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June 24, 2021

Grigorescu’s “Shepherdess” fetches highest price on Romanian art market

The painting was sold for twice its estimated value, EUR 175,000.

The painting “Shepherdess”, by Nicolae Grigorescu, was auctioned off for EUR 175,000, last week, in Artmark House’s 2010 Winter Auction, thus becoming the most expensive work traded, so far, on the Romanian art market. The painting is oil on wood, it measures 24.5 per 45 cm and is signed “Grigorescu”, in the bottom right corner, in red. The work fetched twice the value it had been estimated at, ranging between EUR 60,000 and 80,000.

“Shepherdess”, a work from the Vasile Stoica Collection, was one of the pieces de resistance of this year’s Winter Auction. It falls within the series of subjects very close to the artist’s heart, which became, also, emblematic for his work, subjects inspired from the life of the Romanian village. Presenting a lyrical, idyllic, image, the painting relies on the use of wide specks of paint and a bright palette, in a snapshot technique.
The painting “Shepherdess” became, thus, the most expensive work traded on the Romanian art market, a position held up to now by the nude “Aise”, signed by Camil Ressu, put on auction by Artmark and sold for EUR 160,000, in the summer of 2009.

The next positions in the ranking of art sales on the Romanian market are claimed by Nicolae Grigorescu’s famous “Ox Cart”, sold for EUR 155,000, and two works by Stefan Luchian – “Carnations”, sold for EUR 140,000, and “Poppies”, fetching EUR 132,000 -, all sold by Artmark House in the course of this year.

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