This first sale of the year, focused on 19th-century landscapes, saw a fine performance from a highly romantic composition by the specialist in maritime cities.
Félix Ziem (1821-1911), Un Jardin français (Venice French Garden), oil on canvas signed on the bottom left, 60 x 73 cm (23.6 x 28.7 in).
Felix Ziem (1821-1911) explored every nook and cranny of Venice, his favorite city, depicting its watery light from countless viewpoints. This time, he set up his easel in the famous French Garden at the end of the Castello sestiere, located after the Arsenal. The painting (60 x 73 cm/23.6 x 28.7 in), which fetched €49,977, is part of a major series featuring this park laid out during the Napoleonic occupation, with its shady alleys lined by tall trees. Since 1895, part of this walking area has been devoted to the pavilions of the famous Venice art Biennale. Here, beyond a view with blazing autumn foliage, we can make out the gondola pier (frequently painted by Ziem) and the distant white dome of Santa Maria della Salute. The work, which came with a certificate from the Ary Jan Gallery, will soon be reproduced in volume III of the catalogue raisonné currently underway.