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This is an auction for PICTURES, PASSIONS AND EYE: A LIFE AT SOTHEBY'S. by Michel Strauss.

Michel Strauss embarked on an enduring love affair at the age of six when he saw for the first time paintings by Manet, Monet and Degas: the passion aroused by these artists never left him. This passion, this 'eye' as he calls it led to his becoming Head of the Impressionist Department at Sotheby's where he remained for forty years. He describes the personalities he met along the way: the collectors, the dealers, the colleagues and even the forgers, as well as the clients who shared his passion. Michel Strauss has handled the greatest of all Impressionist works, some of which it was thought had been lost forever.

Review from Amazon.com:

"Michel Strauss' work life and personal interests have centered on art at the most refined level. If you are interested in great art--mainly paintings by the Impressionists and other masters--and the business of how these cultural prizes have moved from collector to collector and across continents, you will benefit from Mr. Strauss' well-told stories that emanate from his distinguished career. One is given insights into the practical workings--including the sometimes financial and legal difficulties--of a great international art auction house, Sotheby's. The business side of art has rarely been so discreetly and gracefully told. As a bonus, the story of Mr. Strauss' own European family heritage and rich cultural life is interesting and informative. For instance, not everyone can claim Isiah Berlin as a stepfather."

More very favourable reviews on Amazon.com.

Hardback 2011.

290 pages.

Very good condition.

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There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect this book from my shop in Palmerston North following the auction.

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  • Seller location: Palmerston North, Manawatu, NZ

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