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Re: At Last It’s The Spring Flickr!
« Reply #10 on: April 29, 2017, 08:22:52 AM »
Hello everybody and welcome back to My Weekly Flickr.

Looks to be a beautiful day today which is fortunate as I’m treating a friend to a day in the City.

This week was Christie’s Old Masters auction and I visited the preview the other day. Lots of nice things although no mega dollar paintings. These are some of the paintings I enjoyed. Remember to click on the paintings to enlarge them.

Nicolas Lancret – Autumn – Every painting has a very long essay on the website with lots of interesting details about its provenance. This one describes how it was painted along with the other three seasons as well as who commissioned it.

Jacob Isaacsz. van Ruisdael - A river landscape with fir trees by a cascade – I love the Dutch and Van Ruisdael was the eminent landscape painter of his time, along with his Father, Isaack, Uncle Salomon and a cousin also named Jacob. This is a lovely image of a gray, cloudy day in the forest

Charles Le Brun - Portrait of a boy, bust-length – Le Brun was the great-great-uncle to Jean Le Brun, husband to Elisabeth Vigée-Le Brun who I wrote so admiringly about after last year’s exhibition at the Met.  He was the first director of the French Academy under Louis XIV and a noted portrait painter. I thought he captured the innocence of the child quite well with his curly hair, big round eyes, rosy cheek and full lips.

Govaert Flinck - An old man at a casement – Another Dutch painting, a portrait more than likely of someone who didn’t exist, this one by one of Rembrandt’s most talented pupils. It was once owned by Catherine the Great.

Giuseppe Zocchi - The Tiber River, Rome, looking towards the Castel Sant'Angelo, with Saint Peter's Basilica beyond – I’m not familiar with Zocchi but I loved these sweeping depictions of Rome with its ancient buildings shown against a blue sky with clouds and the boats on the blue water.

Jan Breughel I - A mountainous landscape with herdsmen resting by a path, a view of Tivoli, with the Temple of Vesta and the cascatelle beyond – More Dutch, this small landscape has much to see, the mountains, the birds flying, the herdsmen in the corner, the clouds and the temple.

Tiziano Vecellio, called Titian - Portrait of Gabriele Giolito de' Ferrari (c. 1508-1578), three-quarter-length – And a portrait by Titian which only recently has been positively identified as by him. And for less than a million dollars if you’re looking for a bargain.

Andy G.

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Re: At Last It’s The Spring Flickr!
« Reply #11 on: May 06, 2017, 05:34:18 PM »
Hello everybody and welcome back to My Weekly Flickr.

Another rainy week. Friday morning I went for my walk and it was raining lightly, on and off, so it wasn’t too bad. But when I went to take my second walk at about Noon I looked out the window and the rain was coming down in sheets. It looked like someone was on my roof with a hose and we got so much rain in such a short period that many of the roads flooded. Today is a kind of gray day with more rain predicted for later.

Earlier this week I visited The Galerie St. Etienne up on 57th Street, West of Fifth Avenue. I’ve been there a few times now, the most recent visit was in January of last year for an exhibit by an obscure German modernist of the late 19th Century, Paula Modersohn-Becker which I wrote about at the time. I referred to it as a pleasant diversion. The current exhibit consists of three artists, Gustav Klimt, Oscar Kokoschka and Egon Schiele. The Galerie is a descendant of the original Neue Galerie in Vienna in the early 20th Century. I recently wrote about a visit to the Neue Galerie in Manhattan which shares the same history and concentrates on the same period in German and Austrian art, the early to mid-20th Century, but does not appear to be affiliated in any way.

This exhibit was mostly filled with pencil sketches by the three artists and to quote myself from above, also a pleasant diversion but nothing spectacular. Of the three artists here are a few by Egon Schiele that I enjoyed.

The Red Host

Mother and Child

Woman with hat and veil

Thought this drawing by Klimt was nice as well.

This is a link to the overview page with a description of the exhibit as well as more images,

I don’t know how many board members are of an age to remember Mary Martin and Noel Coward but I was on Youtube the other day and found this link to a full 90 minute television special from 1955, a Ford Star Jubilee production that consisted entirely of the two of them singing, individually and together. It’s delightful and the kind of television that we don’t see anymore.  If you want to hear beautiful songs and witty lyrics check this out. 

