La Nuit Rouge by Henri Hecht Maik sold for $53,550 at Doyle’s Fine Art auction on Dec. 14, 2021 in New York City. The price is a world auction record for the Paris-born Maik, who was known for his child-like yet sophisticated paintings—dreamscapes that frequently featured colorful exotic trees and jungle animals, just like the one that appears on this month’s cover.
Maik’s art career kicked off when he was in his 30s, which some might consider a late start, but he nevertheless went on to find international success. At age 18, Maik enlisted in the French Navy; four years later, in 1944, following the liberation of France in World War II, he returned to Paris, where he pursued an acting career, both in film and on stage. Only in 1956 did Maik first begin painting; however, just four years later, he was already exhibiting at his first one-man show in Paris. Clearly multi-talented, Maik also managed to add fine jewelry designer, author and illustrator to his repertoire.
Taking a cue from Maik, our February issue is all about diving into something new, whether taking your business remote, as discussed by Abigail E. O’Connor in “Working From the Cabin,” p. 23, or figuring out how to expand your practice by providing a new service to your clients, as explained by Jim Wolverton in “Adding Elder Law to an Existing Practice,” p. 36. Opportunity awaits at every corner.