Wednesday , March 29 2023

British artist David Hockney, aged 81, sold for $ 90.3 million


British artists' photo David Hockney, 81, was sold to the post-modern and contemporary auction at Christie's in New York for a record $ 90.3 million.

It is reported by the BBC.

The auction house estimated the picture at 80 million dollars, nearly three times higher than the previous Hockney record – in May this year, its "Pacific Coast and Santa Monica Motorway" (1990) was sold for $ 28.5 million at Sotheby's auction.

Thus, Hockney became the most expensive artist of the living. Previously, this title was from 63-year-old American artist Jeff Koons, whose Orange Shotgun dog was auctioned at Christie's in 2013 for $ 58 million.

The co-chair of the post-war and contemporary art department at Christie's Alex Rotter called Pool with Two Figures one of the greatest masterpieces of the modern age.

"This is one of those unique situations where all – critics, historians and market representatives – agree that this is an image that 9 out of 10 people would have chosen," he said.

The image buyer is not disclosed, who put it for auction is also unknown. Hockney's latest owner was the 81-year-old British billionaire Joe Lewis who lives in the Bahamas.

"Portrait of the Artist (Pool with Two Figures)," wrote Hockney in 1972. Painting became the artist's most significant and most recognized work. It combines the two most common motifs of Hockney paintings – the pool and double rub. The film appeared in 1971, after Hockney, on the floor of his studio in London, juxtaposed two photos.

"One was a man who swam under water and therefore rather distorted, and the second was a boy who was looking at something on the ground. I liked the idea of ​​drawing two figures in different styles so much that I immediately started working. " – are Hockney's memories from Christie's.

Remember that in January at a New Jersey auction a photo of Rembrandt was auctioned at $ 250 and sold for $ 1.1 million.

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