Thursday, March 26, 2009

Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer II - Gustav Klimt

Price in US $ - 87,900,000

Adele Bloch-Bauer II is a 1912 painting by Gustav Klimt. Adele Bloch-Bauer was the wife of Ferdinand Bloch-Bauer, a wealthy industrialist, who sponsored the arts and supported Gustav Klimt. Adele Bloch-Bauer was the only model to be painted twice by Klimt; she also appeared in the much more famous Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Portrait of Joseph Roulin - Vincent van Gogh

Price in US $ - 58,000,000


“A good soul and so wise and so full of feeling and so trustful." Thus Vincent van Gogh described his friend Joseph-Etienne Roulin, a postal worker in Arles (France), where Van Gogh lived from 1888 to 1889. In letters and pictures, Van Gogh idealized Roulin, regarding him as both a man of the people and a sage.

The artist was fascinated by Roulin's physiognomy. The face, which he deemed Socratic because of the shortened nose, was flushed with a high coloration van Gogh attributed to heavy drinking and was garlanded with an abundant salt-and-pepper beard. Roulin was an ardent socialist, vehement in his support of the left wing of French republican politics. Perhaps more importantly for the lonely and isolated van Gogh, Roulin was also the devoted father of a large family.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Dora Maar with Cat - Pablo Picasso

Price in US $ - 95,200,000

Dora Maar with Cat
A world famous painting by Pablo Picasso, it depicts Dora Maar, the painter's Croatian mistress, seated on a chair with a small cat perched on her shoulders. The faceted planes of her body and richly layered surface of brushstrokes impart a monumental and sculptural quality to this portrait

This painting is one of Picasso’s most valued depictions of his lover and artistic companion. Their partnership had been one of intellectual exchange and intense passion -- Dora was an artist, spoke Picasso’s native Spanish, and shared his political concerns.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Boy with a Pipe - Pablo Picasso

Price in US $ - 104,200,000

pablo picasso

Garçon à la Pipe (Boy with a Pipe) was painted in 1905 when Pablo Picasso was 24 years old, during his Rose Period. There is a contrast between feminine and masculinity in the picture. Many art critics have stated that the painting's high sale price has much more to do with the artist's name than with the merit or historical importance of the painting.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Le Moulin de la Galette - Renoir

Price in US $ - 78,100,000


Bal au moulin de la Galette, Montmartre (commonly known as Le Moulin de la Galette) is an 1876 painting by French artist Pierre-Auguste Renoir. It depicts the Moulin de la Galette in the district of Montmartre in Paris.The area has also been depicted by artists such as Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Ramon Casas, Vincent van Gogh, and Pablo Picasso. Pierre-Auguste Renoir (February 25, 1841–December 3, 1919) was a French artist who was a leading painter in the development of the Impressionist style. As a celebrator of beauty, and especially feminine sensuality, it has been said that "Renoir is the final representative of a tradition which runs directly from Rubens to Watteau".

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I - Gustav Klimt

Price in US $ - 135,000,000

Gustav Klimt

Gustav Klimt (July 14, 1862 – February 6, 1918) was an Austrian Symbolist painter and his major works include paintings, murals, sketches, and other art objects. Klimt's primary subject was the female body, and his works are marked by a frank eroticism. Klimt was a member of the Vienna Secession, a group of artists that broke away from the traditional way of painting.

This painting measures 138 x 138 cm and is made of oil and gold on canvas, showing elaborate and complex ornamentation as seen in the Jugendstil style.

Woman III - Willem de Kooning

Price in US $137,500,000

Willem de Kooning was a Dutch abstract expressionist artist. The hallmark of de Kooning's style was an emphasis on complex figure ground ambiguity. Background figures would overlap other figures causing them to appear in the foreground, which in turn might be overlapped by dripping lines of paint thus positioning the area into the background.

"The attitude that nature is chaotic and that the artist puts order into it is a very absurd point of view, I think. All that we can hope for is to put some order into ourselves."