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Turner's unique masterpiece put on sale for £ 25 million (updated)

Auction house Sotheby's will put up for sale one of the greatest works of William Turner, still in private hands. Landscape The development of the genre from antiquity to the present day: how did religion and the invention of oil painting techniques contribute to the formation of the genre in Europe and why is the Hudson River so important? Read more "Ehrenbreitshteyn", written in 1835, refers to a late period, which is widely recognized as the heyday of the work of the 19th century British artist. Most of the works of those years are now included in the collections of the largest museums in the world, and only six works of such importance and quality remain in private collections.For more than 180 years since the creation of the canvas only twice appeared on the market, and now its estimate ranges from 15 to 25 million pounds sterling. Now the picture can be seen on the preview surrounded by a group of ten watercolors, among which there is an earlier image Ehrenbreitstein Castle (or Ehrenbreitstein) - a ruined fortress near the city of Koblenz in western Germany. During his third trip to the country, Turner made many sketches and watercolors of German species, but this place had a special meaning for him.Employees of the auction house Sotheby's exhibit canvas "Ehrenbreitshteyn" and a number of small works of William Turner for presales. Photo: Niklas Halle'n / AFP Ehrenbreitstein is not just a landscape. The development of the genre from antiquity to the present day: how did religion and the invention of oil painting techniques contribute to the formation of the genre in Europe and why is the Hudson River so important? Read more . The painting unites two of the most romantic authors of the 19th century, William Turner and Lord Byron, because it is associated with an excerpt from the last poem Childe Harold's Pilgrimage. This is the pinnacle of Turner's emotional and creative interaction with both the place and the issues raised in Byron’s poems - the difficulties of the world after the war, human perseverance and the joys of freedom. In the background, under the rock, the artist depicted an obelisk above the grave of French General François Marceau-Degravier , participant of the Revolutionary Wars, on the front - the local residents, located on a picnic.EhrenbraitsteinJoseph Mallord William Turner1835, 93 × 123 cm

Initially, Ehrenbreitstein was written for the outstanding publisher John Pye, who wanted to make an engraving on this picture. Pye suggested that Turner would write a small watercolor, but the artist was so fascinated by the beauty and symbolic significance of the place that he decided to give him his due to large-scale canvas. The result — much to Pai’s displeasure — was an oil painting measuring 93 by 123 cm. Putting work of such size and complexity onto a plate was a daunting task, and took no less than 11 years.
Left: John Pie in the 1860s. Photo: John Watkins

At the exhibition at the Royal Academy in 1835, Ehrenbreitstein received enthusiastic approval from critics, and has since been considered one of the most famous masterpieces of the artist. In 1844, a picture was bought directly in the Turner workshop by a man who later became one of his largest and most important patrons - Elkhanan Biknell. After his death in 1863, an extensive collection that included several paintings by Turner and a lot of watercolors was sold out with a great deal of excitement and at incredibly high prices. In 1965, Ehrenbreutstein went under the hammer for the second time. Then he was paid 88 thousand pounds sterling, which was a new world record for the works of William Turner. Important works of such quality appear on auction podiums extremely rare. The last example is "View of Rome from the Aventine Hill", referring to the same period as the "Ehrenbreitsteyn". In 2014, the auctioneer Sotheby's lowered the hammer in the amount of 30.3 million pounds (with an estimate of 15-20 million) - the highest price for the work of any British artist. This made Turner one of the three masters of the pre-impressionist period (along with Rubens and Raphael), whose works were valued so dearly. We offer you to take a test from “Arthive” “Our William, Turner” dedicated to the artist’s life and workView of Rome from the AventineJoseph Mallord William Turner 1836, 92.7 × 125.7 cm William Turner, who is often called the “artist of light”, is considered to be the most prominent painter in Britain. His unique style not only had a profound influence on the art of Foggy Albion, but also became the forerunner of both impressionism and later abstract expressionism. The master himself will be the first artist whose image will appear on the £ 20 bill. Most people in the country voted for him, choosing among 500 applicants.upd. At the evening sale of works by old masters on July 5, 2017, the Sotheby's auction house sold Ehrenbreitstein for £ 18.5 million (almost $ 24 million). Bidding lasted only a couple of minutes. Arthiv: read us in Telegraf and look in Instagram On the materials of the official site of the auction house Sotheby's and artdaily.com