Summer Selections: Three Impressionist gems unveiled by M.S. Rau

Pierre-Auguste Renoir (French, 1841-1919) Nature morte aux fraises.  Oil on canvas, 7 3/4" high x 11 1/8" wide (canvas).  Signed "Renoir" (upper left).  Painted in 1908.  In a gilded Louis XV frame.
Pierre-Auguste Renoir (French, 1841-1919) Nature morte aux fraises. Oil on canvas, 7 3/4" high x 11 1/8" wide (canvas). Signed "Renoir" (upper left). Painted in 1908. In a gilded Louis XV frame.
(M.S. Rau)
  • Pierre-Auguste Renoir (French, 1841-1919) La Petite Liseuse.  Signed "Renoir" (lower left).  Oil on canvas, 10 1/2" high x 8 1/4" wide

    Pierre-Auguste Renoir (French, 1841-1919) La Petite Liseuse. Signed "Renoir" (lower left). Oil on canvas, 10 1/2" high x 8 1/4" wide

    M.S. Rau Antiques

  • Théo van Rysselberghe (Belgian, 1862-1926) La Baie de Sainte Brélade, Jersey.  Signed with the artist monogram and dated "07," titled en verso.  Oil on canvas, 25 3/4" high x 32" wide.

    Théo van Rysselberghe (Belgian, 1862-1926) La Baie de Sainte Brélade, Jersey. Signed with the artist monogram and dated "07," titled en verso. Oil on canvas, 25 3/4" high x 32" wide.

    M.S. Rau Antiques

A striking trio of Impressionist oils have been secured from private collections by New Orleans-based M.S. Rau Antiques. The new acquisitions, two by the iconic Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841-1919) and one by noted Belgian Neo-Impressionist Théo Van Rysselberghe (1862-1926), capture three divergent subjects: a sumptuous fruit still-life, an intimate portrait, and a brilliant seascape.

Having established his reputation for light-filled landscapes and complex genre scenes, Renoir turned his attention to still-lifes around 1880. His Impressionist technique and concentration on everyday objects allowed him to freely explore the use of color and form. The luscious pile of strawberries featured in Nature morte aux fraises, priced at $585,000, demonstrates his remarkable ability to translate the ordinary into the extraordinary.

Once held by legendary Parisian art dealer Ambroise Vollard, a dynamic portrait entitled La Petite Liseuse, or Little Woman Reading ($650,000), represents Renoir's mastery of color and light through his expressive brushwork, infusing this simple scene with an eloquent sense of vitality.

The third acquisition, part of a private collection for 70 years, is an important Neo-Impressionist composition of the Saint Brélade coast by Belgian artist Théo van Rysselberghe. Rare to the market, van Rysselberghe's work is prized for his mastery of pointillist techniques, which represented a bold break from the traditions of academic painting in the late 19th-century.

In La Baie de Sainte Brélade, Jersey, van Rysselberghe employs rich color and long brushtrokes to capture the sunlight playing on the surface of the water and illuminating the rocky shoreline of the Bailliwick of Jersey, one of the Channel Islands that lies just off the coast of Normandy.

M.S. Rau is currently exhibiting at the Aspen Antiques & Fine Arts Fair, on through July 10 at the Aspen Ice Garden, in Aspen, Colorado.

More News Feed Headlines

Rockwell's 1943 Saturday Evening Post cover featuring Rosie the Riveter

Norman Rockwell''s 'Rosie the Riverter' Model Dies

  • April 23, 2015 13:53

The woman who inspired many during World War II after posing as the model for Norman Rockwell's ...

Read More

Ben Martin, Jasper Johns, Age 29, at Castelli Gallery with Target Painting, Rudi Belsh Papers, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Former Assistant to Jasper Johns Sentenced to Prison

  • April 23, 2015 13:53

The ex-assistant to famed abstract expressionist Jasper Johns was sentenced to 18 months in ...

Read More

"Wild Life: The National Parks Preserve All Life." New York City Federal Art Project, WPA, 1940, by Nicholson, Frank S.  Library of Congress.

Trove of Missing WPA Artworks Discovered in California

  • April 21, 2015 20:29

Dozens of missing artworks commissioned by the U.S. government during the Great Depression have ...

Read More

Missing from the Gardner Museum are Vermeer’s "The Concert" (1658–1660), Rembrandt’s only seascape, "Storm on the Sea of Galilee (1633), and Edouard Manet’s "Chez Tortoni" (1878–1880.

Mobster Allegedly Offered to Sell Gardner Paintings

  • April 20, 2015 23:00

A federal prosecutor said in court Monday that a 79-year-old Connecticut crime figure offered to ...

Read More

Related Press Releases

Related Events from ArtfixDaily Calendar

ArtfixDaily Artwire