What is the world's most expensive painting? The world's most expensive painting is by famed painter Jackson Pollock. No. 5, 1948 is a painting by American painter Jackson Pollock, known for his contributions to the abstract expressionist movement. The painting No. 5, 1948 was created on an 8′ x 4′ sheet of fiberboard, using thick amounts of brown and yellow paint drizzled on top of the fiberboard, which formed a nest-like appearance in the dried paint. Originally owned by Samuel Irving Newhouse, Pollock's No. 5, 1948 was displayed at the Museum of Modern Art. The painting was sold to David Geffen, and it is reported the painting was then sold to to David Martinez in 2006, although his lawyers deny the purchase of the painting. The sale of Pollock's No. 5, 1948 to Martinez would make this the world's most expensive painting ever sold privately or at auction.
The deputy director of painting at Sotheby's Australia, David Cook, states that Pollock's paintings will continue to rise in value, since very few of Pollock's paintings are left. Cook states that another of Pollock's paintings, Blue Poles, may be worth at minimum 180 million AUD, making it even more valuable than Pollock's No. 5, 1948.
The Top Five World's Most Expensive Paintings:
5. Pierre-Auguste Renoir
Bal du moulin de la Galette
Original price: $78.1 million
Adjusted inflation price: $131.6 million
Pierre-Auguste Renior was a French painter who was a leader in the development of the Impressionist style. Renoir's paintings make use of vibrant light and saturated color, its subjects focusing on people in candid or intimate compositions. One of Renoir's primary subjects was female nudes. Renior's touches of color fuse gently with one another and their surroundings. In the late 1860s, Renior and his friend Claude Monet discovered an effect today known as diffuse reflection, reflected colors of the objects surrounding them.
4. Vincent van Gogh
Portrait of Dr. Gachet
Original price: $82.5 million
Adjusted inflation price: $139.0 million
Vincent Willem van Gogh was a Dutch post-Impressionist painter whose work used vivid colors and emotional impact, creating had a far-reaching influence on 20th century art. Van Gogh suffered from mental illness throughout his life, with many of his greatest works created towards the end of his life. Van Gogh's most famous painting subjects include portraits, landscapes, self portraits, and sunflowers. Many of Van Gogh's paintings from the Saint-Rémy period feature the use of swirls and spirals. The Abstract Expressionism of the 1940s and 1950s is inifluenced in part by van Gogh's broad, gestural brush strokes. A number of high profile artists adpated elements of van Gogh's style, including Howard Hodgkin, Willem de Kooning, and Jackson Pollock. Today van Gogh is regarded as one of the greatest painters in history, and an essential contributor to the foundations of modern art.
3. Gustav Klimt
Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I
Original price: $135 million
Adjusted inflation price: $144.8
Gustav Klimt was an Austrian Symbolist painter. Klimt works included murals, sketches, paintings, and other art objects. Klimt chose the female body as his primary subject, his work marked with eroticism. Klimt's art in 'Golden Phase' received positive reaction and critical success, many of his paintings of this period using gold leaf. Much of Klimt's art is distinguished by colored or gold spirals, swirls, decoration, as well as phallic shapes he used to conceal erotic positions within his art work.
2. Willem de Kooning
Original price: $137.5 million
Adjusted inflation price: $148.5 million
Willem de Kooning was a Dutch American abstract expressionist artist. De Kooning painted in a style known as Abstract expressionism or Action painting in the post-Wld War II era. De Kooning was part of a group of artists known as the New York School, which also included fellow artists Hans Hofmann, Adolph Gottlieb, Jackson Pollock, Franz Kline, Arshile Gorky, Robert Motherwell, Philip Guston Mark Rothko, and Clyfford Still. De Kooning's style incorporated background figures that would overlap other figures, causing them to appear in the foreground, then overlapped by dripping lines of paint.
1. Jackson Pollock
No. 5, 1948
Original price: $140 million
Adjusted inflation price: $151.2 million
Paul Jackson Pollock was a major figure in the abstract expressionist movement and an influential American painter. Pollock was a reclusive artist who struggling with alcoholism, who enjoyed fame and notoriety during his lifetime. Mexican muralist David Alfaro Siqueiros introduced Pollock to the use of liquid paint in 1936. Pollack began to use this paint pouring method as one of several techniques on his canvases in the early 1940s. Pollock's used a technique of pouring and dripping paint which is thought to be one of the origins of the term action painting. Pollock defied convention by painting with the canvas on the floor using his drip technique, he was able to view and apply paint to his canvases from all directions.