Jun 15, 2023 - Sale 2641

Sale 2641 - Lot 239

Price Realized: $ 8,125
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 5,000 - $ 7,500
BEMELMANS, LUDWIG (1898-1962) "Madeleine In Hat Blue Bow." Gouache and ink on paper; 10 x 13 inches; framed 13 5/8 x 10 3/4. Portrait of Madeleine sold at Hammer Galleries in the late 1950s. Signed "Bemelmans" lower right. Small water stain in lower left corner. The publication of Madeline in 1939, on the eve of World War II, secured painter Ludwig Bemelmans his immortality. It was the first of several successful picture books about the assertive little red-haired girl who lived in an old house in Paris all covered with vines with eleven other little girls. In the late 1950s, Bemelmans painted a series of quick portraits of Madeleine and Pepito the Bad Hat that were sold exclusively at Hammer Galleries in New York City. Bemelman's New York was the name of an exhibition of his paintings that Hammer arranged to be shown at the Museum of the City of New York from October 14, 1959 to January 3, 1960. Nd