Young Man at His Window (French: Jeune homme à sa fenêtre

Oil Tycoon’s Collection of Impressionist Likely to Fetch up to $270m

Christie’s is selling The Cox Collection: The Story of Impressionism, in what is billed as “one of the greatest American collections to ever appear on the market.”

The 25 works from the collection are to be sold in November and will include masterpieces by Caillebotte, Cézanne, and van Gogh, as well as a devoted sale of decorative arts and furnishings in December.

The collection was put together half a century ago by Texan oil baron Edwin Lochridge Cox and is anticipated to fetch more than $200 million (A$270 million) at auction.

A part of the revenues from the sale will go to educational causes.

Before the auction preview at Christie’s Rockefeller Galleries in New York, a global tour of highlights from the collection will stop in Taipei, Tokyo, Hong Kong, and London.

Art Advisor Stephane Connery said Cox’s quest for masterpieces of impressionism started half a century ago and led to the finest collection of its kind left in private hands.

“It is a joy to know that so many will finally get to discover such a legendary group of works many of which were last seen publicly before World War II,” he said.

Christie’s said The Cox Collection portrays the tale of impressionism and post-impressionism on a grand scale, capturing many of the distinguishing aesthetic and thematic elements that define these key periods.

The towering Jeune homme à sa fenêtre, finished in 1876, is one of Gustave Caillebotte’s most recognisable paintings on the cover of the catalogue raisonné, with an estimate on request – in excess of $50 million (A$67.6 million).

Another in the collection, Cabanes de bois parmi les oliviers et cyprès, by Vincent van Gogh, mixes the artist’s beloved Provençal motifs and captures the features of the artist’s mature style, which developed at Saint-Rémy in October 1889, believed to be in the range of $40 million (A$54 million).

Adrien Meyer, Christie’s Global Head-Private Sales & Co-Chairman-Impressionist & Modern Art, remarks, said the collection is perhaps one of the finest collections of impressionist art to ever come to auction.

“The Cox collection will be remembered as a milestone in the art market,” he said. “Most of the pictures will be seen as a once in a lifetime opportunity for any collector or museum.”

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