Friday, November 7, 2008
OSKAR KOKOSCHKA : FRAU STEHENDER
I love Oskar Kokoschka (1886-1980) who was a great Austrian painter, the lover of the wife of Walter Gropius, boss of the Bauhaus, and a degenerate painter according to the Nazis.
But I usually prefer his full of colour canvasses on oil although it seems that a lot of people love OK for no reason except that he appears to be a sound investment.
However do not talk to me about art but about money when I learn that this sketch of Frau Stehender signed with initials 'OK'
- watercolor and pencil - on buff paper, 17¾ x 12½ in., executed in 1907 was sold today 7 of November at Christie's NYC for $ 74,500. It has been estimated prior to the sale between 40,000 and 60,000 dollars. Obviously the economic crisis we hear so much about has not yet reached the pockets of the wealthy collectors, or maybe they reached for safety before a general collapse of assets.
There are moments where I seriously wonder whether Hitler was not right to deem that sort of painting "entarte". Anyway the most entarte must be the people who are snobish enough to pay 74500 dollars for this obscenity. Hung that on the wall of your dining-room and none of your guests is any longer hungry. But don't tell them you paid 75 grants for it they would laugh their ass on the floor for good.