Frida Kahlo is known for many things: her passion, her political activism, her numerous self-portraits, and her turbulent marriage with Diego Rivera, whose fiery temperament rivalled hers. Aside from drawing from her personal experiences, Frida’s paintings were also influenced by her Mexican heritage. Above all, Frida should be remembered for her courage to confront her pain and express it through her art. She painted her struggles in a time when any woman who expressed her pain through her art would be labelled a hysteric or even insane. Through her paintings, Frida may have helped others, artists and non-artists to confront their pain and find the courage to carry on.
Underpinned by an 81-lot consignment from the estate of the late Fred Sansome, a famous figure in the […]
Sold alongside a pile of Victorian green-glazed leaf plates and dishes, the primary appeal of this lot offered […]
The most important example of Qing glassware to appear at auction sold for HK$180m (£18m) – the highlight […]
A collection of 18th and 19th century mementoes of love and death – “the likes of which we […]
Basse-taille, meaning low-cut in French, is an enamelling technique where the artist creates a low-relief pattern in precious metal such as silver and gold by engraving or chasing. The technique was developed in Italy in the 13th century, and its work enamel was very popular in Europe especially during the Gothic and Renaissance periods. This style was used in the late Middle Ages and later revived in the 17th century. And following the invention of the domestic table clock and of the watch in the 16th century, enamelling became one of the most popular forms of decoration for the dials and cases.
A State Porcelain Factory figure by Natalina Danko (1892-1943) emerged at auction in Grantham earlier this month. Extracted […]
Views of processions, pageants and parades tend to attract special interest at auction, such as this view of […]
One exceptional and very successful lot in a recent Yorkshire sale focused on penal reforms on the far […]
Always popular items, a Georgian lead cistern offered at Summers Place Auctions (25% buyer’s premium) was also rare […]
One of only around 20 known drawings by Andrea Mantegna (c.1431-1506) will be the highlight of Sotheby’s Old […]
A 17th century map by John Speed (1552-1629) sold at a Woolley & Wallis auction last week after […]
The most famous book from the first years of printing using moveable type is the Bible produced by […]
Pitched at £200-300, this Russian diptych icon shown below triggered wide pre-sale Russian and East European interest ahead […]
A group of drawings and a sketchbook compiled by an artist assigned to Napoleon’s campaigns in Prussia and […]
The catalogue description correctly read ‘Art Nouveau silver powder bowl by Gilbert Marks, hallmark London 1900, weight approx […]
Vincent van Gogh was a Dutch painter who was best known for his post-impressionistic style of painting and his use of bold colours and empathic brushwork, a highly innovative art style during his time. He is the personified image of the struggling and tortured artist. He was a relative unknown who couldn’t even sell his paintings during his lifetime. Van Gogh also suffered from mental illness his whole life, which led to his early death at his own hands. Decades after his tragic end, he is now recognised for what he truly was: an artistic genius and perhaps the greatest artist the world has ever known.
Several records were broken when all 442 lots in the Glynn & Suzanne Crain science-fiction collection sold in […]