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Czech Painter Kupka S Painting Sold For The Record Price In Auction

Czech painter Kupka s painting sold for the record price in auction

20 May 2007, 17:55 - Art
The painting Abstract Composition by Czech artist Frantisek Kupka has been sold in auction in Prague today. The price was 13,4 million CZK (480000 EUR) with the starting price of 8,5 million CZK. Last record was Czech painter Jan Čapek's Foot bathing sold for 9,3 million CZK last year.

Painting was very valued by first owner, factory-owner Jindrich Waldes, which he has bought right from Frantisek Kupka in Paris, and which was hanged in manufacturer´s villa in the street named Americka in Prague until 1938, when the family took this painting to the United States.

Frantisek Kupka (1871-1957) was a founder of modern abstract painting. He spent a large part of his life in France where he also died. Kupka´s abstract works arose from a base of realism, but later evolved into pure abstract art.

His Abstract composition was painted between 1925 and 1930 in oil and canvas and it is signed Kupka. Its is 55 to 46 centimeters. Some of the works by Kupka are in many world galleries, such as Peggy Guggenheim Collection in New York City. In 1931, Kupka was a founding member of Abstraction-Création. In 1936, his work was included in the exhibition "Cubism and Abstract Art" at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and in an important show with another excellent Czech painter Alphonse Mucha at the Jeu de Paume in Paris.

No painting of this art value has been ever auctioned off the Czech marked so far.

The auction was organized by 1. Art Consulting Brno Praha.

Kupka in Prague. In Prague, you can see many Kupka's works in Muzeum Kampa (U Sovových mlýnů 2, Praha 1 – Malá Strana) in Lesser Quarter. The collection consists of 215 studies, drawings and paintings, and ranks alongside the world's most comprehensive collections of its kind. Particularly fine items include a watercolor study for Bathing Woman (1906), or study for Gigolettes (1908 - 1909). Of key importance for Kupka's artistic development are purely abstract studies for Newton's Circles (1911 - 1912), and for the painting, Around a Point (1911 - 1930).