Kelly Crow has a survey of what’s rising and falling at the top of the art market in today’s Wall Street Journal:
- Dealers say Renoir‘s soft-focus depictions of Victorian women and children are a favorite of Asian collectors, who have begun buying up iconic pieces from the Western canon.
- Sotheby’s got $3.7 million for Van Dongen‘s “Woman with a Hat of Roses” on May 5, but another Van Dongen consigned to that sale was withdrawn by the seller at the last minute. In all, seven paintings by the artist have gone unsold this auction season, up from three last year, according to Art Research Technologies.
- Bonnard: Demand took a sharp turn last fall, however, after Sotheby’s got no bids for Bonnard’s “Nude Profile,” which was priced to sell for at least $1.25 million. On May 5, another Bonnard went unsold, this time a Parisian street scene from 1904, “The Boulevard Outside: The Corner of Clichy Boulevard and Douai Street.” Christie’s sold a Bonnard, “Deadlock or Lane (Le Cannet),” from the Brody collection for $842,500 on May 4.
Art’s New Winners and Losers (Wall Street Journal)