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Hidden portrait discovered by Cincinnati Art museum under Paul Cézanne painting


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Realistic nude portrait artist Philip Pearlstein dies at 98


Philip Pearlstein, an American painter best known for his realist nude portraits, died Saturday at the age of 98. Pearlstein’s death was confirmed by his gallery, Betty Cuningham, in an Instagram post. He died in a hospital in New York, the New York Times reported, but no cause of death was given. Considered one of the 20th century’s masters of figuration, Pearlstein began painting nude models in the 1960s, during an era when Abstract Expressionism was still considered the finest form of art-making. Pearlstein’s rejection of the Abstract Expressionists’ emotionalism and formalism was coupled with an embrace of what he called “hard realism,” an art that was “sharp, clear, unambiguous,” as he told ARTnews in 1967. This translated to rigorously painted figures shown in harsh lighting, subdued colors, and naturalistic, sometimes unflattering poses, with bodies often cut off at the edges of the canvas. Read more on Art news.

Sotheby declare 2022 to be the most successful year with a sales of $8bn


It was the year global inflation spiked, stocks plummeted, the energy crisis hit boiling point and the crypto market withered. But, despite all this, Sotheby’s today reports that 2022 is on track to be the company’s most successful year ever, with sales due to reach $8bn. But, all is not as it seems. Marketing is auction houses’ strong suit, and, for the first time, Sotheby’s has combined its real estate and classic car auctions with its fine art and luxury sales. The latter racked up $6.4bn, with fine art alone accounting for $5.7bn of that total, down 9.5% on the $6.3bn achieved last year and a little above the $5bn made in the pandemic year of 2020. In a statement, Sotheby’s chief executive Charles F. Stewart says a “flight to quality” this year—which often happens during financial downturns—led to a “demand for blue-chip masterpieces—be they in established or new categories such as classic cars or collectibles”. Details on Art Newspaper.

X-Ray of still life painting of Paul Cézanne reveals a hidden portrait 


A Cincinnati Art Museum Chief Conservator has discovered what could be a self-portrait by a young Paul Cézanne beneath a moody still life painted when the artist was about 26 years old. Serena Urry was in the middle of a routine examination Cézanne’s Still Life with Bread and Eggs (1865) to see if the work needed cleaning when she discovered small cracks under which shone a bright white paint that clearly wasn’t part of the still life, according to a release from the Museum. On a hunch, she had the painting X-rayed. The resulting digital images revealed a “well-defined portrait” hidden beneath the still life with features that suggest the subject of the newly discovered work may have been Cézanne himself. Read more on Cincinnati.com.

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