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Artprice: The Art Market confirms Robert Combas as one of France’s major living artists

2019/04/09 Commentaires fermés

Over the past two years the value of Robert Combas’ paintings (1957) has risen 40%. His large acrylics, especially those created in the late 1980s, now regularly fetch above $100,000 at auctions.

thierry Ehrmann: “With his market looking particularly dynamic, Robert Combas is today the second most sought-after living French artist after Pierre Soulages. Although his paintings still fetch much less than those of France’s grand master of abstraction, his latest auction results suggest a rapid growth in demand and an expansion of his market as far as Asia”.

In June 2017, the Chinese auction house Ravenel set a new auction record for Combas in Taiwan when his The Sun King (1987) sold for $214,500 (including fees). A year later, on 4 April 2018, La Prise de la Bastille (c.1989) and La bagarre de Zozo (1986) were each sold for $220,000 in Paris.

Boosted by these successive auction records, the enfant terrible of the Figuration Libre movement has proved he is still the best representative of French painting on the Contemporary Art Market.

As thierry Ehrmann puts it: “Combas is a one of our giants… he already has more than 5,000 auction results to his name”.

Artprice Indicator: Value of The Sun King (1987) from 2000 to 2019

Artprice Indicator: Value of The Sun King (1987) from 2000 to 2019 © Artprice.com

Artprice Indicator: Value of The Sun King (1987) from 2000 to 2019 © Artprice.com

2018 was an excellent year for Robert Combas: 184 works were sold generating a total of $4.75 million. The market is trading more than forty years of artistic creation from his first canvases dated 1979 (the year he left art school in Saint-Etienne) to his most recent works.

However, the strongest demand focuses on works he produced from 1985 to 1995. Encouraged by rising prices, more and more collectors are selling major works they have sometimes kept for more than 20 years generating a virtuous market circle as Combas gains additional visibility.

The results speak for themselves: 8 of his top 10 auction results have been hammered since 2017.

Top 10 Best Auction Results for Robert Combas

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Ranking – Work – Price – Sale (date and place)

1. La bagarre de Zozo (1986) – $220 350 – 04/04/2018, Artcurial, Paris

2. La prise de la Bastille (c. 1989) – $219 200 – 04/04/2018, Desbenoit, Paris

3. Le Roi Soleil (1987) – $212 500 – 03/06/2017, Ravenel, Taïwan

4. Il suffit de passer le pont (1992) – $212 400 – 19/03/2019, Sotheby’s Paris

5. Louis XIV (1985) – $207 700 – 28/03/2013, Cornette de Saint Cyr, Paris

6. Le chien à cinq pattes (1987) – $190 500 – 05/06/2018, Artcurial, Paris

7. La charrette des Condamnés (c. 1979) – $190 000 – 04/06/2018, Desbenoit, Paris

8. La gitane amoureuse (1988) – $184 500 – 03/12/2018, Artcurial, Paris

9. Les 4 peluches de l’Ave Maria (1987) – $176 500 – 04/04/2012, Artcurial, Paris

10. Nolon (1987) – $169 500 – 06/12/2017 – Sotheby’s, Paris

With France accounting for 87% of his lots sold, the core of Combas’ market remains French. However, his works are now selling well beyond France and Belgium, having already reached England and even Asia. The American market has so far resisted his prolific painting practice which is reminiscent of Keith Harings.

Robert Combas paintings now sell for somewhere between $15,000 and $200,000, depending on the size of the work, its subject, its provenance, etc. However, many of his works on paper are still accessible for less than $10,000, while his prints and his three-dimensional multiples usually change hands for between $1,000 and $5,000.

In the fall of 2018, the Parisian gallery Laurent Strouk presented his most recent works, created during the previous summer in Sète, a town on France’s Mediterranean coast where Combas lived as a child.

The exhibition entitled Le Théâtre de la Mer showed his latest paintings, but also his latest sculptures, as well as some pieces of furniture (chairs, lamps, rugs). Indeed, Robert Combas has never limited his creativity to any particular medium and has always given free rein to his inspiration… including T-shirts, trousers, guitars and a variety of other formats.

