Cézanne Drawings Rediscovered at Barnes Foundation

Paul Cezanne drawing found on back of a watercolor during conservation efforts, at the Barnes Museum, in Philadelphia. (Alejandro A. Alvarez, AP / The Philadelphia Inquirer)

When sending art to the conservator one never knows what will appear and such was the case with the Barnes Foundation. Upon sending two of their watercolors by Paul Cézanne, Chaîne de l’Étoile Mountains (1885-86) and Trees (c.1900), out to be conserved it was revealed that Cezanne sketched drawings on the back of each work.

This was not the first time that the Barnes Foundation have found drawings on the back of Cézanne’s works and according to Foundation, only 15 unknown drawings by Cézanne have emerged in the last 30 years. This is by no means uncommon as artists frequently re-purposed materials, but with an Impressionist master such as Cezanne it is certainly newsworthy. If you wish to see the revealed works in person, they will be displayed in double-sided frames at the Barnes Foundation from April 10 for eight weeks.

Reference:
Kennedy, Randy. Two New Cézanne Works Discovered by Barnes Foundation Museum. New York Times Online.

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Frank Stella’s Year to Shine

As one of the most revered American artists, Frank Stella is well known for his unique minimalist and post-abstract paintings in bright colors, which create vivid optical illusions. Popular and loved throughout the world, this year he makes quite a statement with a retrospective and new artwork.

Signed Frank Stella Linocut / Linoleum Cut Screenprint, “Ahab (Plate 7 from The Waves I)”, 1988

Currently showing at the Royal Academy of Arts in London until May 12 is a new large-scale artwork by Stella. The 7-meter tall sculpture, titled Inflated Star and Wooden Star (2014), is made of aluminum and teak wood. The contrasting materials create a sense of tension, making the material appear simultaneously repelled and attracted to each other, as if trapped in an invisible force field. A work that truly deserves to be seen in person.

This autumn, a major retrospective of his work will open at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York which will showcase his prolific output from the mid-1950s to the present with approximately 120 works, including paintings, reliefs, maquettes, sculptures, and drawings. It will be the most comprehensive survey of his oeuvre to date and is sure to be one amazing show as there is certainly no artist more deserving than him, so be sure to schedule it in.

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A Very Happy Birthday to Renoir, An Impressionist Master, February 25th

Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841 – 1919)

Much is written and available about Pierre-Auguste Renoir, one of the most influential Impressionist artists of the 20th century. Thus in honor of his 174th birthday, instead of writing about his achievements and art, presented instead is a list of some interesting and little known facts about him. They will hopefully create a better perspective of the man who celebrated beauty and light, and encourage further exploration into his amazing life.

Fact 1: Of all the Impressionist artists, it was Renoir who was most interested in painting humans and studying the portrayal of human emotions. Very often there is a sense of emotion in a scene he’s captured which comes from the figures in the scene and their behavior.

Pierre-Auguste Renoir “Les Baigneuses”, 1887, Oil on Canvas. Philadelphia Museum of Art

Fact 2: In 1881 Renoir feared that he had been so swept up in Impressionism that he had forgotten how to paint properly. To rectify this he traveled to Italy, studying the classical art of the Renaissance painters like Raphael, which inspired him to create paintings with more solid definition and a specific focus. He emphasized volume, form, contours, and lines rather than color and brush stroke. His works from this time onward have been grouped together under the title of the “Ingres” period, reflecting their slight similarity to the technique of Ingres. This period is also known as Renoir’s “harsh” or “dry” period.

Fact 3: Renoir participated in Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee even though he was not a British citizen at the request of one of the queen’s associates. Renoir was asked to provide a number of paintings to the “French Impressionist Paintings” catalog as a sign of the artist’s loyalty.

Pierre-Auguste Renoir “The Great Bathers (The Nymphs)” 1918- 1919, Oil on Canvas; Musée d’Orsay, Paris, France

Fact 4: Renoir developed severe rheumatoid arthritis later on in life which confined him to a wheelchair. In the advanced stages of his condition, he strapped a paint brush to his paralyzed fingers so that he could continue to make art. Up until his death in 1919, Renoir spent a lot of time on one large-scale composition ‘The Great Bathers (The Nymphs)’ as well as sculpting, by directing his assistant in what he wanted to accomplish.

Fact 5: Just before his death in 1919, Renoir saw one of his canvasses displayed next to the work of his hero Paolo Veronese in the Louvre.

Fact 6: The single largest collection of Renoir’s works is not in his home country of France, but rather at the Barnes Foundation in Pennsylvania where a total of 181 paintings currently reside.

