Charles Le Brun Masterpiece Discovered during Ritz Paris Renovations
Charles Le Brun is a 17th century artist that was born on the 24th of February 1619 and died on the 22nd of February 1690. A month before the renovations for the Ritz Hotel in Paris were about to start, Olivier Lefeuvre, a Christie’s France senior expert on 17’th century art, discovered a painting which is believed to be one of Charles Le Brun’s earlier pieces from before the artist became famous.
The painting is entitled “The Sacrifice of Polyxena” and it depicts the killing of a Trojan princess because she was involved in the death of Achilles.
The painting will be auctioned by Christie’s staff and its value could go as high as $665,000. Mohamad Al Fayed’s foundation, created in memory of his son Dodi, will benefit from all proceedings.
Nobody knows exactly how the painting came to be at the Ritz, but some say it decorated Coco Chanel’s suite for 30 years.