Scène de rue à Montmartre, an early painting by van Gogh created in 1887, has for the first time been publicly displayed at Sotheby’s Paris-based auction house, Mirabaud Mercier. The never-before-seen painting depicts a couple and two children walking past the entrance to the Pepper Mill in Montmartre, Paris. The piece was created by van Gogh during a time when he was living with his brother Theo in the French neighborhood. It implies his earlier style of painting, which was influenced by other Impressionist painters at the time.
“Very few paintings from van Gogh’s Montmartre period remain in private hands, with most of the series now held in prestigious museum collections around the world,” Aurélie Vandevoorde and Etienne Hellman, senior directors of Sotheby’s Impressionist and Modern Art Department in France, said in a press release. “The appearance on the market of a work of this caliber and from such an iconic series is undoubtedly a major event, and indeed opportunity, for both collectors of the artist and the art market more widely.”
The pre-sale estimate of the work fluctuates between $6 million and $9.7 million. The work will hit the auction block on March 25 at Sotheby’s Paris-based auction house, Mirabaud Mercier. Visit Sotheby’s website for more information.