At the end of September, works by Grigorescu, Luchian and Ressu were put up for sale as part of a Romanian Impressionism and Postimpressionism auction organized by Artmark. The auction reportedly brought a record number of participants, as well as the highest award rate, of 88.2 percent, and highest total number of sales among Romanian auctions organized so far, as the first official data from Artmark show.
Grigorescu’s Bullock Cart was initially estimated to be worth over EUR 200,000, but was sold for EUR 155,000, becoming the second most expensive painting after Camil Ressu’s “Aise”, auctioned this summer for EUR 160,000. Among other successful paintings were Stefan Luchian’s “Trandafiri” (“Roses”) and Francisc Sirato’s “Lila in galben” (“Lila in Yellow”), each sold for EUR 50,000 and Nicolae Darascu’s “Natura statica cu bujori si carti” (“Still Life with Peonies and Books”), sold for EUR 42,000.
The Romanian Impressionism and Postimpressionism auction managed to gather a total of EUR 813,500 for the 127 works that went under the hammer. Over 1,000 people visited the exhibit and 600 participants attended the auction held at the National Opera House, on September 20.
Photo courtesy of Artmark