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 Iris) by Vincent van Gogh, which was sold for $53.9 million (inflation adjusted price: $102 million in Sep 2010) in November 1987.
Cezanne is often referred to as the bridge between Impressionism and Cubism, and he is credited for laying the foundation for transition from the 19th century artistic styles to a radically different style in the early 20th century.
During his career Cézanne created a number of famous still lifes, apart from a large number of other paintings including landscapes and a series of ‘bathers’. His paintings eventually became a huge source of inspiration and model for artists like Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse.
On 10 May 1999 during the sale of the Whitney family art collection, ‘Rideau, Cruchon et Compotier’ (Curtain, Jug and Fruit Bowl) was sold to an unidentified buyer at an auction at Sotheby’s, New York, for $60.5 million (inflation adjusted price as on September 2010: $79.5 million), which was a record price.