Belle Époque paintings soar in Heritage’s Fine European Art auction


Masterworks by Bouguereau, de Schryver, Béraud and Degas achieve top prices in $2+ million sale

DALLAS — The saleroom witnessed lively bidding for William Adolphe Bouguereau’s Bohémienne au tambor de Basque, which realized $334,000, and pushed the total auction value over $2 million in HeritageAuctions’ Dec. 7 Fine European Art auction in Dallas.

Jean Béraud’s Sur les Champs Élysées, circa 1892, fetched $322,000, while Louis Marie de Schryver’s Paris – La rue du Havre, circa 1893, sold for $225,000.

“The energy of turn-of-the-century Paris is evident in several of the paintings in this auction,” Heritage Auctions Consignment Director for European Art Ariana Hartsock said. “We are proud to have offered a collection that drew such strong interest from so many knowledgeable collectors of French art.”

Bidders drove the price for one of Edgar Degas’ last-known portraits, Esquisse pour un portrait de M. et Mme. Louis Rouart, circa 1904, to $150,000, while Paul César Helleu’s Madame Helleu aboard the yacht ‘Bird’ fetched $125,000. The six-figure returns did not stop there, as Gustave Courbet’s 1872 Le Lavoir brought in $112,500, and another Bouguereau offering, his 1879 La frileuse, realized $100,000.

Other top lots included, but were not limited to:

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