A Romanian artist managed to sell his painting for almost 2 million euros at an auction organized by the famous Sotheby’s auction house in London, UK. His picture, the “Fake Rothko” is one of the most famous contemporary pieces of art.
The painting is an oil canvas painted in 2010 and had been evaluated between GDP 250.000 and 350.000, so the record price achieved at the auction was a surprise.
The astonishing price for which Fake Rothko sold this week is the second record price to be paid for one of Ghenie’s artworks. In 2013 the artist set his first record when he sold one of his paintings worth $332.825.
As featured in a recent interview, Ghenie takes inspiration from his typical Romanian childhood, filled with images of his grandmother bringing livestock into the house during winter and his father, a dentist, working in the Secret Services during communism.
All these stories gave a certain maturity to Adrian Ghenie’s work, fascinating the audience and leading to the two record selling prices.
However, Ghenie claims all his paintings are not intended, but are mere accidents, painted in a fashionable unique way, by using a palette knife and stencils. In his own words, Ghenie claims that:”You cannot paint this with a brush. It’s simply the result of an accident. Everything is an accident. Very few things are actually painted.”
Ghenie, along with other Romanians, recently exhibited their works of art at Warsaw and the experience of growing up under the communist regime was clearly visible in the paintings. Like many artists in his generation, Adrian Ghenie had the courage to make his work known both locally, in his native country and on international level. Moreover, Romania is recently being acknowledged as a prolific medium for artists in all areas, painting being one of them.