20 Most Expensive Paintings in the World.

As Vincent van Gogh says “The only time I feel alive is when I’m painting.” for an Artists painting is ‘spiritual process’ a way to communicate with a God within.

# 20. No 1 (Royal Red and Blue) by Mark Rothko, 2012.

No 1 (Royal Red and Blue) by Mark Rothko, 2012

$75.1 million.(Approx 5,01,85,91,295.00 INR)

The majestic canvas was one of eight works hand-selected by Rothko for his landmark solo show of the same year at the Art Institute of Chicago.

#19. Massacre of the innocents by Peter Paul Ruben, 1610.


$76.7 million (Approx 5,12,66,62,515.00 INR)

The theme of the “Massacre of the Innocents” has provided artists of many nationalities with opportunities to compose complicated depictions of massed bodies in violent action. When artists took inspiration for their “Massacres” from Roman reliefs of the battle of the Lapiths and Centaurs to the extent that they showed the figures heroically nude.

#18.  Pierre-Auguste Renoir – Le Moulin de la Galette.


$78,100,000.(Approx 5,21,82,86,645.00 INR)

Like other works of Renoir’s early maturity, Bal du moulin de la Galette is a typically Impressionist snapshot of real life. It shows a richness of form, a fluidity of brush stroke, and a flickering light.

#17.  Turquoise Marilyn by Andy Warhol, 1964-2007.


$80 million.(Approx 5,34,52,36,000.00 INR)

Bought by Mr. Steve Cohen, the price was not confirmed but is generally accepted to be true

#16. Jasper Johns – False Start.


$80,000,000.( Approx 5,34,52,36,000.00 INR)

Another painting formerly owned by Geffen and allegedly sold to CEO of the Citadel Investment Group, Kenneth C. Griffin, making it the most expensive painting to be sold by a living artist, the iconic Jasper Johns.

#15.  Vincent van Gogh – Portrait of Dr. Gachet.


$82,500,000.(Approx 5,51,22,74,625.00 INR)

Van Gogh painted Gachet resting his right elbow on a red table, head in hand. Two yellow books as well as the purple medicinal herb foxglove are displayed on the table. The foxglove in the painting is a plant from which digitalis is extracted for the treatment of certain heart complaints, perhaps an attribute of Gachet as a physician.

#14. Francis Bacon – Triptych, 1976.


$86,300,000.(Approx 5,76,61,73,335.00 INR)

“Triptych, 1976” is three oil and pastel paintings on canvas, created by the artist in 1976. The 1976 triptych is the most expensive Bacon ever sold, being auctioned for US$86 million in 2008.

#13. Gustav Klimt – Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer II.


$87,900,000.(Approx 5,87,30,78,055.00 INR)

Adele Bloch-Bauer was the only model to be painted twice by Klimt; she also appeared in the much more famous Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I. Adele’s portraits had hung in the family home prior to their seizure by the Nazis during WWII.

#12. Pablo Picasso – Dora Maar au Chat.


$95,200,000.(Approx 6,36,08,30,840.00INR)

Maar was one of the most influential figures in Picasso’s life during their relationship and she also became his primary model. By the time he painted the present picture he had incorporated Dora Maar’s image into countless versions of this motif. During the occupation of Paris by the Nazis, and as tension mounted in their relationship, the artist would express his frustration by furiously abstracting her image, often portraying her in tears.

#11. Pablo Picasso – Garçon à la pipe.


$104,200,000.(Approx 6,96,21,69,890.00 INR)

Garçon à la Pipe (English: Boy with a Pipe) is a painting by Pablo Picasso. It was painted in 1905 when Picasso was 24 years old, during his Rose Period, soon after he settled in the Montmartre section of Paris, France. The oil on canvas painting depicts a Parisian boy holding a pipe in his left hand and wearing a garland or wreath of flowers.

Early preparations of this work involved positioning the boy in all types of poses that involved standing, sitting or leaning against the wall. After much repositioning of the model, Picasso decided to go with the boy sitting down. Next was how to position the arm, where much time was also spent on the height and angle. Early works do not show any objects other than a pipe being used.

