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Golden touch

Gold, forever considered one of the world’s most precious metals, has fascinated us throughout the ages. Its radiant light and energy have become symbols of power, wealth and beauty. Moreover, this precious metal has the advantage of being malleable and resistant, almost imperishable, making it an ideal medium to work with.

Despite its rarity, artists have been using gold since time immemorial. Indeed, from Agamemnon’s mask in ancient Egypt to Klimt’s The Kiss, the history of art is paved with gold. Even as far back as the 12th century, the background of Giotto's altarpiece of the Virgin and Child was covered with yellow gold, representing the divine light that exists within the subjects. Nevertheless, gold is not only a symbol of power, it also inspires passion and spirituality. The spiritual dimension of this precious metal originates from the ancient Egyptians who associated gold with the sun and consequently to the god Ra. The glowing metal was later found in the golden skies of Byzantine icons and Baroque churches, and the halos of their saints.

Similarly, in Asia, gold has always played a prominent role in the decoration of sacred art. Gold works very often represent Buddhist deities and beings. Artists used either gold leaf or gold paint, in varying techniques, according to the desired light effect.

The use of gold then became more discreet until its reappearance in the 19th century, particularly in sculpture. One of the most famous artists noted for his Midas touch, is Gustav Klimt, a master of the material, who produced a series of gold-leaf paintings during what would become known as his ‘Golden Cycle’, which are among the most beloved of his works. In 2006, his painting Adèle Bloch-Bauer I fetched $135 million and in the same year a set of five gilded works sold for over $327 million.

Yves Klein, better known for his blue works, discovered the art of gilding while working for a framer in 1949. Ten years later, this material appeared in his monochrome works, the Monogolds. These canvases covered in thin gold leaves, delicately layered on top of each other, reveal that gold alone is enough to transform an object into a work of art. In the form of currency, gold is a promise of eternal wealth. In terms of its use in art, Klein says that gold ‘permeates the painting and gives it eternal life’.

So gold isn’t only traded on the financial market. If you are not ready to try your luck on the stock market or if the price of gold seems too volatile, Artsper has selected works of art for you that are worth their weight in gold!

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Our recommendations Li Lihong, Mickey, Sculpture

Li Lihong

Mickey, 2013
7.9 x 9.4 x 5.9 inch
Sculpture

$902

Arno, Full or, Sculpture

Arno

Full or, 2018
32.7 x 8.3 x 6.3 inch
Sculpture

$2,482

Jean-Paul Moscovino, Zaramo 2/8, Sculpture

Jean-Paul Moscovino

Zaramo 2/8, 2009
10.2 x 6.7 x 9.4 inch
Sculpture

$993

Aurembaix Sabaté, Opus Magnum IV, Drawing

Aurembaix Sabaté

Opus Magnum IV, 2019
9.8 x 9.8 inch
Drawing

$451

Apostolos Chantzaras, Mermaid Dream - Unique Ed. 7 of 12, Print

Apostolos Chantzaras

Mermaid Dream - Unique Ed. 7 of 12, 2016
23.6 x 55.1 x 0.4 inch
Print

$3,384

Miguel Branco, Untitled (Diana), Sculpture

Miguel Branco

Untitled (Diana), 2016
9.8 x 14.2 x 4.1 inch
Sculpture

$5,076

Our recommendations Charles Mason, Crutch, Sculpture

Charles Mason

Crutch, 2010
34.3 x 22 x 20.9 inch
Sculpture

$14,100

Jérôme Guime, Reflets, Sculpture

Jérôme Guime

Reflets, 2018
11.8 x 26 x 0.4 inch
Sculpture

$902

Our recommendations Johan Creten, The Vivisector, Sculpture

Johan Creten

The Vivisector, 2017
6.3 x 3.1 x 3.1 inch
Sculpture

$1,015

David Deshommes, Vanité, Sculpture

David Deshommes

Vanité, 2013
6.3 x 5.5 x 8.3 inch
Sculpture

$1,354

Enigma Geometricks, Nasrid, Painting

Enigma Geometricks

Nasrid, 2016
47.2 x 31.5 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$677

