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Picasso Blue Period Piece “La Grommeuse, 1901” Reveals Hidden Wonder

A delightful and significant surprise was discovered in 2000, when a conservator uncovered a previously unknown painting on the backside of the canvas of Picasso blue period work La Gommeuse, 1901. The painting was of Picasso’s friend and then art dealer, Pere Mañach. Mañach is depicted wearing a red and yellow turban with his body […]

Pop Artist James Rosenquist Dies at 83

James Rosenquist, known for his role in defining Pop Art during the 1960’s died at his home in New York City on Friday. Born in 1933 in North Dakota, Rosenquist studied at the University of Minnesota before moving to New York City in the 1950’s. Rosenquist’s mother was an amateur artist, and very encouraging to […]

Print Annotations: Artist Proofs? What does this all mean? article by Masterworks Fine Art Gallery

Print Annotations: Artist Proofs- What do they mean?

Prints often have annotations in the margins, and you might be wondering what they mean. In general, prints are signed and numbered with their edition. In addition to these markings, you might also see the following abbreviations: A.P. stands for Artist’s Proof. This annotation stems from the past when artists would be hired by patrons […]

Henri Matisse Joy of Life (Bonheur de Vivre), 1905 article by Masterworks Fine Art Gallery

Matisse’s Paintings: Most Famous Works and Periods from his Life

Henri Matisse created a large number of well-known paintings during his lifetime, and to this day has the reputation of being one of the most important artists of the 20th century right along next to Pablo Picasso. If you think about Henri Matisse, perhaps the first association is the Fauve movement. Fauvism was born in […]

Roy Lichtenstein Crying Girl, 1963

A Closer Look: Roy Lichtenstein Crying Girl, 1963

Roy Lichtenstein, a famous pop artist, was highly influenced by comic book style from 1961-1965. Lichtenstein drew on the dark, thick lines and limited color palate of comics for his own art. He also heavily employed ben-day dots. Ben-day dots were the technique that was used at the time to print comics. Rather than printing […]

Victor Vasarely Zebra, 1937 artwork offered for Sale by Masterworks Fine Art Gallery

Victor Vasarely Zebra, 1937 – Setting the Course of Optical Art in the 20th Century

Victor Vasarely  Zebra, 1937 is a highly contrasting somewhat-abstracted work that set the course for Optical Art in the 20th century. Two zebras intertwine on a black background, limbs overlapping. The zebras are defined only by the alternating black and white lines that make up their stripes. There is no outline that defines the boundary of […]

Rodin Henri Becque, 1883-1887 shown for Sale by Masterworks Fine Art Gallery

Printmaking Techniques

Collograph A collograph is print made from a collage. This printing method is usually used in combination with other printing methods. It was most likely invented in the 19th century.   Intaglio Prints Intaglio coming from the Italian word meaning “to cut into” is a broad category of printmaking created by incising lines and depressions […]

Man Ray: Human Equations article by Masterworks Fine Art gallery specializing in Man Ray art for Sale

“Man Ray: Human Equations” Exhibition

Man Ray: Human Equations is an exhibition currently on display at Copenhagen’s NY Carlsberg Glyptotek Gallery until September 20th, 2015. What makes it stand out is it’s exploration of art and science that intersected at the beginning of the 20th century and defined a significant component of modern art and in particular the role Man […]

Rodin young girl with serpent, 1886 showing by Masterworks Fine Art Gallery

What the “Young Girl with Serpent” by Rodin Teaches Us

Young Girl with Serpent (1886) by Auguste Rodin was stolen from a Beverly Hills home in 1991, in addition to over $1 million  worth of property including an additional Rodin sculpture, The Eternal Spring . The case had gone unsolved for over 20 years until 2011, when the statue estimated to be worth around $100,000 was […]

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Gerhard Richter: How Living Artists Impact Their Legacy

Gerhard Richter is an artist well known for his visual abstract style of painting. A sought after and highly public artist, he has been very involved in his own press, the representation and holdings of his artworks, and most notably the creation of his catalogue raisonné. A project that has been in the making for […]

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Picasso, Braque, and the Development of the Cubist Style

