A Paul Gauguin’s Painting Becomes The Most Expensive Painting
One of Paul Gauguin’s paintings becomes the most expensive painting.
Let’s talk about art! But let’s talk about Paul Gauguin first!
Paul Gauguin was a French Post-Impressionist artist whose art wasn’t appreciated until after his death.
He was later recognized for his experimental use of color and synthetist style, two things that were different from Impressionism.
The work he did influenced the French Avant-grade and many modern artists, such as Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse.
Because of the efforts of art dealer Ambrosie Vollard who organized exhibitions for his art, Gauguin’s art became popular.
The artist was an important influence in the Symbolist movement as a painter, sculptor, print-maker, ceramist and writer.
Beside his influence in the Synthetist style of modern art, Gauguin was also an influential proponent of wood engraving and woodcuts as art forms.
Bottom line, his work has changed the world, and influenced many people. It is no surprise at all that one of his paintings broke a record when it was sold.
Many of Gauguin’s paintings were in the possession of Russian collector Sergei Schukin and many other important collectors.
One of those important collectors was the seller of this painting, Rudolf Staechelin, a retired Sotheby’s executive who now lives in Basel.
He sold the 1892 oil painting of two Tahitian girls in traditional dresses, Nafea Faa Ipoipo (When Will You Marry?) by Paul Gauguin for a new record for a piece of an artwork, nearly $300 million.
The vibrant, intense colors of Nafea Faa Ipoipo, with the lush Polynesian landscape paint providing the backdrop, is typical of Gauguin’s Tahiti period.
The painting Rudolf Staechelin sold is one of over 20 works he was in his private collection of Impressionists and Post-Impressionist art.
Before Rudolf got the chance to sell it, the artwork was on loan to the Kunstmuseum in Basel for close to fifty years.
Staechelin confirmed to the New York Times that the 1892 oil painting of two Taihitian women had been sold, but did not confirm the identity of the buyer, nor the price.
The Times say that Qatar Museums is the purchaser of Gauguin canvas. Why do they think that?
Because Qatar is known for being the buyer of Paul Cézanne’s The Card Players painting that previously held the record for the most expensive artwork. It was sold for a price close to $250 million.
The painting will go on tour as part of a special Gauguin exhibition starting this month in Basel at the Beyeler Foundation before heading to Madrid and Washington, DC.
Paul Cézanne’s The Card Players from 1892 it is no longer the most costly painting ever sold. Another Paul broke the record this time.
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Paul Gauguin’s “When Will You Marry?” painting it is the world’s most valuable painting (so far).
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