Collectors of antique paintings are conservative in their passions. Of greatest interest are the Italian masters of the Renaissance, the old Dutch and German painters, French impressionists and some others. However, often artists from other countries and eras deserve no less attention. Let us look at the paintings of England.
Few would call English painting one of the wealth of the country, and in vain. Among the artists of England are many interesting original masters, whose creations adorn the world’s best art galleries and the richest private collections of art.
However, in wide circles of art lovers, England is undeservedly pushed into the background. Not everyone without a hitch will name at least three English painters. We will try to eliminate this injustice by offering a brief overview of ancient English painting from the moment of its formation into a separate, independent phenomenon of world art.
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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 …
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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