Magnificent Early Renoir and an Extraordinary Story of Jealousy at TEFAF Maastricht

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HELVOIRT.- A major work by Pierre-Auguste Renoir from the pioneering early days of Impressionism is to be offered for sale for US$15 million by the leading international gallery Dickinson at TEFAF Maastricht, the world’s most influential art and antiques fair. Femme cueillant des Fleurs (Woman picking flowers) depicts Camille Monet, the first wife of Renoir’s fellow Impressionist Claude Monet, who died tragically young. It is being sold through Dickinson by the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute in the United States in order to strengthen other areas of its collection. TEFAF (The European Fine Art Fair) will be held at the MECC (Maastricht Exhibition and Congress Centre) in Maastricht in the southern Netherlands from March 18-27, 2011. Important early Impressionist paintings are increasingly rare on the market and Femme cueillant des Fleurs dates from a pivotal period. It also serves as a poignant reminder of a story of fierce jealousy involving Monet’s f