Peter Doig's Architect's Home in the Ravine sold for $16.3m
Peter Doig’s The Architect’s Home in the Ravine sold for £11.2m ($16.3m) at Christie’s on February 11.
The painting, which shows the home of architect Eberhard Zeidler as viewed through trees, was the highlight of an auction of contemporary art.
Doig explained how he came up with the composition: "Instead of painting the façade of a building and then shrouding it in trees I would pick the architecture through the foliage, so that the picture would push itself up to your eye.
"I thought that was a much more real way of looking at things, because that is the way the eye looks: you are constantly looking through the things, seeing the foreground and the background at the same time."
The work is an excellent example of Doig’s early work, which has proven very popular with collectors in recent years.
The record for a Doig is $26m, set for a painting titled Swamped last year.
Francis Bacon’s Two Figures was another big ticket item, selling for £5.4m ($7.9m).
The unusually slim canvas was originally part of a larger work, but Bacon decided that he didn’t like the composition and split it in two.
It depicts Bacon and his former lover George Dyer, who
killed himself a few years before.
Bacon gave the work to his close friend Michael Peppiat, who explained: “You might say that this is the painting where the wound of losing George is beginning to heal – it’s a poignant picture because Bacon is looking back on past - that’s to say, lost - happiness.
“This is Bacon at his most private and most tender. The painter who produced such violent, shocking images was also, perhaps even above all, a great poet of love.”
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