Another record at Dorotheum’s Contemporary Art sale, 23 June 2021. A contemporary Austrian artwork broke the million mark worldwide for the first time.
The painting “Wilde Tiere sind gefährdet” (Wild Animals Are Endangered) by Maria Lassnig sold for 1.378.000 euro, an auction record for a work by this artist who reached international recognition only late in her career. The three-by-two-meter upright format from 1980 went to a buyer on the telephone, who outbid an online bidder from the UK.
The artist, who was awarded the Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale in 2013 for her life’s work, created this painting, in which she identified with exploited nature, in 1980, the turning point of her career in Vienna, after years in Paris and New York.
Among the works: a large-format work by veteran Informel artist, Georges Mathieu for a work from the 1980s of 873.300 euro.
Piero Dorazio whit “Il bello blu” of 1961 achieved the second highest price for a work by this artist at 454.700 euro.
by Alain Chivilò