A painting of a French garden by the Dutch impressionist painter Vincent Van Gogh fetched GBP 528,000 sterling (about 900,000 US dollars) in London on Monday (28 June) night.
GV PAN EXT Sotheby's
CU Catalogue, girl with catalogue stops and studies painting by Gauguin (Les Premieres Fleurs ou les Bretonnes aux Avians) (2 shots)
CU PULL OUT TO MV Painting by Van Gogh (L'Heure du Midi ou Jardin pres d'une maison. )
MV PAN AND CU Painting by Claude Monet (Charing Cross Bridge)
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Background: A painting of a French garden by the Dutch impressionist painter Vincent Van Gogh fetched GBP 528,000 sterling (about 900,000 US dollars) in London on Monday (28 June) night.
SYNOPSIS: The sale took place at the famous Sotheby's auction rooms in London. The nine paintings to be sold came from Monsieur F. Mach's collection - one of the finest collections of impressionist and modern paintings. It was formed in Paris in the early years of the century. An important item was this work - Paul Gauguin's "Les premieres fleurs ou les Bretonnes aux Avins." It was painted in 1988, the same year as the pride of the collection, Van Gohg's "L'Heure du Midi ou Jardin pres d'une maison".
Van Gogh wrote to his brother Theo from Arles on the French Mediterranean coast before he painted this picture. He wrote that the little garden had in it amazing colours. The selling price of just over half a million pounds failed to break the highest price of 541,666 pounds sterling (920, 832 US dollars) paid for the work by the artist in New York six years ago.
M. Mach's impressionist collection also included "Charing Cross Bridge" by Claude Monet. Monet visited London three times to paint a serious of pictures for the Durand-Ruel exhibition of 1904. The exhibition showed 37 views of the Thames, and this was one of them.