At the same time he is a very good connoisseur of modern and ancient painting techniques, and a meticulous and talented artist who does not hesitate to use very large formats to share his fantasies.
On November 16 in New York, Phillips sells Red House, oil on canvas 200 x 250 cm dated 1995-1996, lot 12 estimated $ 18M.
Red House feeds his favorite theme : it expresses the winter with the snow on ground and trees. The house, which may be a lumberjack camp, has a bright color under the twilight sun sifted through a heavy sky. The scattered flakes bring a rhythm to the whole composition. In the foreground, sectioning the image in the middle, the leafless trunk of a birch focuses the boundary between the artist and his own dream.
This little place of a chilled paradise is made to be inhabited, just like the winter villages by Brueghel. The men however must not disturb the balance of the dream. They are much more numerous than usually in Doig's scenes and divided into active groups, but they are reduced to their silhouettes according to the usual practice of the artist.
SOLD for $ 21M including premium