Paul Cezanne: Rideau, Cruchon et Compotier

Paul Cezanne: Rideau, Cruchon et Compotier (1893-1894) at Whitney Museum of American Art, USA

The still life oil painting titled ‘Rideau, Cruchon et Compotier’ (1893- 1894) by the Post-Impressionist French artist Paul Cézanne (1839-1906), is considered the most expensive still life painting in the world ever sold in an auction. Another oil painting that comes in the list of the most expensive paintings in the world is ‘Irises’ (Les […]

Vincent van Gogh: Irises (Les Iris)

Vincent van Gogh: Irises (Les Iris), oil painting of 1889

‘Irises’ (Les Iris) is an oil-on-canvas painting by the Dutch post-impressionist artist Vincent van Gogh. It is currently on display at J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, California, USA. Vincent van Gogh painted ‘Irises’ in May 1889, days after he was admitted at the psychiatric center at Monastery Saint-Paul de Mausole in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, southern […]

Amedeo Modigliani: the saddest life of one of the most expensive artists of modern times

Portrait of Amedeo Modigliani (1919) oil painting by French artist Jeanne Hébuterne

It is sometimes hard to believe that some of the artists, whose works are now counted as the most expensive paintings in the world, once lived hand-to-mouth lives during their lifetimes. They are often referred to as ‘struggling artists’ and, sadly, many of them had died poverty-stricken, after a lifetime of hard work, without earning […]

The most expensive paintings in the world

Free photo: Diana and Actaeon (1556-1559) oil painting by Titian

Which is the most expensive painting in the world? Well, I must confess that I can’t say for sure. But, I can refer you to a list of most expensive paintings published by Wikipedia. While I was searching for some information on the price of oil paintings, and other related facts, I came across a […]

Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I, painting by Gustav Klimt

Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I (1907), painting by the Austrian Artist Gustav Klimt currently at Neue Galerie, New York City

On June 19, 2006, Carol Vogel wrote in an article titled “Lauder Pays $135 Million, a Record, for a Klimt Portrait” published in The New York Times that a 1907 portrait by the Austrian Symbolist painter Gustav Klimt (1862-1918) had been purchased by Ronald S. Lauder for US$135 million. Obviously the article is about the […]