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Medium: Digital Print
Format: Signed Print
Size: H 39cm x W 65cm
Edition size: 40
Julian Opie's Still Life With Aubergines And Cucumber (signed) is a digital print from 2001, estimated to be worth between £2,350 and £3,500. With only two sales at auction to date, the first of which was in 2010, this artwork is a unique find. The hammer price in the last five years was £2,745, achieved on 1st July 2021, and the average return to the seller was £2,333. The edition size of this artwork is limited to 40.
|Auction Date||Auction House||Artwork|
Return to Seller
|August 2022||Bonhams New York - United States||Still Life With Aubergines And Cucumber - Signed Print|
|July 2021||Koller Zurich - Switzerland||Still Life With Aubergines And Cucumber - Signed Print|
|June 2010||Bonhams Knightsbridge - United Kingdom||Still Life With Aubergines And Cucumber - Signed Print|
|March 2010||Bonhams Knightsbridge - United Kingdom||Still Life With Aubergines And Cucumber - Signed Print|
Still Life With Aubergines And Cucumber is a print by Julian Opie from his 2001 Still Life series that shows a cucumber and three aubergines set against a flattened, black backdrop. Arranged in a seemingly random composition, this print is a simple but striking still life scene that combines Opie’s graphic visual language with the canonical styles of art history.
Still Life With Aubergines And Cucumber is reminiscent of 17th century Dutch still life painting in its allusion to realism and starkly contrasted dark background. Indeed, Opie has been interested in engaging with the traditions of art history throughout his entire career, notably in his works A Pile of Old Masters (1983) and Eat Dirt, Art History (1983). With this print, Opie presents a twenty-first century version of the classic art historical genre through his use of computer technology, saturated colour and simplified form.
Telling of Opie’s key links and reference to 17th century art historical genres and styles, the artists’ work was presented in dialogue with Van Dyck’s self-portrait in the 17th century galleries of the National Portrait Gallery in 2017. Curator at the National Portrait Gallery Catherine MacLeod has said, “Julian Opie’s work references historical portraiture, and has often used compositional devices employed by seventeenth-century artists.”