Should I go for the Monet or the Gauguin or the Matisse??

This week, Christie’s is holding the Peggy and David Rockefeller Estate Auction, what I imagine to be the largest collection of fine art and antiques on this planet.

I can only dream what it might be like to attend this auction and to bid on some of the rarest and finest art, all to be sold with proceeds to charity. Now that’s money, when all your heirs are so well-heeled, you can donate millions to charity. Awesome.

Claude Monet (1840-1926)
Nymphéas en fleur
stamped with signature ‘Claude Monet’ (Lugt 1819b; on the reverse)
oil on canvas
63 x 70 7/8 in. (160.3 x 180 cm.)
Painted circa 1914-1917
The catalog says Estimate upon Request!!!!!

Paul Gauguin (1848-1903)
Fleurs dans un vase
signed and dated ‘P Gauguin 86 -’ (lower left)
oil on canvas
23 7/8 x 28 7/8 in. (60.7 x 73.9 cm.)
Painted in 1886-1887 and 1893-1895
Auction estimate $5-7 million

Henri Matisse (1869-1954)
Paysage de Collioure
signed ‘Henri-Matisse’ (lower right)
oil on canvas
18 1/8 x 21 5/8 in. (46.1 x 55.1 cm.)
Painted in 1906-1907
Auction estimate between $6-9 million

Truth be told, I might stay away from the three above and buy this one, by de Kooning

Willem de Kooning (1904-1997)
Untitled XIX
oil and charcoal on canvas
80 x 70 in. (203.2 x 177.8 cm.)
Painted in 1982.
Estimate between $6-8 million

Or this Edward Hopper

Edward Hopper (1882-1967)
Rich’s House
signed and inscribed ‘Edward Hopper/North Truro’ (lower right)
watercolor and charcoal on paper
image, 16 x 25 in. (40.6 x 63.5 cm.);
sheet, 16 ¾ x 25 ¾ in. (42.5 x 65.4 cm.)
Executed in 1930.
Estimated $2-3 million

It’ll be interesting to follow the auction and see, when the furniture comes up for sale, if any of it brings much money, considering brown furniture is so out of style today. Art, never goes out of style though.

Which ones would you buy???

10 thoughts on “Should I go for the Monet or the Gauguin or the Matisse??

  1. Of the ones shown, the Matisse and the Hopper are the only two I’d raise my paddle for. I’ll have to look through the catalog to see what else I might buy.

    1. I would skip the art auction altogether and rob a bank to buy any one of their homes. The one up along the Hudson sold for MORE than it’s listing price. Not surprising.

  2. Is there a Manet up for grabs? I was an art history major (utterly useless, I know) and my senior thesis was on Manet. A far more important artist than Monet, in my opinion.
    So I’m going to go check my couch cushions for spare change and cross my fingers I can nail a Manet for my front hallway.

    1. Many a Manet. And the Manet’s are far prettier than the Monet’s IMHO.
      Dig deeper than a sofa cushion. Even winning the PB this week might not be deep enough.

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