Below are examples of previous collections, drawn from auction in Vienna, Austria, at the Dorotheum auction house. (The images are from the Dorotheum). The prices (in euros) are shown to give one a sense of the relatively agreeable prices considering the quality of artist represented. These examples give one an idea of how working within a theme, while avoiding forced conformity, produces tremendous dynamism and impact, while retaining a sense of cohesion and unity.
First Collection: In this example, the theme desired was still lifes, flowers, nature and/or animals, and the result an incredibly rich and diverse collection yet one that is harmonious spiritually and materially--in the complementary subject matter and in the soft, muted colors framed by great bursts of colors of the two flower studies on either end. This collection features a Brueghel and de Hondecoeter among other oustanding names. From an auction, Vienna, The Dorotheum. Images The Dorotheum
Second Collection: This collection shows incredible action, movement, and intensity; it is profoundly allegorical/mythological, with great emotional impact. I love the unsettling, disturbing atmosphere of it all--one that is, at the same time, simply breathtaking in the beauty of each individual work and the concert of colors--deep, bright, jewel-toned, dramatically lit--that comes together.
Third Collection: Late Gothic and Early Renaissance works, both North and South, I find exceptionally modern and powerful, the esoteric quality and otherworldliness of the figures simply arresting. That Christ is shown in such a dramatic manner in these works, brought all the more to life through the use of vivid color, makes them intellectually and psychologically alluring--one can't quite shake them, they are unforgettable. This, to my mind, would be a dream of a collection for the abstract rendering of religious themes.
Descriptions to the above works to be added--September 15, 2020