When I click on the link for some reason it starts almost 14 minutes into the program so if it does, just move it back to the beginning so you don't miss anything.

Now let’s see what’s playing at the Flickrs.

Andy G.


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Re: At Last It’s The Spring Flickr!
« Reply #12 on: May 07, 2017, 07:08:50 PM »

I just watched the entire Ford Star Jubilee and discovered the original link was like Nixon’s Watergate tapes, two separate silent sections totaling 18 minutes. But I found a different link which has the entire show complete. It really was delightful. Here’s the better link.

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Re: At Last It’s The Spring Flickr!
« Reply #13 on: May 13, 2017, 05:42:31 PM »
Hello everybody and welcome back to My Weekly Flickr.

Another unseasonably cool week, it’s the middle of May and I still have my heat on. The temperature’s been in the 50’s and it rained all day today. The weatherman gave me hope that next week the temperature will start to reflect the calendar and get up into the 70’s. Certainly hope so.

The auctions houses are active this month. This week I visited Sotheby’s for their Impressionist auction preview. Once again there were no blockbusters but many things I enjoyed seeing some of which I’ve listed below.

Gustave Cariot - LE CHAMP DE BLÉ – Cariot is new to me, I had never heard of him and I hadn’t previously come across any of his works at these previews. This was my favorite painting in the lot. Bright, vivid colors, realistically depicted. There were three of his paintings side by side and they were all very beautiful.

There were three lovely pastels by artists I enjoy. Two portraits, one by Renoir and one by Vuillard, and Pissarro’s depiction of field laborers.

Camille Pissarro - FENAISON

Gustav Klimt - DAME IM FAUTEUIL (WOMAN IN AN ARMCHAIR) – I’ve written about Klimt several times recently and his lady in red is quite nice.

Egon Schiele – DANAË – Each time I written about Klimt I’ve also mentioned Schiele and this is a full size oil painting, something I haven’t seen that much of. Most of Schiele’s work I’ve seen have been his drawings.

Giorgio de Chirico - IL SOGNO DI TOBIA (THE DREAM OF TOBIAS) – One of his metaphysical paintings which caught my eye and I really liked.

Wassily Kandinsky - DIE ROSEN (ROSES) – This is early Kandinsky, before he started painting the abstract paintings he is most noted for. Those can be enjoyable as they are colorful but paintings like this one are more to my taste.

Frédéric Bazille - THÉRÈSE LISANT DANS LE PARC DE MÉRIC – This is a beautiful depiction of his cousin who was model for many of his paintings. Bazille was killed fighting in the Franco-Prussian war at the age of 28. He only painted a little over 60 pictures none of which were sold during his lifetime, and only exhibited five at the Salon. But his reputation is great and his paintings hang in famous museums.

And finally, two charcoal drawings, the first, a portrait of friend at the Academy, done by a 17 year Picasso, inscribed and signed P. Ruiz Picasso and the second, a Degas drawing of a curly headed, bearded man.
Edgar Degas - TÊTE D'HOMME

These are links to the full list of items up for auction in the Impressionist and Modern Art Day and Evening sales.

I think you’ll agree there are lots of beautiful things in this preview.

Here’s another curio I found on Youtube. It’s a 16mm filmed version of the stage play South Pacific as performed in London with Mary Martin. It was taped on May 6, 1952 in a special performance with no audience. The lack of audience makes it kind of eerie at times. Like when they perform a blockbuster bit like There is Nothing Like a Dame and it ends with absolute silence when there would have been a rousing round of applause. The sound is good but the visual, due to the 16mm and the distance at which it was filmed, isn’t especially sharp. But the music is great. Watch it in full screen.

Now let’s see what’s new on the Flickr front.

Andy G.

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Temperature was right for my flower dress.

Miss Michaela Marbella is just loving her pretty pretty Miss Tinkerbell ensemble :)

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Re: At Last It’s The Spring Flickr!
« Reply #14 on: May 20, 2017, 05:11:35 AM »
The sound is good but the visual, due to the 16mm and the distance at which it was filmed, isn’t especially sharp

Actually, before digital projectors got more affordable, & DVDs didn't exist, I ran all my movie nights with 16mm projectors. Except for a very few crappy films, all the 16mm films were better quality than DVDs.