Ewan David Eason, Gold Mappa Mundi London - lack, Drawing

Ewan David Eason

Gold Mappa Mundi London - lack, 2013
35 x 35 inch
Drawing

$4,586

Marilyn  Minter, Prism, Photography

Marilyn Minter

Prism, 2009
20.1 x 15.7 x 2 inch
Photography

$18,048

Mireille Roobaert, Objet Photographique I, Photography

Mireille Roobaert

Objet Photographique I, 2014
29.5 x 41.7 x 2 inch
Photography

$1,015

Yves-Marie de Malleray, Jeune Brahman, Painting

Yves-Marie de Malleray

Jeune Brahman, 2004
21.3 x 25.6 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$3,215

Bert Stern, Marilyn. Classic Gold Roses (1962), Photography

Bert Stern

Marilyn. Classic Gold Roses (1962), 2013
18.9 x 13 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$5,262

Our recommendations Philippe Pasqua, Cendrier vanité, Sculpture

Philippe Pasqua

Cendrier vanité, 2016
12.6 x 19.7 x 19.7 inch
Sculpture

$28,200

Our recommendations Li Lihong, Apple - Or, Sculpture

Li Lihong

Apple - Or, 2013
7.1 x 6.3 x 6.3 inch
Sculpture

$902

Philippe Pasqua, Vanité, Sculpture

Philippe Pasqua

Vanité, 1998
70.9 x 15.7 x 15.7 inch
Sculpture

$28,200

Liora, J'Adore 6, Painting

Liora

J'Adore 6, 2019
19.7 x 19.7 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$553

Liora, White Hole 5, Painting

Liora

White Hole 5, 2019
19.7 x 19.7 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$564

Georges Braque, Zétès et Calaïs, Sculpture

Georges Braque

Zétès et Calaïs, 1963
45.3 x 32.3 x 1.2 inch
Sculpture

$36,659

Our recommendations Feng Hatat, Arbre mort, Photography

Feng Hatat

Arbre mort, 2015
19.7 x 27.6 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$564

Max Ernst, Sans titre 4, Sculpture

Max Ernst

Sans titre 4, 1970
11.8 x 11 x 0.8 inch
Sculpture

$5,640

Mr.Oreke, Gold woman, Painting

Mr.Oreke

Gold woman, 2017
57.5 x 44.9 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$3,271

Joyce Fournier, Destiny, Painting

Joyce Fournier

Destiny, 2017
20 x 40 x 1.8 inch
Painting

$960 $1,600

Bernard Rives, Gaïa, Sculpture

Bernard Rives

Gaïa, 2019
20.9 x 5.1 x 3.1 inch
Sculpture

$2,482

Krayon, Fishes n°6, Painting

Krayon

Fishes n°6, 2017
11.8 x 11.8 x 1.6 inch
Painting

$677

Anne Juliette Deschamps, Golden Cycle, Sculpture

Anne Juliette Deschamps

Golden Cycle, 2017
27.6 x 27.6 x 1.6 inch
Sculpture

$2,030

Jérôme Legrand, Errance - or et alu, Painting

Jérôme Legrand

Errance - or et alu, 2016
22.8 x 18.9 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$2,256

Brijite Bey, Cycladique La Réponse, Sculpture

Brijite Bey

Cycladique La Réponse, 2014
29.9 x 7.9 x 7.9 inch
Sculpture

$8,573

Markus + Indrani, Mariah Carey (black and gold), Photography

Markus + Indrani

Mariah Carey (black and gold), 2014
16 x 13 x 1 inch
Photography

$7,332

Paul Franceschi (Art-O), Epouvantail_Art-O-03, Sculpture

Paul Franceschi (Art-O)

