Manet’s ‘Le Printemps’ fetchs $65 million at New York auction

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A flurry of bidders helped set a new auction record for French Impressionist Edouard Manet earlier this week.

A portrait of a Parisian actress, titled “Le Printemps,” was sold by Christie’s in New York for $65.1 million on Monday, almost doubling the previous record for a work by Manet.

“Le Printemps” is an allegorical work that depicts actress Jeanne Demarsy in a floral dress and bonnet. It has been in the same private collection for more than a century and been on loan to the National Gallery of Art in Washington for the past 20 years.

The work was sold to an anonymous buyer.

The previous record for a Manet was set in 2010, when hedge fund manager Steven A. Cohen sold “Self Portrait With a Palette” for $33.2 million at Christie’s in London, according to Bloomberg.

Painted in 1881, “Le Printemps” had been expected to bring as much as $35 million, the BBC reported.

The work was intended to be one of a series of four paintings, but Manet only completed “Le Printemps” and “L’automne” before his death in 1883 at age 51, the BBC added.

Manet was among the first 19th-century artists to paint modern life, and is seen a key figure in the transition from Realism to Impressionism.

(Top: “Le Printemps,” by Edouard Manet, 1881, most recently on loan to the National Gallery of Art in Washington.)

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