Although Picasso started to paint this picture, he gave it a rest period for about a month. During this time, Picasso decided to finish it off by placing a garland of flowers on the boy’s head

10. Silver Car Crash [Double Disaster] by Andy Warhol, 1932.


$105.4 million.(Approx 7,04,23,48,430.00 INR)

Silver Car Crash (Double Disaster) depicts a body twisted in the mangled interior of a silver car. It was painted by Andy Warhol at the age of 35. It is the last painting of the artist that was left in private hands. The painting is 8 by 13 feet (2.4 by 4.0 m) in dimensions, and it was displayed only once in public during the last 26 years.

#9.  Nude, Green Leaves and Bust by Pablo Picasso, 1932.


$106.5 million.(Approx 7,11,58,45,425.00 INR)

Nude, Green Leaves and Bust is one of a series of portraits that Picasso painted of his mistress and muse Marie-Thérèse Walter from 1932. The vibrant blue and lilac canvas is more than 5 feet (1.5 m) tall

#8.  Flag by Jasper Johns, 1958


$110 million.(Approx 7,34,96,99,500.00 INR)

Flag is an encaustic painting by the American artist Jasper Johns. Created when Johns was 24 (1954–55), two years after he was discharged from the US Army, this painting was the first of many works that Johns has said were inspired by a dream of the U.S. flag in 1954. It is arguably the painting for which Johns is best known.

#7. The Scream by Edvard Munch, 1895


$119.9 million.(Approx 8,01,29,11,005.00 INR)

The Scream has been the target of several high-profile art thefts. In 1994, the version in the National Gallery was stolen. It was recovered several months later. In 2004, both The Scream and Madonna were stolen from the Munch Museum, and were both recovered two years later.

#6.  Gustav Klimt – Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I.


$135,000,000.(Approx 9,02,03,55,750.00 INR)

The Woman in Gold) is a 1907 painting by Gustav Klimt. The first of two portraits Klimt painted of Bloch-Bauer, it has been referred to as the final and most fully representative work of his golden phase.

#5. Willem de Kooning – Woman III.


$137,500,000.(Approx 9,18,78,11,875.00 INR)

Woman III is a painting by abstract expressionist painter Willem de Kooning. Woman III is one of a series of six paintings by de Kooning done between 1951 and 1953 in which the central theme was a woman. It measures 68 by 48 12 inches (1.73 by 1.23 m) and was completed in 1953.

#4.  Jackson Pollock – No.5, 1948.


$140,000,000.(Approx 9,35,44,43,000.00 INR)

The painting was created on fibreboard, also known as composition board, measuring 8’ x 4’. For the paint, Pollock chose to use liquid paints. More specifically, they were synthetic resin paints (gloss enamel) but are referred to as oil paints for classification of the work. On inspection it was grey, brown, white and yellow paint drizzled in a way that many people still perceive as a “dense bird’s nest”. Initial reactions to the work by the uninitiated were underwhelming.

#3. Three Studies of Lucian Freud by Francis Bacon, 1969.


$142,4 million. (Approx9,51,65,84,880.00 INR)

All three panels, in Bacon’s typical abstract, distorted, isolated style, show Freud sitting on a cane-bottomed wooden chair within a cage, on a curved mottled-brown surface with a solid orange background. Behind each figure is a headboard of a bed, originating in a set of photographs of Freud by John Deakin which Bacon used as a reference.

#2.  La Rêve (The Dream) by Pablo Picasso, 1932.


$155 million.(Approx 10,35,71,69,750.00 INR)

Pablo Picasso, then 50 years old, portraying his 22-year-old mistress Marie-Thérèse Walter. It is said to have been painted in one afternoon, on 24 January 1932. It belongs to Picasso’s period of distorted depictions, with its oversimplified outlines and contrasted colors resembling early Fauvism.

The erotic content of the painting has been noted repeatedly, with critics pointing out that Picasso painted an erect penis, presumably symbolizing his own, in the upturned face of his model.

#1. The Card Players by Paul Cézanne,2011.


$250 million (Approx 16,70,51,12,500.00 INR)

painting depicts Provençal peasants immersed in smoking their pipes and playing cards. The subjects, all male, are displayed as studious within their card playing, eyes cast downward, intent on the game at hand.

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