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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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Benjamin Grivot, Diamant d'or, Sculpture

Benjamin Grivot

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

$1,090

Our recommendations Anastasia Gklava, Bob Style, Painting

Anastasia Gklava

Bob Style, 2017
15.7 x 15.7 x 1.6 inch
Painting

$1,060

Enigma Geometricks, Nasrid, Painting

Enigma Geometricks

Nasrid, 2016
47.2 x 31.5 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$727

Marilyn  Minter, Prism, Photography

Marilyn Minter

Prism, 2009
20.1 x 15.7 x 2 inch
Photography

$19,386

David Deshommes, Vanité, Sculpture

David Deshommes

Vanité, 2013
6.3 x 5.5 x 8.3 inch
Sculpture

$1,454

Miguel Branco, Untitled (Diana), Sculpture

Miguel Branco

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

$6,058

Léandre Renoir, Pureté Or, Painting

Léandre Renoir

Pureté Or, 2021
39.4 x 39.4 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$3,029

Oriol Texidor, Immersio 268, Sculpture

Oriol Texidor

Immersio 268, 2019
16.5 x 11.8 x 2 inch
Sculpture

$1,817

Sabino Puma, Mon petit monde de fantaisies, Painting

Sabino Puma

Mon petit monde de fantaisies, 2021
29.5 x 45.3 x 0.6 inch
Painting

$2,241

Sabino Puma, Metropolis, Painting

Sabino Puma

Metropolis, 2021
45.3 x 29.5 x 0.6 inch
Painting

$2,241

Li Lihong, Mickey, Sculpture

Li Lihong

Mickey, 2013
7.9 x 9.4 x 5.9 inch
Sculpture

$969

Li Lihong, Apple - Or, Sculpture

Li Lihong

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

$969

Gregos, My heart, Painting

Gregos

My heart, 2020
11.8 x 11.8 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$909

Our recommendations Feng Hatat, Arbre mort, Photography

Feng Hatat

Arbre mort, 2015
15.7 x 23.6 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$606

Mario Bigetti, Seams on Gold, Painting

Mario Bigetti

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

$848

Karl Lagasse, Kriptogramme Bronze, Sculpture

Karl Lagasse

Kriptogramme Bronze, 2020
70.9 x 11.8 x 11.8 inch
Sculpture

$484,641

Amy Nelder, Vitruvian Woman, Painting

Amy Nelder

Vitruvian Woman, 2020
48 x 48 inch
Painting

$10,000

James Sparshatt, Saiorse, Photography

James Sparshatt

Saiorse, 2009
39.4 x 39.4 x 0.8 inch
Photography

$2,481

Angela Morris-Winmill, Gold Trinket Chinese Water Buffalo Skull on Black Diamond Dust, Print

Angela Morris-Winmill

Gold Trinket Chinese Water Buffalo Skull on Black Diamond Dust, 2019
35 x 35 x 1 inch
Print

