An American in Paris
A lifelong friend of Edgar Degas, Mary Cassatt was the only American to exhibit with the Impressionists. And as a woman, she was privy to the intimate domestic scenes that became her most iconic work. This sale features a mother and child, in a large pastel originally in the collection of Ambroise Vollard, and a portrait of a young girl, in an extremely rare drypoint that is signed by Cassatt.
Posters of the Belle Époque
In the 1890s, the French elevated posters to an art form. Jules Chéret (left) made lithographs as graceful and powdery as pastels, and artists such as Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec and Alphonse Mucha (right) followed suit. As McCloskey explains, “Although they were technically ads, the people of Paris saw these posters as works of art, which is why they survive today.”
A New Look at Picasso
“Many people think of Cubism when they think of Picasso, but there is so much more to see,” says McCloskey. The work in this sale spans five decades and proves that even Picasso can still surprise. Among the treasures is a 1930s etching from the famous Vollard suite, a rare color lithograph from the 1950s (right) and a breathtaking 1960s linocut of Picasso’s great love, Jacqueline (left).
The Old Guard
“The Old Masters are historically one of the safest art-investment categories,” says McCloskey. They influenced everyone from Picasso to Warhol, but the Old Masters also influenced one another. Rembrandt loved to collect and reinterpret Albrecht Dürer’s work, an influence highlighted in this sale with Dürer’s The Death of the Virgin woodcut (left) and Rembrandt’s own version of the subject—an etching done more than a century later.
Investing with Confidence
“Prints are great for collecting. You can get masterpieces for a fraction of the price of a mediocre oil,” says McCloskey. But make sure you’re getting the real deal. Ask for certificates of authenticity and copies from the artist’s catalogue raisonné (included with all works in this sale). Finally, always consult an expert: Subtleties such as ink color and paper type can reveal whether a piece is a masterwork, a lesser example, or a fake.