Five years after he dramatically attempted to smuggle a rare Pablo Picasso painting out of Spain, Jaime Botín— the ex-president of Spanish financial institution Bankinter—has been sentenced to three years in jail and lumbered with a €91.7 million fine. The hefty punishment marks a significant increase over Botín’s already substantial sentence of 18 months and […]
There’s no doubt that Picasso was a Mediterranean in his soul: the colours and themes of his work were a response to the call of the South, and the painter’s highly publicized biography does not overlook his preference for the sunny shores, especially since the master didn’t mind being photographed, robust and practically naked, at […]
At Sotheby’s New York on the evening of May 14th, one of Claude Monet’s iconic haystack paintings set a new record for Impressionists. After more than eight minutes of continuous bidding, the gavel fell and the 1890 painting, titled Meules, sold for a whopping $110.7 million. The winning bid shattered the painting’s pre-sale estimate of […]
Sculpture and photography, film and painting: is travelling between art forms completely permissible?
The arrival of spring is also promising for artists. On Thursday April 4 at Gallery Bigaignon (Passage de Retz, 9 rue Charlot) Henri Foucault opened an exhibition featuring some new pieces that reveal the presence of some particularly exceptional work on the French scene. Foucault examines sculpture as created by using photographic material. During the […]
Arthur Brand has done it again. Just a couple of weeks ago, the Dutch art detective turned Picasso’s 1938 painting Buste de Femme (Dora Maar) over to an insurance company, which has remained anonymous. The painting, which was stolen two decades ago, eluded Brand for four years but earlier this March, he got his break. […]