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Orange, Red, Yellow is one of the most expensive post-war painting made by an American born abstract artist Mark Rothko. It was executed in 1961. It is a Color Field painting. In 2012, it was sold for $77.5 million in Christie’s auction house. It is now Mark Rothko’s most expensive painting supressing the previous record of $72.8 million set by White Center (Yellow, Pink and Lavender on Rose) by Mark Rothko. The composition of the painting is revered by the critics for the perfective use of colors and composition to bring out a ‘sunset’ like coloring. The huge price paid for the painting also marks the growing popularity of abstract arts in modern times.

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Suprematist Composition by Kazimir Malevich is a piece of suprematism by Russian artist Kazimir Malevich. The most famous artworks from Russian art are the Bogatyrs by Viktor Vasnetsov and Morning in the Pine­tree Forest by Ivan Shishkin. But, when it comes to the most expensive painting from Russian art, surprisingly, it is the represented painting with $60,000,000 price tag on it. It was sold by Sotheby’s in 2008. The artist of the painting, Kazimir Malevich, was the founder of the Geometric abstraction during early 20th century when the avant-garde movement was on the rise. For his new art style, artist proclaimed, “Only with the disappearance of a habit of mind which sees in pictures little corners of nature, madonnas and shameless Venuses, shall we witness […]

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The Kiss is Gustav Klimt’s most famous painting from his whole career and also from his ‘golden period’ during which he used real gold and silver leaf in his paintings. The artist’s recent sensual works before The Kiss acquired him the title of enfant terrible, meaning the terrible child. A term used for the geniuses who have the unorthodox views towards the conventional wisdom. The Kiss isn’t especially sensual. Instead, it was well reviewed by the viewers and gained the artist some more reputation during his golden time. Though for his other scrutinized works he famously quoted, “If you can not please everyone with your deeds and your art, please a few”. The painting represents a couple busy in romantic apogee of sensual pleasure. The man in the long robe is […]

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Peter Paul Rubens, the 17th century Flemish Baroque painter painted the first version of the biblical subject Massacre of the Innocents in 1612. It took him two years to finish the painting. It showcases the intense scene of King Herod’s (Herod the Great) soldiers killing the infants of Bethlehem during his reign. Massacre of the Innocents The subject of the painting is the intense massacre of the infants during the time of Herod the Great who after a prophecy, got furious that a Jew boy (Jesus) would uproot his grand reign. After getting outwitted by the Magi, and not knowing which baby would be the reason of his diminishing reign, in fury, he ordered to kill all the infants under age of two. It was […]

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The Scream bought three things into limelight: Edvard Munch, the painter of the artwork; importance of impressionism and the town of Oslo where the artist got his inspiration to depict such a radical subject achieved never before so firmly. The gloomy nature of the artist himself is reflected explicitly in the painting. In his personal life, Edvard Munch was much of a depressed person who also got an inevitable treatment for his mental illness for eight months in a hospital. After that, his mental condition and gloomy thoughts changed to a great degree and his paintings became more optimistic with positive colors and subjects. Though, this painting was painted when he was fighting with his depression. On a little walk near a lake with his […]

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The Ball at the Moulin de la Galette by Pierre Auguste Renoir is a depiction of a small French Town’s outskirt area with a lively beer-garden. People are dancing, drinking and having sensuous flirting activities to have a joyous time. The sunlight sieved through tree-branches is giving the environment a balanced and pleasant air. The whole place seems to be filled with music, dance-steps, laughs and gossips. The painting currently ranks at number six on the list of the most expensive paintings with the price tag of $78.1 in 1990, which translates into staggering $141.5 million if we adjust the figure with the price inflation. Moulin de la Galette is a windmill in the district of Montmartre, Paris. This is the same place where Vincent […]

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Made in 1969, the three studies of Lucian Freud were made by Francis Bacon and is the most expensive painting of all time sold at an auction by November 2013. The price tag without adjusting the inflation is around $142.4 million. Francis Bacon was a figurative painter and painted many of his paintings in such triptych style. According to his statement he always saw images in series. And thus, he painted those series in triptych styles. The current one has become his most famous painting after the auction. It depicts his friend Lucian Freud sitting in three different positions in an imaginary background and a linear box. The figure seems to be deformed or distorted and the face of the person has gone to the […]

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Referred sometimes as the Austrian Mona Lisa, “Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I” by Gustav Klimt is a world-known portrait of a wealthy society aristocrat woman named Adele Bloch- Bauer. The whole painting is depicted with real gold and silver leaves, and some regular oil paint. There was also another portrait of the woman called Adele Bloch Baucer II. The Painting made the Austrian artist so famous and main stream, that after the exhibition of the work, he got many commissions. The painting was from his golden age during which he worked with real gold and silver for his paintings. This wasn’t his first time use of paintings. Painting broke all records of being expensive in June 2006 by a staggering amount of $135 million paid by […]

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Le Reve (“Dream” in French) is Pablo Picasso‘s most famous, expensive and also controversial painting of all the time. The highly contrasting colors and the overly simplified depiction is from Picasso’s period of distorted depictions. He had various periods of different types of depictions in his art during his lifetime. This style is said to be near style of Fauvism, which also used contrasting colors. A little controversy attached to this piece of art is that Picasso has depicted an erect penis over the face of the woman, which is not official but many critics believe it to be portrayal of his own. Artists do include hidden messages, ideas or designs in their paintings often and the apparent resemblance of the painting is provoking the critics […]

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Woman series by the Dutch-American Abstract-Impressionist painter is his most recognized painting series. The third painting of the series simply called Woman III brought him success beyond his imagination. Woman III was executed in 1953 and was sold for the staggering amount of $137.5 million in a private sale in 2006. It wasn’t for the first time for any of Kooning’s painting sold for a big price tag. He has a history of selling his paintings for big amounts which brought good fortune for him too. In this Oil on canvas painting, contrary to normal belief, Kooning took a great care for his painting, instead of just waving his brush on canvas lazily. Allegedly, he was more about creating a chaotic effect than imitating the […]

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