According to the rules of strolling it is important to walk slowly and aimlessly, to mix with the crowd, but remain separate from it, apart. For a creative person, whether a writer or an artist, strolling is an invaluable experience of studying people, types, movements and external manifestations of characters. A black top hat, thin gloves, a cane, a slow gait and an inscrutable face — Edouard Manet was a real flaneur. Skating rinks, Opera, wide boulevards, Hippodrome, dances, tours of Spanish dancers, new stations and squares, world exhibitions-Paris of Manet times was an ideal city for strolling and for the birth of new, modern art.
Paris – Tuileries garden
Edouard Manet changed apartments several times and workshops many times. He never worked at home — and preferred to rent a Studio separately. But always, always it was the houses and streets of the quarter of Batignolles, or places nearby. Continue reading
TOP 10 auction sales in 2016 was as follows:
“Peach blossom of spring” 1982. Zhang Daxian. Sotheby’s auction, Hong Kong, April 5, 2016. – 34,899 million $
The author of the painting is one of the most famous masters of Chinese painting. The proceeds from the sale of the painting is the largest for a work of Chinese art.
“Two sketches for self-portrait” 1970. Francis Bacon. Sotheby’s auction House, new York, may 11, 2016 – $34.87 million
English painter Francis bacon is one of the most expensive in the world. His painting “Three sketches for the portrait of Lucien Freud” were sold at Christie’s in 2013 for 142.4 million.$ Continue reading