Cubism was developed relatively rapidly between 1907 and 1914 as a return to realism in painting. At first, it was a uniquely Parisian phenomenon, lasting until around 1912. The style was originally developed in conjunction by Georges Braque and Pablo Picasso. The pair was introduced in 1907 by Apollinaire, French poet, and they started working […]

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Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso: Competitive Dialogue

Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso were introduced in 1906 by Gertrude Stein. Thus began a long and artistically bountiful competitive dialogue between the two great artists. Though Matisse once said about the pair that they were “as different as the north pole is from the south pole,” their careers ran largely parallel partly due to […]

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Picasso’s Flowers and Bouquets: Tracing His Ever-Evolving Style

Pablo Picasso Flowers and Bouquets: Pablo Picasso was a very prolific artist, creating an immense oeuvre in multiple mediums including graphic (with a large printed body), sculptural, ceramic, and some glasswork. Throughout his long artistic career, Picasso explored many diverse themes and much subject matter in his work. One of the artistic designs that we […]

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Pablo Picasso Linocuts: A Master of the Medium

Pablo Picasso was an innovator in every art form that he worked in, from painting, to ceramic, to printmaking. He frequently pushed the bounds of the possible, and made the medium his own. Picasso was talented in etching from the beginning of his artistic career. It was not until 1939, however, that Picasso tried at […]

Pablo Picasso Rose Period Painting The Artist Subject of Lawsuit

Picasso Rose Period Painting The Artist Subject of Lawsuit

Pablo Picasso Rose Period Painting :The Artist” Subject of Lawsuit The Metropolitan Museum was sued in 2011 by Laurel Zuckerman, great grand-niece of Paul Friedrich Leffmann, a German Jewish businessman. The lawsuit claims ownership over the Pablo Picasso Rose Period painting The Artist, 1904-1905. Zuckerman and her lawyers claim that The Artist was sold by the […]

Marc Chagall and Jerusalem

Windows of Jerusalem: Art – Ancient, Modern, Chagall?

Jerusalem has been back in the news with fervor lately, due to the new administration’s desire to move the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Jerusalem is a cultural rich city, full of history, art, and artifacts from many different cultures. Not only does the city hold ancient art, but work from modern day […]

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The Mobiles of Alexander Calder

The Mobiles of Alexander Calder: The mobiles of Alexander Calder take a magnificent place in the history of Modern Art. What we now see hanging above the beds of toddlers, entrancing young children everywhere, started as an avant-garde art undertaking. Calder was raised by a sculptor father and painter mother. He attended school for Mechanical […]

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Sale of Pablo Picasso’s Mougins Estate

Pablo Picasso’s Mougins estate in the south of France has been sold to financier Rayo Withanage, the Founder and Executive Chairman of Scepter Partners. The property, nicknamed L’Antre du Minotaure or ‘The Den of the Minotaur’ was the house in which Picasso lived with his last wife Jacqueline Roque from 1961 until the time of his […]

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Pablo Picasso and Saltimbanques

Pablo Picasso and Saltimbanques After exiting his Blue Period, Pablo Picasso entered his Rose Period. A notable thematic change was the move to saltimbanques or harlequins – transient circus performers. He portrayed them in daily life, with their families, as opposed to performing. In many of the etchings and paintings, the characters are very still, […]

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Analysis: The Old Guitarist (1903), by Pablo Picasso

The Old Guitarist was created by Pablo Picasso in 1903 while he was living in Spain during what would be later referred to as his Blue Period. This period was hallmarked by almost universal use of a monochromatic blue palette, somber and dismal subjects and an overall impoverished tone. Picasso’s Blue Period is said to have begun […]

Marc Chagall's stained glass windows in Chichester Cathedral, England

Marc Chagall’s Stained Glass Windows

Known for his exquisite palate and control of color in his graphic oeuvre, Marc Chagall’s stained glass windows are no exception. This incredible talent permeates his later work with the stained glass medium as well. It was not until Chagall was in his 70’s that he began to create artwork of stained glass. The quality […]

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LA Art Show 2017

Join us at the LA Art Show from Wednesday January 11th to Sunday January 15th. With fine art lectures, artist performances, an opening night premiere party, and various art exhibits including Masterwork’s, the show offers a full weekend of activities and exploration. The LA Art show is held at the Los Angeles Convention Center across […]

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Happy Birthday Pablo Picasso!

