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Renoir Paintings at the World Auctions

Thursday, 10 September 2009

renoir paintingsRenoir would have laughed if he was said that in a century his painting would be sold for a fortune. And modern admirers of his genius feel envious that they could not take part in the auction in 1875 held in the hotel «Druo» when the paintings of the legendary painter were sold for 100 franks and even cheaper.

Renoir's «Moulin de la Gallet» reproduced by the painter himself, was sold for $78 million USD at Christie's in 1990. That was unprecedented and striking breakthrough for such an incommensurable short period of time.

At the time French impressionist and neoimpressionists were not welcomed as vigorously as now. Moreover, these styles were aggressively rejected and wrangled. And it is outlandish that it was like that since impressionism is the charming irreflection, subtle hedonism and tenderness of illusions. And it is weird that it is loved now. Perhaps the point is in easiness and thoughtlessness so attracted by the public when looking at the paintings of impressionists. The delicate fineness of paintings offers the illusory fairy tale.

Nevertheless, it takes place, and Renoir is immensely demanded. There is a roaring demand for his works. His artworks are the reliable investment of assets even in the time of the world financial crisis. Though, everyone agrees that the painting is the specific item to buy. It is not something consumable. The paintings are usually assessed and appreciated by experts and in most cases with good assets. Nevertheless, the wide public prefers investing into Renoir paintings rather than in manufacture. Renoir appears to be more reliable and his art is not liable to crisis.

The paintings by Renoir are easy to perceive and that was the success and acknowledgment by the later generations as one of the best impressionists. On the top of it, Renoir is one of the successful factors of any avant-garde painting. It was Renoir works that proved that esthetic assets are temporary and relative, while the fashion is not something permanent for ever, but plastic and variable concept. Renoir's paintings scoffed at by his contemporary artists, are today acknowledged as the example of the beauty, yet this is the evidence that beauty as a concept is relative and changeable. Beauty is in eyes of the one who looks at something and perceives the beauty, and the absolute beauty does not exist. Renoir assured success to every and one single outrageous thing. Moreover, the scandalous behavior is the half the battle. Well, pay attention to the modern art. No, you'd better consider glamour functions. The first essential task on the way to the success is outrageous behavior. And Renoir is the one to thank for the fashion to act scandalously.

And this is wonder that Renoir's contemporaries rushed away from him and only a small group of esthetes acknowledged and welcomed his paintings and admired his works. The fairy tale in the painting is the paint of emotions, it's the outburst of feelings impressed in paints, yet that was the possession of few. And only few people may appreciate and evaluate the charm of this art.

Currently all gets upside down. The wide public applauds to Renoir. He is the same impressionist whose paintings are demanded by all collectors. His paintings is the investments more reliable than banks and in perspective they may bring higher dividends that nay prestigious bank. While esthetes moved away from Renoir. He is too affordable; he is too «consumable ».

However, such attitude of esthetes does not reduce the cost of Renoir's paintings for a single dollar at European auctions. Renoir's art works is something that is demanded regardless of the cost of the painting. Renoir's painting «Two Sisters» (1889) was sold at Sotheby's for $13, 5 million USD. The prices for his works went up to $20-25 million USD at the world-known auctions, and it was no wonder. And there was only greed to those who were lucky to acquire the long-awaited painting.

Instability of the fund market resulted in that European and American amateurs of the art initiate investments into such professionals as Renoir. Though it does not mean that cost for Renoir paintings go down at the world auctions. And there are always people willing to acquire Renoir's artworks.

Inessa Hyder


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