Thursday, June 22, 2006

A splash by any other name....

The other day I was recommending the Tate Modern to E@L and mentioned one of my favourite paintings of all time...David Hockney's A Bigger Splash...which is one of three paintings Hockney produced showing splashes resulting from someone entering a pool.

The Splash has just been sold for £2.6m

A Smaller Splash


The Splash


A Bigger Splash

5 Comments:

Blogger Scorpy said...

The Times said it sold for 2.92 Million...Sorry but I don't see the worth even if it was painted in the seventies...I'm more a landscape, period sculpture and sketch type of guy. I don't go for modern and not too keen on abstract or 'Theatre art' JMHO

11:48 am  
Blogger expat@large said...

Paint me as a Philistine, but people who paid that for this obviously come from the "I don't know what I like, but I know about art" school of investment.

Exactly Scorpy, where's the tropical girl with impossibly nice boobs matte-painted onto velvet? I have some stuff painted in the sixties! From my art class at school, it must be worth a fortune...

Might go back to the Olde Tate instead, for my decadanal(word?) dose of Blake and Turner...

12:45 pm  
Blogger Madame Chiang said...

Ok...as E@L has also made a similar comment as Scorpy then I have copied the e-mail I sent Scorpy in answer to his comment....

In all honesty there are very few modern art pieces that I like....I too am more into landscapes or at least 'realistic' paintings...Turner being one of my favourite artists....The Fighting Temeraire has always held a very special place in my heart...

http://mdmechiang.blogspot.com/2005/10/kiss-me-hardy.html

However, there is something about A Bigger Splash....not sure if it is the colour or because I love being in the water....but I can look at this painting for ages....The Temeraire - I can look at for hours and hours....and have done - when ever I go back to London I trek over to the National and sit mesmerised in front of the Temeraire....

As for sketches....David Roberts' sketches of Egypt and the Holy Land....are amazing.... when I have a big enough and plain enough wall I shall indulge myself and hang the Roberts' sketches that I own!

1:01 pm  
Anonymous eevilmidget said...

On the one hand, I agree that the business of buying and selling of art, is ludicrous. Just the other day, Klimt's Adele sold for a record £73m!

I went to an art fair once, and dared to ask 'how much' for some artworks which I liked, and gulped when I was told.

I think it's still about supply and demand. Supposedly poor artists (pending talent, or being dead) know that there will always be some rich person or company willing to buy their masterpiece regardless of its price tag.

If I had the spare funds, I'd probably consider buying A Bigger Splash, which I do love. And maybye a Van Gogh. Hopefully I'll be wealthy enough to then feel guilty about my purchase and donate large sums of money to charity...

Oooh, you've got me started on art again. Might visit some galleries and exhibitions then write about it. Thanks!

5:39 pm  
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