This is the most expensive painting in the Czech Republic. He auctioned for 123.6 million crowns

Bohumil Kubišta’s painting The Old Prague motif from 1911 was sold for 123.6 million crowns, including a 20% auction surcharge, at today’s auction in the Galerie Kodl auction hall in Prague. He thus created a new domestic auction record, which so far held the painting Divertimento II by František Kupka, which in 2020 sold for 90.24 million crowns.

For the first time, the domestic art auction in the hall exceeded the limit of 100 million crowns. Without a surcharge of 20 percent, the bidder dropped the price to 103 million crowns and there was a storm of applause from those standing.

The starting price of Kubišt’s painting was 25 million crowns. Even if he sold it for her, the sale would be an author’s record. Kubišt’s most expensive work sold at a domestic auction so far was a work called Still Life auctioned in 2013 for 18.49 million crowns, including a surcharge.

Today’s painting entered the auction at a price of 38 million crowns, at which it rose in internet bidding. In the hall, the price rose by more than 60 million crowns, when in the end two to three candidates bid.

With the same starting price as Kubišt’s work, a painting by the painter Toyen called The Loners from 1934 was developed today, which sold for 54 million crowns, including a surcharge.

In the case of the black-and-white painting Staropražský motif, this is the very first sale of a work by Bohumil Kubišta, one of the founders of Czech modern painting from this period. In more than 20 years, only 14 of his oils have appeared in auctions.

The year 1911, when Kubišta painted the Old Prague motif, is generally perceived as a period of major turning point in the work of this artist and is marked by a reassessment of his Parisian experience. This led, among other things, to the formulation of Cubist’s own aesthetics based on immersion in the inner life of reality. He perceived the spiritual and ideological basis of Kubišt’s work as inseparable from the painting process itself, which he also emphasized in his written speeches published in important artistic monthly magazines of the time.

To formulate his ideas, Kubišt drew on leading figures of contemporary European philosophy, such as Arthur Schopenhauer, Henri Bergson or Immanuel Kant, but also on schools of thought exotic at the time, such as Indian philosophy. Intelligence, interdisciplinary literacy and artistic verve led the 27-year-old Kubišta to his own opinion and artistic synthesis, which culminated in paintings from 1911 and 1912, and is in the catalog for auction.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Never miss any important news. Subscribe to our newsletter.