Aug 8, 2017

Famous couples, their divorces and involved art.

The art of divorce and art that ends up in division of assets… While the world is wondering how the famous Russian power couple Roman Abramovic and Dasha Zhukova will divide their assets. We have a look at some examples of art collections involved in division of assets from the past.
While the world is wondering how the famous Russian power couple Roman Abramovich and Dasha Zhukova will divide their assets, let’s have a look at some examples of art collections involved in division of assets from the past.

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt artworks estimated to be worth $25 million. When Jolie and Pitt got married in 2014, though they didn’t have grand and high-profile wedding ceremony. They received valuable wedding presents including “Hope” series paintings by British street artist Dom Pattinson. Their collection also includes a Banksy. The couple also had close contact with many artists and often invited them to their house to teach their children fine arts. It is still not know how the collection was divided. Although now that Pitt is channelling divorce emotions into his own art we think he’ll be okay.

Johnny Depp auctioned off his multi-million dollar collection of Jean-Michel Basquiat paintings amid what seems to have been an expensive divorce with Amber Heard.

Billionaire George Soros’ son Robert, who has been married for 24 years and filed for divorce in May 2014. He was obliged to share his $22 million contemporary art collection with his estranged wife as part of their messy divorce settlement.

Divorcing billionaire Harry Macklowe has argued in his split of his wife of 58 years, Linda Macklowe, that he has paid for every single artwork in their collection, which is reportedly worth $ 1 billion. Somehow though, he also admitted to not owning a single work from the collection – a Roy Lichtenstein painting that went up for auction at Christie’s for about $ 35 million. So much intrigue!

Famous art couples

Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera married in 1929, divorced ten years later due to Rivera’s infidelity and remarried in 1940. They met when Frida was an art student and Rivera was an established artist, well known in his country,  20 years older than her.  Their love wasn’t  easy, but it was a permanent source of inspiration for Frida.

Lee Krasner and Jackson Pollock established a relationship with each other in 1942 after they both exhibited at the McMillen Gallery. Krasner was fascinated by Pollock’s work. In 1945 they got married. By 1956, their relationship became strained  due to his drinking and an affair. In 1956 Pollock was killed in a car crash.

Pablo Picasso and Françoise Gilot met in 1943, when she was 21 and he was 62. Picasso spied sent a bowl of cherries to her table. The couple never got married, but lived together for 10 years and had two children — Claude and Paloma. Gilot left Picasso in 1953.

Man Ray and Lee Miller met in 1929, when she was a successful model. Miller became Man Ray’s lover, assistant and muse. They parted in 1932, but remained friends.

Ben Nicholson and Barbara Hepworth met in 1931, when both of them were married. In 1934 Hepworth gave birth to triplets. In 1938 the couple married. They divorced in 1951.