February 01 2013
Aesthetes should swap a visit to the florist for one to Bonhams’ central London salesroom, where a far more impressive – and longer-lasting – bouquet could be theirs (and their loved one’s) when two highly desirable paintings come up for auction at the Impressionist and Modern Art sale on Tuesday February 5.
Flowers inspired artist Marc Chagall throughout his life, and the splashes of colour and delicately
outlined petals in Petit Bouquet (first picture, estimate £8,000-£12,000) beautifully
epitomise his distinctive style. Bursting from the canvas with great energy, Chagall’s flowers seem to shower the lovers in a spray of bright
“Chagall’s Petit Bouquet has
never been on the market, as the painting was a personal gift from the artist to
his friend Tériade, an important art patron and publisher at the time,” says William O’Reilly, director of Bonhams’ Impressionist and Modern Art department.
“It was then passed down through family and friends over the years as a mark of
the love and respect they felt for one another. It would be very fitting for
the painting to be bought as a Valentine’s gift for a loved one.”
Should your bid prove unsuccessful, you might consider another alluring flower painting in the same sale – Delphiniums by Reuven Rubin. The bold blue blooms in this signed oil painting (second picture, estimate £40,000-£60,000) exude an intense, almost mystical, quality that perfectly symbolises romance and passion.