Christie's NY 19th Century European Painting Auction and Pre-sale

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Christie's NY 19th Century European Painting Auction and Pre-sale

October 23, 2013

A Call To Arms by Edmund Blair Leighton
The 19th Century European Art sale comprises 93 lots from several schools, including a strong selection of Victorian works. Highlights include James Jacques Joseph Tissot’s In the Conservatory (Rivals), property from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, a very important example of this important artist's work . Another Victorian sale highlight is Edmund Blair Leighton’s A Call to Arms (To Arms!), which is one of his best known works depicting a pair of newlyweds being separated to go to war just after just leaving the church. The painting is a statement on the travesty of war. Additional highlights include a superb mix of Orientalist, Barbizon, and Academic paintings by artists such as Corot, Boldini, Sorolla, Ernst and Béraud.
Viewing public auction presales is one of the best ways to see important works from a given period that are in private collections and are otherwise not on public view. Most if not all of these paintings are sold back into private collections and many are never put on public view again.

Pre-sale open now through October 27th. The actual auction is on the 28th.

To view the auction catalogue, click here.