Van Gogh 'Clichy' auction to make $7.3m?

Pont de Clichy, a luminous landscape by Dutch master Vincent Van Gogh, is to cross the auction block at Koller Zurich on June 21.

Estimated to be worth $5.2m-7.3m, the 1887 oil on canvas features the sun-struck Parisian bridge, whose rippled reflection can be seen on the surface of the Seine.

Vincent Van Gogh
Pont de Clichy is notable for its strikingly simple beauty and bold use of colour

The work might be understood as something of a milestone in terms of the artist's style and technique. Previous to the present work, Van Gogh's palette was darker and his brush stokes more laboured.

Pont de Clichy, which is flooded with light, is a magnificent example of Van Gogh's increasing experimentation and faith in his own abilities during a period of comparable calm and contentedness.

A signed and 1888-dated ink and gouache on paper entitled La Moisson en Provence by the artist sold for $10.3m at Sotheby's in November 2003, suggesting Pont de Clichy should command considerable interest.

Famously, Van Gogh found no commercial success during his lifetime and died destitute in 1890, with a single ear intact.

Our sister company, PFC Auctions is accepting bids on this beautiful Picasso lithograph for one more day.  

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