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The Resource From Manet to Manhattan : the rise of the modern art market, Peter Watson

From Manet to Manhattan : the rise of the modern art market, Peter Watson

Label
From Manet to Manhattan : the rise of the modern art market
Title
From Manet to Manhattan
Title remainder
the rise of the modern art market
Statement of responsibility
Peter Watson
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • This remarkable book begins with all the dramatic immediacy of a blockbuster novel. Peter Watson takes us behind the scenes at the Christie's auction where van Gogh's Portrait of Dr. Gachet was sold for a world record price of $82.5 million. It was the first time such access had ever been granted a writer. The author then turns back the clock to trace the rise of the art market from three key events that took place in Paris, New York and London in 1882, through three
  • critical areas - painting, books and Far Eastern art - right up to the present day. Marcel Duchamp considered dealers "lice on the backs of artists." William Blake believed that "where any view of money exists, art cannot be carried on." Renoir took a more practical view: "Get this into your head," he told a friend. "There's only one indication for telling the value of paintings, and that is the sale-room." It may not be the oldest profession, but art dealing has been a
  • vocation since the days of ancient Rome, and it is this crucial link between art and commerce that makes Mr. Watson's history such absorbing one. He has produced a book that is rich in both scholarship and anecdote, one that traces not only the development of the great auction houses, like Sotheby's and Christie's, and the recent and spectacular involvement of Japanese buyers, but also the development of that fascinating breed the dealers: flamboyant salesmen, fastidious
  • scholars and some downright crooks. Generously illustrated with photographs, caricatures and pictures of famous paintings, this captivating and provocative history brilliantly brings to life the connoisseurs and market makers of the art world who have shaped our tastes and influenced our ideas about what constitutes great art
Cataloging source
DLC
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Watson, Peter
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Art, Modern
  • Art, Modern
  • Art auctions
  • Art as an investment
Label
From Manet to Manhattan : the rise of the modern art market, Peter Watson
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [495]-538) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Preface: Beauty as a Commercial Concept. 1. Selling Dr. Gachet -- I. 1882-1929: The Post-Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. 2. "This Painful Subject...the Ruinous Tendency of Auctioneering" 3. Outroping, Sales by Candle and Mr. Colnaghi's Levee: The Early Years of the Art Market. 4. Paris in the Golden Age: Manet and the Birth of Modernism. 5. The Street of Pictures: Rue Laffitte and the First Dealers in Impressionism. 6. The Barbizon Boom: Taste and Prices a Hundred Years Ago. 7. Siegfried Bing, Murray Marks and Their Oriental Friends. 8. The Widows. 9. Du Vesne, Duvane, Duveen. 10. Quaritch, Hoe and Belle of the Books. 11. Vollard's Paris, Cassirer's Germany. 12. Sotheby's First Old Master. 13. "291" and the Armory Show. 14. The $10,000 Barrier: Taste and Prices on the Eve of World War I. 15. War and the Major. 16. The Kahnweiler Affair. 17. The Paris Dynasties. 18. The Cult of the Portrait: Taste and Prices on the Eve of the Great Crash -- II. 1930-1956: The Un-Gentle Art of Making Enemies. 19. The Great Crash. 20. Bad Blood. 21. The Mathematician and the Murderer. 22. The Great Drought: Taste and Prices on the Eve of World War II. 23. War and the Marshal. 24. Peter Wilson Looks West. 25. Shanghai to Suez, via Hong Kong -- III. 1957- Impressionism, Sunrise. 26. The Picasso Business and the Epiphanies of Leo Castelli. 27. Sotheby's versus Christie's. 28. The $2 Million Barrier. 29. Manhattan's New Street of Pictures. 30. Porcelain and Pensions. 31. The Apotheosis of Peter Wilson. 32. The Fall of Sotheby's and the Rise of Alfred Taubman. 33. The New Sotheby's and the New Collectors. 34. The Japanese Passion for Medama. 35. Van Gogh, Inc., and Kaneamari Gensho. 36. Picassso, Inc., and the Galleries of the Ginza. 37. False Start? The Market in Contemporary Art. 38. The Price of Pleasure: Art as Investment. 39. Manhattan to the Marais: The Revival of Europe. 40. Climax: The Billion-Dollar Binge. 41. Anticlimax: The Art of Zaiteku -- Epilogue: The Post-Gachet World -- Appendix A: World Record Prices Paid for Works of Art (with Their Present-Day Equivalents) -- Graph Showing World Record Prices Paid for Paintings -- Appendix B: The Real Value of Paintings in History: An Index to Convert Prices in the Past to Present-Day Values / B. R. Mitchell
Control code
ocm25371119
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xxviii, 558 pages, 40 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780679404729
Lccn
92005138
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)25371119
  • (Sirsi) a357640
Label
From Manet to Manhattan : the rise of the modern art market, Peter Watson
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [495]-538) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Preface: Beauty as a Commercial Concept. 1. Selling Dr. Gachet -- I. 1882-1929: The Post-Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. 2. "This Painful Subject...the Ruinous Tendency of Auctioneering" 3. Outroping, Sales by Candle and Mr. Colnaghi's Levee: The Early Years of the Art Market. 4. Paris in the Golden Age: Manet and the Birth of Modernism. 5. The Street of Pictures: Rue Laffitte and the First Dealers in Impressionism. 6. The Barbizon Boom: Taste and Prices a Hundred Years Ago. 7. Siegfried Bing, Murray Marks and Their Oriental Friends. 8. The Widows. 9. Du Vesne, Duvane, Duveen. 10. Quaritch, Hoe and Belle of the Books. 11. Vollard's Paris, Cassirer's Germany. 12. Sotheby's First Old Master. 13. "291" and the Armory Show. 14. The $10,000 Barrier: Taste and Prices on the Eve of World War I. 15. War and the Major. 16. The Kahnweiler Affair. 17. The Paris Dynasties. 18. The Cult of the Portrait: Taste and Prices on the Eve of the Great Crash -- II. 1930-1956: The Un-Gentle Art of Making Enemies. 19. The Great Crash. 20. Bad Blood. 21. The Mathematician and the Murderer. 22. The Great Drought: Taste and Prices on the Eve of World War II. 23. War and the Marshal. 24. Peter Wilson Looks West. 25. Shanghai to Suez, via Hong Kong -- III. 1957- Impressionism, Sunrise. 26. The Picasso Business and the Epiphanies of Leo Castelli. 27. Sotheby's versus Christie's. 28. The $2 Million Barrier. 29. Manhattan's New Street of Pictures. 30. Porcelain and Pensions. 31. The Apotheosis of Peter Wilson. 32. The Fall of Sotheby's and the Rise of Alfred Taubman. 33. The New Sotheby's and the New Collectors. 34. The Japanese Passion for Medama. 35. Van Gogh, Inc., and Kaneamari Gensho. 36. Picassso, Inc., and the Galleries of the Ginza. 37. False Start? The Market in Contemporary Art. 38. The Price of Pleasure: Art as Investment. 39. Manhattan to the Marais: The Revival of Europe. 40. Climax: The Billion-Dollar Binge. 41. Anticlimax: The Art of Zaiteku -- Epilogue: The Post-Gachet World -- Appendix A: World Record Prices Paid for Works of Art (with Their Present-Day Equivalents) -- Graph Showing World Record Prices Paid for Paintings -- Appendix B: The Real Value of Paintings in History: An Index to Convert Prices in the Past to Present-Day Values / B. R. Mitchell
Control code
ocm25371119
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xxviii, 558 pages, 40 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780679404729
Lccn
92005138
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)25371119
  • (Sirsi) a357640

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