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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 Anastasia Gklava, Bob Style, Painting

Anastasia Gklava

Bob Style, 2017
15.7 x 15.7 x 1.6 inch
Painting

$1,086

Art-O, Epouvantail_Art-O-03, Sculpture

Art-O

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

$3,103

Marilyn  Minter, Prism, Photography

Marilyn Minter

Prism, 2009
20.1 x 15.7 x 2 inch
Photography

$19,858

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

$3,723

Enigma Geometricks, Nasrid, Painting

Enigma Geometricks

Nasrid, 2016
47.2 x 31.5 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$745

Miguel Branco, Untitled (Diana), Sculpture

Miguel Branco

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

$6,206

Joanna Danilo, Card Golden Ring, Sculpture

Joanna Danilo

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

$546

Jirí  Dokoupil, Composition pour les JO, Print

Jirí Dokoupil

Composition pour les JO, 1992
24.8 x 35.4 inch
Print

$372

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

$2,149

David Deshommes, Vanité, Sculpture

David Deshommes

Vanité, 2013
6.3 x 5.5 x 8.3 inch
Sculpture

$1,489

K Oldal, Harpers Bazaar III, Painting

K Oldal

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

$1,241

Ruggiero Maria Rutigliano, Chessboard, Sculpture

Ruggiero Maria Rutigliano

Chessboard, 2020
23.6 x 23.6 x 4.7 inch
Sculpture

$3,723

Shazhad Ghazi, Sustain Land, Fine Art Drawings

Shazhad Ghazi

Sustain Land, 2020
21.3 x 17.3 x 0 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$3,807

Gregos, My heart, Painting

Gregos

My heart, 2020
11.8 x 11.8 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$931

Bernard Rives, Gaïa, Sculpture

Bernard Rives

Gaïa, 2019
20.9 x 5.1 x 3.1 inch
Sculpture

$2,730

Manuela Paul-Cavallier, Zak II, Sculpture

Manuela Paul-Cavallier

Zak II, 2019
7.9 x 7.5 x 7.9 inch
Sculpture

$1,489

Manuela Paul-Cavallier, Silence prolixe I, Sculpture

Manuela Paul-Cavallier

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

$4,964

Paco Raphael, Kong (Gold), Sculpture

Paco Raphael

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

$11,158

Minas Halaj, Butterfly #8, Painting

Minas Halaj

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

$28,173

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

$1,986

Our recommendations Jani, Sans titre, Painting

Jani

Sans titre, 2017
27.6 x 31.5 inch
Painting

$5,957

Our recommendations Minas Halaj, Floral Mind 61, Painting

Minas Halaj

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

$19,237

Benjamin Grivot, Diamant d'or, Sculpture

Benjamin Grivot

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

$1,117

Our recommendations Li Lihong, Mickey, Sculpture

Li Lihong

Mickey, 2013
7.9 x 9.4 x 5.9 inch
Sculpture

$993

Our recommendations Li Lihong, Apple - Or, Sculpture

Li Lihong

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

$993

Karl Lagasse, Kriptogramme Bronze, Sculpture

Karl Lagasse

Kriptogramme Bronze, 2020
70.9 x 11.8 x 11.8 inch
Sculpture

$496,446

Joyce Fournier, Destiny, Painting

Joyce Fournier

Destiny, 2017
20 x 40 x 1.8 inch
Painting

$1,860

James Sparshatt, Saiorse, Photography

James Sparshatt

Saiorse, 2009
39.4 x 39.4 x 0.8 inch
Photography

$2,508

Anne Juliette Deschamps, Golden Cycle, Sculpture

Anne Juliette Deschamps

Golden Cycle, 2017
27.6 x 27.6 x 1.6 inch
Sculpture

$2,234

Eric Robin, Over sea, Painting

Eric Robin

Over sea, 2020
49.2 x 29.5 x 2 inch
Painting

$3,475

Jean Amiel, Poule faisane, Sculpture

Jean Amiel

Poule faisane, 2016
11.8 x 9.8 x 19.7 inch
Sculpture

$1,738

Fabien Vieilletoile, Too much drinking, Photography

Fabien Vieilletoile

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

$856

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

$807

Krayon, Fishes n°6, Painting

Krayon

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

$745

Fabien Vieilletoile, Autown, Photography

Fabien Vieilletoile

Autown, 2012
25.6 x 98.4 x 1.2 inch
Photography

$1,465

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

$2,470

Anastasia Gklava, Remember Me, Painting

Anastasia Gklava

Remember Me, 2018
15.7 x 15.7 x 1.6 inch
Painting

$1,086

Sander Schilthuizen, Gedächtniskirche, Photography

Sander Schilthuizen

Gedächtniskirche, 2018
39.4 x 59.1 x 0.1 inch
Photography

$619

Mario Bigetti, Seams on Gold, Painting

Mario Bigetti

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

$869

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

$3,910 $4,344

Rosie Emerson, Sophie #5, Print

Rosie Emerson

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

$2,420

Brijite Bey, Cycladique La Réponse, Sculpture

Brijite Bey

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

$9,432

Sovann Nou, Untitled 27, Painting

Sovann Nou

Untitled 27, 2015
39.4 x 39.4 x 2 inch
Painting

$3,847

Benjamin Vitrol Vautier Alvarez, Deux Roses, Painting

Benjamin Vitrol Vautier Alvarez

Deux Roses, 2021
27.6 x 19.7 x 0.4 inch
Painting

$559

Georges Saulterre, N°1590, Fine Art Drawings

Georges Saulterre

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

$5,585

Peter Sinnige, Golden Evening, Painting

Peter Sinnige

Golden Evening, 2003
39.4 x 39.4 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$3,599

Kerstin Paillard, Terra Australis, Painting

Kerstin Paillard

Terra Australis, 2018
15.7 x 15.7 x 1.6 inch
Painting

$1,117

Alessandro Rabatti, Wolvbank, Print

Alessandro Rabatti

Wolvbank, 2015
17.9 x 15.2 inch
Print

$683

Our recommendations Feng Hatat, Arbre mort, Photography

Feng Hatat

Arbre mort, 2015
15.7 x 23.6 x 0.4 inch
Photography

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Adrienne Jalbert, Roma, Sculpture

Adrienne Jalbert

Roma, 2015
6.3 x 6.3 x 6.3 inch
Sculpture

Sold out

Our recommendations Philippe Pasqua, Cendrier vanité, Sculpture

Philippe Pasqua

Cendrier vanité, 2016
12.6 x 19.7 x 19.7 inch
Sculpture

Sold out

Max Ernst, Sans titre 4, Sculpture

Max Ernst

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

Sold out

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

$6,081

Georges Braque, Zétès et Calaïs, Sculpture

Georges Braque

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

Sold out

Sax Berlin, 21st Century Classicism, Fine Art Drawings

Sax Berlin

21st Century Classicism, 2013
21 x 18 x 2 inch
Fine Art Drawings

Sold out

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

Eduardo Terranova, Terralux Gold, Painting

Eduardo Terranova

Terralux Gold, 2019
16 x 16 x 2 inch
Painting

Sold out

Ayoola Gbolahan, Blue Priesthood, Painting

Ayoola Gbolahan

Blue Priesthood, 2017
59.8 x 48 x 0.8 inch
Painting

Sold out

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