Eugène Murer Oil Painting, ca. 1880
I picked this up in a Goodwill Store, and I remember very distinctly when it was because my dad had just passed away that week, and it felt like... I liked it, so well, this was an omen from my dad to buy this.
So, how much did you pay for it when you bought it there?
Oh, it'd be probably about $50 or less.
Okay, okay. The artist is an artist by the name of Eugène Murer, and Murer wasn't really known as an artist, per se. He was born in France and moved to Paris in 1860. And the neat thing about Murer is that he was well known as a pastry chef.
But he happened to keep good company. Murer was good friends with Pierre-Auguste Renoir and Camille Pissarro...
Oh, my word.
-and many of the major figures in the Impressionist movement of the 19th century. We have evidence of that because they painted his portrait often. There's a well-known Renoir portrait of this artist here.
(chuckling) Oh boy.
His work very infrequently surfaces for sale, but I would expect at auction this oil to be estimated in the region of $5,000 to $7,000.
Oh boy. (chuckling) Pretty good.
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