Posted by: Valentino Radman | October 21, 2011

Bukovac at Sotheby’s November Auction

Sotheby’s London announces 19th century European art auction in November. This painting by Croatian master Vlaho Bukovac will be auctioned off for an estimated £ 30.000 – 50.000 ($ 47.000- 80.000)

A Moment’s Distraction (73×96 cm), which was purchased from the artist by the parents of the present owner, belongs to Bukovac’s late period, when he taught at the Academy of Art in Prague. His characteristic  pointillist technique which Bukovac embraced a decade earlier is not employed here. This piece is executed using a feather light touch – the brushstrokes are very soft, particularly on lady’s face and hair, which seamlessly blend into the background. I find that limited palette like this (the piece is practically monochromatic) is perfectly suited for intimate scenes. The artist was especially fond of painting domestic scene like this: in many pieces from his Prague period the models were either his daughters and son, or even their housemaid. This lady is most probably artist’s wife as she does resemble her.


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