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European Paintings

The social, political, and philosophic history of Western culture is summed up in painting, beginning with the Northern and Italian Renaissance and proceeding onward. European courts relied on tapestry as their primary propaganda device through the first half of the 1700s; then, painting became the most important medium.

During the Baroque period, Louis XIV fashioned France into a tastemaker for European art. To the north, the Dutch Golden Age produced small paintings for domestic spaces of a burgeoning merchant class.

In the Rococo and Neoclassic periods, an academic approach prevailed. Large history paintings were the most treasured, and the most difficult to sell. There were also genre paintings, showing scenes of ordinary life; still life paintings; and animal paintings.

By the 19th century, art and political movements had become conflated. No artist lacked a social agenda. In the 1900s, paintings quit pretending to be three-dimensional worlds, and became simply paintings with line, color, and geometry. Later, abstract expressionists caused painting to leap off the canvas into the viewer’s world.


Quick Facts

  • In July 1998, Sotheby’s London sold a small painting to New York art dealer Richard Feigen for £12,075. Feigen discovered that the panel, attributed to Zanobi Strozzi, is actually part of an alter piece by Renaissance master Fra Angelico, worth approximately $5 million
  • In the 1980s, wealthy Japanese businessmen bought a large number of Impressionist paintings. Many of the works were of inferior quality, saleable at a high price because of the economic “bubble"
  • Most of the major French Impressionist exhibition paintings are now in museum collections. A rare work in private hands, Édouard Manet's "Le Printemps," 1881, was bought by the Getty Museum through Christie’s New York in 2014 for $65 million

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RAFAL OLBINSKI, Polish (b. 1943), Untitled, oil on canvasboard, 6 x 8 inches
Oct 28, 6:00 PM EDT
RAFAL OLBINSKI, Polish (b. 1943), Untitled, oil on canvasboard, 6 x 8 inches
by Shannon's
Est: $2,000- $3,000
$3,5007 Bids
ANTOINE BOUVARD, French (1870-1956), A Venetian Canal Scene, oil on canvas, 18 x 24 inches
Oct 28, 6:00 PM EDT
ANTOINE BOUVARD, French (1870-1956), A Venetian Canal Scene, oil on canvas, 18 x 24 inches
by Shannon's
Est: $4,000- $6,000
$3,0004 Bids
HENRIETTE RONNER-KNIP, Dutch (1821-1909), Mother's Pride, oil on panel, 13 x 17 3/4 inches
Oct 28, 6:00 PM EDT
HENRIETTE RONNER-KNIP, Dutch (1821-1909), Mother's Pride, oil on panel, 13 x 17 3/4 inches
by Shannon's
Est: $20,000- $30,000
$10,0002 Bids
GERDES LUDGER
Oct 26, 2:00 PM CEST
GERDES LUDGER
by Campo & Campo
Est: €200- €300
€1401 Bid
CORNELIS WOUTER BOUTER, Dutch (1888-1966), At the Well, oil on canvas, 24 x 32 inches
Oct 28, 6:00 PM EDT
CORNELIS WOUTER BOUTER, Dutch (1888-1966), At the Well, oil on canvas, 24 x 32 inches
by Shannon's
Est: $3,000- $5,000
$1,5000 Bids
FRITZ VAN DER VENNE, German (1873-1936), Sleigh Ride, oil on canvas, 26 3/4 x 41 3/4 inches
Oct 28, 6:00 PM EDT
FRITZ VAN DER VENNE, German (1873-1936), Sleigh Ride, oil on canvas, 26 3/4 x 41 3/4 inches
by Shannon's
Est: $3,000- $5,000
$1,5000 Bids
GUY DESSAPT, French (1938), "Le Pont, St. Louis", oil on canvas, 24 x 30 inches
Oct 28, 6:00 PM EDT
GUY DESSAPT, French (1938), "Le Pont, St. Louis", oil on canvas, 24 x 30 inches
by Shannon's
Est: $4,000- $6,000
$2,0000 Bids
PIERRE HODE, French (1889-1942), Cubist Still Life, oil on canvas, 10 3/4 x 14 inches
Oct 28, 6:00 PM EDT
PIERRE HODE, French (1889-1942), Cubist Still Life, oil on canvas, 10 3/4 x 14 inches
by Shannon's
Est: $7,000- $10,000
$3,5000 Bids
MARCEL DYF, French (1899-1985), "Fille Lisant", oil on canvas, 18 x 21 1/2 inches
Oct 28, 6:00 PM EDT
MARCEL DYF, French (1899-1985), "Fille Lisant", oil on canvas, 18 x 21 1/2 inches
by Shannon's
Est: $5,000- $7,000
$2,5000 Bids
ALFRED BROGE, Danish (1870-1955), Reflections, 1915, oil on canvas, 27 x 21 inches
Oct 28, 6:00 PM EDT
ALFRED BROGE, Danish (1870-1955), Reflections, 1915, oil on canvas, 27 x 21 inches
by Shannon's
Est: $1,500- $2,500
$7500 Bids
EUGENE VON BLAAS, Italian / Austrian (1843-1932), "Musette," 1900, oil on panel, 50 x 29 3/4 inches
Oct 28, 6:00 PM EDT
EUGENE VON BLAAS, Italian / Austrian (1843-1932), "Musette," 1900, oil on panel, 50 x 29 3/4 inches
by Shannon's
Est: $100,000- $150,000
$50,0000 Bids
MODESTO CUIXART SPANISH 1925-2007
Nov 06, 12:00 PM EDT
MODESTO CUIXART SPANISH 1925-2007
by Trinity International Auctions & Appraisals, LLC
Est: $3,000- $5,000
$2,0000 Bids

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