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Bacon Triptych of Freud May Sell for Record $95 Million

Bacon Triptych of Freud May Sell for Record $95 Million | Auctions | Scoop.it
A Francis Bacon triptych of Lucian Freud may sell for more than $95 million at auction in New York next month, an artist record.
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Tracey Emin and Damien Hirst's works could 'lose significant value after death'

Tracey Emin and Damien Hirst's works could 'lose significant value after death' | Auctions | Scoop.it
Tracey Emin and Damien Hirst could be among the first contemporary artists whose works lose significant value after death, a leading art sales expert has said.
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VENETIAN GLASS: The Importance of Colors | Venetian Glass Site

VENETIAN GLASS: The Importance of Colors | Venetian Glass Site | Auctions | Scoop.it
Venetian glass has always been important not only for its techniques but for its unlimited colors. Each color is obtained by adding metal oxides to the blend.

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Venetian glass allows you to realize your dreams when it comes to colors. You can get any color from the color wheel and any desired nuance. When looking for standard items you will already have a great choice, but if you want a specific color, that matches the colors you already have in your home you will be able to get your glass drinkware, chandeliers, vases or sculptures accordingly.

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A Beginner's Guide to Chinese Porcelain Vase Shapes

A Beginner's Guide to Chinese Porcelain Vase Shapes | Auctions | Scoop.it
Read this helpful guide for identifying Chinese vases that will transform the novice collector into an expert.
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NEWS - £9.3m Jean-Michel Basquiat kicks off Christie’s Evening Sale

NEWS - £9.3m Jean-Michel Basquiat kicks off Christie’s Evening Sale | Auctions | Scoop.it
Last night’s auction of Post War and Contemporary Art at Christie's London made a total of £81.7 m (96% by value)  inclusive of premiums, which is a record for a February sale of this type for the ...

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Art Choice: John William Waterhouse (English Pre-Raphaelite painter) 1849 - 1917 Head of a Young Girl, ca. 1880

Art Choice: John William Waterhouse (English Pre-Raphaelite painter) 1849 - 1917 Head of a Young Girl, ca. 1880 | Auctions | Scoop.it

John William Waterhouse (English Pre-Raphaelite painter) 1849 - 1917 Head of a Young Girl, ca. 1880 pencil on paper 16.5 x 15.5 cm. s.l. 

 


"His models provide a theme of interest in themselves... the paintings show how as the years went by he continually sought his ideal vision of womanhood, rather than some character type adapted to each new subject. The remarkable thing is that he found her and remained faithful to her in his art, reflecting the distant ideal of Medieval Courtly love in the warmed mirrors of Italian passion and Greek sensuality.
John William Waterhouse is one of the few artists to combine influences from the two main currents in late nineteenth century British art: one derived from Pre-Raphaelitism, the other from French painting. He was a painter of poetical subjects drawn from Keats, Tennyson, Shakespeare and classical mythology. Although his subject matter and romantic approach owe much to Pre-Raphaelitism, his bold painterly technique derives from French artists such as Bastien-Lepage. Indeed all his friendships were made among the French-influenced artists of the Newlyn School, rather than the circles around Burne-Jones. 
John William Waterhouse's parents were both minor artists. He was born in Rome, although his family returned to London while he was still a child. He entered the Royal Academy Schools in 1870 and began to exhibit at the Society of British Artists in 1872, and the Royal Academy in 1874, making his debut as a painter of eastern and classical genre scenes and large reconstructions of incidents from ancient history. The culmination of this phase of his art was Mariamne, Wife of King Herod the Great, Going Forth to be Executed (exhibited Royal Academy 1887; Forbes Collection, London & New York). The following year he initiated his poetic phase with The Lady of Shalott, which was bought by Sir Henry Tate, and is today one of the most popular paintings in the Tate Gallery. Despite his preferred subject matter after this date, Waterhouse showed primarily at the Royal Academy, although he also exhibited a few works at the more `aesthetic' venues of the Grosvenor and New Galleries. He was elected Associate of the Royal Academy in 1885 and Royal Academician in 1895. Anthony Hobson's The Art and Life of J. W. Waterhouse RA, 1849-1917 appeared in 1980 (Christie's and Studio Vista, London)." 

 

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