Orsay museum pays EUR 1.6m for Swiss 'Lumberjack'

15th March 2005, Comments 0 comments

ZURICH, March 14 (AFP) - "The Lumberjack", one of Swiss artist Ferdinand Hodler's most famous paintings, was sold to the Paris' Orsay Museum on Monday for CHF 2.52 million (EUR 1.62 million, USD 2.16 million), Christie's auction house said.

ZURICH, March 14 (AFP) - "The Lumberjack", one of Swiss artist Ferdinand Hodler's most famous paintings, was sold to the Paris' Orsay Museum on Monday for CHF 2.52 million (EUR 1.62 million, USD 2.16 million), Christie's auction house said.

The 1910 oil on canvas work, which was the centrepiece of Christie's spring auction came from the collection of a private Swiss collector Joseph Mueller and went for well more than the expected CHF 1-2 million.

The sale of the painting took place by telephone, with no representative of the Paris museum being on hand in Zurich, Christie's said in a statement.

The painting by Hodler (1853-1918), distinguished by its strong brushstrokes, is one of several versions of the "Lumberjack". It shows the lumberjack hard at work, in a state of heightened tension just before his axe falls.

The painting was once reproduced on a Swiss CHF 50 note.

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