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A Nazi-era restitution claim for a Renoir landscape at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery has been rejected. The Spoliation Advisory Panel recommended in a report that The Coast at Cagnes, Sea, Mountains (around 1910) should not be returned to the heirs of Jakob and Rosa Oppenheimer because there is insufficient evidence that it had been the subject of a Nazi forced sale in Berlin. The Oppenheimers, a German Jewish couple, had fled to France in 1933. Jakob died in an internment camp in 1941 and Rosa was murdered in Auschwitz two years later.

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The Morgan Library & Museum, which has been without a leader since late last summer, looked West to bring back a longtime New Yorker as its new director, choosing Colin B. Bailey, who has served since 2013 as director of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco but was for many years before that the chief curator at the Frick Collection.

Mr. Bailey, a well-regarded Renoir scholar, succeeds William M. Griswold, who left last year to take over the Cleveland Museum of Art. Mr. Bailey comes to the Morgan almost a decade after an expansion, designed by Renzo Piano, enlarged not only the museum’s floor plan but also its ambitions, moving it more actively into contemporary art, collaborations with other institutions and high-end acquisitions.

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Once derided as a slavish admirer of Renoir, the painter and illustrator William Glackens is among the most intriguing and underestimated participants in the first wave of 20th-century American modernism. That perception is confirmed by the enlightening and overdue, if still deficient, survey of his dappled canvases and dazzling drawings at the Parrish Art Museum here. It should be required viewing for anyone interested in the period.

Glackens, who was born in Philadelphia in 1870 and educated at that city’s prestigious Central High School, was briefly affiliated with a loose group of urban-conscious realist painters known first as the Eight and later as the Ashcan School.

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Sunday, 09 September 2012 21:35

Flea Market Find Might be a Renoir

Calling “Antiques Roadshow.” It was a Paul Bunyan doll that captured her eye, but the Virginia flea market buyer, who paid less than $50 for the box lot that held it, also purchased what could turn out to be a painting by the French artist Pierre-Auguste Renoir.

The Potomack Company, based in Alexandria, Va., is scheduled to auction off the small pastel-colored painting it believes is Renoir’s “Paysage Bords de Seine” on Sept. 29, and has valued it between $75,000 and $100,000. Anne Norton Craner, Potomack’s fine arts specialist and a former research associate at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, said she researched the 5.5-by-9-inch river scene and is convinced that Renoir painted it.

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Sometime next fall, the Alfred Stieglitz collection, Fisk University’s renowned art exhibit, will be packed up into crates and trundled off to Arkansas.

It will stay there for two years as part of a sharing agreement that, until recently, was caught up in what appeared to be an unyielding battle between ownership rights and financial distress.

The university, which has long run a $2 million annual deficit, agreed to sell half ownership rights of its $74 million Alfred Stieglitz collection for $30 million to a museum opened last fall in Bentonville, Ark., controlled by Wal-Mart heiress Alice Walton, according to an agreement filed in Davidson County Chancery Court.

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It is the finest collection of modern art anywhere outside Europe and the US, boasting works by Jackson Pollock, Francis Bacon, Andy Warhol, Edvard Munch, René Magritte and Mark Rothko.

But the pieces have been stacked in the basement of Tehran's Museum of Contemporary Art for more than 30 years, gathering dust in storage. Censors in Iran classed some as un-Islamic, pornographic or too gay, and they have never been shown in public. Others have been displayed only once or twice.

But now a number of the collection's paintings are on show for the first time in Tehran as part of the museum's Pop Art & Op Art exhibition, featuring works by Warhol, David Hockney, Roy Lichtenstein, Victor Vasarely, Richard Hamilton and Jasper Johns.

"Many of the works in the exhibition are shown for the first time," Hasan Noferesti, the museum's director for art programmes, told the Mehr news agency. "The exhibition aims to show the evolution of these artistic movements."

More than 100 pieces from the museum's remarkable collection are on display, according to Mehr, along with a series of works from Mexico that have been dedicated to the museum in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Mexican revolution and the 200th anniversary of the country's independence.

James Rosenquist, Jim Dine, Larry Rivers and RB Kitaj are among other artists whose works are in the exhibition, which runs until mid-August.

Iran's unique hidden treasure was bought before the Islamic revolution, under the supervision of Farah Pahlavi, the former queen of Iran, who fled the country with the late shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi in 1979.

The 38-year reign of the shah, self-proclaimed kings of kings, came to an end after Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini returned from exile to Tehran receiving a hero's welcome and founded the Islamic republic.

The collection includes Pollock's Mural on Indian Red Ground, considered to be one of his most important works and estimated to be worth more than $250m, as well as important pieces by Picasso, Van Gogh, Monet, Pissarro, Renoir, Gauguin, Toulouse-Lautrec, Degas, Whistler and Marcel Duchamp.

There are even pieces by artists whom the former empress met in person, including the Russian-French painter Marc Chagall and the English sculptor Henry Moore. The collection is thought to be worth more than $2.5bn.

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Two important paintings by Pierre-Auguste Renoir and Jan Lievens exhibited at this year’s TEFAF Maastricht have been sold to private collectors who visited the world’s most influential art and antiques fair. The 2011 edition of The European Fine Art Fair was held in the city of Maastricht in the southern Netherlands from 18-27 March. A total of 260 of the world’s best art and antiques dealers exhibited at the Fair, which attracted more than 73,000 visitors from 55 countries.

Femme cueillant des Fleurs (Woman picking flowers), a major work by Renoir from the pioneering early days of Impressionism has been bought by a European collector who viewed it at the Fair. It was exhibited at TEFAF by the London-based international dealer Dickinson with an asking price of US$15 million. The Renoir was offered for sale through Dickinson by the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts in order to strengthen other areas of its collection.

James Roundell from Dickinson says: “TEFAF Maastricht is the Fair where you can bring the best and hope to find a buyer. It is not uncommon that the actual deal is done after the Fair.”

Femme cueillant des Fleurs depicts Camille Monet, the first wife of Renoir’s fellow Impressionist Claude Monet, who died aged only 32 in 1879. Important early Impressionist paintings are increasingly rare on the market and this work, dating from c1874, is from a pivotal period. It had not been on the market since 1933 when it was bought by Sterling and Francine Clark. The Institute that bears their name has 32 other works by Renoir and proceeds from this sale will be used solely for new acquisitions.

A magnificent portrait by the 17th century Dutch artist Jan Lievens, which had an asking price of €3.9 million, has been sold to another European collector who came to TEFAF Maastricht by Haboldt & Co of Paris. Tronie of an Old Man, dating from c1629, is one of the finest of a number of pictures that Lievens painted of this man whose name is unknown because he was the model for anonymous genre portraits. Together with his friend Rembrandt van Rijn, Lievens developed tronies (studies of heads) into an independent type of portrait painting that became the major product of his early career in the Dutch city of Leiden.

Tronie of an Old Man, which has been in a number of distinguished private collections during the past two centuries, demonstrates Lievens’s skill in rendering textures by contrasting wrinkled skin, heavy embroidered cloth and soft velvet. The man with a large, full beard, weary face and heavy eyelids conveys a depth of wisdom and experience.

Next year the European Fine Art Fair will celebrate its 25th anniversary from 16-25 March 2012.

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