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Christie's hopes to make David Hockney the most expensive living artist

A big splash on the art market is preparing this fall Christie's. The auction house announced the sale of one of the iconic works of Briton David Hockney - "Portrait of an Artist (Pool with two figures)." The painting, completed in 1972 after the painter's break with his beloved, was tentatively estimated at about $ 80 million. If the goal is achieved, Hockney will become the world's most expensive living artist. He will overtake American Jeff Koons, whose sculpture "Dog of Balloons (Orange)" in 2013 went under the hammer for 58.4 million dollars.This recognizable image combines the two most iconic motifs in the work of David Hockney - the sparkling water of the pool and the double portrait. The portrait is a realistic genre depicting a person or a group of people. The portrait - in the French reading - portrait, from the old French portraire - "reproduce something line in line." Another facet of the name of the portrait lies in the outdated word "parsuna" - from the Latin. persona - "person; person". Read more . The picture adorned the covers of numerous monographs on the artist and was an exhibit of various exhibitions, including a retrospective of his 80th birthday, organized by the Tate Gallery, the Pompidou Center and the Metropolitan Museum in 2017-2018. The plot of the semi-documentary film “Big Splash” was built around this canvas, which was shot in 1974 by director Jack Hazan.Portrait of the artist (Swimming pool with two figures) David Hockney 1972, 305 × 214 cm Hockney made up the “Portrait of an Artist” arrangement after a random, almost surreal comparison of two photos in his studio. On one was a swimmer under water, on the other - a young man who was considering something on the ground. Intrigued by the fact that together these scattered images look as if the guy is looking at the bather, the artist took up his brush.In November 2016, a sketch for the painting by David Hockney “Portrait Portrait is a realistic genre, depicting an existing person or a group of people. The portrait - in the French reading - portrait, from the old French portraire - "reproduce something line in line." Another facet of the name of the portrait lies in the outdated word "parsuna" - from the Latin. persona - "person; person". Read more artist (Pool with two figures) "was sold at Sotheby's auction for 2 million dollars, two times exceeding the estimate, however, he destroyed the first option after several months of work. Around the same time, Hockney broke up with his beloved Peter Schlesinger, whom he had met five years earlier. Then the 18-year-old boy attended an art class that 29-year-old Hockney led at the University of California. In subsequent years, he became a muse and a favorite model of the artist, inspiring a more naturalistic approach to work. However, Schlesinger was much less sociable than his older friend. Tensions between them gradually grew and in 1971 in Cadaqués led to the end of the relationship, leaving Hockney in despair.David Hockney and Peter Schlesinger. Source: Film Movement In April 1972, the artist decided to return to the concept - before the exhibition in the gallery of Andre Emmerich in New York, which was supposed to open four weeks later. Armed with a camera, he made hundreds of shots in a villa in the vicinity of the French Saint-Tropez, using his friends as models. Arriving in London, Hockney put together these pictures with a photo of Peter Schlesinger, shot in a pink jacket in Kensington Park. After that, the painter worked 18 hours a day for two weeks and finished the painting the night before she was sent to New York.
  • One of the working photographs of David Hockney for the "Portrait of an Artist (Two-Figure Pool)". Source: Christie's
  • David Hockney takes pictures of Peter Schlesinger in Kensington Park in London. Source: Christie's
“I must admit that I enjoyed working on this picture,” he recalled later. “Writing with such intensity was wonderful, very exciting.”David Hockney is working on "Portrait of an Artist (Two-Figure Pool)". Source: Christie's It seems that now “Portrait Portrait is a realistic genre depicting a person or a group of people who exists in reality. The portrait - in the French reading - portrait, from the old French portraire - "reproduce something line in line." Another facet of the name of the portrait lies in the outdated word "parsuna" - from the Latin. persona - "person; person". Read more artist "sells British currency trader Joe Lewis. Representatives of Christie's refused to confirm the owner’s identity, saying only that he purchased the canvas from American producer David Geffen in 1995. At the open auction picture is exhibited for the first time.
Auctioneers believe that the preliminary assessment of the portrait is justified, since the cost of the work of the most authoritative living artist in Great Britain has been steadily increasing for several years. According to the influential portal Artnet, all Hockney works sold by auction in 2017 brought a total of 43.3 million dollars. This is 8.3 million dollars more than a year earlier.Pacific Coast and Santa Monica Highway David Hockney1990, 198.1 × 304.8 cm In May 2018, the auction record for the works of the British classic was surpassed twice during the hour on sale at Sotheby's in New York. First, his drawing “The Pool at Midnight (Paper Basin 30)” (1978) was sold for 11.7 million dollars, but then the palm passed to the landscape “Highway on the Pacific Coast and Santa Monica” (1990). For him, the buyer laid out 28.4 million dollars. However, the estimate for Christie's "Portrait of the Artist (Pool with two figures)" is almost three times higher.
The painting will be exhibited in Hong Kong, London and Los Angeles, and then sold in New York on November 15. Arthiv: read us in the Telegram and look at Instagram
According to the materials of the official website of the auction house Christie's, online publications The Art Newspaper and artnet News. Main illustration - The Japan Times