Art. New York auctions. Franz von Stuck at 19th Century European Art Sale on 6 November 2014 at Sotheby’s.
New York auctions. Sotheby’s sale of 19th Century European Art on 6 November 2014 will feature a significant selection of works by leading masters of the 19th century. The cover lot is Franz von Stuck’s famed depiction of the temptation of Eve, Die Sünde (est. $800,000/1.2 million). Additional highlights include Orientalist subjects by Ludwig Deutsch and Frederick Arthur Bridgman, an extraordinary work by Ludovic Alleaume and major paintings by Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, Gustave Courbet, William Bouguereau and Sir Alfred Munnings. The exhibition is open to the public as of 31 October 2014 at Sotheby’s New York headquarters.
Franz von Stuck’s Die Sünde promptly drew large crowds when first exhibited at the premiere exhibition of the Munich Secession in 1893 and maintains its popularity today as an icon of the Symbolist art movement. First conceived in 1889, Stuck’s striking interpretation presents Eve emerging naked out of a darkness, the body of the massive snake coiled around her, and a light or flame in the upper right. One of twelve known versions, each work slightly differs in its composition, many of which are in public collections such as the Neue Pinakothek in Munich, the Nationalgalerie in Berlin, the Galleria di arte Moderna in Palermo, the Frye Museum in Seattle, and the artist’s studio at the Villa Stuck in Munich.
Art. Click here for a video of Franz von Stuck’s iconic symbolist masterpiece, Die Sünde