The amateur master

“Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm…”

Sir Winston Churchill

What makes a painting valuable? Probably an intangible combination of the quality and subject of the work, the background history of the work, and of course the rarity and desirability of the artist. Most amateur artists can hope to achieve the first, sometimes the second and rarely the third. The above painting recently sold at auction for in excess of 10 million Australian dollars. This is The Tower of the Koutoubia Mosque by Winston Churchill. It was produced in a single evening in 1943. Churchill and Roosevelt were secretly meeting in Casablanca, during the height of WW2. Both had a private conversation as they watched the local sunset. Churchill captured the moment and gifted the work to the US President. The recent vendor for the sale of the work was Angelina Jolie, adding further to the unique provenance. #twooutofthreeaintbad #letsmakelemonade

1 thought on “The amateur master

  1. For me this is one of Churchill’s better paintings ….. it is much lighter, brighter and happier than a lot of his work! I am often frustrated by the art market ….. a piece of art is valued on what someone is willing to pay for it because of the artist’s name; rather than if it is a desirable painting for it’s own artistic merit ….. design, composition, colour, technical application, etc.


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