Happy Birthday Pablo Picasso! Yesterday, October 25th, was the birthday of modern master Pablo Picasso, the man renowned as one of the most influential artists of the twentieth century. Born in 1881, Picasso was surrounded by art from an early age. He would have been 135 years old. In his teens, his family moved from Málaga […]

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MoMA Hung Matisse Gouache Upside Down for 47 Days

Oops! On October 18th, 55 years ago, an exhibit “The Last Works of Henri Matisse” opened at the New York Museum of Modern Art. It consisted of large cut gouaches – including Matisse Le Bateau (The Boat). Le Bateau is an image of a boat and its reflection executed in very simple lines and shapes. […]

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1966 Picasso Retrospective at the Grand Palais

On the eve of Pablo Picasso’s 85 birthday in 1966, a large retrospective Hommage à Picasso was put on at the Grand Palais in Paris, France.  The show contained around 800 works, above and away the largest Picasso retrospective up until that time. The next closest was at the Tate in London, England and featured […]

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Icons of Modern Art. The Shchukin Collection, Hermitage Museum – Pushkin Museum

Icons of Modern Art. The Shchukin Collection, Hermitage Museum – Pushkin Museum on exhibit at Foundation Louis Vuitton from October 20th, 2016 – February 20th, 2017. After almost 100 years, the great collection consisting mainly of French Impressionists and Post-Impressionists will be on display in France. The collection was created by Russian textile merchant Sergei […]

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Understanding Pablo Picasso Ceramic Plaques

Understanding Pablo Picasso Ceramic Plaques Pablo Picasso ventured head first into the ceramic medium in 1946 when, while he was vacationing with then-lover Françoise Gilot, he encountered the Madoura Pottery Studio. The pottery studio was run by Georges and Suzanne Ramié, a married couple who Picasso would have a long-lasting professional career with. Pablo Picasso […]

Pablo Picasso Ceramic Markings and Stamps

Picasso Ceramics Markings and Stamps

A Simple Guide to Picasso Ceramic Markings and Stamps   In 1946, Picasso first set foot into the Madoura Pottery studio, and later began a prolific partnership between himself and Georges and Suzanne Ramie, owners of the studio. He approached this ceramic medium with the same inventiveness and imagination he brought to his previous paintings and […]

Andy Warhol's First Studio in New York, up for sale for $10M

Selling Andy Warhol’s First Studio for $10 Million

Selling Andy Warhol’s First Studio for $10 Million Andy Warhol’s first studio in New York is up for sale through real estate firm Cushman and Wakefield for $9.975 million. The 5,000 square-foot studio located on 159 E. 87th St. used to be a firehouse which Warhol rented in 1962 for $100 a month. When Warhol […]

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Andy Warhol:Portraits at the Crocker Museum March,13-June 19, 2016

The Exhibition Premise Glamour, drama and color are the most commonly used words in describing Andy Warhol’s works.Holding the title“Pope of Pop”, Warhol exposes our continued fascination with celebrity and popular culture. “Andy Warhol: Portraits” gives viewers  a chance to experience Warhol’s pop iconography. The exhibition will be open from March 13, 2016 to June 19, 2016 […]

Joan Miró: The Force of Matter (La forza della materia)

Joan Miró: The Force of Matter (La forza della materia) Opens in Milan

Introduction to Joan Miró: The Force of Matter (La forza della materia) A major Joan Miró exhibition has opened in Milan, Italy from March 25- September 11, 2016. The show is curated by the Fundació Joan Miró of Barcelona and will give an unparalleled access to the artist’s enigmatic and surreal oeuvre.  The Milanese MUDEC […]

Frank Stella and Moby Dick Artwork from Moby Dick Series: Examining Stella's Journey

Frank Stella and Moby Dick: A Whale of an Imagination

Stella Before Moby Dick Frank Stella is well known for his minimalist style. In his early years as an artist, his austere Black Paintings transformed the way viewers experienced color, form and the environment. Yet, later in his career, Stella’ style drastically evolved into abstraction and three dimensional forms. Between the years 1985 and 1993, […]

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Frank Stella: A Retrospective at the de Young Museum

