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Art Investment News, 5-29: Canal plus
Luce, Rodin, Courbet, Guillaumin, Bieling: Low-priced Treasures at Christie's Amsterdam

Maximilien Luce (1858-1941), "Chantier sur les bords de la Seine," signed 'Luce' (lower left). Oil on canvas, 33 x 55 cm. Pre-sale estimate: 15,000-20,000 Euros ($19,429-$25,906). Copyright Christe's Images Ltd. 2013. Pupil and friend of Pissarro, anarchist, president of the French artists' union, and the last of the hard-core Impressionists, count on Maximilien Luce to not just follow his colleagues in another bucolic and light-infused study of the banks of the Seine, but to thrust into the foreground a group of workers busy prettying up those banks. For more on the pertinent painter, see our Arts Voyager Gallery on the Luce museum in the Paris suburb of Mantes-la-Jolie here.

By Paul Ben-Itzak
Text copyright 2013 Paul Ben-Itzak

If you thought the only reasons for an art investor and art lover to travel to Amsterdam were the Van Gogh museum, the Old Masters, and the city's winding canals, think again: Christie's Amsterdam's May 29 Impressionist and Modern Art Sale offers the collector of modest resources the chance to acquire no less than an early Courbet oil painting with a pre-sale estimate of less than $12,000, a Rodin pencil and watercolor estimated to fetch less than $16,000, more stunning and signature work from the under-appreciated late Impressionists Maximilien Luce and Armand Guillaumin in the low five figures, and a breathtaking 1917 "Dancing Nude" from Herman Bieling which approaches Picasso's rarefied air at the much-more Earthbound figure of $3,886-$6,476. (As always, one should examine Christies' condition reports before bidding.)

Armand Guillaumin (1841-1927), "Saint-Pere sur Vezelay," signed and inscribed 'Guillaumin/St Pere' (lower left). Pastel on paper. 47 x 62 cm. Pre-sale estimate: 4,000-6,000 Euros ($5,181-$7,772). Copyright Christe's Images Ltd. 2013.

Gustave Courbet (1819-1877), "Portrait d'une fillette," signed 'G. Courbet' (lower right). Oil on canvas, 44.5 x 31.5 cm. Painted in 1840. Pre-sale estimate: 7,000-9,000 Euros ($9,067 - $11,658). Copyright Christe's Images Ltd. 2013. To be included in the re-edition of the Robert Fernier, Gustave Courbet catalogue raisonne, under the direction of Jean Jacques Fernier and under the sponsorship of the Wildenstein Institute.

Auguste Rodin (1840-1917), "Domination," signed and inscribed with title 'A Rodin' (lower right). Pencil and watercolour on paper, 33 x 25 cm., unframed. Pre-sale estimate: 8,000-12,000 ($10,362 - $15,543). Copyright Christe's Images Ltd. 2013.

Herman Bieling (1887-1964), "A dancing nude," signed and dated 'Bieling. '17' (lower right). Oil on canvas, 62.5 x 45 cm. Painted in 1917. Pre-sale estimate: 3,000-5,000 Euros ($3,886-$6,476). Copyright Christe's Images Ltd. 2013.

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