Sotheby’s will present two parade portraits of Van Dyck’s brush.


 Anthony van Dyck Portrait of Mary, the eldest daughter of the king and Princess of Orange

Two parade portraits of older children of King Charles I of England, the eleventh-day Prince of Wales (later King Charles II) and his nine-year-old sister Mary, the eldest daughter of the king (later the mother of the future King William III), will be among the most valuable auction lot items of the old masters of Sotheby’s in London December 5th. These two portraits, from a series of recent works that Anthony van Dyck wrote for their royal patron saint, were kept in one private collection for almost a century and entered the market with a total valuation of $ 3.8 million.

Conceived and executed in the summer of 1641, a few months before the death of the artist in December of that year, these may be portraits of the prince and the princess documented among the things found in the artist’s workshop in the Blackford District (London) after his death. Embodying the extraordinary skill that van Dyke brought to children’s’ portraiture, the genre in which he succeeded in his early years in Genoa, both works shows the perceptible resemblance of royal children at a time when their world and the Stuart monarchy were on the brink of collapse.

 Anthony van Dyck Portrait of Charles II, Prince of Wales Image: Sotheby’s

Alex Bell of the Sotheby’s old masters department said: “Van Dyke was responsible for the creation of durable portraits of Charles I and his courtiers, and in these exceptionally well-preserved portraits of his two older children, we see how the artist uses his artistic wizardry to portray both youth and the status of his royal models. The stormy history of the courtyard of Stuarts has always captured the imagination of people, and taking into account the additional interest caused by exhibitions in London this year, the appearance of the sale of these royal portraits, which is extremely rare is on the market, are very timely. ”

In 1632, van Dyke became the court painter of the English King. In this position, he created numerous portraits of Charles I, his wife Henrietta Maria and their children, many of whom still remain in the British Royal Collection. Van Dyck’s style, which endowed their models with a relaxed elegance and restrained power, dominated the English portrait painting by the end of the 18th century.

The most complete exhibition of Bruegel opens in Vienna


The Museum of Art History gathered for the first time almost the entire legacy of Peter Brueghel the Elder – about three dozen paintings.

Peter Brueghel the Elder. «Children’s games». 1560. Photo: Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien

The exhibition is dedicated to the 450th anniversary of the death of the great master, although the gods himself ordered the crowns of his wreaths to hold his exhibitions – both on occasion and without him. The Vienna Museum of Art History – the main owner of works by Peter Bruegel the Elder, or Muzhitsky, (about 1525/30 – 1569), he owns 12 works of the artist. The second is the Royal Museum of Fine Arts in Brussels with six paintings; the rest, including such titans as the Louvre and the Metropolitan Museum, and even less. In total, about 40 paintings by Brueghel are preserved in the world.

In Vienna, will show all five surviving scenes from the series “Seasons”, among which, perhaps, the most famous work of the Netherlands artist – “Hunters in the snow.” For the first time in one exposition, there will be two “Tower of Babel” – from the Vienna museum and from the Museum of Boimans – van Beuningen in Rotterdam. Especially for the exhibition, the Madrid Prado restored Bruegel’s masterpiece from his collection – The Triumph of Death. Restoration, during which reinforced the paint layer and returned the original bright colors, lasted two years.

Peter Brueghel the Elder. The Tower of Babel. 1563. Photo: Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien

At the exhibition, modern multimedia tools will be widely used, because “rural life” in Bruegel is a rebus, behind which other content hides, this is what attracts a modern person with his clip-consciousness. The audience will be able to decode for themselves all the unusual details of the paintings. For example, “Magpie on the Gallows” from the Museum of the Land of Hesse (Darmstadt). Why such a complicated way to kill a bird? It turns out that this picture Bruegel expressed his attitude to scammers and gossipers, the guilt of which the Spanish conquerors executed his compatriots on real gallows. Another example is the “Parable of the Blind” from the Museum of Capodimonte (Naples), seemingly a simple illustration to the well-known maxim: if a blind man leads a blind man, they will both fall into the pit. However, it turned out that the second and fourth characters of the picture are blinded artificially. Perhaps this is Brueghel’s response to the atrocities of the Duke of Alba, repaired in his native Netherlands. It is curious that today the parable of the blind is perceived precisely by the picture of Brueghel.

Museum of Art History
October 2, 2018 – January 13, 2019

Without the consent of the artist, the exhibition of Ivan Marchuk became a decoration of the clip by Valeriy Meladze.


The “Music on the Canvas” exhibition of the well-known Ukrainian artist Ivan Marchuk, which took place in August in the Kyiv Center for Contemporary Art, became the stage for Valery Meladze, a Russian singer of Georgian origin, “The Liberty or the Sweet Captivity”.