Pierre-Auguste Renoir “Dance at Moulin de la Galette” 1876, Oil on Canvas

Fact 7: Renoir’s joyful depiction of an open-air dance hall in Paris, “Au Moulin de la Galette,” is his highest publicly sold work of art, selling for $78.1 million. This makes it the 9th highest painting ever sold to this date and the artist part of an exclusive group that includes Van Gogh, Picasso and Gauguin.

 

 

 

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Paul Gauguin at the Fondation Beyeler in Basel

Paul Gauguin, “Vision of the Sermon or Jacob Wrestling with the Angel”, 1888; Scottish National Gallery, Edinburg

From 8 February to 28 June 2015, the Fondation Beyeler in Basel will stage the biggest Paul Gauguin special exhibition in half a century. No museum in the world is exclusively devoted to Paul Gauguin (1848-1903) making this retrospective of around 50 works gathered from museums and private collections in 13 countries one of the most important exhibitions ever of Gauguin’s colorful paintings.

The exhibition will focus mainly on the famous paintings Paul Gauguin created in Tahiti but will also include some of his multifaceted self-portraits and his visionary, spiritual paintings from his time in Brittany. It will also include a number of his sculptures that evoked the art of the South Seas. With such a rich oeuvre to select from, the exhibition is worth visiting and will certainly effect the market for his works.

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Palm Beach Art, Antiques and Jewelry Show 2015

palm-beach-art-show-2015The Palm Beach Art, Antique and Jewelry Show is the areas most anticipated event this year making a spectacular splash of renowned Art Galleries, Finest Antique dealers and Jewelers. The show will bring over 100 acclaimed galleries with each exhibiting their nicest museum collection.

Masterworks Fine Art Gallery will be showcasing a curated selection of works by 20th century Modern Masters, including an exclusive viewing of our extensive Picasso ceramic collection. With several exhibits featuring our finest offerings of PicassoChagall, and Miró.

If you would like to attend the show please contact us for free guest passes
Show Schedule:
Private Preview Party: Friday February 13th  2 pm - 10 pm
General Admission:
Saturday February 14th  11 am - 7 pm
Sunday February 15th 11 am - 7 pm
Monday February 16th 11 am - 7 pm/Tuesday February 17th 11 am – 6 pm

TICKETS: Contact us for free tickets to the Opening Night VIP Preview or for regular day tickets.

PLACE:
Naples Exhibition Center
850 Goodlette-Frank Road
Naples, FL 34102

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America’s Artist: Norman Rockwell Happy Birthday!

Rockwell, “Triple Self-Portrait”, 1960. Oil on Canvas. Cover Illustration for The Saturday Evening Post.

Norman Rockwell was  born on February 3rd 1894. Known as America’s illustrator and painter in the 20th century, no one captured the hearts and minds of everyday Americans quite like Norman Rockwell. Hired as an art director for Boys’ Life magazine at age nineteen, Rockwell was motivated and talented from an early age with his sartorially true paintings catching the attention of everybody he came into contact with. That is easy to see, as his style is beautifully expressive, blending effortlessly into the scene, making it complete and memorable.

As we celebrate Rockwell’s birthday today, it is his impressive career and legacy that stands out most for a man that experienced a lifetime of depression, anxiety and severe insecurity. During his career, Rockwell produced more than 4,000 pieces, including over 40 book illustrations. Most of his work, not lost in a 1943 fire, is in museums, while his drawings have influenced a number of movies, and directors have featured them in films, including “Empire of the Sun,” “Funny Farm,” “The Polar Express,” “Forest Gump” and “American Gangster.” With such inspiration gained from his works, and a man much celebrated, it is amusing that he himself did not enjoy celebrations stating, “I’m not going to be caught around here for any fool celebration. To hell with birthdays!”

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Naples Art, Antique and Jewelry Show 2015

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The Naples Art, Antique and Jewelry Show is one of the most anticipated events of the season will make its annual return to the Naples exhibition center. The show will feature a stunning collection from more than 60 internationally acclaimed exhibitors. The show space features 50,000 square feet to display some of the finest art, antiques and jewelry.

Masterworks Fine Art Gallery will be showcasing a curated selection of works by 20th century Modern Masters, including an exclusive viewing of our extensive Picasso ceramic collection. With several exhibits featuring our finest offerings of PicassoChagall, and Miró.

If you would like to attend the show please contact us for free guest passes

Come visit us at booth 207.
Show Schedule:
Private Preview Party: Thursday February 5th  5 pm – 9 pm
General Admission:
Friday February 6th 10 am – 6 pm
Saturday February 7th  10 am – 6 pm
Sunday February 8th 11 am – 5 pm
Monday February 9th 11 am – 5 pm

TICKETS: Contact us for free tickets to the Opening Night VIP Preview or for regular day tickets.

PLACE:
Naples Exhibition Center
850 Goodlette-Frank Road
Naples, FL 34102

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