World’s Most Expensive Painting

Wondering what’s the World’s Most Expensive Painting? Well you’re in the right place!

The World’s Most Expensive Painting is: The Card Players sold in 2011 for $268.1 millions.

World's Most Expensive Painting: Paul Cézanne: The Card Players 1894–1895, Musée d'Orsay, Paris World’s Most Expensive Painting: Paul Cézanne – The Card Players 1894–1895, Musée d’Orsay, Paris

The seller was George Embiricos and the buyer is the Royal Family of Qatar.

Paul Cézanne ( inspired Cubism and referred to by Picasso as “the father of us all” )  started with smaller versions of his art and through time scaled the dimensions of his work.

The piece that holds the title of The World’s Most Expensive Painting seems to be the first one created.

It’s the root and the foundation of his later works.

The 5 Card Players - The Most Expensive Painting in the world The 5 Card Players – Click To Enlarge

This piece is one of the 5 paintings Paul Cézanne started at the beginning of the 1890s.

It depicts peasant card players, a subject he didn’t do before and it proved to be one of his major preoccupations of his throughout that decade.

The other 4 pieces can be found in world class museums such as Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Musée d’Orsay, the Courtauld, and the Barnes Foundation.

The painting was bought by Quatar and it is part of a long term project to transform this oil-rich nation in one of the world’s most developed intellectual-hubs.

Would's Most Expensive Painting bought by Qatari Royal Family Qatari Royal Family

In 2010, Qatar officially opened the Arab Museum of Modern Art, and the Qatar National Museum, which are currently closed for renovation by one of the world’s most known architects: Jean Nouvel.

The museum will reopen next year in 2014 and that’s where the Cézanne could end up.

World's Most Expensive Painting Qatar Arab Museum of Modern Art World’s Most Expensive Painting – Qatar – Arab Museum of Modern Art

Top 5 Most Expensive Paintings in the World:

  1. The Card Players by Paul Cézanne – $268.1 millions
  2. No. 5, 1948 by Jackson Pollock – $161.7 millions
  3. Woman III by Willem de Kooning – $158.8 millions
  4. Le Rêve by Pablo Picasso – $155.0 millions
  5. Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I by Gustav Klimt – $154.9 millions

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