On Thursday, November 15, 2018, “Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures)” was sold at Christie's auction in New York for $ 90.3 million. Bidding between the two competitors lasted nine minutes and ended with the applause of those present. The hammer fell at 80 million, and the buyer’s premium added to the final price.Portrait of the artist (Pool with two figures) David Hockney 1972, 305 × 214 cm David Hockney broke the record of American Jeff Koons, whose sculpture “Dog of Balloons (Orange)” in 2013 went under the hammer for $ 58.4 million. Picture of a man, who looks thoughtfully at the figure in the pool, standing against an idyllic landscape, Hockney wrote after a break with his lover and the muse, Peter Schlesinger. The history of the accidental creation of the composition is in our separate material. “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 Another facet of the name of the portrait lies in the outdated word "parsuna" - from the Latin.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 of the artist ... "Hockney gave Edward Hopper the 1.6 million" Chop Sui "painting, which the same Christie's sold two days earlier.
One of the last major works of the 1920s American contemporary classic, remaining in private hands, was tentatively estimated from 70 to 100 million dollars.
The price of 91.9 million (with a premium) was a record not only for the author, but also for the entire category of "American art", to which the auction house refers pre-war artists.Chop suiEdward Hopper1929, 96.5 × 81 cmThe cost of "Chop Sui" more than doubled the previous Hopper record of $ 40.5 million, paid for "East Wind over Vihoken" at the auction in 2013.
Willem de Kooning, "Woman as a Landscape" (1955). Private collection
At the same auction was sold the canvas "Woman as a Landscape" by Willem de Kooning. It has never appeared at auction, and among its previous owners was the famous Hollywood comedian Steve Martin. Now an unknown buyer has paid for the work of an abstract expressionist $ 68.9 million at a premium, which is a new auction record for the artist. However, his most expensive work was sold in a private transaction. "Exchange", written in 1959, was estimated at $ 300 million.
However, it is likely that he will not last long: February 27, Christie's put up for sale a masterpiece called "Shared". One of the best and largest works depicting a man in a pot is estimated at 15-20 million pounds, which is equivalent to 20-26 million dollars.The common place is Rene Magritte1964, 100 × 81 cmArthive: read us in the Telegram and look in Instagram
Based on artnet News and Artdaily. Main illustration: sale of post-war and contemporary art at Christie's in New York on November 15, 2018; photo: Don EMMERT / AFP