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Old 11-13-2013, 11:41 AM
 
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Francis Bacon's picture titled ' Three Studies of Lucian Freud' is now the most expensive artwork sold at auction bringing in 142.4 million at Christie's. Wow. That'll buy alot of paint and easels. Curious as to why so much.
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Old 11-13-2013, 10:06 PM
 
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Old 11-14-2013, 01:33 AM
 
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It's a triptych. Three large paintings make the whole of the piece.
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Old 11-14-2013, 11:11 AM
 
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It's a triptych. Three large paintings make the whole of the piece.
From the looks of it, the individual or corp entity who bought it might have made a great buy. I'd wonder if the 'parts' may someday be greater than the 'whole' ....;-).....
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Old 11-14-2013, 03:56 PM
 
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From the looks of it, the individual or corp entity who bought it might have made a great buy. I'd wonder if the 'parts' may someday be greater than the 'whole' ....;-).....
Possibly so. Consider Andy Worhol's Campbell's Soup paintings. I believe there are over 30 of them. Andy wanted to sell them piece by piece, but the gallery owner just could not come to terms with breaking up the set, so he bought them all. They remain a full collection to this day and are to never be seperated.
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Old 11-16-2013, 10:52 AM
 
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My problem with art is that an art piece can only be sold at a certain price after that artist dies.
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Old 11-17-2013, 05:13 AM
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My problem with art is that an art piece can only be sold at a certain price after that artist dies.
not sure I understand-a little dense sometimes.


Do you mean an artist's death increase the value of a painting?
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Old 11-18-2013, 02:28 PM
 
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. I'v said this before many time --many of these so called art lovers dont care about the art is just an investment and/or status symbol.
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Old 11-19-2013, 09:42 PM
 
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My problem with art is that an art piece can only be sold at a certain price after that artist dies.
Not always. Lucien Freud died a millionaire, as did Picasso, Matisse, and many others. Even more led very comfortable lives, and even centuries ago, good artists were able to lead massively better lives than the rest of their kinfolk.

Bacon's disturbing paintings made him a very wealthy man long before his death.

Why his works were so popular may be confusing to an American, but the British have always had a taste for the dark and disturbing stuff. Alfred Sickley and many other British artists produced very disturbing stuff that would be thought to be sick and twisted here.
But the cream always rises. Bacon was a damned good painter, and his art packed a lot of emotional freight. The same can be said about the American DeKooning, who did his share of disturbing paintings. He was also very well off when he died, too.

One thing is for sure. The masterworks of the 20th century are now pulling prices once only reserved for the 19th and earlier centuries. I believe this may be due as much to changing tastes as to availability.

Personally, I've never liked Warhol's stuff. It's all second-rate silkscreening to me, and I'll take a Roy Lichtenstein over a Warhol any day of the week. The same goes with Wayne Thiebaud, too. And Mel Ramos.
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Old 11-21-2013, 01:32 PM
 
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Why his works were so popular may be confusing to an American, but the British have always had a taste for the dark and disturbing stuff. Alfred Sickley and many other British artists produced very disturbing stuff that would be thought to be sick and twisted here.
But the cream always rises. Bacon was a damned good painter, and his art packed a lot of emotional freight. The same can be said about the American DeKooning, who did his share of disturbing paintings. He was also very well off when he died, too.
Very interesting points. Right, I am stunned at how 'popular' a Bacon painting has become. Is the art perhaps an expensive 'taste' of the times which as you noted focuses now on the 'disturbed' and 'unbalanced'? We apparently are at the other end of the spectrum say from the Mona Lisa. Really Bacon's painting all have the 'posions' right up there on the surface. He sets it right up to the viewer's face. heheh what's happening to so-called 'beauty'?' ...;-)...Arguably it now looks like it's lost or perhaps undergoing a transformation.
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