 A fragment of the exhibition “Music on the canvas” by Ivan Marchuk at the M17 CSM / Photo: Vladimir Stefan for

Only the permission and even the warning about filming a clip on the background of the work of Marchuk, the artist did not receive from representatives Meladze, which, in turn, may be a violation of intellectual property rights. Also on official pages, the singer does not have any information that the video work involved the artwork of the aforementioned author.

The artist himself, having learned that his exposition was clogged in a music clip, was not upset, but at the same time he was embarrassed by the fact that his works were used in filming without any warning.


Bonhams auction house is sold


One of Bonhams’ oldest auction houses, which was put up for sale in May this year, was purchased by the British private equity firm Epiris. The financial terms of the deal have not yet been disclosed.

Bonhams CEO Matthew Golding and CFO Jonathan Fairhurst will continue to work in their positions along with former Sotheby’s chief operating officer Bruno Vinciguerra, who will take the post of executive chairman. Bruno Vinciguerra has already made a statement stating that “Bonhams is a business with great potential and a powerful history. I really hope to work with the team to help the company move on to the next stage of development. ”

Recall that in the year 2000, Bonhams was already sold to the Brooks auction house, after which the company was named Bonhams & Brooks. Subsequently, new owners wanted to resell their asset in 2014, even interested in buying it from representatives of the Chinese auction group Poly Culture Group, but something went wrong and sales did not happen. According to the Sunday Times, a financial advisory firm, NM Rothschild, was involved in the search for a buyer. At the beginning of this year, according to financial analysts, the auction house was estimated at several hundred million dollars.

The Bonhams Auction House, founded in 1793 and based in London, is one of the world’s largest and most well-known auction artists in visual arts and antiques, cars and jewelry. In 2017, Bonhams sold more than 50,000 lots worth more than £ 450 million.


Dorotheum auction put up for sale the canvas of Artemisia Gentileschi.


Created by the famous representative of the Italian Baroque, the image of Lucretia since the XIX century was in a private collection and had never before been exhibited

Artemisia Gentileschi. “Lucretia.” Photo: Dorotheum

At auction Viennese auction house Dorotheum October 23 will be represented depicting Lucretia canvas Artemisia Gentileschi (1593-1654). The picture was never exhibited before and was not put up for auction.

Gentileschi – one of the very few known artists today, representatives of the Italian Baroque. Thanks to her pictures depicting strong women in dramatic life situations, she became a kind of female symbol of the world of old masters in the era of feminism and the campaign against sexual harassment of #MeToo. The contribution of artists who worked in various periods of art history is gradually overestimated; Against this background, there is a growing interest in the work of Gentileschi, in the center of which there are brave heroines of classical mythology.

In July, the British National Gallery purchased from the London dealer Robilant + Voena for £ 3.6 million “Self-portrait in the image of St. Catherine” (circa 1615-1617) Gentileschi. Another of her work, previously unknown, was sold in December last year at the Paris auction Drouot for a record € 2.3 million, which exceeded at times estimate in € 300-400 thousand Asked whether the National Gallery will fight for the canvas on auction of Dorotheum, the representative of the museum replied: “The National Gallery never comments on works in the acquisition of which it may be – or not be – is interested.”

The exhibition “Artemisia Gentileschi and Her Time”, which took place in the Museum of Rome in 2016-2017, also contributed to the growing interest in the artist’s work. Nicola Spinoza included the image of Lucretia as a catalog of this exhibition, published in 2015, and in the catalog of the Gentileschi exhibition in 2016 in the Roman palazzo Braski.

According to Mark McDonnell, head of the department of old masters at Dorotheum, “Lucrezia” is now in a private European collection, in which it appears to have come about in the middle of the 19th century. In that same period, a certain image of Lucretia was included in the collection of the Yatta family from Ruvo di Puglia: in documents from the family archive, a picture is mentioned with belle donne nude con pugnale (“beautiful naked women with daggers”). At the auction Dorotheum will also present a different image of Lucretia from the same collection – the brush of a Neapolitan artist of the 17th century Diana de Rosa.

“Lucretia” – the first canvas of Artemisia Gentileschi, with which the Vienna auction house works. Her works in principle are rarely at auction, and the database Artnet contains information about only 62 works of the artist, put up for auction – and every time with a low estimate. As McDonnell notes, the estimate of the picture (€ 500-700 thousand) is again “very modest and does not reflect its real market value, which, as we expect, will be much higher.”

