International auction house Christie’s has announced that they will organise a sale that is dedicated to female artists. The sale, first of its kind, will be conducted in France and will display all kinds of art—sculptures, autographed letters, ancient and modern paintings, books, photographs, design, jewels and engravings.
This panorama is a tribute to women artists of the last five centuries (16th to the 21st century) from different nationalities.
Few of the many interesting works in the auction include:
‘Beautiful Portrait of a Woman’ by Elisabeth Vigee Le Brun (Elisabeth was among the greatest portraitists of her time (1755-1842) was a painter of the court of France, the kingdom of Naples, the court of the Emperor of Vienna and then the Emperor of Russia); A delicate autumnal composition by Anne Vallayer-Coster (1744-1818), created after she was part of the Royal Academy of Painting and Sculpture; and ‘Still Life’ (1636), a stunning painting by Louyse Moillon (Moillon was one of the few female painters of the 17th century in France whose work is now well identified).
Rare books and manuscripts
An 8-page letter by George Sand (1804-1876) addressed to French novelist Gustave Flaubert. The writer had changed her name to that of a man so that her work was more widely read. This confession letter is one of the most moving of George Sand’s correspondences.
Madame Marie Curie is perhaps one of the most important female figures in the world of science. Her thesis (1903) devoted to radioactivity had won her a Nobel Prize in Physics, just six months after its publication. This book in its first edition and signed by her, will be up for sale.
The sale is scheduled to take place on June 16th, 2021, in Paris.