As his latest auction results show, Robert Combas is enjoying a new international visibility. Most of his production is still affordable, but that could soon change. His prices have shown strong long-term growth, +500% since 2000, that has accelerated over the last 24 months.

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Artprice is the global leader in art price and art index databanks. It has over 30 million indices and auction results covering more than 700,000 artists. Artprice Images® gives unlimited access to the largest Art Market resource in the world: a library of 126 million images or prints of artworks from the year 1700 to the present day, along with comments by Artprice’s art historians.

Artprice permanently enriches its databanks with information from 6,300 auctioneers and it publishes a constant flow of art market trends for the world’s principal news agencies and approximately 7,200 international press publications.

For its 4,500,000 members, Artprice gives access to the world’s leading Standardised Marketplace for buying and selling art. Artprice is preparing its blockchain for the Art Market. It is BPI-labelled (scientific national French label) Artprice’s Global Art Market Annual Report for 2018 published last March 2019: https://www.artprice.com/artprice-reports/the-art-market-in-2018

Artprice is associated with Artron Group the Chinese leader in the Art Market, its solid institutional partner.

About the Artron Group:

“Artron Art Group (Artron), a comprehensive cultural industrial group founded in 1993 by Wan jie, is committed to inheriting, enhancing and spreading art value. Based on abundant art data, Artron provides art industry and art fans with professional service and experience of quality products by integrated application of IT, advanced digital science and innovative crafts and materials.

Having produced more than 60,000 books and auction catalogues, Artron is the world’s largest art book printer with a total print volume of 300 million a year. It has more than 3 million professional members in the arts sector and an average of 15 million daily visits, making it the world’s leading art website.”

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Artprice and Artron have just created an “Art Media Mogul”

2018/10/20 Commentaires fermés

Artprice and Artron have just created an “Art Media Mogul”

After seven years of collaboration, cultural exchange and regular trips between China and Europe, the two founders and presidents of Artron and Artprice, WAN Jie and thierry Ehrmann (who are exactly the same age and share the same commitments), share the same vision of the Global Art Market and the same passion for Art within the context of a loyal and mutually respectful friendship.

This long and infallible relationship has allowed both groups to work extremely quickly without cultural barriers to build an “Art Media Mogul”. By analogy, it’s exactly as if Baidu and Google were merging their respective knowledge.

Artron is the world’s largest printer of art books with more than 60,000 books and auction catalogues and a total publication volume of 300 million a year. Artron.net is the most respected brand in the Chinese art world. Artron is celebrating his 25th anniversary. Established in 1993, Artron Art Group celebrates its 25th anniversary this year.

Artprice is the world leader in Art Market Information since 1987 with 4,500,000 members

its databanks with information from 6,300 auctioneers and publishes a constant flow of art market trends for the world’s principal news agencies and approximately 7,200 international press publications. Artprice gives access to the world’s leading Standardised Marketplace for buying and selling art.

Last Friday, 12 October 2018, at Artprice’s head office in Lyon, France, Artron CEO and founder, WAN Jie, along with his staff, and Artprice CEO and founder, thierry Ehrmann, along with his staff, signed a historic agreement between the two groups.

Official video of the Friday 12 October 2018 signing ceremony and talks about the 10 new development agreements at Artprice’s head office in France:

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Chinese:

https://vimeo.com/296008906

A series of development agreements in principle (10, soon to be delivered) was discussed and. They go far beyond the exclusive distribution contract allowing for Artprice subscriptions to be marketed through the Chinese Intranet to millions of Chinese art collectors – via Artron Group’s customers – in China.

The scope of the 10 new development agreements discussed on 12 October 2018 will have a structural impact on the Global Art Market and on Art History, according to Art historians, in a way that no-one could have imagined. At the same time, Artprice and Artron are on the verge of an extraordinary evolution during which, from a shareholder perspective, Artprice will change in dimension – economically, financially and historically – as of 2019.

Artron produces all the catalogues of Chinese auction houses and handles the postal or digital mailing of these catalogues to their final customers. It will be possible for Artprice subscriptions, sold exclusively by Artron in China, to directly reach the target audience.