Epouvantail_Art-O-03, 2016
74.8 x 34.6 x 39.4 inch
Sculpture

$2,820

Dominique Clerc, Paysage Intérieur 02, Photography

Dominique Clerc

Paysage Intérieur 02, 2011
35.4 x 47.2 x 1.2 inch
Photography

$2,820

Our recommendations Jérôme Guime, Singulière, Sculpture

Jérôme Guime

Singulière, 2018
11.8 x 15.7 x 0.8 inch
Sculpture

$733

Anastasia Gklava, Remember Me, Painting

Anastasia Gklava

Remember Me, 2018
15.7 x 15.7 x 1.6 inch
Painting

$987

Anastasia Gklava, Bob Style, Painting

Anastasia Gklava

Bob Style, 2017
15.7 x 15.7 x 1.6 inch
Painting

$987

Jean Amiel, Poule faisane, Sculpture

Jean Amiel

Poule faisane, 2016
11.8 x 9.8 x 19.7 inch
Sculpture

$1,579

Eugenio Merino, Rescue Passport, Sculpture

Eugenio Merino

Rescue Passport, 2016
10.6 x 8.3 x 0.8 inch
Sculpture

$1,638

Sabine Ducarn, Chil - Jungle book, Painting

Sabine Ducarn

Chil - Jungle book, 2018
74.8 x 31.5 x 1.6 inch
Painting

$4,174

Stéphane Ducret, TR#1628 (Black, Light Beige & Yellow), Painting

Stéphane Ducret

TR#1628 (Black, Light Beige & Yellow), 2016
11.8 x 9.4 x 2 inch
Painting

$902

Jirí  Dokoupil, Composition pour les JO, Print

Jirí Dokoupil

Composition pour les JO, 1992
24.8 x 35.4 inch
Print

$338

Peter Sinnige, Golden Evening, Painting

Peter Sinnige

Golden Evening, 2003
39.4 x 39.4 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$3,271

Sovann Nou, Untitled 27, Painting

Sovann Nou

Untitled 27, 2015
39.4 x 39.4 x 2 inch
Painting

$3,497

Fabien Vieilletoile, Too much drinking, Photography

Fabien Vieilletoile

Too much drinking, 2012
41.3 x 27.2 x 1.2 inch
Photography

$778

Fabien Vieilletoile, Autown, Photography

Fabien Vieilletoile

Autown, 2012
25.6 x 98.4 x 1.2 inch
Photography

$1,331

Our recommendations Ewan David Eason, Sacred Continent Africa, Drawing

Ewan David Eason

Sacred Continent Africa, 2017
27.2 x 27.2 x 1.2 inch
Drawing

$2,023

Rosie Emerson, Sophie #5, Print

Rosie Emerson

Sophie #5, 2012
29.5 x 21.7 x 0.4 inch
Print

$2,200

Anatoly Rudakov, Penn Station. New York, Photography

Anatoly Rudakov

Penn Station. New York, 2015
27.6 x 39.4 x 1.2 inch
Photography

$1,692

Ronald Franke, Untitled, Gold #5752, Painting

Ronald Franke

Untitled, Gold #5752, 2014
110.2 x 212.6 x 3.9 inch
Painting

$65,423

Yves-Marie de Malleray, Cheval arabe allant, Painting

Yves-Marie de Malleray

Cheval arabe allant, 1992
25.6 x 31.9 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$6,317

Eric Falcon, Sweet Crystallization II (In collaboration with Claude Laroche), Photography

Eric Falcon

Sweet Crystallization II (In collaboration with Claude Laroche), 2008
15.7 x 23.6 inch
Photography

$1,354

Liora, J'Adore 3, Painting

Liora

J'Adore 3, 2018
23.6 x 23.6 x 1.6 inch
Painting

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Vincent Sabatier, Légoclusion - Goldman Sachs, Sculpture

Vincent Sabatier

Légoclusion - Goldman Sachs, 2018
9.8 x 6.3 x 2 inch
Sculpture

Sold out

Sax Berlin, 21st Century Classicism, Drawing

Sax Berlin

21st Century Classicism, 2013
21 x 18 x 2 inch
Drawing

Sold out

Ayoola Gbolahan, Blue Priesthood, Painting

Ayoola Gbolahan

Blue Priesthood, 2017
59.8 x 48 x 0.8 inch
Painting

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Enigma Geometricks, Gateway 1 et 2. Diptyque, Painting

Enigma Geometricks

Gateway 1 et 2. Diptyque, 2016
47.2 x 70.9 x 1.2 inch
Painting

Sold out

Adrienne Jalbert, Roma, Sculpture

Adrienne Jalbert

Roma, 2015
6.3 x 6.3 x 6.3 inch
Sculpture

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