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Before he killed himself in his Manhattan studio in February 1970, Mark Rothko wrote a will that was firm in its wishes if not its wording: his estate should not, it requested, be atomised and disappear into the vaults of the very wealthy. To this end, Rothko engaged three…

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At 84, Gerhard Richteris considered to be the world’s greatest living painter—and its priciest, too, at least at auction, where his record stands at $46.4 million for 1986’s AbstraktesBild, just behind Jeff Koons’s $58.4 million sculpture Balloon Dog (Orange). Gerhard Richteris still vigorously creating work, even though…

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In The Prophecy, a striking series by Dakar-based photographer Fabrice Monteiro, majestic alien creatures wear hoop skirts and headdresses made from soda cans, garbage bags, fishing nets, tortoise shells, and the odd…

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1.Christ-carrying-cross

On the quincentenary of his death, few, if any, of Hieronymus Bosch’s contemporaries can claim a similar level of continuing fame. He is a major draw at museums, but his reach extends far beyond: in addition to the standard books…

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Freud

“I want the paint to feel like flesh,” Freud once said. The effect isn’t cruel, in a point-and-gasp kind of way, like those television ‘shock docs’ that encourage us to mock the obese. Instead we are shown a sympathetic figure with a remarkably …

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Freud

“Je voudrais que la peinture sente la chair humaine », disait Freud en évoquant son travail. De fait, le résultat n’est pas cruel et n’est en rien similaire à ces images chocs retransmises par la télévision qui se moque des obèses. Au contraire, magnifié par Freud, le rendu montre…

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Freud

“I want the paint to feel like flesh,” Freud once said. The effect isn’t cruel, in a point-and-gasp kind of way, like those television ‘shock docs’ that encourage us to mock the obese. Instead we are shown a sympathetic figure with a remarkably…

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1. Joan-Miro-1978

“My dream, once I am able to settle down somewhere, is to have a very large studio,” the Spanish artist Joan Miró wrote in 1939, while at the time was working in small studios in Paris. This dream of a large studio would be realized in….

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