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
van gogh
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.