Triumph of the Impressionists at an auction in New York automatic translate
A painting from the series «Water-lilies» by the French impressionist Claude Monet became the star of the Christie’s autumn season auction, which was held on November 7 in New York. The work, which is part of a series of more than sixty paintings written between 1905 and 1908, was sold for 39 million dollars ($ 43,762,500 including the «buyer’s premium»). The auction attracted a lot of attention also by the fact that paintings were auctioned by Vasily Kandinsky and Joan Miro.
Painting Monet «Water Lilies» (Nympheas) became known due to the artist’s bold approach to the image of the reflection of light from the surface of the water. «It turned out that Monet was undoubtedly one of the most innovative landscape painters of his time,» said Christie’s Auction Impressionists Director, Brooke Lampley. During the last two decades of his life (1840-1926), a French artist often painted a pond in his garden, in Giverny. The best examples of this hobby were first exhibited in 1909, in the Durand-Ruel gallery in Paris, where Monet made great strides. Critics said of him that «there is no other artist who could achieve such a wonderful effect of light and shadow, a bright holiday of flowers.»
Another star of the auction was oil painting Kandinsky «Sketch for Improvisation 8», which was sold at auction for a record price of 20.5 million dollars. This painting is a vivid example of abstract art, the last of the eight parts created by the Russian artist in 1909, the innovative series «Improvisation.» Work, featuring a bright and bold palette, depicts scenes in Kiev. The key figure of the painting is a warrior-conqueror with a golden sword, perhaps St. George. «The» Improvisation «series is both a link and one of the most exciting innovations of the time, because through these paintings Kandinsky was able to expand the traditional boundaries of artistic expression and formulate a new theory about the shape, color or theme,» Lampley explains. The painting was written by Kandinsky in the town of Murnau, in Bavaria. Soon after, his book On Spirituality in Art was published. In it, the artist expresses his idea that artistic abstraction is born under the influence of «inner necessity», and not as a consequence of external influences.
Painting (painting, woman, newspaper, dog) by the Spanish surrealist Joan Miro (1893-1983), using signs and symbols of iconography, was sold for 12.2 million dollars. Another Spaniard, Pablo Picasso (1881-1973), became this night one of the most popular artists in the auction - he sold several of his works, having a close relationship with the artist’s personal life. Thus, the «Bust of a Woman», which dates back to 1937 and portrays his beloved Douro Maar, was sold for $ 11.6 million, while the «Woman’s Head» written by Francoise Gilot, the mother of two of Picasso’s children, left only 4, 6 million dollars. The painting «Women with a Dog», which depicts another muse of Pablo Picasso, Jacqueline Roque, was acquired for $ 5.6 million.
At the auction, several sculptural works were sold. «Muse» Constantine Brancusi (1876-1957), was evaluated in the final result of 11 million dollars. «Leg» Alberto Giacometti (1901-1966) was sold for $ 10 million, and his «Head over the core» - for $ 6 million.
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