NEW YORK (AFP) – An iconic oil portray by British artist David Hockney estimated to be price US$80 million (S$100 million) is occurring sale in New York, poised to set an public sale report for the most costly work by a dwelling artist.
“Portrait of an Artist (Pool with two figures)” will go underneath the hammer in November, anticipated to interrupt the report held by American Jeff Koons’s US$58.four million “Balloon Dog (Orange),” set in 2013, Christie’s mentioned.
Alex Rotter, co-chairman of post-war and up to date artwork on the public sale home, known as the Hockney “one of the great masterpieces of the modern era.”
The portray represents the “apex” of the British pop artist’s two most celebrated motifs, Rotter defined, the glistening water of a swimming pool and the double portrait with two individuals interacting.
In the image, a well dressed man, standing on the sting of the pool, seems pensively at one other determine swimming towards him, with an idyllic mountain view within the background.
The first man depicts Hockney’s former lover and muse, Peter Schlesinger, who was one in every of his college students on the University of California, Los Angeles.
The image dates again to 1972, the 12 months that their nice love affair ended, and the swimmer might be Peter’s new lover, Rotter mentioned.
One of Hockney’s most celebrated works, it has featured on the quilt of plenty of monographs concerning the artist and was a part of a world retrospective dedicated to Hockey to have a good time his 80th birthday in 2017.
“From the Tate (in London) to the Centre Pompidou (in Paris) to the Metropolitan Museum (in New York), this painting was always a stand-out, a painting that everybody gravitated to,” mentioned Rotter.
While Christie’s declined to disclose the identification of the vendor, Bloomberg and the Artnet web site reported that it was owned by British billionaire Joe Lewis, who owns the Tavistock Group, London Premier League soccer group Tottenham Hotspur, and whom Forbes estimates to be price US$5 billion.
Christie’s, which in 2017 set the report for the most costly murals recognized to have been offered with Leonardo de Vinci’s “Salvator Mundi” at US$450 million, mentioned there had been a battle to safe the best to promote the image.
“We have been for years dreaming about having this and pursuing it. Obviously it was competitive… The Salvator Mundi certainly did not hurt,” Rotter mentioned.
Even if the portray is already well-known, Christie’s is taking it on tour to drive up potential purchaser curiosity, in Hong Kong, London and Los Angeles.