“Street Scene in Montmartre” will be set for auction next month

“Street Scene in Montmartre” painted in 1887 by Vincent Van Gogh has remained in the same family collection for more than 100 years, out of the public eye.  Will be publicly displayed for the first time at the Sotheby’s auction house in Paris and then will be auctionned on March 25. Sotheby’s has estimated the painting’s value between 5 and 8 million euros (between $6.1 and $9.8 million). It which did not reveal the identity of the owner.

“Street Scene in Montmartre” depicts a windmill named the Pepper Mill, seen from the street under a bright sky, with a man, a women and a little girl walking in front of wooden palisades that surrounded the place.  This painting dates from the period in which Van Gogh has lived in Paris with his brother, Theo. In this period his paintings are much brighter than before. Hellman, senior director of Impressionist and Modern Art at Sotheby’s said. “Before this, his paintings are much darker… In Paris he discovers color.”

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