by Stella Song
Undoubtedly one of the best fine art fairs in the world is the European Fine Art Fair, or TEFAF.
From the rarest in jewelry to modern sculptures and compositions, every art lover should experience the fair at some point during their lifetime. While the 2015 show has past, the next fair will take place in March, 2016, once again in the Dutch city of Maastricht.
TEFAF offers up 275 of the top galleries from 20 countries around the globe. Each year, it continues to develop and bring curate the best in fine art.
The once a year show is one of the only places in the world where one can window shop for a piece of art history. After visiting museums all over the world, like the Louvre and Metropolitan, I have yet to see such a wide array of artworks so carefully selected for one spectacular event.
With over 50 billion Euros in revenue from a single year, TEFAF is the blue chip event to experience to add some artistic luxury to your life.
Without further ado, here are Destination Luxury’s Top 20 Favorites of 2015:
Beautiful Still Life of Summer Flowers oil on canvas painting by Frans Ykens from the 1600’s.
Picasso’s Guitare, Verre, Bouteille de Vieux Marc from 1912.
An untitled self portrait by Jean-Michel Basquiat from 1988.
Gorgeous, carved emerald, diamond and black enamel pendant by Mauboussin, 1929.
French pearl and diamond pendant cluster brooch that actually used to belong to Empress Eugénie.
Unfortunately, this delicious assortment is not edible, but Peter Anton calls it The Dreamy Assortment.
Oil on canvas by Spanish Painter, Sebastián de Llanos y Valdés entitled Mary Magdalene in the Desert, 1660.
The Good Shepherd by Abel Grimmer dates back to 1611.
A beautiful laminated plate glass glued together by ultraviolet light by Niyoko Ikuta, who is still working today.
Gustav Klimt’s Portrait of a Woman in Blue, Seated, Facing Left, from the early 1900s.
A product of functionalism by Danish architect Vilhelm Lauritzen entitled Galerie Dansk Mobelkunst. This piece was designed for the Royal Suite.
This is part of an Italian treatise by Andrea Palladio called I Quattro Libri Dell’architettura which translates to “The Four Books of Architecture.”
Also the sculptor of the Chicago Cloud Gate, Anish Kapoor created this piece, one of the more recent works at the fair, Random Triangle Mirror.
Extravagant oil on canvas by Joan Mitchell titles Xavier from the 1900’s.
This piece is by German painter and photographer Alfred Otto Wolfgang Schulze dit Wols, who remained relatively unrecognized for his work during the course of his lifetime.
A Pair of Extraordinary Angels from Austria around 1910.
With a hint of humor, Joan Miro called this piece Le Pitre Rose aka, “The Pink Buffoon.“
Destiny-Ezekiel’s Prophecy by Jacek Malczewski, a Polish artist; oil on board.
Georg Baselitz’ Torso Rosa on lime wood.
This piece is from the era of Napoleon III and is a sapphire of over 50 carats. It is engraved with the Imperial Arms.
For more information on next year’s fair, click here.