A Record for Rémillieux's Bouquet

On 13 March 2020, by Philippe Dufour

Typical of the famous "Fleur Lyonnaise"school, this spring bouquet by Pierre Étienne Rémillieux was given a rapturous reception in Lyon.

Pierre Étienne Rémillieux (1811-1856), Tulipes panachées, jacinthes bleues, chèvrefeuille et fleurs diverses sur fond gris, huile sur toile, signed on the bottom right, 40 x 31,5 cm.
Result: €72,500

The painting entitled Variegated tulips, blue hyacinths, honeysuckle and various flowers on a grey background (40 x 31.5 cm) was an unprecedented success at €72,500: a score  explained by the rarity of Rémillieux's corpus (only thirty-odd paintings in all), due to his early death at the age of forty-four. It also set a record for the highly popular work of this artist (source: Artnet), whose virtuosic handling of flowers was the result of long study at the School of Fine Arts in Lyon. A charming genre scene then came up, garnering €16,250: a painting by Fritz Zuber-Bühler depicting The Mischievous Model (55 x 46 cm). It portrays one of the Swiss artist's countless smiling girls, who earned him fame and success from Paris to the US.

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