Updates: This is the last week to see Frank Stella: A Retrospective at the de Young Museum. The show has been highly lauded by critics. The show at the de Young holds 50 works of art in a range of mediums from American artist, Frank Stella. Frank Stella: A Retrospective will open at the de Young Museum […]

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Pablo Picasso: A Family Affair

When Pablo Picasso passed away without a will, he left behind more than 45,000 works which have become the center of personal and financial struggle between his heirs. The artist was survived by 4 children from 3 different women. They are as follows: Paulo (with Olga Khokhlova), Maya (with Marie-Thérèse Walter), and Claude and Paloma […]

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Stella Retrospective at The Whitney Museum

Frank Stella: A Retrospective was on view at the Whitney Museum in New York  from October 30, 2015 to February 7, 2016. The exhibition displayed approximately 100 works, showcasing Stella’s prolific career from the 1958 to the present moment. The exhibition was the first retrospective to be held in the museum’s new building in Chelsea and […]

A Happy Birthday to Mary Cassatt, May 25 | Masterworks Fine Art

American Artist Series: Mary Cassatt

Mary Cassatt was born in Pennsylvania, but lived much of her adult life in France where she befriended Edgar Degas and later exhibited among the Impressionists. Her fame comes from creating images of the social and private lives of women, with particular emphasis on the intimate bonds between mothers and children. As a woman who […]

American Artist Series: Andy Warhol

American Artist Series: Andy Warhol

In honor of the 4th of July, we will be looking at famous American artists in our collection who have left an impact on the art world and perhaps the most important one is Andy Warhol: Andy Warhol grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where he struggled as a child but found solace in his mother, […]

American Artist Series: Jasper Johns | Masterworks Fine Art

American Artist Series: Jasper Johns

In honor of the 4th of July, we will be looking at famous American artists in our collection who have left an impact on the art world and one in particular who stands out is Jasper Johns: Jasper Johns grew up in South Carolina, moving from home to home and never really knew what art […]

American Artist Series: Deborah Butterfield | Masterworks Fine Art

American Artist Series: Deborah Butterfield

In honor of the 4th of July, we will be looking at famous American artists in our collection and one is the iconic sculptor Deborah Butterfield: Born in California, Deborah Butterfield credits her birthdate, the 75th running of the Kentucky Derby, as an inspiration for her subject matter. She earned her bachelor’s degree and a […]

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American Artist Series: Frank Stella

In honor of the 4th of July, we will be looking at famous American artists in our collection and one who needs no introduction is Frank Stella: Frank Stella grew up in Massachusetts and attended Princeton University, where he majored in history. He visited many New York art galleries and began to pursue art as […]

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Rare Repatriated Klimt “Portrait of Gertrud Loew” to Come to Auction

The repatriation of art that was abandoned, stolen, or sold during World War II is a popular topic. One in particular that has been in the news lately is Gustav Klimt’s 1902 oil on canvas, Portrait of Gertrud Loew. Gertrud Loew, portrayed in the work, along with her late husband Elemer Baruch von Felsöványi inherited […]

Remembering Manet on the Anniversary of his Passing

Remembering Manet on the Anniversary of his Passing, April 30

Remembering Manet on the Anniversary of his Passing, April 30 Manet is commonly understood as being the leader of the Impressionist painters but he was not particularly interested in light, rather he was interested in portraying contrast. At a time when the favored style was conservative, dark, and religious, Manet challenged the accepted art world […]

The Man, The Myth, Picasso

The Man, The Myth, Picasso

The Man, The Myth, Picasso Few artists compare to Picasso’s oeuvre, artistic talent and personality. A man of many loves and secrets, he lived an exciting life that was full of passion and adventure, so it is no wonder that many misconceptions surround him. Some are fanciful, some are horrible and some are unbelievable. However […]

The Controversy of the Rothschild Rembrandts | Masterworks Fine Art

The Controversy of the Rothschild Rembrandts

Private art collectors pose an interesting issue for matters of national heritage as they are granted rights that other businesses and institutions do not hold. As two Rembrandt portraits make their way from France to the United States, there is quite the uproar over the Ministry of Culture and the Louvre for failing to declare […]

