin, Péniches sur la Seine à Charrenton, (c. 1885)


In his Paris studio in the 1880’s, Impressionist painter Armand Guillaumin met and developed relationships with some of the most influential artists of the time including Van Gogh, Seurat, and Gauguin. Péniches sur la Seine à Charrenton, which he painted in the mid 1880’s, is a premier example of Guillaumin’s ability to capture the transient effects of light and color and is an exciting offering in the sale. 

Lot 14, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Pinning the Hat (Le Chapeau Épinglé)

Lot 14 | Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Pinning the Hat (Le Chapeau Épinglé)


A rare lithograph by French artist Pierre-Auguste Renoir is included in the sale Pinning the Hat (Le Chapeau Épinglé). Although highly regarded for his contributions to the impressionist movement, Pierre-Auguste Renoir eventually pulled away from multicolored strokes to pursue a more disciplined and formal technique. Young women, like the ones featured in this work, were a popular subject for him.

Lot 12, Marc Chagall (1961)

Lot 12 | Marc Chagall, La Caverne des Nymphes (1961)


La Caverne des Nymphes (1961) by Marc Chagall is an exquisite color lithograph from "Daphins et Chloe" Tériade Éditeur, Paris France from an unsigned edition of 250 impressions without margins and is accompanied by a COA. This dream in blue captures the whimsical nature of Chagall’s work.

Lot 21, Antoine-Louis Barye

Lot 21 | Antoine-Louis Barye, Theseus and the Minotaur


A gilt bronze sculpture by Antoine-Louis Barye is a compelling addition to the sale. Theseus and the Minotaur stand off in an energetic pose. A master of anatomical form, Barye was well-known for his animal sculptures. This work eloquently displays his skill in both human and animal form. F Barbedienne Fondeur is inscribed on the base of the sculpture with a gold collection F. Barbedienne Paris pastille.

The Barbedienne atelier at the turn of the 20th century

The Barbedienne atelier at the turn of the 20th century


Exhibition hours: June 12-14 | 11:00am - 3:00pm and by appointment  

Pre-bidding for American and European Art is available now. Live bidding begins June 15 at 11:00 AM EST.

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