The Most Expensive Paintings

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10. Adele Bloch-Bauer II: .5 million

Adele Bloch-Bauer II is a 1912 painting by Gustav Klimt. Adele Bloch-Bauer was the wife of Ferdinand Bloch-Bauer, who was 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. Both portraits of Adele Bloch-Bauer were part of a protracted court battle in the United States and in Austria (see Republic of Austria v. Altmann) which resulted in five Gustav Klimt paintings being returned to Maria Altmann, the niece of Ferdinand Bloch-Bauer, in January 2006. In November 2006, Christie’s auction house sold “Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer II” at auction for million, the third-highest priced piece of art at auction at the time.

9. Irises: 1.2 million

Irises is a painting by the Dutch artist Vincent van Gogh. Irises was painted while Vincent van Gogh was living at the asylum at Saint Paul-de-Mausole in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, 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.

8. Dora Maar au Chat: 1.9 million

Dora Maar au Chat (Dora Maar with Cat) is a 1941 painting by Pablo Picasso. It depicts Dora Maar, the painter’s lover, seated on a chair with a small cat perched on her shoulders. This painting is one of the world’s most expensive paintings. Dora Maar au Chat presents the artist’s most mysterious and challenging mistress regally posed three-quarter length in a large wooden chair with a small black cat perched behind her in both an amusing and menacing attitude. The faceted planes of her body and richly layered surface of brushstrokes impart a monumental and sculptural quality to this portrait. The painting is also remarkable for its brilliance of colour and the complex and dense patterning of the model’s dress. The powerful figure is set in a dramatic, yet simple setting composed of a vertiginously inclined plane of wooden floorboards and shallow interior space that is arranged in a manner reminiscent of Picasso’s earliest manipulations of space in a cubist manner.

7. Portrait of Joseph Roulin: 2 million

6. Garçon à la pipe: 9.4 million

Garçon à la Pipe (Boy with a Pipe) is a painting by Pablo Picasso. It was painted in 1905 when Picasso was 24 years old, during his Rose Period, soon after he settled in the Montmartre section of Paris, France. The oil on canvas painting depicts a Parisian boy holding a pipe in his left hand and wearing a garland or wreath of flowers. Le Bateau-Lavoir in Montmartre is where Picasso was living when he painted the picture. Some of the local people made a living in the entertainment industry, such as being clowns or acrobats. Picasso used many local people in his pictures, but much is unknown about the boy in the picture.

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5. Bal du moulin de la Galette: 1 million

Bal du moulin de la Galette (commonly known as Le moulin de la Galette) is an 1876 painting by French artist Pierre-Auguste Renoir. It is housed at the Musée d’Orsay in Paris and is one of Impressionism’s most celebrated masterpieces. The painting depicts a typical Sunday afternoon at Moulin de la Galette in the district of Montmartre in Paris. In the late 19th century, working class Parisians would dress up and spend time there dancing, drinking, and eating galettes into the evening.

4. Portrait of Dr. Gachet: 8.4 million

Portrait of Dr. Gachet is one of the most revered paintings by Dutch artist Vincent van Gogh of Dr. Paul Gachet, who took care of him in his last months. In 1990, it fetched a record price of .5 million ( million, plus a 10 percent buyer’s commission).  There are two authentic versions of the portrait, both painted in June 1890 in Auvers-sur-Oise, near Paris. Both show Doctor Gachet sitting at a table and leaning his head onto his right arm, but they are easily differentiated.

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3. Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I: 4.2 million

Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I is a painting by Gustav Klimt completed in 1907. According to press reports it was sold for US5 million to Ronald Lauder for his Neue Galerie in New York City in June 2006, which made it at that time the most expensive painting ever sold. It has been on display at the gallery since July 2006. Klimt took three years to complete the painting. It 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. Klimt was a member of the Vienna Secession, a group of artists that broke away from the traditional way of painting. The picture was painted in Vienna and commissioned by Ferdinand Bloch-Bauer. As a wealthy industrialist who had made his fortune in the sugar industry, he sponsored the arts and favored and supported Gustav Klimt.

2. Woman III: 7.9 million

Woman III is a painting by abstract expressionist painter Willem de Kooning. Woman III is one of a series of six paintings by de Kooning done between 1951 and 1953 in which the central theme was a woman. It measures 68 by 48 1/2 inches (1.7 m x 1.2 m) and was completed in 1953.  From late 70s to 1994 this painting was part of Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art collection, but after the revolution in 1979, this painting could not be shown because of strict rules set by the government about the visual arts and what they depict.

1. No. 5, 1948: 0.6 million

No. 5, 1948 is a painting by Jackson Pollock (January 28, 1912 – August 11, 1956), an American painter known for his contributions to the abstract expressionist movement. The painting 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. It was originally owned by Samuel Irving Newhouse and displayed at the Museum of Modern Art before being sold to David Geffen and then allegedly to David Martinez in 2006 (though the supposed sale of this painting to Martinez has been denied by his attorneys).

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For the First Time: Andrew Wyeth, In His Own Words, On the Famous Helga Paintings – Just Published – “Wyeth on Helga”

Naples, FL (PRWEB) April 28, 2006

Andrew Wyeth finally breaks his silence – talking at length about his famous Helga paintings in an exclusive interview with Thomas Hoving, art scholar and former director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The interview is being published in a new monograph, “Wyeth on Helga,” available now from the Naples Museum of Art.