Fondation Custodia - Little Known but Historic Drawing Collection in Paris

Fondation Custodia – The Little Known but Historic Drawing Collection in Paris

Hidden away behind the Assemblée Nationale in Paris is a little known art foundation that keeps an extraordinary collection of historical old master drawings. Located in the Hôtel Turgot, the Fondation Custodia was established by the renowned Dutch connoisseur and collector Frits Lugt back in 1947. As one of the most famous authorities on old […]

DreamWorks Animated Movie ‘Home’ Shows Some Love for Van Gogh

DreamWorks Animated Movie ‘Home’ Shows Some Love for Van Gogh

The DreamWorks animated movie ‘Home’ is a touching story of love, loss, acceptance, and friendship that focuses on the adventures of an alien named Oh who is seeking redemption and a girl named Tip who is searching for her mother. In the film’s first weekend of showings, the movie earned over $54 million domestically making […]

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The Artists Studio

Gagosian Gallery is currently showing an exhibition titled In the Studio: Paintings from February 17 – April 18, 2015 that explores the subject of the artist’s studio in works of art. It includes over 50 paintings and works on paper by nearly 40 artists that includes Wilhelm Bendz, Honoré Daumier, Thomas Eakins, Lucian Freud, Jean-Léon […]

Michelangelo, 540 years of Inspiration

Michelangelo, 540 years of Inspiration

An Italian sculptor, painter, architect, poet, and engineer of the High Renaissance, Michelangelo is a legend. Born 540 years ago today, he is a man of mystery. Not much is known of his adult personal life and towards the end he destroyed many of his sketches, as he did not want people to know how […]

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

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

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

Paul Gauguin at the Fondation Beyeler in Basel

Paul Gauguin at the Fondation Beyeler in Basel

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 […]

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Celebrating Henri Matisse and his Beloved Sculpture

Matisse is one of the greatest artists of the 20th century and every year on his birthday he is celebrated around the world. A visionary, his use of expressive language in color and form is renowned throughout his paintings, printmaking, drawings, collages, and sculpture. His sculpture in particular, is perhaps his most fascinating to view […]

“Une seconde vie”: Henri Matisse's Cut-Outs | Masterworks

“Une seconde vie”: Henri Matisse’s Cut-Outs

The Museum of Modern Art is currently hosting an exhibition titled “Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs” which explores Matisse’s artistic turn in the 1940’s to cut paper as his primary medium. This radical new creation came to be known as a cut-out, and how it works is Matisse would cut painted sheets into forms of varying […]

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The Tragic Beauty of Edvard Munch

Edvard Munch, “Self Portrait,” 1896 Edvard Munch’s artwork captivates the soul, staring straight into the humanity of love, loss, and peaceful life experiences. As we celebrate his 151th birthday today we not only celebrate the legacy of his art but his life: tragically inspiring. Munch’s artwork is known as being incredibly personal and he suffered […]

Helen Frankenthaler : The Woman of Postwar American Painting

Helen Frankenthaler : The Woman of Postwar American Painting

Helen Frankenthaler is one of the most important and influential American abstract expressionist painters, being a major contributor to the history of postwar American painting with the development of a method of painting best known as Color Field. As we celebrate her birthday today, the fascinating aspect of her artwork is that her style is […]

Hundertwasser, A True Artistic Spirit | December Birthday

Hundertwasser, A True Artistic Spirit

Hundertwasser, A True Artistic Spirit Friedensreich Hundertwasser would have been 86 years old today, had he still been alive to celebrate his birthday, but his art continually celebrates him everyday. A master of many crafts from art to architecture to clothes to stamps, he had a clear vision, and that was to express his belief […]

I and the Village

“I and the Village” (1911), Chagall’s Unique Take on Cubism

Painted the year after Marc Chagall came to Paris, I and the Village (1911) is one of Chagall’s earliest surviving works. A reflection of his dreams and memories from his childhood growing up Hasidic in Vitebsk, Russia, the work is a reflection of his longing for home and an attempt to fit in artistically with […]

The Background of Picasso’s " Guernica " (1937)

The Background of Picasso’s “Guernica” (1937)

One of Pablo Picasso’s most famous political works, Guernica (1937) was Picasso’s reaction to the bombing of the Basque town Guernica by German and Italian warplanes during the Spanish Civil War in 1937 which was a fight for power between the Republicans, who were loyal to the democratically elected Spanish Republic, and the Nationalists, a […]

