22 April 2015


Thierry Morel Talks To Artlyst About Francis Bacon, Influence, And Memory

Francis Bacon and the Masters is the latest exhibition of works by the late-great British painter, bringing together over twenty-five major works by Bacon and juxtaposing them with old and modern masters, including Velázquez, Rembrandt, Titian, Michelangelo, Rodin, Van Gogh, Picasso and Matisse. Francis Bacon and the Masters forms the culmination of the celebrations marking […]

21 March 2015


Picasso Garage Hoard Couple Ordered To Return 271 Stolen Artworks

A retired electrician and his wife have been convicted of concealing 271 stolen artworks by Pablo Picasso worth up to £70m/$100m They were ordered to return them  to the artist’s family. The verdict was made yesterday in Grasse in the South of France. The couple claimed Picasso had given them the art treasure trove before […]

21 March 2015


Picasso’s Dream That Anyone Could Own His Work Undermined

A sale of Important Ceramics by Pablo Picasso (Sotheby’s 18 March) has scuppered the master’s original intentions behind creating multiples. Picasso’s original dream that anyone could own one of his works, was further undermined, at Sotheby’s London, this week, as the results almost tripled their pre-sale low estimates to bring £1,726,625 ($2,548,153), with a 95% […]

19 March 2015


Samuel Goldwyn Art Collection Goes Under The Hammer At Sotheby’s

Modern art masterpieces from The Samuel Goldwyn family Collection will go under the hammer at Sotheby’s, in a series of auctions beginning in May 2015. The Goldwyn’s is legendary within the film industry, many will discover in these sales that their creative vision also extended to collecting fine art. Samuel Goldwyn Sr. assembled a core […]

19 March 2015


Extensive Francis Bacon Exhibition To Open At Sainsbury Centre For Visual Arts

Francis Bacon and the Masters is a groundbreaking exhibition bringing together over twenty-five major works by Francis Bacon with old and modern masters, including Velázquez, Rembrandt, Titian, Michelangelo, Rodin, Van Gogh, Picasso and Matisse. Francis Bacon and the Masters forms the culmination of the celebrations marking the 250th anniversary of the State Hermitage Museum, St […]

11 February 2015


Picasso Hoard Couple In Court Over £50m In Undocumented Artworks

The trial opened yesterday of the former handyman of the artist Pablo Picasso and his wife in Paris. They are accused of stealing 271 artworks by the 20th century master. The horde included paintings, lithographs, watercolours and sketches executed between 1900 and 1932. Pierre and Danielle Le Guennec have stated that the works of art […]

20 January 2015


Spanish Forgery Ring Creating Picasso, Miró, and Matisse Fakes Arrested

Three people in the cities of Zaragoza and Tarragona have been arrested for trying to sell fake Joan Miró, Pablo Picasso, and Henri Matisse drawings, El País reports. They have been charged with crimes against intellectual property and fraud after being csught by Spain’s Civil Guard. The arrests are the culmination of Operación Mirones (Operation […]

8 December 2014


Degenerate Art From German Museums Goes On Display In Liège

A new exhibition bringing together works from the well documented Lucerne auction in 1939 has been mounted in Liège. On the eve of the Second World War, the Nazi authorities wished to dispose of modern art works that were in the collections and on display in German art galleries and museums, considered “degenerate”by the Third […]

20 October 2014


Rene Burri Iconic 20th Century Photographer Dies Age 81

The International news photographer René Burri has died age 81. Burri studied at the School of Applied Arts in his native city of Zurich, Switzerland. From 1953 to 1955 and worked as a documentary film-maker. He began to use a Leica while doing his military service and went on to photograph many iconic figures of […]

1 October 2014


Imelda Marcos Masterpieces Seized By Authorities In The Philippines

Masterpieces belonging to the former first lady of the Philippines Imelda Marcos have been seized by government authorities, who claim they belong to the state. A quantity of valuable paintings by Michelangelo, Picasso, Gauguin, and Pissarro were taken away from homes owned by the 85-year-old congresswoman. Mrs Marcos was known for her lavish lifestyle during […]

