About 140 masterpieces of Romanian painting, worth over EUR 1bln, await bidders in the Artmark anniversary auction, a release informs. The painting “In the Chamber” (100×69 cm) is the highlight of this year’s Winter Auction and is the most valuable nude by the artist ever to be put on sale. Appraised at EUR 150,000 – 250,000, the nude may become the most expensive painting ever sold in Romania. The record is held by Nicolae Grigorescu’s painting “Young Girl with Red Beads”, sold this year for EUR 270,000. Tonitza’s work comes from Dr. Iosif Dona’s famous collection and is included in the National Moveable Cultural Heritage “Treasury” category. Nicolae Grigorescu is also represented in this auction by two paintings depicting national subjects, including a vertical composition belonging to his white period, “Peasant Girl with Sheep on the Muscel Valley” (oil on wood, 34.5×25 cm, estimated at EUR 50,000-100,000) and the landscape “Ox carts in Oratii” (oil on canvas, 48.5×113.5 cm, est. EUR 120,000-220,000), dating from the post-1895 period, most likely among the last major works of the master to be held in private collections.
The Winter Auction tempts collectors and investors with many other exceptional paintings signed by Camil Ressu, Gheorghe Petrascu, Theodor Pallady, Nicolae Darascu, Iosif Iser, Ion Tuculescu, Corneliu Baba, Sorin Ilfoveanu, Constantin Piliuta and Stefan Caltia.
Organized in partnership with Forbes Romania, the auction will take place on Wednesday, starting 7.30pm, at the Romanian Athenaeum. The lots will be on display at the Athenaeum Monday to Wednesday, 11am to 8pm.
More information: www.artmark.ro.