That video is a VHS capture of the film probably recorded on the slowest VHS speed setting, & is a copy of a VHS. It shows generational losses/artifacts typical from being copied from one VHS tape to another. Unfortunately the film was probably lost or destroyed, so like many rare or old films, those home VHS bootleg copies may be the only ones left.

Noon I looked out the window and the rain was coming down in sheets. It looked like someone was on my roof with a hose and we got so much rain in such a short period that many of the roads flooded. Today is a kind of gray day with more rain predicted for later

In my town we've had more rainfall in 2017 than we did in 147 years... and the year isn't even halfway over yet.

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Re: At Last It’s The Spring Flickr!
« Reply #15 on: May 20, 2017, 05:27:26 PM »
Hello everybody and welcome back to My Weekly Flickr.

I hope a few of the people who click on the weekly Flickr posts and enjoy them will consider sending Betty a contribution to keep the site up. Without Betty's there's no Flickr email or any of the other things so many of us routinely visit daily.

I have been enjoying the hot weather we experienced this week and it was quite a culture shock when the temperature dropped thirty degrees this morning, it was 90 degrees yesterday. Still it was a beautiful day.

This week I visited the Jewish Museum on 92nd Street and Fifth Avenue for their current exhibition, Florine Stettheimer: Painting Poetry.

On my walk up there must have been some kind of graduation ceremony in the neighborhood as I had to wade through a sea of young girls in uniforms marching across 92nd Street and then turning down Fifth.  I was clearly swimming against the tide as they were walking two and three abreast. On my way home, I went down into the subway on 96th Street and ran to catch the downtown train which turned out to be a B. I got off at 59th Street and a moment later there was an announcement that the next local downtown train was one station away. A moment after that another announcement said the next downtown local train was arriving on the express track. So I walked over and when the train came in I got on it. Then I noticed a C train arriving across the track but didn’t think anything of it. And, of course, the train I was on turned out to be a D. Why it wasn’t running express is a question that went unasked and unanswered by the conductor. I was not pleased. Because of my inattention I had to get out on 40th Street by Sixth Avenue rather than 8th Avenue and then had to cross 40th to the Port Authority. When I came to 7th Avenue I saw no downtown traffic. As I crossed I then saw that 42nd Street was blocked and there were sirens and lights. When I arrived home I discovered that the closure was due to the delusional driver who went on a rampage in Times Square. This is very scary as it’s so easy to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. I was thinking it would help if they banned traffic in midtown but even that wouldn’t work as they would need to allow for commercial traffic and some lunatic could commandeer a cab to do great damage. But we can’t live our lives in fear so we have to just keep doing what we’re doing and try to be attentive to our surroundings, something I am woefully derelict in.

I didn’t know a lot about Stettheimer prior to this exhibit; I’ve seen a number of her paintings up for bid at auctions over the years. She was a 20th Century American painter who never married, living her entire life with her three sisters and their mother, much like my ancient relatives who I’ve written about in the past. She had a very distinctive style which was described as faux naif in the wall descriptions of the paintings so they can seem primitive. But they’re very bright and colorful and she utilizes the white of the canvas to great success. There were early studies that showed her understanding of anatomy so she definitely knew how to paint.

This is a nude self-portrait, a very daring painting at the time. One source describes it as the first ever full-length nude self-portrait by a professional woman artist.

This is Asbury Park South. A tableau of people enjoying a beautiful day. She painted herself under a green parasol. The painting depicts African American and white people together but the title refers to the restricted African-American area of the beach.  In a long appreciation of her career which you can read here, her depictions of African Americans is described as: As opposed to portrayals of African-Americans by her white contemporaries ¬— mostly stereotyped caricatures that appeared in popular journals as cartoons or as advertisements for musical entertainment — all of the figures in Stettheimer’s Asbury Park South painting are fully realized people, with distinct personalities. The artist’s close, accurate observation is evidenced by the diversity of the figures’ skin colors, which range from light tan to the deepest brown.

Picnic at Bedford Hills. In this painting Florine is sitting under the white parasol and we see two of her sisters, Carrie and Ettie, as well as red-haired Marcel Duchamp, one of her closest friends, and the sculptor Elie Nadelman. The wall card for this painting refers to: The color palette, in contrast, is the sophisticated, vivid one used by Pierre Bonnard and Vincent van Gogh—with tree trunks in red and purple and a summer lawn in blazing yellow. It also notes a debt to Matisse and Seurat in the dashes of color shown in the small laborers in the background.

