• Short Summary

    At the London art auctioneers Christie's today (Friday) the painting "Le Rixe des Musicians" (The Beggars' Brawl) by French painter Georges de la Tour, was sold for nearly 381,000 pounds sterling (951,500 dollars).

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    At the London art auctioneers Christie's today (Friday) the painting "Le Rixe des Musicians" (The Beggars' Brawl) by French painter Georges de la Tour, was sold for nearly 381,000 pounds sterling (951,500 dollars). It was bought by the J. Paul Getty Museum of California. But even before the biding had stopped, people were saying that it might not be allowed to leave Britain.

    The painting, which depicts a group of street musicians and beggars brawling, is 37 by 55 1/2 inches (94 by 141 centimetres). It was originally thought to have been painted by the Italian Artist Caravaggio (who died in 1543). La Tour, who was born in Lorraine on March 19, 1593, was known in his lifetime--but, after his death in 1652, he was almost totally forgotten until well into the 20th Century. His pictures accentuate night scenes and candlelight, and his style is realist and simple--almost without mannerisms. It is probably this calm, straightforward interpretation which has made him most difficult to recognise.

    Most of his works are in French museums, some are also to be found in Berlin and at the Metropolitan in New York (where is one of his most famous works, "The Fortune Teller").

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    Film ID:
    VLVAA075NGKC12NCL87LHSD7MKUG1
    Media URN:
    VLVAA075NGKC12NCL87LHSD7MKUG1
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    08/12/1972
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:10:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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