Invest in artwork!

Fine Paintings and Art are much more stable than most stocks. In 2013, the wealth of art billionaires was over $32 billion. During the last 4 years, it has been considerably increasing at a very fast rate. A great deal of transactions is strictly private. At public auctions you may get a glimpse of the prices, but most of the time the buyers and sellers remain anonymous and you only see the tip of the iceberg. The richest people in the world consider paintings[…]

Fine paintings & art for sale

Invest in Art. But be selective. With some names you can never go wrong like Chagall, Brancusi, Malevich, Pirosmani, Canaletto, Kandinsky, Renoir, Moglidiani and Gudiashvili. Yes, we do have some of their original works. VIP access. But, we also have over 2000 original art objects available or access to, in many cases directly from the owners who often bought most of them from the artists or from the families of the artists themselves: the Pissarro family, Yuroz, Michal Zaborowski, Alexandra Nechita, R.C.[…]

Fine art on the web

The uncertainties in the financial market make paintings and art into an important alternative investment and this is not necessarily handled by the classical auction houses and galleries. According to the magazine “Forbes” the art market is cooling, but online art sales are booming. Auctioneers are in competition with dealers of original art works at every level, even in high quality art works, which are now available for sale through online galleries and online auctions. The result is that for the big[…]

Fine art’s market value

Why are original artworks so interesting for investors? Beside increasing in value, art can be used as collateral. What are the requirements and considerations? What are the characteristics of fine art that makes it a viable alternative security? Let’s analyze the appreciation of art in the course of time, because collecting and owning it can be compared to the stock market. When we examine the value of art in the context of current national and international economy, we draw lessons from the[…]

Fine art versus money

Unfortunately, today’s art market logic in general is highly dysfunctional and inefficient in the long term. Art collectors are brought to quick financial decisions, are aimlessly buying trivial art encouraged by short-term profits, instead of purchasing durable quality by considering the overall work and history of an artist with the help of independent advisors. This false paradigm of low intellectual and cultural values versus high financial values affects the infrastructure of the complex culture and art industry in a negative way. Overvaluation and price[…]

Tips ‘n’ Tricks from the Black Cat

Don’t get fooled! Insider trading with privileged access to information at auctions is a common practice. Some sellers bid high sums in advance on their own sales to cause the prices to drift upward. The lack of independent information about this trade endangers everyone on the art market. Dominant Art Foundations have higher initial budgets than i.e. public museums, which they use for tax-deductible donations and sponsorships. Some are so strong that they are able to use their influence in the art market and in the art world.[…]

Russian Painters

The traditional Russian painting is one of the world’s most important schools of thought. Through generations, artists and artists’ ideas of teachers have been passed on to students. To this day, Russia produces outstanding works in technical perfection and with love for the subject. This generally acknowledged high quality of traditional Russian painting is all the more amazing considering the fact that icons were created exclusively in this country for more than 800 years. With the opening to the west[…]

Leningrad School of Painting

On our websites you will find many paintings you may recognize as works of art inspired by The Leningrad School of Painting (Russian: Ленинградская школа живописи).  This refers to a group of Soviet painters, who from 1930 to 1950 founded in Leningrad the Reformed Imperial Academy of Fine Arts, unified by the Leningrad Union of Soviet artists. The history of the Leningrad School covers the period from early 1930 to early 1990s. It’s appearance was the result of the conflict resolution and reflect predominant[…]

Biographies of Russian Painters

The Russian art of the second half of the 19th century was marked by critical democratic and social realism. In 1870, the cooperative was established for “Peredwishniki” (Wanderer) exhibitions, the exhibitions of which led realism. The influence of “Peredwishniki” on society, art and politics was great. In the case of artists who worked at the end of the 1880s until the early 1890s, the innovations are even more obvious. The impressionism of the Moscow School became a hallmark and remained – despite[…]