Sotheby’s to offer still life masterpiece from Helene Schjerfbeck’s late period

For Helene Schjerfbeck, still life was the perfect conduit through which to distil simplicity of form and expression. Begun in 1934 but not completed until ten years later, Lemons in a Wooden Bowl, a masterpiece from Schjerfbeck’s late period, comes to auction for the first time in its history, in a sale of 19th Century European Paintings at Sotheby’s in London on 16 December 2015. Estimated at £300,000-500,000, the painting belongs to an important series of pure still lifes of single pieces of fruit or bowls of fruit. Claude Piening, Head of Department, 19th Century European Paintings, Sotheby’s London, said: “We are thrilled to announce that our December sale will include a fourth important work by Helene Schjerfbeck, consigned from another private collection. It complements Girl with Blonde Hair, The Fencer, and Flaxen-Haired Boy already in the sale. Together these four

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