Abstract art is a type of art that not everyone is able to fully appreciate. It’s often made up of lines, colours, and subjects that don’t really make a lot of sense at first glance, and it’s often up to the viewer to decide what they see and how they feel about the art in question.
Abstract art has a strong beginning and has continued to grow in popularity over the last few decades, becoming one of the dominating forms of art in the modern age. Here we will look at some of the most valuable abstract artworks of all time.
Orange, Red, Yellow
Mark Rothko is the creator of this piece, and it’s one that would eventually go on to sell for almost $90 million by the time it was sold to a buyer. Most people think of Jackson Pollock or Kooning when they think of the abstract artists that really introduced the medium, Rothko was very much part of the movement. Despite these contributions, Rothko didn’t enjoy the label of being one of the founders of Abstract art, and often rejected the notion whenever it was brought up.
As one of the most expensive pieces of art ever sold, Woman III was painted by none other than world-famous Willem de Kooning, with many saying that it was his crowning achievement. The painting was part of a series of six paintings in total, which were all bought out by Steven A. Cohen, who is a prominent billionaire that made his money through hedge funds. This wasn’t the only piece of Kooning’s work that Cohen bought over the years, making him one of the artist’s biggest fans. Woman III was sold for a whopping $137 million.
There are few artists that are as well-known as Jackson Pollock, was is widely considered one of the founding fathers of the Abstract Expressionist movement, and his art has become famous throughout much of the world. Much of his early work was named using numbers, similar to how Rothko used numbers of his art’s titles. It’s believed that Pollock made use of numbers in order to force his viewers to be completely subjective when looking at the piece for the first time. Pollock’s work is unique in that the artist made use of mathematical fractals during the creation of much of it, the kind of maths one would only see in slots guides.
Along with Pollock, Pablo Picasso was another incredibly talented artist that has had much of his work on display for the world. One of his most expensive pieces is, “le Reve” which is now currently owned by Steven A. Cohen. It was something of an affair in terms of the sale, as it was meant to be sold to Cohen many years ago, but due to damage to the painting the sale was held off. It would be sold to Cohen many years later, however, for a princely sum of $155 million.