New York/Liberty was painted at the end of the first World War. The artist played with the topography of Manhattan so that: Lower Manhattan has been compressed so that Federal Hall is next to City Hall; Grant’s Tomb has moved south from 125th Street; the Metropolitan Life and New York Life Insurance buildings have relocated from 23rd Street; and the Statue of Liberty has pivoted to accost the viewer with her torch. You can’t tell from the image but the statue is painted with very thick layers of paint to give off an image of actual metal.

This is a link to the Jewish Museum website with an overview of the exhibit as well as many illustrations.
This is a link to a well-illustrated article from The New York Review of Books which reviews the show. and this is a link to the NY Times review of the exhibit.

This was a very enjoyable exhibition which gave me an appreciation for an artist I hadn’t really considered much before.

And now for those of you who appreciate the Flickrs let’s see who is with us this week.

Andy G.



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Re: At Last It’s The Spring Flickr!
« Reply #16 on: May 21, 2017, 12:12:53 AM »
I added that 1952 London performance of South Pacific to our movie section. It's in the classic section down there.

I tried to clean up the video, but there wasn't much to work with. The video was so poor, it was almost unwatchable. I was able to help the contrast a bit though. That seems to have helped see what little detail there is in the film a little better. It's downloadable too if you want to save it. It's only 171mb in file size.

I upgraded from the free google drive to the pay version a few months ago. I had to pay in advance for a whole year to get a good deal, so it & our movies will be around for quite a while yet.

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Re: At Last It’s The Spring Flickr!
« Reply #17 on: May 27, 2017, 04:41:53 PM »
Hello Everybody and Welcome to My Weekly Flickr.

Today was a pretty nice day although the sun played hide and seek. Certainly better than during the week when we got more rain. Hope to see a nice stretch of warm weather this week. Monday is Memorial Day which was something to look forward to when I was working as it meant a three day weekend. When I heard from my former co-worker yesterday he said he was going to tell me to enjoy my long weekend but realized that it’s all just one big long weekend for me. I wrote back and agreed that when you’re retired every day is a holiday.

More auctions this week, Sotheby’s and Christie’s had their American art previews and there were lots of nice things to see. Here are some of the ones I particularly liked.

Albert Bierstadt - PEMIGEWASSET RIVER, N.H. – I’ll start with one of the Hudson River painters, a small beautiful landscape painting.

Jasper Francis Cropsey - INDIAN SUMMER ON THE SUSQUEHANNA – Another landscape painter, this depiction has vivid colors and a beautiful sun smack dab in the middle of the canvas.

Thomas Moran - VIEW OF VENICE – This was a real treat as it is very evocative of the Turner paintings at the Frick which I spoke of recently. On Moran’s Wikipedia page it speaks of Moran’s coming across Turner illustrations in a book and being greatly influenced by him as you can see.

William Trost Richards - AFTERNOON, LONG BEACH, N.J. – A very spare painting of the waves rolling into the beach with a cloudy sky overhead and a ship visible in the distance and possibly several others that are almost invisible.

John Singer Sargent - THE LIBRERIA – There were several of his portraits in the auction but I found this watercolor irresistible. It was a gift to a friend in 1904 and stayed in his family for over 50 years.

Norman Rockwell - TWO PLUMBERS – There were three Rockwell’s and I could have included any of them as I haven’t seen one I didn’t enjoy.

This is a link to all the items in the auction with the realized prices.

This is something from the European auction that I especially liked.

Léon-Augustin Lhermitte -  LES ABORDS DES HALLES - A charcoal street scene of a market with the wares scattered around the sidewalk.

And at Christie’s – Be sure to enlarge these.

Jasper Francis Cropsey -  Back of the Village, Saugerties, New York – There is a lot to see in this relatively small landscape.

Sanford Robinson Gifford - The Palisades, New York -  Another small treasure, this view of the Palisades from New York.

Willard Leroy Metcalf  - The White Mantle – I’m including this because I like it a lot but the screen reproduction at Christie’s doesn’t really do it justice. The actual painting really conveys the sense of the moment the snowstorm has ended and the snow is still in its virgin beauty covering the town. This is from Wikiart and I think it’s a better illustration than the one on the auction site. Click to enlarge it.

