October 13, 2010 by Post Team
Demi Moore, (AP) – Demi Moore is to sell two paintings from the 19th century European auction, including a French work, the actress says her inspiration because of the artist’s representation of strong women.
William Bouguereau “Brother and Sister,” an oil painting of a young woman holding her little brother dearly, could yield up to 1.5 million at Sotheby’s on Nov. 4.
It was painted in 1887 by French artist whose work is experiencing a renewed interest.
Paint, others with Moore, “Mother and Her Children” by the Belgian painter Alfred Stevens, is estimated to make $ 200,000.
Although she likes it both ways, Moore said: “With the renovation and the new direction of our house is taken, it is time to change.”
The actress has acquired the works in 1995 at Christie’s auction, paying $ 178,500 for “Brother and Sister” and $ 200,500 for painting Stevens.
“I find Bouguereau be particularly interesting for me personally and who have chosen to cling to a smaller piece to take with me over the years,” said the star known for her work in films like “Ghost,” ” Indecent Proposal “and” A Few Good Men. ”
Moore, who appeared nde* on the cover of Vanity Fair during pregnancy and is married to actor Ashton Kutcher, said she was particularly inspired by the representation of women Bougeureau “with incredible force.”
Bouguereau won the Prix de Rome in 1850, which allowed him to travel through Italy. His study of classical sculpture is evident in the figure strikes poses and drape of her dress in the big book, measuring 6-feet by nearly 3-feet.
Stevens painted several versions of “Mother and her Children”, including one commissioned by the Belgian government to honor the sailors lost at sea and their families. One in possession of Moore was painted in 1883 and shows a mother in a cream-colored skirt, ruffled smiling at her child while her eldest daughter gets up and looks towards the sea
A retrospective of Stevens Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam last year described as one of the most famous artists in Paris in the second half of the 19th century.
The two paintings will be sold with other 19th century masterpieces, including Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema of “Finding of Moses.” It was painted in 1902, when British artist in Egypt. It is sold by a private collector, but was once owned by “Candid Camera” creator Allen Funt, of which Alma-Tadema collection was exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1973.
Painting with bright colors, representing a festive procession with the baby Moses in a basket decorated and has a 3 to 5 million and pre-sale estimate.
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