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Historic Gauguin painting fails to sell at London auction
高更歷史性畫作 倫敦拍賣會流標

A Christie’s auction house staff member adjusts French artist Paul Gauguin’s (1848-1903) still life painting “Nature morte a ‘L’Esperance’,” 1901, at Christie’s in London on Feb. 4.
二月四日,佳士得拍賣會工作人員正在調整法國藝術家保羅‧高更(一八四八年至一九零三年)的「靜物與希望」(繪於一九零一年)這幅畫。

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A historic painting by French post-Impressionist artist Paul Gauguin failed to sell at a London auction on Feb. 9 despite being displayed for the first time in 15 years.

“Nature morte a ‘L’Esperance’” was expected to sell for around 10 million pounds (NT$467 million) when it appeared at Christie’s auction house, but failed to meet its reserve price.

The 1901 painting, which depicts sunflowers in tribute to friend Vincent van Gogh, was displayed at the 1906 Salon d’Automne exhibition that strongly influenced modern pioneers Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso.

Christie’s auction, which raised 61.8 million pounds, came a day after rival London auction house Sotheby’s held its own Impressionist and Modern Art sale, which raised 68.8 million pounds.

The most expensive item of the auction on Feb. 9 was Pierre Bonnard’s “Terrasse a Vernon,” which sold for 7.2 million pounds. The “colorist” painting portrays the view from the French painter’s Norman house.

Also on Feb. 9, Christie’s held a sale of “Art of the Surreal,” which realized a further 30 million pounds.

The highlight of the auction was the four million pounds paid for Salvador Dali’s “Etude pour ‘Le miel est plus doux que le sang’,” one of the Spanish surrealist’s earliest articulations of his signature dream-like imagery.

This represented the most ever paid at auction for one of the eccentric artist’s pieces of work.

(AFP)

法國後印象派畫家保羅‧高更的一幅畫十五年來首度展示於倫敦拍賣會,卻未能於二月九日順利賣出。

「靜物與希望」這幅畫於佳士得拍賣會推出時,原本估計能以一千萬英鎊(新台幣四億六千七百萬元)賣出,但結果卻未達到最低價格。

這幅畫為了紀念好友梵谷一九零一年畫的向日葵,於一九零六年秋季沙龍首展,深深地影響了如亨利‧馬諦斯與帕布羅‧畢卡索等現代畫家。

在對手倫敦蘇富比拍賣會,自行舉辦的印象派與現代藝術拍賣會籌募到六千八百八十萬英鎊(約新台幣三十二億三千萬元)的隔天,籌募了六千一百八十萬英鎊(約新台幣二十九億元)的佳士得拍賣會才推出這一幅畫。

二月九日拍賣最昂貴的物件為皮埃爾‧博納爾的「韋爾農的平原」,以七百二十萬英鎊(約新台幣三億四千萬元)賣出。這幅色彩豐富的畫表現的是畫家從諾曼地自宅所看到的景色。

佳士得拍賣會於二月九日舉辦的「超現實的藝術」拍賣,也募集到三千萬英鎊(約新台幣十四億元)。

拍賣會的高潮,是薩爾瓦多‧達利的「關於『蜂蜜比血液更加滑膩』之研究」(暫譯)。這幅畫以四百萬英鎊(約新台幣一億八千七百萬元)出售。此畫為這位西班牙超現實畫家,早期畫風逐漸確立,形成獨特夢幻般風格的作品之一。

這位古怪藝術家的這幅畫是拍賣會上出售價格最高的作品。

(法新社/翻譯:吳岱璟)

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