Winslow Homer – The Shell Heap – A lovely pencil and watercolor.

Norman Rockwell - Judy Garland as Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz – That about says it.

Childe Hassam  - Just Off the Avenue, Fifty-third Street, May 1916 – One of his many flag paintings, I enjoyed it as it’s less populated than the more famous ones and I like the image of the lone street sweeper.

This is a link to all the items in the auction.

As I said, many beautiful things and I’m pleased that my retirement allows me to visit both auctions instead of having to choose.

Let’s move along to the Flickrs.

Andy G.

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« Reply #18 on: June 03, 2017, 04:23:57 PM »
Hello everybody and welcome back to My Weekly Flickr.

Another split week weather wise, a couple of not so nice days and a couple of beautiful days. It’s still not as warm as it should be; this morning my heat came up and I finally turned the boiler off because I think it’s just ridiculous to have your boiler turned on in June. So it was cool this morning with rain in the forecast but so far it hasn’t rained and looks to be a beautiful day, 74 degrees currently.

This week I spent some time at the New York Historical Society which has two exhibits I wanted to see. A Hudson River School Legacy: The Newman Bequest and Other Gifts and World War I Beyond the Trenches. The former will be closing shortly while the latter just opened recently. I had been planning on seeing The Newman Bequest for some time but hadn’t had the time until recently when I realized that if I waited the two shows would overlap and I could see both which is what I did. This article speaks of the Newman Bequest of 15 Hudson River paintings which greatly enhances the Society’s permanent collection.

Below are some of the items I especially enjoyed.

First is Louis Remy Mignot’s The Harvest Moon. A wonderful landscape with a partially obscured moon glowing at the horizon. I’ve shown three links below, the first is a discussion of the painting from Questroyal, the gallery I’ve mentioned a number of times as being a seller of the Hudson River painters. The second is a full screen image and the final is a review of a 1997 exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum of Mignot which I’m sorry I missed. As it mentions, Mignot was friends with Frederic Edwin Church who is a favorite of mine.

It’s only natural to follow with Church’s Home by The Lake. This is a medium sized landscape, not one of Church’s wall sized masterpieces. It’s a beautiful depiction of the virgin beauty of the forest that shows a remote cottage by a lake surrounded by trees and mountains and a small boat in the foreground.

Two different paintings by Martin Johnson Heade, the first a landscape, the second a still life. In March I wrote about seeing a similar Heade at the Bruce Museum. The realistic depiction and simplicity of the Apple blossoms is quite captivating. 

Storm Cloud Over the Marshes
Apple Blossoms in an Orchard

Another favorite is Jasper Cropsey here with another isolated house surrounded by the forest, mountains and lake in what appears to be Autumn.

Fisherman’s Hut, Greenwood Lake

This is an overview of the exhibit from the NY Historical Society

From the World War I exhibit, one of the first things you see upon entering the gallery is Gassed by John Singer Sargent. This is an enormous painting, 7 ½ feet high by 24 feet wide and very unlike anything else I’ve seen by Sargent. It shows a line of soldiers with their eyes covered walking, each with his hand on the shoulder of the soldier in front of him, after experiencing a mustard gas attack. This is on loan from the Imperial War Museum in the UK and this link to that site gives background on the painting.

In addition to Gassed, the exhibit also had a number of Sargent’s war watercolors which are wonderful. Here are three

The Interior of a Hospital Tent

Wrecked Sugar Refinery

A Street in Arras

I mentioned a Childe Hassam painting at the auctions last week which showed one American flag and a street sweeper. Here is what he must have considered his pièce de résistance when it came to flag paintings.

The Fourth of July, 1916 (also known as The Greatest Display of the American Flag Ever Seen in New York, Climax of the Preparedness Parade in May)

And I’ll close with a Norman Rockwell cover from the original Life Magazine. I had no idea there had been two Life magazines until I discovered the original while searching EBAY for bound volumes of old magazines. The original Life Magazine was a humor magazine with a limited circulation. I won a bound volume from 1935 and when it arrived I was surprised at how much it had in common with The New Yorker, the format and font were the same. And while The New Yorker is still published it did the copying from Life when it first appeared. In 1936 Henry Luce of Time Magazine wanted to introduce a new photo filled magazine with the title Life so he purchased the business for $92,000, closing the magazine and selling the subscription list, features and goodwill to Judge Magazine. Judge was another humor magazine started by former cartoonists for Puck. It was filled with cartoons and jokes. I won a bound volume of Judge from 1946 on EBAY. The first issue of the new Life Magazine appeared on November 23, 1936 and I was lucky enough to win a bound volume of the first six issues.

