Sunday, July 12, 2009

Cuban painting sells for more than $2 million

Fuego en el batey

Christie’s in New York auctioned off a Cuban painting for US $2.18 million, Havana Times reports.
Mario Carreño's painting is called Fuego en el batey, or Fire in the sugar mill village. It's a beautiful, dramatic piece.
The painter died a decade ago in Chile, said the Havana Times, which calls Fuego en el batey "probably the highest price paid in history for a piece by a Cuban artist."
I would have figured that a Cuban painting at some point in history sold for more than that, but a quick Google search didn't turn up any.
The Havana Times story says some officials in Cuba considered the painter to be a gusano, or worm, as counterrevolutionaries are called and his work wasn't promoted on the island.
The artist produced several public murals, including one at the Habana Libre Hotel, which "was regrettably removed" and is "missing," Havana Times said.

Another Carreño work of art

Along the Malecon's Art & photography page

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