A brisk westerly wind blew through Paris thanks to two oil on canvas paintings by Henry Moret.
Henry Moret (1856-1913), La Côte de Moëllan, Finistère (The Moëllan Coast, Finistère), 1896, oil on canvas, 73 x 59 cm (28.74 x 23.22 in).
Two paintings by Henry Moret (1856-1913) were presented, each imbued with the deep sense of the sea so characteristic of his œuvre. Paul Durand-Ruel exhibited both at the May 1898 Paris exhibition "La mer par Henry Moret" (The Sea by Henry Moret). Moret’s meeting the gallerist, who famously promoted Impressionism, was a key turning point in his career. From then until his death, the gallery bought all of the painter’s output: some 650 paintings. The first of ours, Baie de Lampaul, Ouessant (Lampaul Bay, Ushant), painted in 1895 in brisk, bold orange, green and blue brushstrokes, fetched €178,640. The second, La Côte de Moëllan (The Moëllan Coast), dates from the following year and sold for €187,680. As usual, Moret set up his easel on the edge of a cliff and painted a high-angle view, a technique he learned from Japanese artists, with a high horizon and a narrow strip of sky. structured colored masses and Impressionist-like brushstrokes capture atmospheric effects, strong winds and seafoam. As luck would have it, the 19-year-old Norman-born Moret did his military service in Lorient. He immediately fell in love with Brittany, a place where the sea meets the sky, and endlessly painted it at all times of day and in every season.
Another work that was closely watched was: Nus subconscients (Subconscious Nudes), 1928 oil on canvas by Luigi Colombo, known as Fillia (1904-1936), a second-generation Italian futurist influenced by the mechanical art of Giacomo Balla (1871-1958). He died young and his works are scarce on the market. This one fetched €69,340, the fourth-highest price ever paid for one of his works (source: Artnet).