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Saturday, October 6, 2012

Golden introduces MXR Virtual Paint Mixer

For those who want to try their hand at mixing colours without waisting a single dime or having to clean the palette and a few brushes before getting a reasonable approach to their objective, Golden Artist Colors inc., has recently launched the MXR Virtual Paint Mixer.

 This new and free tool, matched to the characteristics of Golden paints, enables artists to mix paint by choosing the colour, adding it to one of the tubes on the right and then sliding the caps according to the desired mix. Through its numeric system, users can use L*a*b, RGB and CMYK colour systems to reach colour formulations.

 Another interesting and useful characteristic of this new tool, is the chance of being able to choose a colour from the spectrum and have its formula presented or to upload an image, select a colour from it and getting its mixing formula. This last one is quite important because the way we see colours depends on the other colours that surround them and sometimes it's not always easy to separate colours.

 Up to 18 mixtures can be saved per session and users can print the results, send them by email or even share on Facebook.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Christie's Paris: Hélène Rochas collection doubles auction estimates

The sale of the collection of Hélène Rochas on September 27 at Christie's Paris, comprising Modern Art, Art Déco, Furniture and European Art Objects, paintings and old master drawings, as well as drawings from the 19th century, has doubled estimates, totalizing €17,785,050/£12,557,790/$20,340,905, with 98% in value and 95% in lot.

 Under the gavel of Christie's France President François Ricqlès, experienced and emerging art collectors worldwide - 74% Europeans, 15% Americans and 5% Asiatics - manifested their interest in sale that saw four world records at auction and a right of first refusal carried out by the Musée d'Orsay.

 "Fiddle and Spanish Guitar" (1933) by Ben Nicholson was sold for €3,313,000/£2,635,823/$4,269,463, marking a record at auction for the artist.

 "Deux masques" (ca. 1925) by Jean Lambert-Rucki and Jean Dunand was sold for €385.000/£306.306/$496.150, also another record for the artists in a collective work.

Edgar Brant and Daum with "Lampadaire La Tentation" (ca. 1920-1926), sold for €265.000/£210.834/$341.506 and Diego Giacometti with "Table-Berceau, first version" (ca. 1963), sold for €1.297.000/£1.031.893/$1.671.444, achieved records at action for their creations.

 The Musée D'Orsay carried out its right of first refusal and took home a center cabinet/cabinet de milieu (ca. 1910) made of maple veneer, rosewood, oak, leather, painted and engraved ivory by Clément Mère for €67.000/£53.305/$86.343.

 Worthy of notice among the paintings of renowned artists that covered the walls of Hélène Rochas' apartment at rue Barbet de Jouy à Paris dans le VIIème, is Wassily Kandinsky's "Braunes Schweigen,"  sold for €2.137.000/£1.700.197/$2.753.952.

 During the previous 14 days before the auction,  5259 visited the exhibition.