A correspondent writes this morning about the story of yet another re-discovered work of a lost master:
There is an interesting story on the French site latribunedelart.com about a small and very rare Caspar David Friedrich painting entitled The Owl, which the Louvre has been chasing and which had been offered by a French gallery who jointly owned it with an private collector. It was finally bought for 6.5 million euros by another French collector (not named) and the Louvre still has a year to try to buy it from his new owner before it can leave France. What is interesting is that the previous owner had no idea she had a Friedrich. It was discovered by the gallery from a mere jpeg and that former owner agreed to relinquish 50% of ownership to the dealers.
Le hibou s’est envolé (La Tribune de l’Art)
A propos du Hibou de Friedrich, une interview de Bertrand Talabardon et Bertrand Gautier (La Tribune de l’Art)
Après les affaires Poussin, voici l’affaire Friedrich (La Tribune de l’Art)
Le hibou de Friedrich proposé au classement comme trésor national (La Tribune de l’Art)