Fifteen Pre-emptions for the Musée de Cahors at the Henri Martin Auction


2/4/12 - Acquisitions - Cahors, Musée Henri Martin - As we had announced a few days ago (see news item of 14/3/12), the Musée Henri Martin in Cahors was particularly active at the auction of the Paul Riff collection in Rennes on Sunday, 1st April.

The establishment in fact pre-empted no less than 15 lots, resulting in a major addition for this museum.
The pre-empted lots [1], for a total of 1,493,236€ (including charges) are, appearing in the order of the auction catalogue, as follows :


1. Henri Martin (1860-1943)
Profile in Veil, 1902
Frame by Bellery-Desfontaines
Oil on Canvas - 67 x 43 cm
Cahors, Musée Henri-Martin
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- Profile in Veil (ill. 1), for 45,000 € [2].


2. Henri Martin (1860-1943)
Jesus and the Samaritan Woman, 1894
Oil on Canvas - 61 x 46 cm
Cahors, Musée Henri-Martin
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- Jesus and the Samaritan Woman (ill. 2), for 19,000 €.


3. Henri Martin (1860-1943)
Shepherd Bringing In his Sheep, 1894
Oil on Canvas - 65 x 54 cm
Cahors, Musée Henri-Martin
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- Shepherd Bringing In his Sheep (ill. 3), for 24,000 €.


4. Henri Martin (1860-1943)
Meditation
Oil on Canvas - 73 x 99 cm
Cahors, Musée Henri-Martin
Photo : Archives photographiques Maket Expert


- Meditation (ill. 4), for 86,000 €.


5. Henri Martin (1860-1943)
Young Woman in Floral Dress, 1895
Oil on Canvas - 61 x 40 cm
Cahors, Musée Henri-Martin
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- Young Woman in Floral Dress (ill. 5), for 80,000 €.


6. Henri Martin (1860-1943)
Shepherd and his Sheep in les Causses, Lot
Oil on Canvas - 85 x 105 cm
Frame by Bellery-Desfontaines
Cahors, Musée Henri-Martin
Photo : Archives photographiques Maket Expert


- Shepherd and his Sheep in les Causses (ill. 6), for 46,000 €.


7. Henri Martin (1860-1943)
Three Muses
Oil on Canvas - 52 x 85 cm
Cahors, Musée Henri-Martin
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- Three Muses (ill. 7), for 26,000 €.


8. Henri Martin (1860-1943)
Shepherd and his Three Muses, 1900
Frame by Bellery-Desfontaines
Oil on Canvas - 65 x 81 cm
Cahors, Musée Henri-Martin
Photo : Archives photographiques Maket Expert


- Shepherd and his Three Muses (ill. 8), for 28,000 €.


9. Henri Martin (1860-1943)
The Bridge in Labastide-du-Vert
Frame by Bellery-Desfontaines
Oil on Canvas - 63 x 88 cm
Cahors, Musée Henri-Martin
Photo : Archives photographiques Maket Expert


- The Bridge in Labastide-du-Vert (ill. 9), for 275,000 €.


10. Henri Martin (1860-1943)
Pensive Muse in the Garden, 1894
Oil on Canvas - 65 x 49 cm
Cahors, Musée Henri-Martin
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- Pensive Muse in the Garden (ill. 10), for 67,000 €.


11. Henri Martin (1860-1943)
Autumnal Musing, 1900
Oil on Canvas - 127 x 100 cm
Frame by Bellery-Desfontaines
Cahors, Musée Henri-Martin
Photo : Archives photographiques Maket Expert


- Autumnal Musing (ill. 11), for 350,000 €.


12. Henri Martin (1860-1943)
Shepherdess in Front of an Old House in Labastide
Oil on Canvas - 101 x 118 cm
Cahors, Musée Henri-Martin
Photo : Archives photographiques Maket Expert


- Shepherdess in Front of an Old House in Labastide (ill. 12), for 62,000 €.


13. Henri Martin (1860-1943)
Saint Francis of Assisi, 1894
Oil on Canvas - 52 x 64 cm
Cahors, Musée Henri-Martin
Photo : Archives photographiques Maket Expert


- Saint Francis of Assisi (ill. 13), for 33,000 €.


14. Henri Martin (1860-1943)
Couple in Conversation in Front of the Farm
Oil on Canvas - 69 x 56 cm
Cahors, Musée Henri-Martin
Photo : Archives photographiques Maket Expert


- Couple in Conversation in Front of the Farm (ill. 14), for 21,000 €.


15. Henri Martin (1860-1943)
Charity, 1895
Oil on Canvas - 65 x 54 cm
Cahors, Musée Henri-Martin
Photo : Archives photographiques Maket Expert


- Charity, (ill. 15), for 43,000 €.

We can see that the most beautiful painting at this auction, The Pond was not acquired by the museum due to its high price (750,000€). According to Le Télégramme, this canvas was purchased by a private Parisian museum, that of Lettres et Manuscrits and will hang next to the artist’s correspondence.
We regret however, that none of the Symbolist paintings representing a figure, such as Love (cat. 17, sold for 91,000€) or especially Clémence Isaure (cat. 26, sold for 103,000€) was purchased by Cahors. One of these canvases, Muses, Last Rays (cat. 5) was the only one (along with Justice, cat. 36) to remain unsold. It could therefore not be pre-empted, assuming of course that the museum even wanted it. If the success of the fund-raising drive continues to grow, a purchase might still be possible perhaps...

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Didier Rykner, mardi 3 avril 2012


Notes

[1] We remind our readers that a pre-emption, which is made by the government in the name of a museum, may be cancelled during the two weeks following the auction, an exceptional event (we have never seen this happen in any of the pre-emptions we have reported here over the years).

[2] All sale prices are quoted without charges.



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