Wednesday, December 10, 2008

No. 5, 1948 - Jackson Pollock

Price in US $ - 140,000,000

Jackson PollockNo. 5, 1948 - an abstract painting by Jackson Pollock, an American painter known for his contributions to the abstract expressionist movement, was done on an 8' x 4' sheet of fiberboard, with thick amounts of brown and yellow paint drizzled on top of it, forming a nest-like appearance.The Pollock work features the US artist's famous drip-and-pour style. Jackson Pollock's work had a major influence on art in the latter half of the 20th Century, sparking the emergence of abstract expressionism. The artist battled alcoholism and depression and is generally regarded as a self-destructive, tortured genius. He died in a car crash in 1956, aged 44.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Portrait of a Lady, Age 62 - Rembrandt

Price in US $ - 28,700,000

The work dates from Rembrandt's early career in Amsterdam. It is a truly magnificent portrait, painted with love and sympathy. Rembrandt shows there can be great beauty in a portrait of a woman of 62.

According to Mr. Noortman, the present owner of the painting, “You can tell that the woman in this painting must have been someone Rembrandt really liked, because it is so intimate. There is such feeling in it that you fall in love with the old lady just looking at it. I fell in love with her even though she's meant to be 62 - and my wife didn't even mind.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Rideau, cruchon et compotier - Paul Cezanne

Price in US $ - 60,500,000

Paul Cezanne
Rideau, Cruchon et Compotier was created around 1893 - 94 by French artist Paul Cezanne. The painting is considered as the most expensive painting based on still life theme.

Paul Cezanne was a great post-impressionist French artist. It is believed that Cezanne's artworks laid the foundation of the alteration to move from the 19th century traditional art world to 20th century new style of work. Thus, Cezanne formed a bridge between the late 19th century Impressionism and the early 20th century's new artistic world, Cubism.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Portrait De l'artiste Sans Barbe - Vincent van Gogh

Price in US $ - 71,500,000

van gogh
Portrait de l'artiste sans barbe was one of many self portraits by Dutch artist Vincent Van Gogh. Though Van Gogh created many self portraits, this was an uncommon one, for the artist portrayed himself without beard, whereas in many other self portraits he has painted himself as a bearded man. All the self portraits of the artist were executed in Saint-Remy showing the artist's head from the left, i.e. the side with ear not mutilated.

Le Rêve - Picasso

Price in US $ - 60,000,000

Le Rêve (The Dream in French) is a 1932 oil painting belonging to Picasso's period of distorted depictions, with its oversimplified outlines and contrasted colors resembling early Fauvism. The erotic content of the painting has been noted repeatedly, with critics pointing out that Picasso painted an erect penis, presumably symbolizing his own, in the upturned face of his model.

Portrait of Angel Fernández de Soto - Pablo Picasso

Price in US $ - 29,100,000

The Portrait of Angel Fernández de Soto, also known as The Absinthe Drinker, is a famous example of Pablo Picasso’s Blue Period. It depicts the intense features and gaze of the artist’s close friend de Soto, who is seated at a café. For a short while Picasso and de Soto shared a studio, and they remained close friends until 1938 – the tragic year when de Soto was killed in the Spanish Civil War.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Venus and Adonis - Titian

Price in US $ - 13,500,500

venus and adonis
Ovid, in his Metamorphoses, relates the story of the goddess Venus vainly trying to restrain her lover, the mortal Adonis, from departing for the hunt. The mood of playful sensuality conceals the tragic irony that Adonis is destined to be killed during the hunt by a wild boar.Titian's loose, energetic strokes of paint give the painting a sense of spontaneity and movement. Titian used rich colors, shimmering highlights, and a lush landscape to create the painting's evocative, poignant mood.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

The Old Horse Guards - Canaletto

Price in US $ - 17,800,000

Giovanni Antonio Canal (1697 – 1768), better known as Canaletto, was a Venetian artist famous for his landscapes of Venice. He was also an important printmaker in etching. His large-scale landscapes portrayed the city's famed pageantry and waning traditions, making innovative use of atmospheric effects and strong local colors. For these qualities, his works may be said to have anticipated Impressionism.

Nature morte: Les grosses pommes - Paul Cézanne

Price in US $ - 28,600,000

Paul Cézanne
Paul Cézanne - French painter, one of the greatest of the Postimpressionists, whose works and ideas were influential in the aesthetic development of many 20th-century artists and art movements, especially Cubism. Cézanne's art, grew out of Impressionism and eventually challenged all the conventional values of painting in the 19th century through its insistence on personal expression and on the integrity of the painting itself. He has been called the father of modern painting.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Portrait du Dr Gachet - Van Gogh

Price in US $ - 82,500,000

van gogh
Van Gogh wrote to his brother in 1890 about the painting: “I've done the portrait of M. Gachet with a melancholy expression, which might well seem like a grimace to those who see it... Sad but gentle, yet clear and intelligent, that is how many portraits ought to be done... There are modern heads that may be looked at for a long time, and that may perhaps be looked back on with longing a hundred years later."

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Irises - Van Gogh

Price in US $ - 53,900,000
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Irises is a painting by the Dutch artist Vincent van Gogh. It was one of his first works while he was admitted at an asylum in France in the last year before his death in 1890. It was painted before his first attack at the asylum. There is a lack of the high tension which is seen in his later works. He called the painting "the lightning conductor for my illness", because he felt that he could keep himself from going insane by continuing to paint.

La Rue Mosnier aux Paveurs - Manet

Price in US $ - 11,100,000

Edouard Manet (January 23, 1832 – April 30, 1883) was a French painter. One of the first nineteenth century artists to approach modern-life subjects, he was a pivotal figure in the transition from Realism to Impressionism.

Monday, September 1, 2008

Acrobate et jeune Arlequin - Picasso

Price in US $ - 38,500,000

Acrobat and Young Harlequin - A painting from Picasso's 'Rose Period'. The Rose Period (1904–1906) is characterized by a more cheery style with orange and pink colors, and featuring many circus people, acrobats and harlequins known in France as saltimbanques. The harlequin, a comedic character usually depicted in checkered patterned clothing, became a personal symbol for Picasso. Picasso met Fernande Olivier, a model for sculptors and artists, in Paris in 1904, and many of these paintings are influenced by his warm relationship with her, in addition to his increased exposure to French painting.

Adoration of the Magi - Mantegna

Price in US $ - 10,500,000
adoration of the magiAndrea Mantegna (c. 1431 – September 13, 1506) was an Italian Renaissance artist. Like other artists of the time, Mantegna experimented with perspective, e.g., by lowering the horizon in order to create a sense of greater monumentality.

Yo Picasso - Picasso

Price in US $ - 5,8000,000
picassoPablo Picasso (October 25, 1881 – April 8, 1973) was a Andalusian-Spanish painter, draughtsman, and sculptor and one of the most recognized figures in twentieth-century art. He is best known for co-founding the Cubist movement and for the wide variety of styles embodied in his work.

Juliet and her Nurse - J M W Turner

Price in US $ - 7,000,000
Joseph Mallord William Turner (23 April 1775 – 19 December 1851) was an English Romantic landscape painter, watercolorist and printmaker, whose style is said to have laid the foundation for Impressionism. Although Turner was considered a controversial figure in his day, he is now regarded as the artist who elevated landscape painting to an eminence rivaling history painting.