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The history of the English landscape is a large and complex topic. And a special place in it is occupied by a talented artist – William Turner, whose deeply emotional art is much ahead of his time. Northumberland Coast William Turner
William Turner was born at the end of April 1775 in London. Already in childhood, the boy showed great drawing abilities. “The artist’s father proudly hung up his drawings in his barber shop and sold them for 2-3 shillings. These were first copies from then fashionable topographic views of picturesque places, castles, ruins, architectural monuments of London. The father regarded his son’s drawing lessons not as an empty entertainment, but as a fairly reliable source of extra money. ” At the end of the 18th century, topographical sketches were very popular in England, then translated into engravings, illustrating all kinds of guides and descriptions. On the recommendation of some artists who noticed the talented drawings of the boy, he was admitted to the Royal Academy in December 1789.
At the academy, he attended the last lectures of Reynolds, who had a significant influence on Turner. The young artist carefully studied the masters of the past and contemporary artists. Copying other people’s works, he creatively Continue reading
The first market for fine arts was captured by commissioner pioneer former navy officer James Christie Sr.. Having arranged the first sale in 1766 in London, he soon already owned a room with a specially built auction room for him. Christie owed her heyday to the 1848 revolution, which marked the “era of great sales.” It is believed that it was Christie who turned the trade in antiques into art – the largest auctions of the 18th and 19th centuries were held here. And by the way, none other than James Christie himself acted as an intermediary in a deal to sell the collection of paintings by Sir Robert Walpole to the Russian Empress Catherine II. The purchased collection of works of art became the basis of the future Hermitage Museum.
The founder of Sotheby’s was book seller Samuel Baker, who held his first auction in 1744 in London and published the first book catalog with fixed prices. In 1754, Baker opened a permanent auction house. For a century, Baker and his successors specialized exclusively in books and were the organizers of the auction of all famous libraries, including the libraries of Prince Talleyrand, the Dukes of York and Buckingham, and the Napoleon Library, which the emperor took with him to exile on St. Helena. Continue reading
Buying contemporary art, you are doing a good and very important thing. You give moral and material support to the artist – the person who lives not only for himself, the person who searches, thinks about the destination, the future and formalizes the space of ideas and experiences. Malevich, Gauguin and Klimt no longer need our attention, our understanding, or our money …
RISKS OF INVESTMENTS IN MODERN ART:
A high probability of making a mistake in the choice, since not all artists will leave a mark on the history of art. Continue reading