Saturday, 10 June 2017

Not such a black day for Soulages

The Rodez born artist, now aged 98, whose eponymous gallery in his home town has become a major tourist attraction, has hit new heights for the sale of one of his paintings.
Famous for his "shades of black" works, many of which can be seen in Rodez, a work called simply "Painting 14 April 1962" sold in Paris this week for 6.1 million euros. From the estate of an American gallery owner the painting was fiercely contested by ten bidders in a packed auction room at Sotheby's Paris.
The work of Pierre Soulages is not to everybody's taste, exploring as it does shades and textures of black, but clearly he is valued by collectors and galleries worldwide.
Musee Soulages, Rodez
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