“There were fierce disputes around the attribution of this canvas, but Nicola Spinoza and Riccardo Lattuada, who carried out the expertise in Vienna, are convinced that Gentileschi created it,” says McDonnell, who devoted six months to the work with the painting (with this attribution art critic Wolfgang Prochaska also agrees) ). Spinoza originally referred the work to the Florentine period of Gentileschi’s work (the late 1620s – early 1630s), but then changed his mind, suggesting that it was created in 1640-1645, that is, in the Neapolitan period. Lattuada also refers it to the Neapolitan period, but to its earlier part, approximately to 1630-1635, pointing to the stylistic similarity with the works of Massimo Stantsion, with whom the artist worked in the first time after moving to Naples, and Simon Vou, her friend on Rome.

“In life Artemisia was a scandalous figure – going to court with a lawsuit against the artist Agostino Tassi, who raped her, created her an ambiguous reputation. But she sought to use this reputation and forced her patrons to come face to face with these difficult, violent stories around suffering and powerful heroines, “says Mark McDonnell. According to him, in the XVIII and XIX centuries, her work turned out to be on the periphery of the canon: “In the views of the XIX century, the works of Gentileschi were too dramatic, too bloody, too rude for a” virtuous “artist. But their strength and power, in my opinion, are consonant with the modern atmosphere. “

The painted banknote of the Odessa artist was shown at the Saatchi Gallery


On August 30, Saatchi Gallery opened the international exhibition “Cash is King”, featuring colored banknotes from around the world. Ukraine presented the Odessa artist Kirill Bondarenko, especially for the London exhibition, he painted a banknote with a nominal value of two hryvnias.

The project “Cash is King” has allowed artists from all over the world to add their own touches to money. The exhibition also raises the question of how different countries are working to protect their system and society, whose incarnation is often billboards.

In general, the exhibition shows more than a hundred works, which can be purchased online from 120 to 4,700 pounds sterling. Already the second day after the opening, almost all the work was sold out.

The Dutch museum managed to buy an unknown picture of Rembrandt at the auction.


The unknown picture of the Dutch artist Rembrandt van Rein succeeded in acquiring the Lackenhal Museum in one of the auctions abroad. The purchased canvas will be exposed for public viewing in Leiden, the hometown of the famous painter.

The curator of the paintings of the old masters of the Lacenghal Museum, Christian Vogelar, said about a sensational acquisition without specifying on which auction the picture was bought, and also refused to tell which canvas is said and how it was found that it belongs to Rembrandt’s brush.

It is only known that the painting is being restored, and the public canvas will be presented on November 3 of the following year at the exhibition dedicated to the early work of Rembrandt.

“First of all, we must make sure that the restoration is completed on time and that we have time to study the painting in detail,” Vogelar said. – “At this stage, we can not say anything more”.

Why the picture of Henri Matisse “Dance” was annoying then the audience and the story of its creation


French artist Henri Matisse was called a “wild” artist because he dared to simplify the laws of painting. Looking at his canvases, the public indignantly criticized him, but at the same time, he constantly made an order for him. One of the most famous paintings by the artist “Dance” in 1910 is considered a provocative picture. Nude, dancing bodies on the canvas, wide smears – all of them were angry and, at the same time, attracted spectators.

Once in 1908, a Russian industrialist and collector Sergei Shchukin looked at the workshop for Henri Matisse in Paris. He painted an order for several paintings to decorate the grand staircase of his new home in Moscow. The collector wanted the artist to write something that would symbolize music and dance. Matisse, thinking for a moment, agreed with joy, because in his mind for a long time the idea of some kind of allegory in dance has matured.

To create a famous painting the artist was inspired by the then famous organizer of the ballet in Paris Sergey Diaghilev and the Greek vase painting. On almost four meters of canvas, Matisse portrayed dancing in the dance of girls, simplifying their image almost to schematization. He was surprisingly able to convey expression through a minimal amount of colors. Their master used only three, which symbolize the internal heat that unites the heavens and the earth and the bodies of dancers. The dance itself represents the expression of the insane twentieth century.

 Henry Matisse, “Music”, 1910. The Hermitage, St. Petersburg

In addition to the famous “Dance”, the artist wrote for Shchukin two more paintings in the same style as “Music” and “Bathing, or Meditation”, the latter remained incomplete. Before sending two canvases to the customer to Tsarist Russia, they were exhibited for a general review at the Autumn Salon in Grand Palais, but Mati’s paintings received negative reviews and indignation from the public. The viewers are not accustomed to such innovation in painting, irritated by uncovered individual parts of the body, simple careless lines and only three dominant colors.

