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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, Apple - Or, Sculpture

Li Lihong

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

$ 979

Jérôme Guime, Reflets, Sculpture

Jérôme Guime

Reflets, 2018
11.8 x 26 x 0.4 inch
Sculpture

$ 979

Brijite Bey, Cycladique La Réponse, Sculpture

Brijite Bey

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

$ 9,304

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

$ 3,673

Enigma Geometricks, Nasrid, Painting

Enigma Geometricks

Nasrid, 2016
47.2 x 31.5 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$ 735

Aurembaix Sabaté, Opus Magnum IV, Drawing

Aurembaix Sabaté

Opus Magnum IV, 2019
9.8 x 9.8 inch
Drawing

$ 490

Miguel Branco, Untitled (Diana), Sculpture

Miguel Branco

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

$ 6,121

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

Ewan David Eason

Gold Mappa Mundi London - lack, 2013
35 x 35 x 0.4 inch
Print

$ 4,601

David Deshommes, Vanité, Sculpture

David Deshommes

Vanité, 2013
6.3 x 5.5 x 8.3 inch
Sculpture

$ 1,469

Marilyn  Minter, Prism, Photography

Marilyn Minter

Prism, 2009
20.1 x 15.7 x 2 inch
Photography

$ 19,587

Joanna Danilo, Card Golden Ring, Sculpture

Joanna Danilo

Card Golden Ring, 2018
18.1 x 18.1 x 0 inch
Sculpture

$ 539

Our recommendations Li Lihong, Mickey, Sculpture

Li Lihong

Mickey, 2013
7.9 x 9.4 x 5.9 inch
Sculpture

$ 979

Karl Lagasse, Kriptogramme, Sculpture

Karl Lagasse

Kriptogramme, 2020
70.9 x 11.8 x 11.8 inch
Sculpture

$ 281,560

Gregos, My heart, Painting

Gregos

My heart, 2020
11.8 x 11.8 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$ 704

Bernard Rives, Gaïa, Sculpture

Bernard Rives

Gaïa, 2019
20.9 x 5.1 x 3.1 inch
Sculpture

$ 2,693

Our recommendations Feng Hatat, Arbre mort, Photography

Feng Hatat

Arbre mort, 2015
15.7 x 23.6 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$ 551 $ 612