20 June 2014


Picasso’s Last Laugh — The Mystery Behind Mandolin and Guitar

  Pablo Picasso died on April 8th, 1973, and he took with him an enormous secret. When I initially saw a copy of Picasso’s painting, Mandolin and Guitar in my art history class, I saw a face, and then saw the mandolin and guitar. I was so intrigued that I sought an explanation for this […]

6 May 2014


Cornelius Gurlitt Nazi Treasure Trove Hoarder Dies In Munich

Cornelius Gurlitt the son of a notorious Nazi art dealer whose secret collection included many Third Reich looted pieces, has died in Germany age 81. He passed away on the 6th May in his Munich apartment, which was used to store 1,400 valuable works of art including Picasso, Matisse and Monet masterpieces said to be […]

8 April 2014


Art Collector Cornelius Gurlitt To Return Claimed Stolen Degenerate Masterpieces

Cornelius Gurlitt, the elderly son of a Nazi era art dealer has come to a co-operative agreement with German authorities to resolve which masterpieces held in his collection were stolen during the Second World War. This will be the first step in securing the return of the art to the heirs of the mainly Jewish […]

16 February 2014


Art Looted By The Nazis: Germany Considers Amending Laws

The authorities in Germany are considering amending laws to allow victims of art looted by the Nazis to reclaim their property. Currently there are statute of limitations of 30 years and red tape blocking the rightful owners of art and antiques from successfully making claims of ownership. The bill, proposed by the southern state of Bavaria, […]

6 February 2014


Sotheby’s Reports Record Prices For Art Dealer Jan Krugier’s Collection

Sotheby’s has reported a 100% sales result for the collection of the art dealer Jan Krugier. The Combined Total of £74.8 million – More than Doubles the High Estimate of lots offered in the auction. In the course of the last two days, 119 works from the Private Collection of Mr Krugier have met with […]

30 November 2013


Damien Hirst Exhibits His Work Alongside Picasso, Bacon and Warhol

Damien Hirst is a Turner Prize winning artist. Despite his critical notoriety (much of it negative)  he has managed to become one of the top selling artists in the world, with an estimated fortune of over £300m. He is an artist known for his installation art, paintings and sculpture. His subject matter often depicts images […]

29 November 2013


Gurlitt Case Reveals Photos of Picasso, Munch, Degas and Cezanne Masterpieces

The German tax authorities who seized an art collection worth $100m have published a further 100 works of art online in hope that they will be identified by their rightful owners. Masterworks by Munch, Picasso, Cezanne and Degas, most likely looted or extorted by the Nazis from Jewish collectors. The works are now available to […]

12 November 2013


Hitler’s Joseph Goebbels Sold Degenerate Art Trove Found In Munich

It has now been revealed that Hitler’s propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels sold 200 masterpieces to the art dealer Hildebrand Gurlitt the father of the man involved in the discovery of hundereds of Nazi era missing art works. It was recently announced that these works are available to view online at http://www.lostart.de . The transaction for […]

7 November 2013


Sotheby’s Achieves Second Highest Results For Impressionist and Modern Sale

An Impressionist and Modern art sale at Sotheby’s in New York has raised more than $290m (£180m) This is the second highest result for the auction house, following the sale last year (2012) of Munch’s ‘The Scream’ which set a world auction record for any work of art, realising $119.9 million. The highest prices achieved […]

10 April 2013


Leonard Lauder Donates $1 Billion Cubism Collection To Metropolitan Museum

An A-list collection of Cubist paintings by Picasso, Braque and Leger has been gifted to the Metropolitan Museum of art in New York by the prominent collector Leonard A. Lauder. The cosmetic’s heir has pledged to give the Museum his collection of 78 works which stands as one of the most important collections of Cubism […]

11 March 2013


Picasso Blue Period Masterpiece To Be Exported To Qatar

One of the most iconic Picasso ‘Blue Period’ paintings which has been in Britain for over 85 years is about to vanish from the UK forever. ‘Child with a Dove’ was painted in 1901 when Picasso was a struggling 19 year old artist, living in Paris. It first arrived in the UK in 1924, when […]

