19th Century European Art

This sector covers the full range of continental European painting during the 19th century and includes Neoclassicism, French Academic painting, German Romantic art and Realist works.


‘La Jeunesse de Bacchus’ (Youth of Bacchus) by William-Adolphe Bouguereau

Bouguereau’s 20ft painting – Masterly example of French Academic painting to be offered at Sotheby’s Impressionist and Modern evening sale

13 March 2019

Sotheby’s is to offer what it deems “the most important work of William-Adolphe Bouguereau’s celebrated career” as part of the Impressionist & Modern art evening sale in New York on May 14.

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Orientalist collection back in saleroom for first time in three decades

04 March 2019

Helped by conservatively pitched estimates, a clutch of middle-market Orientalist pictures achieved some modest growth in value on their first return to auction in three decades.

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Select offering in London covers wide-ranging scope

04 March 2019

Bonhams’ (25/20/12.5% buyer’s premium) latest sale of 19th century pictures in London may have been small – running to just over 100 lots – but what it lacked in size it made up with the broad scope of its contents.

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Romantic landscape painter at the heart of a sale series

21 January 2019

Much of the pre-sale interest in the 19th century paintings offered at the major London rooms centred on two landscapes by Caspar David Friedrich (1774-1840) at Sotheby’s (25/20/12.9% buyer’s premium).

Vilhelm Hammershoi painting

Getty Museum buys classic Danish interior scene by Vilhelm Hammershøi

19 December 2018

The J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles has bought a painting by Danish artist Vilhelm Hammershøi (1864-1916) barely months after it fetched a major sum at a Christie’s auction.

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Three upcoming lots in the US including a Eugène Delacroix portrait

24 September 2018

The Old Masters section of Doyle’s auction in New York on October 31 will include a portrait by the French 19th century artist Eugène Delacroix.

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Sorolla portrait emerges in Madrid auction

24 September 2018

Portraiture was not the preferred genre of the Valencian artist Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida (1863-1923), but early in his career he recognised its value as a reliable source of income and persisted with it throughout his lifetime.

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Rudolf Ernst takes precise view

20 August 2018

Spurred on by Middle Eastern demand, Orientalist art came out top at Christie’s 19th century European & Orientalist Art auction in London.

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‘Masterpiece level’ 19th century art receives Christie’s rebrand

02 July 2018

Christie’s has added a top-end sale of 19th century art to its calendar of New York auctions in October.

‘Paradise with the Adoration of the Lamb’ by Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones

Christie’s adds top-end sale of 19th century art to auction calendar

28 June 2018

Christie’s is tweaking the way it offers 19th century European art in New York.

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Albert Anker work fresh to the market in Lausanne

21 May 2018

Dogny Auction in Lausanne will be offering this portrait by Albert Anker (1831-1910) as a highlight of its June 5 summer auction.

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Orientalist view of the Pyramids emerges at Madrid auction

14 May 2018

In its auction series in Madrid from May 22-24, Segre Subastas will offer 'The Pyramids of Giza' by the Orientalist artist Charles-Théodore Frère (Paris 1814-88).

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Oriental art experiences West to East buyer shift

14 May 2018

Exotic visions are Orientalist art’s stock-in-trade. Bustling bazaars and colourful mosques, lavish harems and sun-drenched deserts populate the canvases in this field.

A Corner of a Marketplace

Sotheby’s offers Schaeffer collection in Sydney auction

13 April 2018

Sotheby’s Australia will auction what it calls “the most significant collection of historical international art” offered in the country later this month.

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The late, late show at TEFAF

02 April 2018

Good things come to those who wait. That is exactly what happened for Lawrence Steigrad Fine Arts. At last year’s TEFAF Maastricht a Dutch collector showed interest in a painting on his stand by Jacob Henricus Maris.

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Wide range of drawings feature at Drouot sales

12 March 2018

There is, of course, no shortage of works on paper to be found on sale at the Drouot auction centre either in the form of dedicated auctions or as sections within mixed-discipline sales.

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Antwerp view tops last of the West Horsley Place lots at auction

29 January 2018

An 1894 pencil drawing of a street in Antwerp by Walter Frederick Osborne (1859-1903) was among the last contents offered at auction from West Horsley Place, the Grade I-listed mansion in Surrey owned by historian and broadcaster Bamber Gascoigne.

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Delacroix sketch sells at £2.6m

18 December 2017

Strong competition emerged for an oil sketch for Eugène Delacroix’s 'Liberty Leading the People' at Christie’s in London on December 14.

Eugene Delacroix ‘Liberty Leading the People’

The value of Liberty – sketch for Eugène Delacroix’s famous painting bid to record sum at Christie’s

16 December 2017

An oil sketch by Eugène Delacroix (1798-1863) for his renowned painting ‘Liberty Leading the People’ was knocked down at £2.6m at auction in London this week.

Adrian Biddell

Ex-Sotheby’s auctioneer explains why he decided to become a dealer – video

14 December 2017

“There are many opportunities outside auction,” says Adrian Biddell, the former Sotheby’s head of 19th century European paintings who has recently launched his own dealership.

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