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Chagall and Picasso, A Friendship that Wasn’t Meant to Be

As two of the greatest artists of the 20th century, Pablo Picasso and Marc Chagall were contemporaries and one-time friends. Their art couldn’t have been more different as Picasso leaned towards cubism while Chagall embraced romanticism. But their similar life experiences and successes made them the perfect companions as well as provided the catalyst for […]

Andy Warhol: Into the Future | Warhol's Forgotten Digital Artworks

Andy Warhol: Into the Future

Andy Warhol was a pioneer by many standards due to his love of experimentation. This past week Warhol’s experimentation took an interesting turn as it was revealed he created digital artworks, which were released for the first time in over 25 years. Among the rediscovered artworks are Campbell’s Soup cans, self portraits, bananas, Marilyn Monroe, […]

Pablo Picasso's Ceramic Owls

Pablo Picasso’s Ceramic Owls

It is no secret that Picasso had a fondness for owls. They make appearances in every medium that the artist touched. Just as the artist surrounded himself with his most infamous inspiration, women, he did so with his feathered friends, even adopting a small injured owl that he kept in his studio. A favorite theme […]

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Magritte, this is Not….

A man of deception and form, Magritte excelled at depicting his subconscious. His art is witty, thought provoking, and risqué but perhaps most are not aware of his time spent away from Surrealism for which he is most well-known. Magritte described his own works as “visible images which conceal nothing; they evoke mystery and, indeed, […]

De Chirico Authentication Board

The De Chirico Authentication Board, Starting to Crack?

Much along the lines of the Andy Warhol Foundation, which used to authenticate works by Warhol until legal troubles became an issue, the Giorgio and Isa de Chirico Foundation which currently authenticates works by De Chirico is finding itself in the same hot water although under different, very interesting circumstances. As is discussed in the […]

Musee Matisse

The Musee Matisse

Located in le Cateau-Cambrésis, the Musée Matisse houses the third largest collection of Henri Matisse’s work in France. Matisse was born and raised in le Cateau- Cambrésis, and it was here that he first began to explore his artistic potential.  While we often associate Matisse’s bold use of color and light with the warmth of […]

Albrecht Dürer

Albrecht Dürer Superstar

As the pioneer of the Northern European Renaissance, Albrecht Dürer is one of art’s greatest “superstars.” From March 24, 2013 to June 9, 2013, The National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. is honoring this talented Old Master with an exhibition entitled “Albrecht Dürer: Master Drawings, Watercolors, and Prints from the Albertina.” Highlighting Dürer’s works […]

Pablo Picasso’s Wonderful Obsession with Pottery

The Beauty in the Fiery Beast: Pablo Picasso’s Wonderful Obsession with Pottery

The Beauty in the Fiery Beast: Pablo Picasso’s Wonderful Obsession with Pottery What makes owning a Picasso ceramic so enticing? Why are they in such demand?  To understand the Picasso ceramics story, one must go back to the beginning, to the summer of 1946, when the artist was staying in the south of France and […]

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Valentine’s Day: the Pleasure of Viewing Love in Art

With Valentine’s Day this week, the concept of love in art work is more prevalent than any other time of year. Ken Johnson, art critic for New York Times, provided an editorial musing about the themes of love he found in art around New York City including Metropolitan Museum of Art , and the Whitney Museum. From “Sleeping Eros” sculpture […]

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Pablo Picasso, the forge & the kiln: the art of partnership

Pablo Picasso, the forge & the kiln: the art of partnership Picasso’s relationship with Egidio Costantini echoes his partnership with Suzanne and Georges Ramié, of the Madoura Pottery in Vallauris, France. The two men initially met in the small French town in 1954, though their working relationship would begin a few years later when Peggy Guggenheim […]

Tapestry

The Magnificent Tapestry: A Neglected Art Form

Tapestries were once one of the most highly prized mediums, with Raphael being paid five times more for the tapestries he designed to adorn the walls of the Sistine Chapel than Michelangelo received for his contribution to the ceiling. Masterful artists wove silk, wool, gold, and silver threads glorifying military triumphs, tales, and worldly domains. […]