23 January 2013


Richard Prince Deconstructs An Iconic Aura With New Paintings

A new exhibition of paintings by Richard Prince, his first exhibition in London since his ‘Continuation’ retrospective at the Serpentine Gallery in 2008, will be held at Sadie Coles in London. These fourteen expansive canvases build upon a series of works inspired by Picasso which was unveiled at the Museo Picasso, Malaga, in 2012. Each […]

16 October 2012


PAD London Reports Strong Sales For 2012 Fair – Review

PAD London has reported a resounding success for its 6th edition. The fair has been highly regarded as ‘The Best’ by collectors and the public alike. This marks a fair fully deserving of its reputation for presenting the very finest in art and design. Since opening to the public on Wednesday 10 October, PAD London […]

17 August 2012


Picasso Export Ban Last Chance To Save Priceless Masterpiece

An Important 1901 Blue Period Picasso painting has had a temporary export ban slapped on it, in an attempt to save it for the nation. The painting ‘Child With A Dove’ was created by the master, when he was only  nineteen years old. It is valued at fifty million pounds. Culture Minister Ed Vaizey put […]

28 June 2012


Damien Hirst’s Unfunny Stone Roses Quip

Damien Hirst said yesterday, ‘The Stone Roses are more important than Picasso.’  Would Picasso have said that Frank Sinatra was more important than Cezanne? I doubt it! In his efforts to constantly invent controversy, Hirst has become more and more of a charlatan ( No not the band!!!) . How can you compare two entirely […]

9 May 2012


£54m Mark Rothko Breaks Contemporary Art Auction Record

Before last night the price of $86.3 million, paid for Francis Bacon’s ‘Triptych’, 1976, in 2008 was the most expensive post-war artwork ever sold at auction. But now Mark Rothko’s Orange, red, yellow has been sold for $86.9 million (£53.8m). Wow. The painting was executed in 1961, and was sold at Christie’s in New York. […]

2 May 2012


Munch’s Scream Tops May Art Market Bill

Edvard Munch’s “The Scream” is aiming to be the biggest seller in New York during May’s upcoming auctions. Private collectors as well as the big auction houses including Christie’s and Sotheby’s will be contributing a variety of pieces, some reaching well above $10 million. Other artist’s to feature in this momentous month are Picasso, Francis […]

1 May 2012


Picasso Examined Through Eyes Of His Young Lover At Gagosian

Gagosian Gallery is to present ‘Picasso and Françoise Gilot: Paris-Vallauris 1943-1953,’ the fourth major exhibition in an ongoing series on the life and work of Pablo Picasso, following the critical and popular success of ‘Picasso: Mosqueteros’ (2009), ‘Picasso: The Mediterranean Years’ (2010), and ‘Picasso and Marie-Thérèse: L’amour fou’ (2011).  The exhibition includes many important loans […]

30 April 2012


Happy Birthday Picasso’s Patron & Gertrude Stein’s Lover Alice Toklas

Alice Babette Toklas (1877-1967) is best remembered as the pseudo-subject of Gertrude Stein’s memoirs, but this American woman was an integral part of the flourishing art and literature scene in early 20th-century Paris. Toklas’s  early life was unremarkable growing up on the west coast in a middle-class Jewish family.  It was upon moving to Paris […]

24 April 2012


Fisk University To Sell Major Art Collection To Survive

Fisk University has finally got permission to sell its Stieglitz collection which trustees believe is a necessary action for the school’s survival. It’s taken seven years in court, but now the last hurdle has been jumped, and the Fisk can sell its artworks worth $30 million. The artworks in question were donated to the school […]

30 March 2012


Gwyneth Paltrow Depicts Dora Maar In Picasso Biopic

Gwyneth Paltrow has accepted the role of Picasso’s muse in a new biopic about the turbulent and unstable relationship between Dora Maar and the greatest artist of the 20th century. This was a turning point in the master of Cubism’s career.  The story takes place against a backdrop of the Spanish Civil War, with the […]

27 January 2012


Art Dealer Sought in £3m Art Fraud

Picasso Matisse and Klee works Defrauded By Cook Fine Art In New York A Madison Avenue art dealer has been charged with defrauding a client of $4 million. It appears that Robert Scott Cook sold works by Picasso, Manet, Matisse, Renoir and others, keeping the money himself. Federal prosecutors said. Robert Scott Cook used his […]