An original mixed media painting by Nathalie Kalbach
“Swapped” is an original painting in acrylic paint, spray paint and marker on canvas. This piece depicts the Morton F. Plant House, located on the prestigious Fifth Avenue in NYC. Apparently Cartier wanted the building, and Plant exchanged it in 1917 for 100 Dollars and a double stranded pearl necklace worth about 1,000,000 Dollars at the time. Then the necklace “only” made 151,000 USD in 1957 at an auction, so one could argue that the swap didn’t really work out… Cartier remains in the building to this day and this is certainly one of the more interesting real estate swap stories in the history of the city.
Nathalie was inspired by this intriguing tale, as well as by the beauty of the building itself. She imagined it as just an ordinary apartment building and thought about the stories of those who would inhabit it today if it were.
Piece measures 24″ x 18″
Note: this painting does NOT come framed.
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