Christie's exhibits paintings from the Barney A. Ebsworth collection
There are amusing coincidences: François Pinault owns, among other things, a cruise line and the Christie's auction house.Barney A.Ebsworth (1934-2018) also owned a cruise line and the paintings she gave him.The license to acquire will be sold at Christie's.The whole is estimated at around $ 300 million: that's good, that's roughly the price of a luxury yacht.
As Christie's employees know their job, they take advantage of the Biennale de Paris (former Biennale des antiquaires, which takes place from September 8 to 16 at the Grand Palais) and the wealthy art lovers it attracts, to exhibit in its premises on avenue Matignon a selection of the choices of Barney A.Ebsworth.Or rather unusual works, like these two young women chatting around a restaurant table.This is Chop Suey, painted by Edward Hopper in 1929 Date of the Wall Street crash or not, we expect $ 70 million.
The rest of the collection is in a lower price range (albeit, $ 60 million, even for one of De Kooning's last Woman, still available, not spontaneous purchases), but reveals a pretty eye, initially without large means - Barney A.Ebsworth started collecting in 1957, after a visit to the Louvre, a dangerous place as everyone knows - and a pronounced taste, but not abnormal for a native of Saint-Louis (Missouri), for modern American art.
Self-taught and pragmatic
Self-taught in the matter, but pragmatic, he did like many wealthy amateurs in his country: he made an appointment with the curator of the local museum to find out.Charles Buckley, director of the Saint-Louis museum, tried to orient him first towards the Impressionists - they were to be missed in his collections and the professional he was hoping for a future donation - but Ebsworth found them beyond his means.between two wars ? Too expensive too; their American counterparts, on the other hand, were not yet in fashion.
Posted Date: 2020-08-29