The surrealist painting Figura was auctioned in Prague today for 10.5 million crowns Culture News Pražská Drbna
Alois Wachsman’s surrealist painting called Figure (Head) from 1932 was auctioned today at the European Arts auction in the Municipal House in Prague for CZK 10.54 million. According to them, the achieved price was not a big surprise, because the author’s work is practically unavailable in this quality. They said it was Wachsman’s most expensive painting auctioned on the auction market. Wachsman was a Czech painter, set designer and architect who lived between 1898 and 1942.
The organizers stated that Wachsman shone again as a painter during his lifetime. First, in the early period, when he was a short member of the Devětsil art association, and for the second time in the early 1930s, when he developed surrealist poetics into the unexpected, very expressive and still underappreciated. According to them, the painting Figure (Head) is a penetrating acronym, a lightning reflection on the philosophical considerations of René Descartes.
“There is a pink triangle in the large monochrome colored areas of the room, which symbolizes the human body. The eye, as a source of visual meaning, is associated with the brain-like tissues into which it transmits stimuli. ” the organizers described the auctioned image.
In today’s event, collectors spent more than 56 million crowns and successfully auctioned 87 percent of the 152 items offered. According to the organizers, the collection of graphics by Bohumil Reynek, which the collectors valued at almost three million crowns, also aroused great interest among those interested. The most expensive graphic artist in this collection was awarded to the auctioneer, who paid 545,600 crowns for Pietová u studně from 1949, which is a new author’s record for this artist. The Alej oil in Luhačovice by Antonín Slavíček from 1898, which he sold for 7.8 million crowns, also recorded a significant price increase.