The fine program of this auction in Avignon included works by the highly sought-after artists Manguin and Signac, as well as their forerunners Desprez and Lagrenée.
Henri Manguin (1874-1949), Grimaud, vu de l'Oustalet (Grimaud: view from L'Oustalet), 1941, signed oil on canvas, 46 x 65 cm (18.7 x 25.2 in).
A serene view of Grimaud from L'Oustalet started things off with a result of €29,184. Henri Manguin painted this canvas in 1941 during a period when he spent summers in his villa at Oustalet overlooking the Gulf of Saint Tropez. It is listed in the catalogue raisonné of his paintings under no. 1166. Another great painter of maritime views, Paul Signac, wrote L'Ile aux moines (The Monks' Island) on the lower right of this characteristic watercolor (28.5 x 39 cm/approx. 11.7 x 15.2 in). Selling for €17,632, it came with a certificate by specialist Marina Ferretti dated November 12, 2020. Auguste Chabaud took us back into town with Rue des Halles à Tarascon, painted around 1909-1910. The signed canvas (76 x 106 cm/approx. 29.5 x 41.2 in) had the honor of being exhibited at the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Nîmes in 1989. Labeled "Josef Muller Solothurn", it fetched €18,848. The auction also featured works by two Enlightenment artists. Firstly, Louis-Jean Desprez’s L'Éruption du Vésuve (Eruption of Vesuvius), a watercolor with engraved lines (69 x 46 cm/approx. 27.1 x 18.4 in), sold for €14,106. Secondly, Jean-Jacques Lagrenée’s L'annonce aux bergers (The Announcement to the Shepherds), a pen, brown ink and brown wash drawing with white gouache highlights (37 x 53.5 cm/approx. 14.9 x 21.1 in), fetched €13,619.