What were your strongest impressions of the recent evening sales?
Each auction has its stronger works which is the strategy of the auction houses. Every year sees new works some to the market and now some lesser known artists who were not allowed in the past are appearing which attracts new buyers looking to start collecting. Many works now have gone to such high price levels that it is impossible for new buyers to begin.
There are many new private buyers, investment firms, and museums attracting strong bids. Classic star lots such as the Monet Irises will always cause excitement at Christies London but its new works that appear for the first time on the market that creates the strongest interest.
By Amy Lugten
Writing about painting is a bit like writing about architecture. You have to absorb what the object is all about, in order to understand it. You have to know about who created it, why they created it, and who they created it for. Buildings are also much like portraits. They tell the story of a thing at a point in time, and they change with age. Our understandings of them change with age too. But like a fine architect, a fine artist’s reputation will endure, and this makes Old Master art all the more interesting.
On the website at the moment are three pieces of art (in two listings) that relate to two important artists of the early modern period. Both artists also worked with their respective royalty. Hyacinthe Rigaud (1659-1743) most famously painted Louis XIV, the most outstanding of which is a full-length portrait of the King with scandalously exposed, white-stockinged legs. On the website at the moment is a work originating from the workshop of Rigaud.