Art World At a Glance: Top 5 Art News Stories in May

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It's been a busy month in the world of art! With so much happening, we put together a recap of the top five art world happenings in May that we are most excited about here at Rau.


Image via Sotheby's Image via Sotheby's


This month, a painting by the inimitable Claude Monet entitled Meules sold for a record breaking $110.7 Million at Sotheby's New York. This record not only established the highest price ever achieved for a Monet work, but also for any Impressionist painting in history. It is also the first Impressionist work to achieve a price over $100 million. With several record breaking sales all month long, the art market is faring well in 2019! More at Business Insider.


NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MAY 06: Elle Fanning, nail detail, attends The 2019 Met Gala Celebrating Camp: Notes on Fashion at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 06, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/FilmMagic) Elle Fanning's Met Gala manicure. Image via Dia Dipasupil/FilmMagic

The Met Gala Red Carpet dazzled with looks from elegant to outrageous for this year's annual soiree. In one of many inspiring interpretations of the theme, Actress Elle Fanning wore a multicolored assortment of precious gemstone rings by Tiffany & Co alongside an over-the-top manicure. More at Vogue.


L'Éternel Printemps by Auguste Rodin from M. S. Rau Antiques L'Éternel Printemps by Auguste Rodin from M. S. Rau Antiques

M. S. Rau Antiques had a wonderful time at our annual stop in Chicago. The Chicago Antiques + Art + Design Show has been a favorite of ours for several years, and the 2019 edition did not disappoint. We showcased our latest acquisitions alongside dozens of quality dealers in the Merchandise Mart. More at Classic Chicago Magazine.

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Image via Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest Image via Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest


A pen and ink drawing circa 1487 has been attributed to Michelangelo, making it the earliest currently known work by the artist. The circa date indicates that he would have created the work when he was only 12 years old! Michelangelo has long been recognized as one of the greatest artists and sculptors in history, and it is no secret that he was gifted from a very young age. More at Artnet News.


Image via La Biennale de Venezia Image via La Biennale de Venezia

The 2019 Venice Biennale opened this May with much fanfare, showcasing the best of contemporary art from all over the world. The show exists as both a curated selection of global artists in two main exhibition spaces - the Arsenale and the Giardini - as well as a series of international “pavilions” where countries can select artists to represent them. More at The Art Newspaper.

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