“Number 19, 1948″
A record $58.4 million was paid for a Jackson Pollock drip painting on Wednesday at Christie’s in New York. Featuring a mixture of silver, black, white, red and green, “Number 19, 1948″ was expected to bring about $25 – 35 million but instead set a new auction record for a Pollock. This painting is often recognized as a point when Pollock’s drip style really took off. It was made during a three-year period when he had a burst of creativity that helped to change the history of 20th Century art.
“Woman with Flowered Hat”
At the same auction Pop Artist Roy Lichtenstein’s “Woman with Flowered Hat” sold for $56.1 million. This work, not typical of the comic-strip style paintings that he often did, is his parody of the cubism of Picasso.
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Be sure to stop by Delilah’s when you come down to Main Street Front Royal for the Wine Festival. All day today! Too much fun to miss. Come on down.
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A few weeks ago I posted about Degas’ Little Dancer sculpture that I saw at the Met. I mentioned that the gallery was a dancers dream. (Read that post here.) Here is a closer look at the other dancers in the room - some wonderful dancer paintings.
Dancer with Fan and The Dancers
Dancer with a Fan, 1890-95, pastel and charcoal on buff-colored paper, was a study that he did for the Dancers in the Wings painting that is at the St. Louis Art Museum.
The Dancers, about 1900, pastel and charcoal on paper, is thought to be a second painting that he did of this composition that was done as he was making revisions to the original painting.
Dancers Practicing at the Barre
Dancers Practicing at the Barre, 1877, mixed media on canvas, gives you a glance at the open door of a dance studio.
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Twins Target Field, acrylic on canvas, 18″x24″.
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Woman in Blue against Blue Water
We have all seen “The Scream” by Edvard Munch, the Norwegian artist (you can see a post I did earlier about its record sale here) but I’ll bet you aren’t as familiar with these paintings that he did. I saw them recently at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. The Woman in Blue against Blue Water is an oil on canvas painted in 1891.
Cypress in Moonlight
Cypress in Moonlight is also an oil on canvas. This one didn’t have a date and while I searched to find more I didn’t find anything because both of these pieces are part of “Private Collections”, meaning they are on loan to the museum but owned by a private party.
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Tiffany & Co., ca. 1893
Metropolitan Museum of Art
I finally took a little time to edit some of the photos that I took on my recent visit to the Met in New York City so that I can share some of the wonderful things that I saw. One thing I enjoy is just wandering from gallery to gallery in large museums and seeing what appears. While doing just that I came across this marvelous Tiffany Vase on display. It was designed by John T. Curran (1859-1933) in New York City in 1893. And it made of silver, gold, enamel and opals. Here’s what the description card said: The Magnolia Vase was the centerpiece of Tiffany & Co.’s display at the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago – a display Godey’s Magazine described as “the greatest exhibit in point of artistic beauty and intrinsic value, that any individual firm has ever shown.” The design of the vase was a self-conscious expression of national pride. The vegetal ornament refers to various regions of the United States: pinecones and needles symbolize the North and East; magnolias, the South and West; the cacti, the Southwest. Representing the country as a whole is the ubiquitous goldenrod, fashioned from gold mined in the United States. The work was heralded by the editor of the New York Sun as “one of the most remarkable specimens of the silversmith…art that has ever been produced anywhere.” You can read more about the vase here.
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We have had company the last few days. Ordo and Luke came to stay with us last Wednesday and boy have things been lively. They love playing with my two smallest, Lincoln and Mamie. Jed just tries to stay out of the way. So this morning when I sat down to write a post this is what it looked like. It was so cute I decided it warranted a post of its own.
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