Thursday, June 14, 2007


This Architect's House In The Ravine executed in 1991 by Peter Doig is an oil on canvas measuring 200 cm x 275. For the Saatchi collection who bought it for $3.6 million in May 2007, "Doig half obliterated The Architect’s Home in the Ravine with an underbrush as dense as a half-finished Pollock and the scene becomes foreboding" (sic). Scary !!!

When you pay that amount of money for a picture even from a very expensive artist like Doig you naturally have to justify it and some extra gibberish is not forbidden. It is not clear however whether this painting aims at celebrating or making fun of modern architecture but it is not forbidden either to make some fun of the pretentious drivel of the Saatchi gallery executives.

Peter Doig (born 1959) is a Scottish painter. In 2008, a major retrospective of his work (entitled "Peter Doig") was held at Tate Britain (February-May) and the Paris Museum of Modern Art (June-September). His paintings are among Europe's most expensive. Many of Doig's pictures are landscapes, very abstract,with a number harking back to the snowy scenes of his childhood in Canada.

Doig’s landscapes are splendidly layered formally and conceptually, and draw on assorted artists from art history, including Edvard Munch and Claude Monet to Friedrich and
Klimt. His works are frequently based on found photographs.

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