Collector Serhiy Shchukin was immediately blamed for not being ashamed, called him a garbage collector and almost insane. Frightened by such psychological pressure, he refused to take pictures of Matisse. But after a few days, being a halfway from Paris to Moscow, Shchukin changed his decision, despite the bad reviews, he wrote a telegram to the artist that he still sent him these pictures. He requested Matisse to apologize for his weakness and cowardice and insisted that the author cover these places that led to criticism.

After the October Revolution and the Bolsheviks came to power, Sergey Shchukin was in a hurry to leave the imperial empire, and the collection had to be left. All of the paintings were nationalized and sent to the Hermitage.

Throughout the time of collecting, Shchukin managed to create a unique collection of French avant-garde paintings, featuring canons of Gauguin, Monet, Matisse, Picasso and other well-known representatives of Western art. According to Sotheby’s auction house, the value of the 2012 Sergey Shchukin collection was $ 8.5 billion.

Works from the Luxembourg exhibition of Ivan Marchuk can stay forever in the EU.


At the Luxembourgian Cultural Center “Abbaye de Neumünster” on September 7, a retrospective exhibition of one of the most prominent representatives of Ukrainian contemporary art, Ivan Marchuk, opens.

The exhibition entitled “In Search of Truth” will feature over three dozen landscape and abstract compositions that cover five of the twelve creative cycle of the famous artist.

According to the organizers, most of the collection has already been featured in recent years in Lithuania, Germany, Poland and Belgium, and it is extremely enjoyable – the work of Ivan Marchuk is always amazement and enthusiasm among the European public.

The artist Ivan Marchuk said that now in the EU there are more than a hundred of his unique works. There is a high probability that all these priceless canvases that the artist has written during his lifetime can stay forever abroad. The reason for this is the lack of initiative of the Ukrainian authorities to allocate at least some premises in Kiev so that these pictures can be constantly seen by all those who wish. The artist himself is not against leaving them outside of Ukraine, because he is tired of appealing to the Kyiv authorities “roof” for his work. If they do not value theirs, then aliens are only happy to be ready to shelter his artistic creations that are recognized by the world.


Masterpieces that still can not find (Part II)

Two portraits of José Capelo by Francis Bacon. Stolen in 2015.

From the friendship with Francis Bacon, Jose Capello left as many as five of his portraits. His treasures, which skyrocketed in value, the Spaniard recklessly kept at home. And when he only had to go to London, the canvasses disappeared. A year later, three were found, the police arrested more than ten people, but the case has not been solved yet. Portrait of another friend Bacon, Lucien Freud, a couple of years, led the rating of the most expensive works of art sold at public auctions: a triptych “Three sketches for a portrait of Lucien Freud” purchased for $ 142.4 million (Christie’s, 2013).

“The wounded table” by Frida Kahlo. The location is unknown since 1955.

Bernard Zilberstein photographed Frieda Kalo at the “Wounded Table” in 1941, a year after finishing the work on the painting. Photo: Edward B. Silberstein / Cincinnati Art Museum

How it was possible to steal the “Wounded Table” unnoticeably is hard to imagine. Work impressive size (1.2 by 2.4 m) is written on a tree, not on the canvas, so that it can not be cut out of the frame and rolled into a roll. But the fact remains: the picture, which is called the “Holy Grail” for students of Kalo’s creativity, mysteriously disappeared on the way to Moscow. A convinced communist, the artist gave it to the Soviet Union, but our officials did not appreciate the work, categorizing them as “samples of decadent bourgeois art.” Anyway, the “wounded table” after the death of Kalo in 1954 managed to reach the exhibition in Warsaw, and then evaporated. Recently, a Mexican art critic has stirred up the world art community, saying that he attacked the track of the “wounded table”. While they are looking for him, a record-worthy work of the artist, whose great retrospective is being successfully held now at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, there remains the picture “Two Naked in the Woods” – the new owner paid $ 8 million for it.

“View Auvers-sur-Oise” by Paul Cezanne. It was stolen in 2000.

A pledge of successful abduction is a surprise. For example, New Year’s Eve, when no one cares about what is happening in the museum. So decided the robbers, aiming at one of the iconic paintings of Cezanne – “View Over-sur-Oise”, and not lost. The landscape was abducted from the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford on the night of January 1, 2000. Without special effects was not done: intruders, after entering the museum, threw a smoke bomb. While the protection of the noise of New Year fireworks on the street trying to understand what happened, the kidnappers and the trace caught cold. The most expensive painting for Cezanne today is not a landscape, but a still life: “The curtain, the jug and the compote” was sold for $ 60.5 million (Sotheby’s, 1999).