Henri Martin’s Impressionist Landscape Leads $1.2 Million Heritage Sale
Henri Martin’s French Impressionist landscape, La vallée du vert à Labastide-du-Vert (c. 1920), sold for $485,000, leading Heritage Auction’s $1.2 million December 10 European Art Signature Auction. French Impressionist artists attracted most of the bidding in the sale, however Russian Romantic painter Ivan Konstantinovich Aivazovsky‘s French Ships Departing the Black Sea (1871) was also a highlight selling for $125,000, the second-highest realized price of the sale.
“Martin was a consummate craftsman who never let a bad painting leave his studio,” said Heritage vice president and managing director of fine arts Ed Beardsley in a statement. “Yet even within an oeuvre of such accomplishment there are top pieces, and the museum-quality La vallée is one of these.”
Other highlights in the sale included Jean-Pierre Cassigneul‘s L’Anglaise (c. 1968), which sold for $81,250, more than double its pre-sale estimate, as well as Édouard Leon Cortès‘s Rue de Lyon, Bastille (c. 1925) with a realized price of $50,000.
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