The plafond’s entry into the registry signals a remarkable turnaround in its fortunes. Despite its importance to Polish art and culture, the artist’s first ever large-format work depicting seven celestial nudes floating amid clouds and cherubs was only recently ‘rescued’ after an autumn auction was held to fund urgent maintenance work.
Jacek Malczewski’s ‘unseen’ masterpiece the Spinner, which has remained hidden from public sight since he painted it in 1922, was sold at auction Sunday for an art market record.
According to auction house DESA Unicum, the ‘sky’s the limit’ concerning the sale of the three works of art set to go under the hammer tomorrow (Thursday).
From Friday, the Museum on the Vistula in Warsaw will be showing an exhibition entitled 'Never again. Art against war and Fascism in the 20th and 21st centuries,' themed around Pablo Picasso's 'Guernica.'
The price paid for ‘M44’ surpassed the pre-sale estimate of PLN 700,000-900,000, and also indicated that online auctions could now hold their own against traditional ones.
The PLN 4.72 million was also the largest amount paid for a piece of contemporary Polish art.