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Paul Gauguin Paintings at World Auctions: XX Century Top Performer

Sunday, 12 July 2009

paul gauguin paintingsPaul Gauguin was a leading Post-Impressionist painter. The majority of Post-Impressionist painters lived and died in poverty, and Gauguin was not an exception. When he was living in Tahiti, the place of his best works, Gauguin had to work with the paint diluted with the paste from the breadfruit tree roots. The painter was then living in the thatched hat. And nowadays, his paintings of Tahiti period are deemed as world art treasures, and they are hunted and chased by collectors. His works are auctioned for fortune all the time.

Once Gauguin's canvas is auctioned, the auctioneers wait for the high results. It is widely known that Gauguin is an artwork, it is your prestige, pride, reliable and beneficial investment of assets.

Paul Gauguin's «Maternity II» (1899) was auctioned and marked as «estimate under individual request» which usually stands for increase in price of $50 million at Sotheby's «Impressionists and Masters of XX Century», ‘04 held in New York. His painting was not, however, sold for this price, and an anonymous person bought it only for $39.2 million.

Gauguin's Maternity I is kept at the State Hermitage (Tahitian Women on the Beach), though, Maternity II is thought to be the best version. The painting does not show a dog and a sailor and three splendid women figures seize the attention on the background of yellow-green sky. A woman tightly holds a baby (depicting Tahitian lover to Gauguin and his son), and the other two women hold flowers and fruit in their hands.

Paul Gauguin's Two Tahitian Women (1902) was sold at Sotheby's in London for $21,4 million. The painting was written by the artist a year before he died. The painting shows two topless Tahitian girls sitting opposite each other. It is full of Tahitian sun and strikes of gorgeous colors. This is a superb masterpiece of the artist that makes to vividly feel the life. This is not a wonder; the painting was written by Gauguin when he was sick and dying. As per the preliminary estimate of the painting, the cost ranged between $17 and $25 million. Two Women was considered as the most noteworthy work by Gauguin which was sold at the European auctions for the last decade.

In 2007 Sotheby's exhibited Morning by Paul Gauguin and sold it for $39 million. Prices for his works have never been low, moreover, they only flew higher prior to any action event.

As we know, Gauguin went in for sculptor working as well, apart from painting. Yet, it is expected that Sotheby's will exhibit his sculptures sometime. A wooden figure recently discovered is believed to be one of the most impressive and essential sculptures made by Gauguin (less than 20 sculptures by Gauguin are available that are of the same significance as Tahiti girl, and all of them are located in museums of France. The specialists believe the mystery around the Tahitian period of Gauguin can be disclosed if the wooden sculpture is read appropriately.

Tahitian Girl is the creation by Paul Gauguin when he first visited Tahiti (9th June 1891 - 14th June 1893). He took this trip to seek ecstasy, peace and inspiration at the same time. Tahiti appeared to be the island where nothing happened. Just pure peace, numb and stuffy heat of tropic nights, zombie-like natives. And this is interesting, the background, so languid, inspired the painter to create such lovely paintings. It seems as if he managed to see behind the half-closed and sleepy eyes of Tahitian women something magic so unusual to the west civilization, as if he felt and touched something odd and weird but wonderful and perceived their spirit.

It is not at all absolute, but Tahitian Girl is likely to be the prototype to make works from ceramics Ovyri, all these hieratic postures, streaming hair resembling androgyne by the famous ceramic series. Ceramic models are known to be made from wood.

Tahitian Girl will be the breakthrough in art. The exceptional sculpture by the reputed master, all this mystic magic embodied, enable us to make assumptions on the potential price of the sculpture the most incredible, but not infeasible. Bear in mind, we talk about the most legendary art works of the world.

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