Christie’s auction

On Dec 4, the highlight of Cristie’s Important American Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture was supposed to be the 10 deaccessioned paintings from the famous museum: Corcoran Museum of Art in DC, including big names such as George Inness and Thomas Cole.

The decision was made much earlier when the market melt down was not significant. And the reasons for selling are various. But from the yesterday’s result, the paintings by Inness, Cole, Harnett, and Homer were NOT listed. Were they withdrawn or sold privately? Most of the paintings were sold without a surprise and a few (including one by Stuart also from Corcoran Gallery) were sold well under low estimation.

Those which were listed in the catalog but are missed in the result list have highest estimated prices in the whole auction.

About Hui

Wang Hui lived from 1632 - 1717 and followed in the footprints of his great grandfathers, grandfather, father and uncles and learned painting at a very early age. He was later taught by two contemporary masters, Zhang Ke and Wang Shimin, who taught him to work in the tradition of copying famous Chinese paintings. This is most likely the reason why critics claim that his work is conservative and reflects the Yuan and Song traditions. One critic claimed that "his landscape paintings reflect his nostalgic attachment to classical Chinese aesthetics. Along with the other Wangs, Wang Hui helped to perpetuate the tradition of copying the ancient masters rather than creating original work.

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