Over There.

This is a link to the NY Historical Society website with an overview of the exhibit.

This is a review of the exhibit from the New York Times.

And so ends our sojourn into American art.

Let’s skip over to the Flickrs now.

Andy G.

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« Reply #19 on: June 10, 2017, 05:25:13 PM »
Hello everybody and welcome back to My Weekly Flickr.

This week pretty much every morning I awoke to temperatures in the mid-fifties and it didn’t get beyond 70 degrees on any of those days. But now we appear to be headed into a heat wave, yesterday and today it reached into the eighties and ninety degree weather is coming. No complaints here.

The auction season has pretty much drawn to a close as far as my interest in it at any rate. We’ve had the American, Impressionist, European and Old Master auctions and this year there haven’t been any really big ticket items to speak of.  Aside, that is, from the Jean Michel Basquiat painting which brought a winning bid of $110.5 million. I didn’t bother with the Contemporary auction as there’s very little contemporary art I appreciate. I don’t get his art any more than I do the abstract art of Pollock and Rothko. Spending $110.5 million dollars for a canvas that he would have been arrested for painting when he was a graffitist just boggles my mind. But clearly the critics don’t agree as you can see if you visit this link to a Times article on the Basquiat painting and the winning bidder. You can decide for yourself what you think of it as art.

This week I visited Sotheby’s for their Old Masters auction preview and below are my comments.

There was a nice selection of  18th century Italian vedute in this preview. As per Wikipedia veduta is a highly detailed, usually large-scale painting or, more often print, of a cityscape or some other vista. These included paintings by the great masters Canaletto, Michele Marieschi, and Francesco Guardi. I find these remarkable for the details and the amount of work that had to have gone into creating them. There’s always so much to see.




The Dutch are represented here by Salomon Van Ruysdael with this beautiful landscape painting showing a Winter day of activities on the ice as well as this rural depiction of farm houses and a windmill by Jan Breughel the Elder. The Brueghel is really a little gem measuring only 4 ½ x 6 ½.  It’s painted on copper which enhances the colors.



There were two Gainsborough’s up for bid, one from the collection of the Metropolitan Museum. It was being sold to benefit the European Paintings Acquisition Fund. I thought it quite nice and was surprised that the Met would let it go but my brother pointed out that the Met has many of his portraits and this one is considered to be not in the best condition. This is from the Met website.

The condition of the picture is compromised. The surface was flattened in the relining process. An extensive network of drying cracks over much of the surface is less evident in the landscape at the upper left, which is well preserved. The black hat and plume are difficult to read, and there are three old compound tears: through the top of the sitter’s wig; in her sleeve, near the right edge of the canvas; and in the lower right corner.


This second painting is from a private collection (it must be nice to ask people to stop by your home and view your Gainsborough) and I thought it was in worse condition. I thought both would sell easily and so they did.


This is a link to all the items in the auction with the winning bid amounts.  Both of the Gainsborough’s sold, the Met’s went for $106.2K with a range of $80-$120K while the other painting went for $162.5K with a range of $40-$60K. And I thought the other painting didn’t look as nice. But I just looked at the condition report and it said it would clean up nicely so I guess that’s what prompted the higher than estimate price. The little jewel by Brueghel the Elder that I mention above went unsold which surprised me. It’s range was $150-$200K and I would have thought someone would have thought it worthwhile.

There were a number of other paintings on view that were set to be auctioned in the London Old Masters auction in July that I liked and you can see them at this link in a slide show. Joseph Wright of Derby, Esteban Murillo, Bernardo Bellotto, Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, Lucas Cranach the Elder and a JMW Turner painting I noted a few weeks ago. The Bellotto, in the style of Canaletto and the others, really speaks to the detail that I note above. And I don’t often see Tiepolo’s paintings, usually it’s his drawings that come up in the auctions and at the exhibits.

Now on to the Flickrs.

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