isn't the only beautiful woman sending art
to auction this fall. Demi Moore is selling two 19th-century European paintings
. William Bouguereau's Frere et Soeur, an oil painting of a young woman holding her baby brother, could bring in up to $1.5 million
at Sotheby's New York on November 4. It was painted in 1887. Moore bought both this painting and Mere et Ses Enfants by Belgian painter Alfred Stevens in 1995 at a Christie's auction. She paid $178,500 for Frere et Soeur and $200,500 for the Stevens painting which is estimated to sell for up to $200,000. Although Bougereau was was popular in his own time those in painting's avant-garde sneered at his fussy sentimental style
. The last 30 years have seen an increase in both regard for his work and in the prices for his paintings.
"I find Bouguereau to be particularly engaging for me personally and have chosen to hold on to a smaller piece to carry with me throughout the years," said Demi Moore in a press release. "I love his combination of mythological themes, classical subjects and his photo realistic style
. There is a gentleness, a serenity, particularly in his depiction of women, combined with incredible strength that has inspired me. I have owned these paintings, both the Bouguereau and Stevens, for 15 years and although I adore them, with the renovation and new direction our home
is taking, it is time for a change. I am excited for a new owner to be able to share in the joy these paintings have brought us."
The November 4 auction offers 82 works with an overall pre-sale estimate of $20/30 million. The sale is timed to coincide with Sotheby's auction of Impressionist & Modern Art. Other highlights of the auction include The Finding of Moses, which stands as one of Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema's greatest masterpieces (estimated at $3/5 million), two excellent portraits by leading Italian Impressionist Giovanni Boldini, and important works by influential Orientalist, Sporting, French, Spanish and Polish artists. The works will be on exhibition in New York beginning October 29 in advance of the sale.