Jean-Baptiste Greuze, "Portrait of a Boy," oil on canvas, 56.5 x 46.5 cm
Estimate: 120,000 - 150,000 Euro
Sold for €620,000 on 7th of April 2014, Lot 17

This portrait of a man by Jean-Baptiste Greuze fetched 620,000 Euro at auction this week – what an incredible price for a work by this French romantic painter of the 18th century. The auction house Rieunier & Associes in Paris put an estimate of 120,000 – 150,000 Euro. The portrait is the 5th most expensive painting by […]

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While in Maastricht for TEFAF, we took a day trip to the historical Belgian town of Leuven and blown away by the architecture we saw there. The university library, which was destroyed in August 1914 and restored in Flemish Renaissance style by the Americans as a gift to the city, the town hall and the […]

Martin Creed, row of ever smaller Cactus plants

There has been a frenzy of cultural activities in London this past few weeks with Fashion Week, BAFTA and Brit Awards making the city a buzzing hot spot for creative industries. But my eyes stay focused on art and after being away for several weeks, I am ready to catch up with the exhibitions in […]

SellYouLaterTM

Launched last week on 8th of February, the team behind the new web sensation of art world, SellYouLater.com is already getting threats “from individuals who believe our quantitative forecasting is an unfair market force,” as they admit in a recent interview. So how do they do it? Put simply, by looking at numbers and relying […]

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The Polish artist Pawel Althamer’s celebrated work at last year’s Venice Biennale made its US debut at the New Museum this past week. Althamer’s cast of Venetian citizens; bankers, shopkeepers, immigrant workers, whom he met on the city’s streets, were turned into haunting zombie-like figures and 90 of them all! “It was as if the […]

Basquiat, in Powell's Upper West Side flat

We are used to seeing Jean-Michel Basquiat‘s name associated with auction records and top prices, but an exhibition that just opened in New York offers a great opportunity to see the artist in a more private intimate setting. The Suzanne Geiss Company put on display a selection of rare black&white nude photographs taken of the […]

MoMA proposed new entrance

Last week MoMA announced its new expansion plans which is basically adding more space by razing the adjacent old building of the Folk Art Museum (purchased by MoMA in 2011), and criticism is coming from both sides of the Atlantic. Michael Kimmelman of the New York Times criticised the plan calling it “lacking vision” while […]

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