A rare and almost unseen painting by Vincent van Gogh originally owned by the Hollywood icon Elizabeth Taylor, is going under the hammer at Christie’s this spring in its New york Impressionism Sale.
Taylor, growing as art dealer’s daughter, later becoming famous and rich she also become a great lifelong collector of the most valuable American jewelry , as well as great French Impressionism masterpieces, which she loved. Indeed, Her Bel Air living room was filled with works by the likes of Degas, Matisse, Pissaro, and this magnificent Van Gogh’s Vue de l’asile et de la Chapelle de Saint-Rémy (1889), painted in the final year of the artist’s life.
The centerpiece of Taylor’s art collection depicts the Saint-Rémy-de-Provence asylum where the troubled artist committed himself in 1888. During his stay at this asylum, Van Gogh painted roughly 150 canvases, but this is the only work that showed the institution from the outside. In fact, although this was a deeply distressing period of the artist’s troubled career, it was also one of the most fruitful, when he created some of his most magnificent works, including Starry Night and his series of Olive Trees.
Following the artist’s death in 1890, the painting was on view at Van Gogh’s landmark 1905 retrospective at Amsterdam’s Stedelijk Museum. It was subsequently included in leading dealer Paul Cassirer’s traveling exhibition in Germany, which contributed to the popularization of the artist’s work among the general public, collectors, and academics.
Taylor’s father, the art dealer Francis Taylor, bought the painting on her behalf at auction in 1963 for £92,000 ($130,000), and it remained in her collection until her death in 2011. In 2012, Christie’s auctioned the late actress’s estate, selling the Van Gogh in London sale of Impressionist and Modern art for £10.1 million ($16 million).
Now, this May, this Van Gogh is going back to market, under the Chriestie’s hammer Christie’s in its Impressionist and Modern art sale in New York, with pre-sale estimatesof $35 million.
Last November, a comparable Van Gogh work from the Nancy Lee and Perry R. Bass collection sold for $81.3 million against its original estimate of $50 million, just close to the artist’s $82.5 million auction record.
Now, concerning this masterpiece previsions, it will probably not break Van Gogh’s record price, but it is likely to sell for well above the pre-sale estimate due to the stability of the present art market and increasing demand for bankable, blue-chip art.
Original Source: Artnet