Early Morning Chestnut Seller
Early Morning Chestnut Seller, Paris – 1956
30 X 20 Inches (76.2 X 50.8 cm) – Oil on wood – The Golden Mean – Titanium braced
Painting by Lili Payne based on Photography by Ülric
Paris of 1956 was bitterly cold – one of the coldest on record. Despite the weather both Chestnut seller and photographer Ülric pursued their crafts.
Ülric was fascinated by the people, who along with chestnut seller, were out and about in the early morning cold – even two lovers. Artist/muralist Lili Payne transformed Ülric’s photo into a moving portrait of time standing still in cold elegance.
That one is under the Eiffel Tower, locked in the 1950’s is readily apparent. The 35mm (Pony Shot) is one thought to have been in the CIA cache but 60 years later makes a surprise appearance in 2015. The Chestnut seller follows Gerhard Richter’s dictates for composition.
Work is signed by Ülric and artist.
Reserve bid price $29.5 million – appreciation estimate 15 percent – 10 years.