200 one-dollar bills - Andy Warhol. 1962
Warhol’s paintings are sometimes very difficult to explain - it’s not always clear what it is: pure outrage and a challenge to society or an encrypted philosophical thought. The artist himself has repeatedly admitted that he loves money more than anything else. Therefore, there is nothing strange that he once decided to transfer his passion to canvas.
And it was like that. Once, Andy Warhol asked his friends to suggest some original theme for a new work. “What do you love most?” - asked one of his girlfriends. The answer to this question was the new work of the founder of the pop art style.
One of the central ideas of the artist's work is propaganda, the replication of mass things in society. And what could be more massive for an American than a one-dollar bill? However, the deep philosophical theme in the picture can also be easily found. The picture, as an object of esthetic value, belonging to the spiritual world, depicts money - that is, that which can only be attributed to the material world. Thus, Warhol witty juxtaposes the spiritual and the material.
In 2009, a unique panel was sold at the famous Sotheby's. The buyer, as the mysterious anonymous is usually found, gave for this work of Warhol 43.8 million dollars, thus entering the picture into the rating of the most expensive works of art.
br / Such an impressive amount surprised not only the townsfolk and people from art, but also the auctioneers themselves, who knew a lot about profitable sales - they bet on a less impressive amount of 12 million. It seems that Andrei Varhola (as well as really called shocking Andy ) was right in saying that art is a profit, especially if it sells well. About this and his picture!