$1,198

Krayon, Fishes n°6, Painting

Krayon

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

$727

Angu Walters, The Happy Family XII, Painting

Angu Walters

The Happy Family XII, 2008
26 x 25.2 x 0.4 inch
Painting

$900

Bernard Rives, Gaïa, Sculpture

Bernard Rives

Gaïa, 2019
20.9 x 5.1 x 3.1 inch
Sculpture

$2,666

Fabien Vieilletoile, Too much drinking, Photography

Fabien Vieilletoile

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

$836

Manuela Paul-Cavallier, Zak II, Sculpture

Manuela Paul-Cavallier

Zak II, 2019
7.9 x 7.5 x 7.9 inch
Sculpture

$1,454

Jean Amiel, Poule faisane, Sculpture

Jean Amiel

Poule faisane, 2016
11.8 x 9.8 x 19.7 inch
Sculpture

$1,696

Anastasia Gklava, Remember Me, Painting

Anastasia Gklava

Remember Me, 2018
15.7 x 15.7 x 1.6 inch
Painting

$1,060

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

Apostolos Chantzaras

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

$3,635

Fabien Vieilletoile, Autown, Photography

Fabien Vieilletoile

Autown, 2012
25.6 x 98.4 x 1.2 inch
Photography

$1,430

Minas Halaj, Butterfly #8, Painting

Minas Halaj

Butterfly #8, 2020
56 x 48 x 3.1 inch
Painting

$27,503

Our recommendations Minas Halaj, Floral Mind 61, Painting

Minas Halaj

Floral Mind 61, 2019
48 x 40.2 x 3.1 inch
Painting

$18,780

Thomas Mainardi, The infinite breath of Utopia, Print

Thomas Mainardi

The infinite breath of Utopia, 2019
27.6 x 19.7 x 0 inch
Print

$788

Jirí  Dokoupil, Composition pour les JO, Print

Jirí Dokoupil

Composition pour les JO, 1992
24.8 x 35.4 inch
Print

$363

Paco Raphael, Oh Dear (Golden Heart & Bambi), Sculpture

Paco Raphael

Oh Dear (Golden Heart & Bambi), 2020
9.8 x 7.9 x 7.9 inch
Sculpture

$1,939

Sander Schilthuizen, Gedächtniskirche, Photography

Sander Schilthuizen

Gedächtniskirche, 2018
39.4 x 59.1 x 0.1 inch
Photography

$605

Rosie Emerson, Sophie #5, Print

Rosie Emerson

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

$2,363

Sovann Nou, Untitled 27, Painting

Sovann Nou

Untitled 27, 2015
39.4 x 39.4 x 2 inch
Painting

$3,756

Art-O, Epouvantail_Art-O-03, Sculpture

Art-O

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

$3,029

K Oldal, Harpers Bazaar III, Painting

K Oldal

Harpers Bazaar III, 2018
19.7 x 19.7 x 1.6 inch
Painting

$1,454

Manuela Paul-Cavallier, Silence prolixe I, Sculpture

Manuela Paul-Cavallier

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

$4,846

Kerstin Paillard, Terra Australis, Painting

Kerstin Paillard

Terra Australis, 2018
15.7 x 15.7 x 1.6 inch
Painting

$1,090

Eric Robin, Over sea, Painting

Eric Robin

Over sea, 2020
49.2 x 29.5 x 2 inch
Painting

$3,392

Alessandro Rabatti, Wolvbank, Print

Alessandro Rabatti

Wolvbank, 2015
17.9 x 15.2 inch
Print

$666

Sebastien Arts, Cosmopolitain, Painting

Sebastien Arts

Cosmopolitain, 2020
55.1 x 39.4 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$1,757

Benjamin Vitrol Vautier Alvarez, Deux Roses, Painting

Benjamin Vitrol Vautier Alvarez

Deux Roses, 2021
27.6 x 19.7 x 0.4 inch
Painting

$969

Luisa-Fernanda Debarnot, Silence, Painting

Luisa-Fernanda Debarnot

Silence, 2019
15.7 x 15.7 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$1,151

Gabriele Dal Dosso, Cubo di gabo – M³.3D_TO, Sculpture

Gabriele Dal Dosso

Cubo di gabo – M³.3D_TO, 2020
3.4 x 12.6 x 8.7 inch
Sculpture

$4,241

Mario Pasqualotto, The name of God is Female 1 of 2, Fine Art Drawings

Mario Pasqualotto

The name of God is Female 1 of 2, 2014
26.8 x 19.3 x 2 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$3,514

Paco Raphael, Kong (Gold), Sculpture

Paco Raphael

Kong (Gold), 2020
17.7 x 9.8 x 9.8 inch
Sculpture

$10,892

Julie Dalloz, Golden Skull, Painting

Julie Dalloz

Golden Skull, 2017
59.1 x 47.2 inch
Painting

$3,877

Halinka Jakubowska, Très proche, Sculpture

Halinka Jakubowska

Très proche, 2016
18.9 x 4.7 x 0.8 inch
Sculpture

$3,029

Duncan Wade, Albert Bridge, Golden Glow, Print

Duncan Wade

Albert Bridge, Golden Glow, 2021
33.9 x 43.3 x 2 inch
Print

$2,545

Peter Sinnige, Golden Evening, Painting

Peter Sinnige

Golden Evening, 2003
39.4 x 39.4 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$3,514

Mauren Brodbeck, Untitled urbanscape 10, Photography

Mauren Brodbeck

Untitled urbanscape 10, 2004
47.2 x 60.6 inch
Photography

$6,058

Brijite Bey, Cycladique La Réponse, Sculpture

Brijite Bey

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

$10,662

Ingravidesa, Golden Rapture, Sculpture

Ingravidesa

Golden Rapture, 2019
27.6 x 43.7 x 11 inch
Sculpture

$15,387

Ruggiero Maria Rutigliano, Chessboard, Sculpture

Ruggiero Maria Rutigliano

Chessboard, 2020
23.6 x 23.6 x 4.7 inch
Sculpture

$3,635

Georges Saulterre, N°1590, Fine Art Drawings

Georges Saulterre

N°1590, 2021
29.9 x 22.8 x 0 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$5,452

Fabienne Auzolle, Alchimy, Sculpture

Fabienne Auzolle

Alchimy, 2018
47.2 x 47.2 x 7.9 inch
Sculpture

$14,418

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

$5,937

Philip Provily, Dorée, Photography

Philip Provily

Dorée, 2015
39.4 x 26 x 0.2 inch
Photography

$1,696

Michael Sfez, Les cueilleurs, Painting

Michael Sfez

Les cueilleurs, 2021
45.3 x 65 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$5,937

Aude Herlédan, Mono orgasmique, Sculpture

Aude Herlédan

Mono orgasmique, 2017
9.4 x 8.3 x 5.5 inch
Sculpture

$8,481

Georges Saulterre, N°241, Sculpture

Georges Saulterre

N°241, 2008
28 x 3.5 x 6.3 inch
Sculpture

$19,386

Saône De Stalh, Rassha, Sculpture

Saône De Stalh

Rassha, 2017
13 x 15.7 x 3.9 inch
Sculpture

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