Auction House

Auction: Evening Sale - Contemporary Art

27. November 2023, 7:00 pm

Object overview


Elizabeth Peyton*

(Danbury, Connecticut 1965)

„Marie Antoinette“
oil on canvas; framed
20 x 15 cm
inscribed, dedicated, dated and signed on the reverse: Marie Antoinette for Rudy, 1993, Elizabeth Peyton


directly from the artist;
since 1993 collection Rudolf Molacek;
2015 Galerie Konzett, Vienna;
since then private property, Austria


Don't Postpone Joy Or Collecting Can Be Fun! Rudi Molacek - An Ongoing Project, Neue Galerie am Landesmuseum Joanneum Graz, 18 März - 24 April 1994


Neue Galerie am Landesmuseum Joanneum (ed.), Don't Postpone Joy Or Collecting Can Be Fun! Rudi Molacek - An Ongoing Project, exhibition catalogue, Neue Galerie am Landesmuseum Joanneum, Graz 1994, ill. o. p.

Estimate: € 70.000 - 140.000
Result: € 100.684 (incl. fees)
Auction is closed.

In intimate small formats, Elizabeth Peyton portrays pop icons and historical figures in whom she takes a personal interest. She mainly used photographs as models. With her unique visual language, Peyton brought a breath of fresh air to traditional portrait painting in the early 1990s. What her portrayals of different characters all have in common is a sensitive, airy style of painting that creates a melancholy aura. After intensively studying the person and their history, the painter reveals to us their vulnerable side, as so evident in the portrait of Marie Antoinette. The glaze-like pink tones applied with delicate brushstrokes and the contours of varying thickness make the subject appear fragile, sensitive and alive. Marie Antoinette’s marionette-like figure reflects her tragic history, from her politically motivated, arranged marriage to her death on the guillotine. Peyton possibly drew inspiration from Stefan Zweig’s biography “Marie Antoinette: Bildnis eines mittleren Charakters” (“Marie Antoinette: The Portrait of an Average Woman”), which she read “one dreary summer after university.” ( 2000084640699/elizabeth-peytonnein-says-his-name-not, 10/12/2023) In 1993, Peyton’s portrait of Marie Antoinette was featured in her major exhibition in Room 828 of the legendary Chelsea Hotel in New York. Visitors had to request the room key at the hotel reception.

(Isabell Kneidinger)