The price of a work of art cannot be calculated on the same way than the one of a manufactured product. The cost price can only be a small part of the selling price, because there are many immaterial factors which have to be taken into consideration.
A part of the price of my paintings is the excellent way
of working and the highest quality of the materials I utilize. I
only use supports, mediums and pigments of the best quality,
without taking their price into account. The colors of my pigments
are guaranteed for more than 150 years in the normal light of
a house, an apartment or a museum. In some cases for example
the blue-violet flowers in the hair of my Green Lady
(see the picture) the
permanence of the colors can rise to 5 centuries (or more),
because the pigments are only Titanium White, Cobalt Blue and
Cobalt Violet (See Extremely permanent
Another part of the price is the originality of each of my
works. Most painters, even the most renowned, paint nearly always
the same subjects. On the contrary, I always paint something
entirely different from what I painted before. This creativity and
the compositional work of each picture needs time, and time is
But the main part of the price is that I sell you a part of
my own soul.
Each painting is different. I cannot paint twice the same thing
because each painting is another part of my own soul. Once this
part is on the canvas i.e. out of my unconscious it
doesnt mean anything any longer to paint it again, because it
has become conscious. I can only paint what is in my own
unconscious; thats what makes the priceless emotive value
of my works.
The price of my paintings cannot be something else but a small
compensation for the pain I feel when I leave one of them
i.e. the pain caused by the separation of this part of myself.
Furthermore, from a financial point of view, experience shows
that original paintings are one of the best conceivable
investments. Every day, art auction prices keep rising,
particularly for works of artists who havent paint many
For example Jan Vermeer of Delft has only painted about thirty
pictures. His works are priceless.
Im persuaded that in about 10 or 20 years, my works
will value at least 100 times the price they will be paid at the
In other words: if you want silk, you have to be prepared to pay for it.
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