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

$ 5,711

Philippe Pasqua, Vanité aux papillons, Sculpture

Philippe Pasqua

Vanité aux papillons, 2016
19.7 x 19.7 x 23.6 inch
Sculpture

$ 55,088

Our recommendations Jérôme Guime, Singulière, Sculpture

Jérôme Guime

Singulière, 2018
11.8 x 15.7 x 0.8 inch
Sculpture

$ 796

Manuela Paul-Cavallier, Silence prolixe I, Sculpture

Manuela Paul-Cavallier

Silence prolixe I, 2019
15.7 x 9.8 x 9.8 inch
Sculpture

$ 4,897

Manuela Paul-Cavallier, Zak II, Sculpture

Manuela Paul-Cavallier

Zak II, 2019
7.9 x 7.5 x 7.9 inch
Sculpture

$ 1,469

Our recommendations Philippe Pasqua, Cendrier vanité, Sculpture

Philippe Pasqua

Cendrier vanité, 2016
12.6 x 19.7 x 19.7 inch
Sculpture

$ 30,604

Jirí  Dokoupil, Composition pour les JO, Print

Jirí Dokoupil

Composition pour les JO, 1992
24.8 x 35.4 inch
Print

$ 367

Sergio Verastegui, Ecdysis (4), Sculpture

Sergio Verastegui

Ecdysis (4), 2019
16.7 x 11.8 x 1.4 inch
Sculpture

$ 4,285

Anna Sidi Yacoub, Golden Lights, Sculpture

Anna Sidi Yacoub

Golden Lights, 2020
35.4 x 35.4 x 1.2 inch
Sculpture

$ 1,102

Eric Robin, Over sea, Painting

Eric Robin

Over sea, 2020
49.2 x 29.5 x 2 inch
Painting

$ 3,428

Our recommendations Anastasia Gklava, Bob Style, Painting

Anastasia Gklava

Bob Style, 2017
15.7 x 15.7 x 1.6 inch
Painting

$ 1,071

Anastasia Gklava, Remember Me, Painting

Anastasia Gklava

Remember Me, 2018
15.7 x 15.7 x 1.6 inch
Painting

$ 1,071

Joyce Fournier, Destiny, Painting

Joyce Fournier

Destiny, 2017
20 x 40 x 1.8 inch
Painting

$ 1,650

Jean Amiel, Poule faisane, Sculpture

Jean Amiel

Poule faisane, 2016
11.8 x 9.8 x 19.7 inch
Sculpture

$ 1,714

Krayon, Fishes n°6, Painting

Krayon

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

$ 735

Fabien Vieilletoile, Autown, Photography

Fabien Vieilletoile

Autown, 2012
25.6 x 98.4 x 1.2 inch
Photography

$ 1,445

Fabien Vieilletoile, Too much drinking, Photography

Fabien Vieilletoile

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

$ 845

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

Markus + Indrani

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

$ 7,957

Anne Juliette Deschamps, Golden Cycle, Sculpture

Anne Juliette Deschamps

Golden Cycle, 2017
27.6 x 27.6 x 1.6 inch
Sculpture

$ 2,204

Aurélie Charles, Landscape 2.0 l'Après, Painting

Aurélie Charles

Landscape 2.0 l'Après, 2020
36.2 x 28.7 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$ 2,436

Béatrice Darmon, Tondo 6, Painting

Béatrice Darmon

Tondo 6, 2019
11.8 x 11.8 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$ 422

Sander Schilthuizen, Gedächtniskirche, Photography

Sander Schilthuizen

Gedächtniskirche, 2018
39.4 x 59.1 x 0.1 inch
Photography

$ 611

Dominique Clerc, Paysage Intérieur 02, Photography

Dominique Clerc

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

$ 3,060

Mario Bigetti, Seams on Gold, Painting

Mario Bigetti

Seams on Gold, 2020
15.7 x 15.7 x 0.1 inch
Painting

$ 857

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

$ 3,060

Our recommendations Ewan David Eason, Sacred Continent Africa, Print

Ewan David Eason

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

$ 2,030

Peter Sinnige, Golden Evening, Painting

Peter Sinnige

Golden Evening, 2003
39.4 x 39.4 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$ 3,550

Jérôme Legrand, Errance - or et alu, Painting

Jérôme Legrand

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

$ 2,448

Sovann Nou, Untitled 27, Painting

Sovann Nou

Untitled 27, 2015
39.4 x 39.4 x 2 inch
Painting

$ 3,795

Rosie Emerson, Sophie #5, Print

Rosie Emerson

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

$ 2,387

Alessandro Rabatti, Wolvbank, Print

Alessandro Rabatti

Wolvbank, 2015
17.9 x 15.2 inch
Print

$ 673

Eduardo Terranova, Terralux Gold, Painting

Eduardo Terranova

Terralux Gold, 2019
16 x 16 x 2 inch
Painting

$ 4,500

Michaël Cailloux, Golden spider, Bijou mural / Wall jewelry, Sculpture

Michaël Cailloux

Golden spider, Bijou mural / Wall jewelry, 2017
14.6 x 14.6 x 1.2 inch
Sculpture

$ 4,897

Benjamin Grivot, Diamant d'or, Sculpture

Benjamin Grivot

Diamant d'or, 2018
4.3 x 14.8 x 13 inch
Sculpture

$ 1,102

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

$ 1,469

Max Ernst, Sans titre 4, Sculpture

Max Ernst

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

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Liora, J'Adore 6, Painting

Liora

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

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Liora, J'Adore 3, Painting

Liora

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

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Georges Braque, Zétès et Calaïs, Sculpture

Georges Braque

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

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Adrienne Jalbert, Roma, Sculpture

Adrienne Jalbert

Roma, 2015
6.3 x 6.3 x 6.3 inch
Sculpture

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Sax Berlin, 21st Century Classicism, Drawing

Sax Berlin

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

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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

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Ayoola Gbolahan, Blue Priesthood, Painting

Ayoola Gbolahan

Blue Priesthood, 2017
59.8 x 48 x 0.8 inch
Painting

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