Similarly, Artprice will be featured on the homepage of Artron.Net which, according to many studies, is the most respected brand in the Chinese art world. Artron.net has more than 3 million members and receives more than 9 million online visitors per day (on average) or 270 million visitors per month to their website.

Via Artron, there exists a massive potential demand for Artprice subscriptions, including its unique decision support tools, because these tools allow China’s collectors, art professionals and its museum industry to acquire Western artworks with total assurance that they have complete mastery of all the relevant pricing information, the artist’s background and their ‘economic profile’.

Thanks to Artron’s expert advice, Artprice fully complies with the specifications and conditions of China’s Great Electronic Firewall (Law CL97 (1997) et seq.) and its Golden Shield protocol (1998).

To do so, Artprice has deployed the obligatory Alipay and WeChat Chinese payment platforms (1.8 billion users) for Chinese buyers after developing no less than 54 million pages in Mandarin on its Internet accessible data banks (which took seven years…).

In order to conform to Law CL97, Artprice spent two years rewriting all its data bank code in order to eliminate all US and European corporate source code containing cookies, tags, metadata or backdoor elements (amongst other elements).

In fact, thanks to Artron’s assistance and advice, Artprice has managed to achieve what the GAFA’s have tried on numerous occasions but failed. It has managed to penetrate the core of the Chinese Intranet.

What was discussed on Friday 12 October 2018 far exceeds what was originally planned. It follows on from a summit meeting held in March 2018 in Beijing between Artprice’s and Artron/AMMA’s executive teams, and should broaden the two companies’ Marketplaces.

Artron is the world’s largest printer of art books with more than 60,000 books and auction catalogues and a total publication volume of 300 million.

To understand the power of Artron and its unavoidable position in China, follow the link to this video in English…

http://english.artron.com.cn/about/video/index

Read Artron’s official presentation: http://english.artron.com.cn/about/introduction/index

The exclusive contract for the distribution of Artprice subscriptions to Artron’s customers and the ten new additional agreements in principle can be implemented rapidly on the basis of the two companies’ mutual knowledge resulting from seven years of constant partnership, proving that long-term collaboration, patience and hard work are the keys to success.

In 2018, China accounted for 45% of global online art trade, conducting twelve times more online transactions than the United States. China has a huge advantage over the West because it is building its market economy directly on the Internet. Moreover, no-one doubts that China’s Art Market will account for 70% of the global Art Market as of 2020. Artprice, as the world leader in Art Market information, had to be central to its market. It should not be forgotten that France accounted for 4% of H1 2018 results.

For further information regarding the historical background of relations between Artprice and Artron/AMMA and its economic consequences, please refer to Artprice’s reference documents and, in particular, to its 2017 registration document filed with the AMF (France’s Financial Markets Supervisory Authority) on 1 June 2018 (in accordance with the Article 212-13 of the AMF’s General Regulations) and to Artprice’s Press Releases.

More details, video clips and photos of the signing and accompanying speeches will be online shortly on Artprice’s and Artron’s social networks.

About Artprice:

Artprice is listed on the Eurolist by Euronext Paris, SRD long only and Euroclear: 7478 – Bloomberg: PRC – Reuters: ARTF.

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Artprice is the global leader in art price and art index databanks. It has over 30 million indices and auction results covering more than 700,000 artists. Artprice Images(R) gives unlimited access to the largest Art Market resource in the world: a library of 126 million images or prints of artworks from the year 1700 to the present day, along with comments by Artprice’s art historians.

12 Oct. 2018: Artprice and Artron have just created an “Art Media Mogul” :
Video :
https://vimeo.com/296010836

Artprice permanently enriches its databanks with information from 6,300 auctioneers and it publishes a constant flow of art market trends for the world’s principal news agencies and approximately 7,200 international press publications. For its 4,500,000 members, Artprice gives access to the world’s leading Standardised Marketplace for buying and selling art. Artprice is preparing its blockchain for the Art Market. It is BPI-labelled (scientific national French label)Artprice’s Global Art Market Annual Report for 2017 published last March 2018: https://www.artprice.com/artprice-reports/the-art-market-in-2017

Artprice’s Contemporary Art Market Annual Report for 2017 – free access at: https://www.artprice.com/artprice-reports/the-contemporary-art-market-report-2017

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