In this third film of making the first series of studies after the Thomas Jones, we talk about the painting of the walls and brushwork in Buildings in Naples and how this leads to forming layers in the new paintings.
02 June 2015
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Picasso At Auction: Is Picasso’s Painting worthy to be the World’s Most Expensive Painting?
The auction painting is the last and certainly one of the best of the transcriptions Picasso made. It has been widely shown in major exhibitions including the Picasso Retrospective in New York, 1980 and the great Late Picasso show at Tate Britain in 1988 making it highly visible and desirable for collectors. It does sit as one of the major works of Picasso’s later career partly because it does reference the history of art with regard to Picasso’s awareness of the passing of Matisse and the context that both artists felt they identified with the continuation and tradition of painting. It is probably worthy of the top price for art because aside from the fact that Picasso is the towering figure of twentieth century art this is a well exhibited artwork and is from an important point in the artist’s life and creative output. In fact, it is quite unusual that such a well known work comes to the auction room at all and as such, it was almost bound to break all previous auction records. But the question now remains as to whether or not it will be seen in public again. If not, and as the buyer is anonymous (the painting was in the Victor Ganz collection, New York) this suggests that may be the case and then this would be a loss to the art visiting public as the panting will disappear from public view to be kept exclusively in a private gallery and not available for loan for maybe decades to come. What can we, as the art visiting public, actually do? Well, very little except to ensure that the art we have in national public galleries are maintained and secure for us, the art viewing public to be able to continue to experience works first hand and moreover for governments to ensure that strategies for acquiring works for the nation are in place and used effectively. Recently, a collection of 40 paintings by Frank Auerbach belonging to his friend the painter Lucien Freud who died in 2011 have been distributed to about 20 galleries including Cardiff, Aberdeen and Belfast in lieu of a 16m inheritance tax bill. The collection includes some important works and it is encouraging that these have not entered the auction rooms and will remain for public gaze. There are ways for governments to act on the public’s behalf and secure, whenever possible, quality artworks to add to our national collections of art. For now, for those of us fortunate to have seen Women of Algiers (Version O) first hand, the painting will remain a residual image in our memory until perhaps sometime in the future it resurfaces via the auction houses once again.
Posted by Andrew Smith at 03:05