Motherwell painting of Jen’s
Is this Robert Motherwell painting of Jennifer Aniston’s really worth 1.2 million dollars? She seems to think so. Jennifer purchased the painting titled Throw of Dice No. 17 at a Christie’s auction in New York for a whopping 1.2 million dollars. She stood discreetly to the side and bidded unseen at the auction for this abstract oil painting. It just spoke to her and she had to have it and so she had the winning bid.
This modern art piece was painted in the year 1963 by the abstract expressionist painter, Robert Motherwell and has strips and shapes of black, red and blue across an orange surface. This painting has been featured in two issues of Architectural Digest when Jennifer Aniston invited the magazine to photograph her homes.
Art Holds Meaning
This Motherwell painting is obviously something that Jennifer is attached to and holds meaning to her. Jennifer Aniston collaborated with designer Stephen Shadley to transform a 1970 residence by Harold W. Levitt in Beverly Hills into an inviting retreat. Robert Motherwell’s A Throw of Dice No. 17 presided over the living room in this previous home of Jennifer’s. “The painting just spoke to her,” said Shadley. When Jennifer sold this home she only took only a few pieces with her (since the buyer purchased the home with the furniture included). This Motherwell painting was one piece she took with her. In the March 2018 Architectural Digest spread you can see the Robert Motherwell oil painting hanging proudly in the living room of her new Los Angeles home.
Art is Personal
When I wrote a previous blog on why people buy art, I found that purchasing art is mostly emotional. People buy art because they like it. A certain piece does indeed speak to them. Buying at an auction is even better because people get a high when they win the bid. They have found a piece of art that they enjoy and in addition to that they get an adrenaline rush when they win. (If anyone reading this has been to an auction and participated you will know what I’m talking about.) I think like a love affair that after that first wave of adrenaline and infatuation comes a deeper love. A piece of art begins to hold meaning to its owner. That is when an art piece becomes valuable.
So to answer the question of “is this painting really worth 1.2 million dollars?” Whether your style is abstract or not, modern or not, realistic or not, it doesn’t matter. All that matters is this Robert Motherwell painting means something to Jennifer Aniston. She liked it and she was willilng to pay over a million dollars for it and in the end THAT is all that matters.
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Kristen Grunewald is a writer and artist at www.kristengrunewald.com