One of Paul Cezanne’s most-loved paintings has sold for USD 250 million, currently the highest price ever paid for a work of art.
The Card Players was bought by the Gulf kingdom of Qatar. The ruling royal family beat two of the world’s top art dealers to win the masterpiece. The painting is one in a series of five works depicting Provencal peasants immerged in their game of cards. The following painting can be found in our gallery:
Bringing art to life is a much loved theme for several photographers. Famed photographer Peter Lindbergh gives us his vision on these artworks. The photoshoot for Harper’s Bazaar magazine involved Hollywood actress Julianne Moore recreating famous paintings such as Woman With a Fan by Amadeo Modigliani, The Artist’s Wife by Egon Schiele, Madame X by John Singer Sargent and Adele Bloch-Bauer I by Gustav Klimt.
Today it is exactly 100 years ago that Mona Lisa, the celebrated masterpiece by Leonardo da Vinci, disappeared from the Louvre museum in Paris. On Aug. 21, 1911, an Italian house painter named Vincenzo Peruggia, who had briefly worked on a project at the Louvre, walked out of the Paris museum with the painting. He kept police and newspapers speculating about the crime for more than two years before sending a letter to a Florence art dealer offering him the painting. Peruggia was soon caught and successfully tried.
Some 20 years ago Maarten Koopman made an awarded series of animated shorts showing the ‘making of’ famous paintings. For ‘The Bedroom’ by Vincent Van Gogh, he even won the Special Jury Prize, at the Film festival Cannes in 1990.
You can see the series here: part 1 and part 2
Destino is a short animated cartoon released in 2003 by The Walt Disney Company. Destino is unique in that its production originally began in 1945, 58 years before its eventual completion. The project was a collaboration between American animator Walt Disney and Spanish painter Salvador Dalí, and features music written by Mexican songwriter Armando Dominguez. It seems an unlikely cooperation and/or friendship, but it happened nonetheless.