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.
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.)