Optical Art

The Woman Who Launched an Optical Art

Buried just last week at the Montparnasse Cemetary, Paris, gallerist Denise René will be remembered as the woman who launched the careers of such artists as Victor Vasarely and Piet Mondrian. The Pope of Abstraction never wavered from her initial investment in optical and abstract art. “Beauty is a battle,” states the short text on […]

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The Many Faces of Queen Elizabeth II

In honor of London, the host of the 2012 Olympic Games, we would like to take a moment to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II and her relevance to the history of art.  Perhaps one of the most famous and widespread artistic subjects of all time, Queen Elizabeth II’s likeness has been captured by a multitude of […]

Chagall Lithographs

Chagall’s Coveted Color Lithographs

Marc Chagall, an artist who defies convention and whose style resists neat labels, created over 1,100 hand-signed color lithographs that are today as coveted as his paintings. Such Chagall lithographs as Carmen and The Magic Flute are symphonies in color that command hefty prices at auction. A master engraver seen as Rembrandt’s legitimate heir in […]

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Masters of Printmaking: Pablo Picasso and His Original Lithographs

There is no denying that Pablo Picasso (Malaga, 1881 – Mougins, 1973) is the greatest artist of the 20th century. Loved and admired around the world, Picasso’s artworks are a symbol of creativity and ingenuity.  Ranging from paintings, ceramics, glass, lithography, linocuts and etchings, everything Picasso created from Cubism to Modern Art inspired and influenced […]

Cultural Heritage

New Ways of Protecting Cultural Heritage

Cultural heritage is unique and irreplaceable, which places the responsibility of preservation on the current generation. Whether it is art or monuments, tangible heritage is always at risk and nowhere is this seen to be truer than in Iraq (technically Afghanistan as well but that’s for another blog). Many are aware of the recent history of […]

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Memories of Hundertwasser House, Vienna

Although it was cold and blustery during my visit to Hundertwasserhaus a few years ago, these increasingly summery days remind me of this particular “house in harmony with nature.” The multi-colored apartment building stands out in my mind, in front of some schnitzel gone bad (don’t ask) and an evening viewing art in the Museumsquartier, […]

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Secret Nazi Art Horde: Intentions of a Treasure Hunter

The greatest theft of art in 20th century history was the theft carried out by Nazi Germany, beginning in 1933 and lasting until the end of World War II. Shrouded in secrecy, the Nazis launched a methodical and well-conceived campaign to confiscate and loot Europe of its most valuable art treasures. In this continual drama, […]

Berthe Morisot

Berthe Morisot Revived

For the first time in over 70 years, Berthe Morisot, the major female figure of the Impressionist movement, has her own retrospective show at the Musée Marmottan Monet in France.  The collection will exhibit paintings, pastels, sketches, furnishings, and personal documents that tell the story of Morisot’s exceptional career. As an adored muse of the […]

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A Pleasant Surprise: Earliest Copy of Mona Lisa Discovered in Prado

The earliest known copy of Leonardo da Vinci’s famous masterpiece Mona Lisa has been discovered by conservators at the Prado in Madrid.  Experts believe that this copy, originally hidden beneath black overpaint, was painted in Leonardo’s studio by one of his pupils alongside Master da Vinci himself.  The two key authorities at both the Louvre […]

Gardner Art Heist

Gardner Art Heist: Could the Mystery be over?

Gardner Art Heist: Could the Mystery be over? The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston experienced one of the most famous American art heists in recent memory that has yet to be solved. In 1990, two men dressed as Boston police officers made off with 13 masterworks: three Rembrandts, a Vermeer, a Flinck, five Degas […]

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The Andy Warhol Foundation: What Will Happen to Warhol?

