Ülric meets Montgolfier
Ülric meets Montgolfier – 1956
30 x 20 Inches (76.2 x 50.8 cm) – Oil on wood – The Golden Mean – Titanium braced
Painting by Chris Spencer based on Photography by Ülric
Believed to be one of last photos shot in Paris due to the persistent cold, Ülric takes this photo near the Eiffel Tower and has a vision of Montgolfier’s first balloon ascent in 1783. When the film appears after a 60-year hiatus, he commissioned artist Chris Spencer to seek her muse and put the ascending craft into the dream.
Raised in Little Falls, Minnesota,Ülric was easily swept up by the lessons of Charles Lindbergh and the world of aviation – he has 4000+ hours of flying time in a variety of aircraft. Joseph-Michel Montgolfier, from Ardeche and his “globe aerostatique” can be found somewhere in his grey matter.
At this point in time, Barcelona beckons and a new chapter begins for the young photographer. Recruited by the CIA in Barcelona, the “Open Road” takes him to Yugoslavia and a mission to bring out from Tito’s kluged-together country – a “Person of Interest”.
This mission is followed by another – enter the USSR and seek photos of Mikoyan’s newest military fighter – the MiG 17. The end of this mission – New York – and the transfer of eight rolls of film back to the CIA begins the odyssey of film going missing and disappearing into the mist of time.
Ülric doesn’t realize that his future has been forged . . . he will become an Intelligence Operative and many missions lay ahead . . .
Where Gerhard Richter launched his artistic career with a photo of a Russian fighter aircraft taken from a newspaper – Ülric took his own pictures of a Soviet fighter and hasn’t – as of yet – created his own DÜSENJÄGER – A similar work is in the planning stage.
One of four works in the Teträtähge Legacy Series (Paris-of-the-Fifties). Sold only as set – $175.5 million reserve bid – anticipated ten year appreciation – 30 per cent.