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Year : 1999
150 entries
JOAN OF ARC THE MAID OF ORLEANS by Adrian Darmon
01 November 1999
Joan of Arc was born into a modest family in Domrémy, Eastern France, in 1412. Contrary to a long lasting legend she never was a shepherdess but it was truly reported that she heard around 1425 the...
TOP EXPERT INVOLVED IN MAJOR SCANDAL
01 December 1999
Several major paintings listed as stolen from a famous French collection have been discovered in a Swiss bank safe rented by the late François Daulte, a top expert regarding Impressionist works. The...
FAMOUS LETTERS
01 December 1999
A letter sent on November 25th 1846 by Polish musician Frederic Chopin to his mistress George Sand fetched 155 000 FF (US $ 24,000) (not inclusive of buyer premium on November 24th 1999 in the...
GIACOMETTI FOUNDATION FACING LEGAL TROUBLES
01 December 1999
The creation of the Giacometti Foundation has been bogged down by a legal dispute following a court action launched on December 9th 1999 against the Annette and Alberto Giacometti Association headed...
FORTHCOMING REOPENING OF THE POMPIDOU MUSEUM IN PARIS
01 December 1999
Werner Spies, curator of the Pompidou Museum of Modern art, has been jubilantly awaiting its reopening on January 1st 2000, a few weeks before his the ending of his term. Some 1600 works will be...
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Mr PRESIDENT
01 November 1999
The art market lives through legends that make prices soar in salesrooms meaning that pedigrees count much more than the real value of most art pieces offered for sale at auction. As an example, the...
FIAC 1999 : A NEW START
01 September 1999
The 1999 edition of the Paris International Contemporary Art Fair (FIAC) opened on September 14th 1999 in a new exhibition hall much more suited to this major event. The FIAC has moved to the...
THE DEATH OF JEAN MESSAGIER
01 September 1999
French abstract painter Jean Messagier died in Montbéliard, Eastern France, on September 10th 1999 at 79. Messagier was above all interested in nature but also in the need to stick to daily life...
NAZI ART THEFTS : U.S MUSEUMS ASKED TO SURRENDER WORKS
01 October 1999
The heirs of Jewish collector Alphonse Kann from whom the Nazis stole hundreds of paintings and works of art during World War Two in Paris have asked two U.S museums to surrender two oils that...
DANIEL WILDENSTEIN'S BOOK BRINGS QUESTIONS
01 October 1999
Daniel Wildenstein, one of the world's most famous art dealers, has published a book titled “Art Dealers” that has triggered off many questions about the attitude of his father during the Second...
OSKAR SCHLEMMER RETROSPECTIVE
01 June 1999
A retrospective exhibition of the works of German artist Oskar Schlemmer, the first ever to be held in France, opened on June 1st 1999 at the Cantini Museum in Marseilles. Head of the departments of...
DEGAS PHOTOGRAPHER
01 June 1999
The Galerie Mansart at the National Library in Paris has opened an exhibition of Edgar Degas' photographic works due to last until August 22nd 1999. The invention of photography and its development...
GROUSSAY SALE TOTALS  $ 26,84 MILLION
01 June 1999
The 5-day sale organised by Sotheby's with the assistance of the French group Poulain-Lefur of the contents of the Château de Groussay near Paris totalled 167,748,765 francs (US $ 26,84 million) on...
OLIVIER DEBRE DEAD
01 June 1999
French painter Olivier Debré, one of the leaders of the French school of abstract painting that blossomed in the 1950's, died in Paris on June 3rd 1999. Debré often painted monumental paintings as...
STORY OF A RARE BRONZE SCULPTURE
01 January 1999
A Paris court decided on December 18th 1998 to award 300 000 FF in damages to the French owner of a rare bronze that had been considered to be a cast iron 19th Century cariatid estimated a mere 200...

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VARIAN FRY, THE SAVIOUR OF SO MANY AVANT-GARDE ARTISTSDURING THE WAR
01 January 1999
An exhibition titled «Varian Fry and the salvaging American mission», is due to take place in the art gallery of the General Council of the Bouches du Rhône region from March 18th until June 30th...

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SPIDERMAN JAILED
01 January 1999
A thief who used his remarkable climbing abilities to snatch paintings and art objects from private homes, was arrested in Paris on January 13th 1999. The man, who was probably an admirer of...

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JOAN BROSSA DEAD
01 January 1999
Spanish Surrealist artist Joan Brossa died in Barcelona from a heart attack on December 30th 1998 at 79. A key figure of the Spanish avant-garde movement, Brossa fought with the Republicans during...

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THE SCHOOL OF LONDON IN PARIS
01 January 1999
A selection of works by the artists of the School of London is being held at the Dina Vierny Foundation in Paris until January 20th 1998. It is the first time in France that such an exhibition of...

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PARIS 1998 SALES
01 January 1999
The Tajan and PIASA groups dominated the Paris auction scene during the 1998 year. Tajan recorded a global turnover of 437 million FF (US $ 78,035 million) while PIASA placed second with 353 million...

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