Since they were first shown at Washington’s National Gallery of Art two decades ago, “The Helga Pictures” have been the subject of considerable interest, debate and gossip. But Wyeth himself has never talked at length on the subject – with one exception. In 2002, Wyeth sat down with Thomas Hoving and discussed the origins and evolution of the Helga series. In the spring of 2006, Hoving agreed to allow the Naples Museum of Art to publish this interview for the first time, as a companion to the exhibition “Andrew Wyeth & Family.”

Secretly created over a 15-year period, the 240 works that make up “The Helga Pictures” provide an intimate, unprecedented look at a major American artist exploring a single subject, Wyeth’s Pennsylvania neighbor Helga Testorf.

In this candid interview, Wyeth reveals how he met Helga, how the series – and his relationship with Helga – grew and the fact that he never intended to show these works publicly. “My intention was to keep ’em hidden away until I died,” he says. “Then they could be revealed.”

“Wyeth on Helga” is an important addition to the literature on Andrew Wyeth and to the literature on American art.

For more information about this historic, limited-edition monograph, please call Myra Janco Daniels at (239) 597-1111.

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Five Intriguing Facts Pertaining To Vincent Van Gogh Paintings

Born March 30th, 1853, Vincent Van Gogh created numerous 900 artwork and 1,100 drawings, the majority of which were created in the last ten years of his life. Deteriorating psychological health problems, Van Gogh shot him self, dying 2 days following on July 29, 1890. His paintings lives on, as does his legend. Five important things to note in relation to this extraordinary character are found below.

1. It was throughout a period where he was preaching to mine laborers for no salary which Van Gogh begun to produce charcoal drawings. In 1880, after the recommendations of his brother Theo, he took up painting in earnest. Certainly , there was a short period throughout this time where by Van Gogh took lessons from Anton Mauve at The Hague.

2. Van Gogh pursued study with the art school of Antwerp, Belgium. He was basically terminated following only several limited months. It was during this time having said that, that he discovered a certain understanding for Japanese art, and he actually begun a collection in earnest, appreciating the vibrant colors and use of space.

3. Van Gogh was only acknowledged to have sold only one painting for the duration of his life-time. Painted in 1888, “The Red Vineyard” would finally be on display in the Pushkin Museum in Moscow Russia.

4. Vincent Van Gogh and his brother Theo were the most effective of friends, whose connection is extensively recorded in a collection of letters that had been revealed around 1914.

5. To this day, the legend of Van Gogh lives on. March 30, 1987 at a well renowned New York public auction house, his painting “Irises”, ended up selling for a record setting .9 million. In 1990 he shattered the records for a second time when his “Portrait of Doctor Gachet”, ended up selling through Christie’s for a monstrous .5 million.

Little known or appreciated during his life span, Vincent Van Gogh’s influence on 20th century art would be significant. Because he had no children of his very own, Van Gogh considered his works his kids. Undoubtedly, he would be proud of how they have carried on his name.

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A Selection Of Famous Paintings Of Flowers

Throughout history, artists have used paintings of flowers to express emotion. From full, vibrant flowers that express joy and optimism to the wilted single flower that hints at sorrow, flowers are a great subject to put on the canvas. The type of flower, its stage of life, the number of them in the picture, the surrounding scenery and many other factors can deeply impact the mood of the painting.

There are many artists who were able to use flowers in their artwork to successfully convey their thoughts and feelings. Even people who do not consider themselves to be “into art” have heard of these famous painters and many are even familiar with certain pieces.

Vincent Van Gogh is a name that just about everyone knows. He has several famous works, several of which centered on flowers. “Sunflowers” (originally named in French “Tournesols”) is perhaps his most work on flowers. These flowers were the subject of two series of still life paintings. The earlier series (1887) portrays the flowers lying on the ground and the second series (1888) shows them in bouquets in a vase. No Van Gogh exhibit would ever willingly exclude Sunflowers from display.

“Irises” is another Van Gogh work, painted during the last year of his life and while he resided at an asylum. He referred to the work as “the lightning conductor for my illness” believing that he could keep his sanity if he continued to paint. The oil painting “Almond Blossom” is another of his later works.

Edgar Degas is also a name you may recognize. This French artist is credited as one of the founders of Impressionism, although he preferred to be called a realist. While more than half of his work includes dancers and he is also known for several female nudes, Degas also has flower paintings on his resume. Woman with Chrysanthemums is among the best known. Like his other work, it is emotionally charged and points to the human isolation.

Chrysanthemums have shown up on the canvases of several artists as well. Vase of Chrysanthemums by Pierre-August Renoir and Vase of Chrysanthemums by Claude Monet are among the favorites for those seeking to decorate their homes with reprints. “Chrysanthemums” by Paul Cezanne is also a popular reprint that would be a nice addition to any home.

Monet is also known for his series on Water Lilies. Water Lilies were a subject for Monet throughout his life. Early lilies were completed in 1906, while still more lilies were created into the late 1920s. The series also includes paintings entitled “Water Lilies, ” “Water-Lily Pond, ” and “Water-Lily and Weeping Willow” as well as others.

Many artists have been compelled to include at least one, if not several, depiction of flowers in their work. Perhaps it is because of how fully they can capture and convey emotions. These few mentioned here are just a small selection of a huge genre of art. Other paintings of flowers include Cezanne’s “Bouquet in a Blue Vase” and “Bouquet in Rococo Style, ” and Renoir’s “Bouquet” and “Roses.” If you are looking for nice reprints, also consider Johann Baptist Drechsler, an Austrian painter whose work in the late 1700s into early 1800s includes many pictures of flowers.

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