David Hockey's "Portrait of an artist (Pool with Two Figures)" became the world's most expensive painting by a living artist on Thursday, after it was sold in NY for a record $90.3 million (€79.5 million).
Christie's did not identify the seller or the successful bidder, who was bidding via telephone during a almost 10-minute contest for the work.
The sale eclipsed the previous record held by United States artist Jeff Koons.
"One was of a figure swimming underwater and therefore quite distorted ... the other was a boy gazing at something on the ground", Hockney said.
The standing figure is said to represent Hockney's former partner Peter Schlesinger, whom the artist met in 1966 while teaching art in California.Читайте также: Ravi Shastri a 'yes man'? No way, insists Virat Kohli
David Hockney's "Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures)" sold for $90 million (U.S.), breaking the record for for a work by a living artist sold at auction.
But, while grappling with the breakdown of their relationship, Hockney realized after months of work that he wasn't happy with the composition - the angle of the pool was all wrong.
The price went far to boost the success of Christie's post-war and contemporary art auction, which took in a total of $357.6 million, roughly the middle of its expected range, with 41 of the 48 lots on offer finding buyers.
Hockney's sold his painting for $18,000 in 1972. For the next five years, according to Christie's, he was both "the great love of Hockney's life" and one of his favourite models.
Hockney began work on the painting when he was inspired by the random placement of two photos on his studio floor.При любом использовании материалов сайта и дочерних проектов, гиперссылка на обязательна.
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