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Australian Aboriginal painting fetches record price 澳洲原住民畫作 拍賣創天價

STAFF WRITER, WITH AFP

The late Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri's masterpiece Warlugulong was sold last month at Sotheby's in Melbourne, Australia to a private dealer for A$2.4 million (NT$68 million). The painting was first sold in 1977 for just A$2,500 (NT$72,770).

It is one of five large canvases made by Tjapaltjarri between 1976 and 1979 in which he combined ceremonial ground paintings and topographical maps to depict his ancestral land in the Western Desert.

Sotheby's Aboriginal art director, Tim Klingender, said, "The painting, in my opinion, is one of the most important Australian paintings of the 20th century." He said it was "certainly one of the finest, most valuable and most important works by Tjapaltjarri still in private hands."

上個月在澳洲墨爾本的蘇富比拍賣會中,已故畫家克里夫.波森.賈帕加利的經典畫作《沃魯古龍》被一名私人交易商以澳幣兩百四十萬元(新台幣六千八百萬元)的高價標得。這幅畫一九七七年首度拍賣時,只賣得澳幣兩千五百元(新台幣七萬兩千七百七十元)。

這是賈帕加利一九七六年至一九七九年間創作的五幅大型油畫之一,畫中融合儀式地畫與地誌圖,描述他西澳沙漠的祖先故土。

蘇富比拍賣的原住民藝術總監提姆.克林兼德說︰「我認為這幅畫是二十世紀最重要的澳洲繪畫之一。」他認為這幅畫為「無疑是私人收藏品中,最細緻、價值最高,最重要的賈帕加利畫作之一。」

(翻譯︰賴美君)

TODAY'S WORDS 今日單字

1. late adj.

已故的 (yi3 gu4 de5)

例: If the late John Lennon were still alive, he would tell you, "all you need is love."

(假如已故的約翰.藍儂仍在世,他會對你說「你所需要的只是愛」。)

2. masterpiece n.

傑作 (jie2 zuo4)

例: This painting is a masterpiece. Even kings would pay a fortune for it.

(這幅畫是曠世傑作,就算是國王都會重金採購。)

3. canvas n.

帆布 (fan2 bu4),油畫 (you2 hua4)

例: I painted a landscape with mountains and trees on the canvas. (我在油畫布上彩繪山林風景。)

4. certainly adv.

當然 (dang1 ran2)

例: I certainly know John is at home. I am here with him! (我當然知道約翰在家。我和他在一起!)


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