Jerusalem - At Art Auction Orthodox Jew Praised For For Not Selling Nude Photos
Jerusalem - An 1877 painting by French impressionist Camille Pissarro, â€śPeasant with a Donkey, Pontoise,â€ť set a record last night for a painting sold at auction in Israel, fetching $580,000.
Rosette Antebi Pascal, sales director of the Matsart auction house, said she was happy to get that price even though it fell short of the workâ€™s presale low estimate of $700,000.
â€śThe market is very difficult right now, and the Pissarro would probably have fetched more than a million dollars before the financial crisis,â€ť Pascal said.
She said that of the 230 lots on the block at Jerusalemâ€™s King David Hotel, heavy with works by such Jewish and Israeli artists as Reuven Rubin, Marcel Janco and Moise Kisling, more than 60 percent were sold, for a total of $3.2 million.
A painting by Rubin had set the previous Israeli auction record for a painting, at $545,000.
The auction did not include any works featuring nudes, because Matsart owner Lucien Krief, a French-born veteran Jerusalem art dealer, is an Orthodox Jew.
â€śSuch paintings are considered by me and many of my regular clients as not showing proper respect for the female form,â€ť Krief said.
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