Why Modern Art Portraits of Men Sell for Less Than Women

BLOOMBERG | James Tarmy:

It’s unclear if the artist and Jazz Age socialite Tamara de Lempicka was sleeping with Guido Sommi when she painted his portrait in 1929. “We believe he was her lover,” said Jeremiah Evarts, the head of Sotheby’s Impressionist and Modern evening sales. “Though it’s also true that he was married at the time.” What is crystal clear, however, is that the portrait of Sommi is a rare example from a period that James Carona, the co-owner of Heather James Fine Art, described as the height of Lempicka’s artistic output. “Let’s say 1925 to 1932,” he said. “That’s the spot.”… Read more

Image: Sotheby’s