On the Cowl: Could 2019

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Our cowl this month, Femme au jardin by Blanche Camus, offered for $three,327 at Bonhams British and European Artwork public sale on March 20, 2019 in London. Camus was a French painter of portraits and landscapes in the course of the Neo-Impressionist interval. She studied in Paris however largely labored in southern France, the place it seems she stored firm with the likes of Henri Martin and Dunoyer de Segonzac. 

Gardens and flowers function most prominently in Camus’ works, normally in mushy romantic pastel shades with the occasional pop of colour, in a method much like the one featured on this month’s cowl. As they are saying, the apple doesn’t fall removed from the tree—Camus was the daughter of the well-regarded French botanist Gustave Camus, who was seemingly the inspiration behind her nature scenes. She often exhibited her works in Paris and all through France and was awarded the very best French order of advantage, a Chevalier of the Légion d’honneur. 

The file worth at public sale for a Camus piece was realized simply two months in the past, on Feb. 14, 2019, when her oil on canvas titled Tea within the backyard offered for $84,720, a far cry from the estimates her work sometimes command, at a La Suite public sale in Barcelona. For some perception on valuations for works offered at public sale, flip to Conrad Teitell, Laura Weintraub Beck and Sarah A. Ricciardi’s article, “Deducting Charitable Artwork Donations,” p. 28.

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