Egon Schiele Drawings at Auction

I think Egon Schiele is the most amazing draftsman. He would have to be the greatest artist to have picked up a pencil in the last 200 years. It’s a pity he died so young though (1890-1918). Perhaps if he had lived longer he may have mastered the brush as well as he mastered the stick (pencil).Continue Reading

Most Expensive Painting by Gustav Klimt

The famous Austrian painter Gustav Klimt has reportedly set a record for the most expensive painting to be sold. The 1907 iconic work “Portrait of Adele Block-Bauer I” has sold for $135 million dollars.
The billionaire cosmetics heir to the Estée Lauder fortune, Ronald S Lauder snapped the painting up to be exhibited in a museum in New York.
The painting was stolen by the Nazis in 1938 from the aunt and uncle of Maria Altmann. Maria only recently became the owner of the painting this year after reclaiming it. The work had been hanging in the National Gallery of Austria for the past 60 years.Continue Reading

Self Absorbed Geniuses

There’s an exhibition opening later this month at the National Gallery in London called Rebels and Matyrs. The theme is a common one that artists sometimes use to their own advantage. Promoting themselves as the outsider or the misunderstood genius.

The exhibition includes artists from Romanticism through to the 20th century; Delacroix, Courbet, Manet, Van Gogh, Gauguin, Rodin, Picasso and Schiele.Continue Reading