THE 10 MOST EXPENSIVE PAINTINGS OF 2018
For the first time in recent years, 2018 auctions were held without sensations , the absolute record of 2017 , the sale of Leonardo da Vinci’s “Savior of the world” for 450 million dollars, was not overcome. However, for the auctioned artists updated personal auction records largely due to the sale of the collection of the Rockefeller family in may 2018 at Christie’s auction.
Zhao Wuji Triptych “June-October 1985”, Sotheby’s, Hong Kong 30.09.2018 – 65.2 million $
Chinese artist Zhao Wuji first hit the top of the world rankings. He was born in Beijing, and at the age of 28, being in demand and already known artist, moved to France, was on friendly terms with Alberto Giacometti, Joan Miro and Jacques Chirac. The last years before his death in 2013 he lived in Switzerland. Triptych measuring 100 x 280 cm is an abstract landscape in purple and orange tones. Currently, Zhao Wuji is one of the most expensive contemporary artists. In 2017, his painting “29.09.64” was sold at Christie’s auction in Hong Kong for $26 million.
Pablo Picasso, ” Woman in beret and plaid dress (Maria Theresa Walter)”, 1937, Sotheby’s, London 28.02.2018 – 69.4 million $
The painting was in private collections and had never been exhibited before. In the portrait we see the companion and Muse of the great artist-Maria Theresa Walter. The work was created in the same year as the famous “Guernica” and was the culmination of a dramatic period in the life of the master. Being in a relationship with Maria Theresa, who two years earlier gave birth to the artist’s child-daughter Maya, Picasso became increasingly fond of the new Muse – Dora Maar, which is reflected in the artist’s work. Sharper contrast of the cubic form has replaced the soft images. Behind the face of Maria Theresa emerges a silhouette in which the master could mean his new lover.
Experts emphasize that this is one of the greatest portraits of Picasso of those that appeared on the market in recent years.
Willem de Kooning, “Woman as landscape”, circa 1954-55, Christie’s new York, 13.11.2018 – $ 68.9 million
A new price record is set for the work of Willem de Kooning auction house Christie’s for the painting “Woman as a landscape” in the style of abstract expressionism. An American artist of Dutch origin is working on the development of the theme ” woman as a totem.” The female body according to de Kooning is not just a figure, but a sacred totem endowed with Freudian symbols. “Woman as a landscape” is written with aggressive rough strokes that destroy the female figure and all the space around it. It should be noted that the record amount of the auction, however, is negligible in comparison with 300 million. dollars for his painting “Exchange” in 1955, as a result of a closed private transaction in 2015.
Henri Matisse, “Lying odalisque with magnolias”, 1923, Christie’s new York, 8.05.2018 – 80.7 million$
Another price high, this time on the paintings of Henri Matisse, set at the spring auction Christie’s.” Lying odalisque with magnolias ” from the heritage of the Rockefellers – the work of a large series of paintings written by the artist after a trip to Morocco. In the image odalisque depicts a favourite model of the master – Henrietta Mr., sensual and languid. Many of the artist’s sculptures were also sculpted from it. The painting previously took pride of place in the living room of the Rockefeller residence Hudson Pines.
Claude Monet, “water Lilies in bloom”, circa 1914-17, Christie’s new York, 8.05.2018 – 84.7 million $
The famous Giverny garden was an inexhaustible source of inspiration for Monet. His “water Lilies in bloom” is the most ambitious and striking work of the artist, written during the creative upswing from 1914 to 1917. The painting adorned the main staircase of the Rockefeller house. Auction participants fought for the lot for almost 14 minutes, as a result, the picture passed into the hands of a collector from Asia, setting a new record value for paintings by Claude Monet.
Kazimir Malevich, “Suprematist composition”, 1916, Christie’s new York, 15.05.2018 – 85.8 million. $
The painting “Suprematist composition”, the second name of which is “Blue rectangle over red ray”, is the most famous work of the author on a par with the”Black square”. The painting participated in all lifetime exhibitions of the artist. This is one of the earliest and most complex works in the style of geometric abstraction, the pioneer of which is considered to be Kazemir Malevich. From a historical point of view-it was a turning point, which marked the beginning of a new history of painting. It is interesting that the period of Suprematism was the most popular with Malevich among art lovers. At Christie’s auction, the painting set a personal record for the value of the works of this author, and became the most expensive painting among Russian artists.
David Hockney, ” Portrait of the artist (Pool with two figures)”, 1972, Christie’s new York, 15.11.2018 – $ 90.3 million
David Hockney-a bright representative of British pop art is considered by critics to be one of the most influential contemporary artists. Back in the 60s, he portrayed homosexual relationships before they were legalized in Britain, tried banned substances, shocked and shocked the public. Most of his life he lived in the United States, in Los Angeles, where he began to write his famous pools. Characteristic of the artist and paired portraits, with the help of this technique, the artist conveyed his attitude and feelings towards the characters. Both passions of the artist United in the “Portrait of the artist”, the model for which was the friend and lover of the author – Peter Schlesinger. Hockney’s paintings have always been presented at auctions, but in 2018 the amount exceeded all expectations, making the artist the most expensive living authors.
Edward Hopper, Chop Suey, 1929, Christie’s new York, 13.11.2018- $ 91.8 million
The famous painting by modernist Edward hopper set not only a new high for this author, but also a record value for pre-war American art. Chop Sui is a traditional Asian stew that has become a popular dish in the United States thanks to Chinese immigrants. The scene with the frozen figures in the cafe draws the viewer to the theme of loneliness, isolation, characteristic of the artist. People are lifeless mannequins of greater new York. The Chinese cafe is associated with the place visited by Hopper himself, for the picture, his wife Jo may have posed. The work was previously in the collection of billionaire Barney Ebsworth.
Pablo Picasso, “the Girl with the flower basket”, 1905, Christie’s new York, 8.05.2018 – $ 115 million
Masterpiece from the collection of David and Peggy Rockefeller refers to the” pink ” period of Pablo Picasso. The portrait shows a naked angular girl, probably a prostitute. Perhaps this fact has weakened the interest of investors in the picture and entered the auction only one participant, a representative of the famous family Nahmadov-new York gallery owners, who became the owner of the canvas.
Amedeo Modigliani, ” Lying naked (on the left side)”, 1917,
Sotheby’s new York, 14.05.2018 – $157.2 million
The leader of the auction in 2018-the painting “Lying naked (on the left side)” Amedeo Modigliani became the most expensive lot ever sold at Sotheby’s. Despite the fact that during the life of Modigliani’s paintings were not in demand, this author invariably arouses interest in all major auctions in recent years. This took advantage of the previous owner of the painting, a horse breeder from Ireland, John Magnier, and put the painting up for auction at a record starting value of $150 million. However, the excitement did not arise, not a single bet was followed either in the hall or on the phone. As a result, the auctioneers turned to the only pre-sale irrevocable offer, and the picture passed into the hands of an unknown buyer.
Outside the rating would like to recall the resonant auction paintings “Girl with a balloon” British street art artist under the pseudonym Banksy. 5.102018 the work was sold for $ 1.4 million at Sotheby’s auction in London. With the last hammer blow, the painting began to self-destruct with the help of a shredder built into the frame.
The event has already entered the history of art: for the first time the work destroyed itself immediately after sale. The canvas suffered only partially, the buyer did not refuse the transaction and did not lose. The picture later received a new name – “Love in the trash” and added to the cost of various estimates up to 50%. The author of “Girls” and previously organized actions in support of the availability of his art. This time Banksy wanted to make fun of the auctions with their exorbitant prices for art.