Stefan Luchian’s „Anemones” comes up for sale
In March last year, the High Court of Cassation and Justice decided that the State Protocol Administration (RA-APPS) should give back “Anemones” painted by famous Stefan Luchian to academic Emanoil Pantazi’s assignees, after years of troublesome lawsuits. The last display location for this masterpiece was Vila lac 3 in Snagov, the former official residence of president Traian Basescu, Artmark informs.
One of the most renowned Romanian cultural exponents, Emanoil Pantazi was also a refined virtuoso and art benefactor. His entire collection, except for 6 pieces, has been donated by testaments to the Romanian Academy. Luchian’s works are among the six ones the academic kept for himself. The works were eventually seized by the communist regime.
„Anemones” painted by Luchian has experienced an adventurous path, becoming one of the symbols of the Romanian patrimony art. For the first time included in a public auction, the masterpiece will have a reserve price of EUR 150,000. The painting is ranked in the Treasure category of the National Cultural Patrimony.
Stefan Luchian is now the most valuable Romanian patrimony artist, his „Two muses” painting being knocked down for EUR 300,000 in 2013, thus becoming the most valuable work sold in a public auction in Romania.
Art lovers will be able to admire „Anemones” at Cesianu-Racovita Palace until October 28, while virtuosi will have the opportunity to strive for it at Athenee Palace Hilton, within the „Top 100 Great Masters of the Romanian Art” Autumn Auction on October 29, 8 p.m.