Ovation: The $142.4 Million Francis Bacon Triptych.
I’d love to know more about art. Not only would I enjoy learning about famous masterpieces and the styles and periods that they represent, but I’d like to be able to create paintings of my own. I’ve always admired the artwork created by David Bromstadt, for example, as his art is colorful and inspired yet truly simple.
One of the first things that I would paint would be a triptych, a work of art with three panels or parts. Traditionally, triptychs have two hinged panels that fold inward toward a larger central panel and were most commonly used for religious artwork. Today, they can represent any subject manner and the paintings may be a single scene or image that is, essentially, cut into three parts, framed separately and hung side by side. They may also be painted separately as three unique yet related pieces that, when hung as a group, present a unified composite image.
The most expensive work of art ever sold at auction traded hands yesterday for $142.4 million. It was a triptych.
Francis Bacon’s 1969 three-paneled painting “Three Studies of Lucian Freud”, had never before been offered at auction when Christie’s offered it with a pre-sale estimate of about $85 million. The painting sold after a bidding war in the packed New York salesroom and on the telephone. Christie’s did not disclose the identity of the winning bidder. The sale price easily beat the $119.9 million that Edvard Munch’s “The Scream” brought at Sotheby’s in May of last year to become the most expensive work ever sold.
I’d love to paint a triptych … something large enough to fill a wall above a sofa in a den or a headboard in a bedroom. Something simple, yet colorful … and if someone wants to pay top dollar for it I won’t be disappointed.
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