May 20, 2022

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The most expensive still life painting ever sold?

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The most expensive still life painting ever sold?


“The Basket of Strawberries”  (Le panier de fraise des bois) by Jean-Siméon Chardin (1699-1779) was marketed at auction in Paris on 23rd March 2022 for €24,381,400. (That’s $26.9 million or £20.5 million).

The predicted sale cost was involving €12-15 million – so the owner and auctioneers will have to have been incredibly pleased by the closing final result!

This is a movie by the auction property about the portray. If you have captions switched on in YouTube then you get the English variation of the commentary in French by the French curators and auctioneers.

 

https://www.youtube.com/enjoy?v=r-sNW35rTJ8

The most pricey still lifestyle portray ever sold?

The concern it prompted for me was “Is this one particular of the most costly even now lifestyle paintings at any time marketed?”

It truly is undoubtedly not the most precious however existence portray. I can consider of numerous which may possibly fulfil that conditions – but then they’ve been in artwork galleries and museums for really a even though and have not been offered of late. 

I started to appear up “most pricey paintings marketed at auction” and pointed out that none of them provided a still everyday living portray.

This identifies Vase with Fifteen Sunflowers by Van Gogh as becoming the most costly continue to everyday living / floral painting at any time auctioned – on March 30, 1987 for $39.7 million (£24.75 million) which equated uib 2020 to $90.4 million

….and that’s about it.

So perhaps the basket of strawberries is the 2nd most high-priced still everyday living painting at any time sold?

The Continue to Existence Genre

For additional about the Still Daily life genre see my 2007 post What is a nevertheless existence? which is a Quite Extended submit which tries an overview of the style. 

While I at some point concluded I’d barely scraped the surface area!

Jean-Siméon Chardin (1699-1779)

For those like me who appreciate paintings by Chardin (back again in 2009, I expended a long time in the Louvre photographing all their paintings by Chardin!) you could nicely be interested in the aspects of his story, training and solution to portray the Web Archive digital model(s) of “Chardin” (1969), the Catalogue Raisonné, and commentary by Georges Wildenstein and Daniel Wildenstein. 

It arrives in different formats and can be examine on-line and/or downloaded.

In truth the nonetheless-lifestyle was by no signifies a monopoly of Chardin, and this will make it ail the additional attention-grabbing to notice how he imposed his for each- sonality on it to these kinds of outcome that he was often imagined to be its inventor, or at minimum renovator. And it is listed here that the views of his contemporaries are enlightening.

Chardin made many variants or replicas of the shots which he regarded as his most profitable. Thus we fmd full sériés of functions with cauldrons, kitchen area tables, baskets of plums, peaches or grapes, eut melons, hares and a video game-bag, recreation hung from a nail in a kitchen area and the like. Some household utensils which figure many occasions belong presumably to the identical time period: a teapot, a mortar, a bowl, a jug.



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