Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Impressionist Painting is $100,000 Flea Market Find

image of renoir paintingThe late French impressionist Pierre-August Renoir has certainly left a mark on the life of one anonymous woman from Shenandoah Vally, VA, who accidentally purchased one of his lost paintings at a flea market. The painting, entitled, “Paysage Bords de Seine,”  (“Landscape Edges of the Seine”) depicts a small riverfront scene and measures just under six inches high and nine inches long. The woman had been drawn to the frame more than the painting, and intended to remove the artwork until her mother suggested having it inspected by a professional first. She soon discovered that her $7 flea market find was in fact an authentic Renoir piece, dated from the late 1870s.

Finding Renoir a New Home

How and why the painting found its way to the informal Shenandoah Valley flea market remains a mystery, but the finder has no intention to remain the painting’s keeper, telling the Huffington Post that she would be “too scared” to hang on to her discovery. The piece will instead be up for auction later in September, and is estimated to bring in $100,000. The woman who found the painting is planning to visit France with her mother, as a token of appreciation for convincing her to look into the painting’s authenticity. “I’m sure that whomever buys it will treat it the way it deserves to be treated,” she said.

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