The Andy Warhol Foundation has developed a rather convoluted reputation in their quest to catalog and certify the vast collection of over 100,000 (across all media) works that Warhol created. The Foundation Board has made several controversial decisions regarding the authentication of specific prints and screen prints that have landed them with millions of dollars’ […]

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Conservation in the 21st Century

Trolling the web for the latest art news, I stumbled upon a fascinating article on Wired. According to Mike Olson, an unlikely partnership with an even stranger toolbox has emerged to restore the frescoes at the Church of Santos Juanes in the Spanish city of Valencia, otherwise known as the birthplace of paella. Between the […]

Calder Mobiles

The Creation of Calder Mobiles

Some could say Alexander Calder was born to design. His father, Alexander Stirling Calder, was a well-known sculptor who created many public installations, and Calder’s grandfather, sculptor Alexander Milne Calder is best-known for the colossal statue of William Penn on top of Philadelphia’s City Hall tower. Therefore, being surrounded by such creativity from a young […]

Watermarks

Watermarks and Rembrandts

When Masterworks Fine Art acquires an artwork, we undertake a program of research and identification. Old Masters prints, such as those by Rembrandt, require special attention because documentation can be limited, works often exist in multiple states, and posthumous prints made from plates still in existence are on the market. When researching a Rembrandt impression, […]

Rembrandt’s prints

Rembrandt’s Prints: What a State

More than 15 studies of Rembrandt’s prints have been done since Parisian art dealer Edmé-François Gersaint compiled the first portfolio of the artist’s work in 1751, a number that underscores the challenge that his oeuvre continues to pose (White & Boon, v). These books provide essential information about each print; cross-referenced catalogue raisonné numbers identify each […]

Pablo Picasso at the De Young

Pablo Picasso: From Paris to San Francisco

If you’re from Paris, walking the many galleries of the Picasso exhibition at the San Francisco de Young might be like going home again. If you’re from the Bay Area, “Picasso: Masterpieces from the Musée National Picasso, Paris” will transport you to the French capital. Either way, Pablo Picasso at the de Young will make those attending […]

Friendships

Alexander Calder: Friendships with Leger and Miro

An artist’s friendship with another artist is often a sacred bond of admiration, influence, and inspiration. Despite the distances and visual mediums that may that separate them, each relationship leaves a lasting impact on the involved artists. One particular individual’s relationships with other artists has frequently been the topic of many exhibitions and books, and that […]

Context of Magritte

The Context of Magritte

The Context of Magritte As one of the most popular artists of the 20th century, Rene Magritte has been influential to many artists that range from John Baldessari, Ed Ruscha, Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns, Vija Celmins, Marcel Broodthaers, Jan Verdoodt, Martin Kippenberger and Storm Thorgerson. Some of these artists’ works integrate direct references to Magritte’s works, […]

American Artists

American Artists

In honor of July 4th, Masterworks Fine Art would like to present American artists that we feature in our gallery as they exemplify the ingenuity, integrity, and drive of America’s founding fathers who fought for independence and freedom. Alexander Calder, Jasper Johns, Sam Francis, Andy Warhol, and Deborah Butterfield are all American artists who have […]

Pablo Picasso's Legacy

Pablo Picasso – A wealth of material to influence artists

Many modern artists and collectors are introduced to Picasso through multiple mediums. In school one takes an art class here, a history class there and discovers his art and life. Through film, advertisements, and print media his art is used as a canvas for expression. His work is intricately woven into our lives through so […]

sonia

Sonia Delaunay: On the Rise

Sonia Delaunay was born in Ukraine in 1885 and was adopted by her affluent Jewish lawyer uncle Henri Terk in 1890. She had a privileged upbringing and traveled Europe widely to various museums and galleries. At the age of 18 she was sent to an art school in Germany and in 1905 decided to move […]

Warhol, Warhol, Warhol

Warhol, Warhol, Warhol

Warhol, Warhol, Warhol: Still Selling Consistently High on the Art Market The talk of the art market these past weeks have all surrounded Andy Warhol, proving once again that you can never go wrong when investing in Warhol. Warhol’s works are still consistently selling at high prices, with over of 52 Warhol’s having gone and/or […]

Joan Miró: A Creative Life

Joan Miró: A Creative Life

Joan Miró: A Creative Life To most art lovers, a painting by Joan Miró is immediately recognizable. It displays botanical, geometric, abstract lines or shapes floating against celestial blue, sandy yellow or earth brown backgrounds. It also probably exudes a mystical, childlike yet reassuring dreamy quality, which is in fascinating juxtaposition to his personality. A […]

Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso

Matisse and Picasso: A Respectful Rivalry

Competition. Rivalry. Respect. Admiration. Bandit. All of these words were once used by both Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso in recognition of one and other. In Matisse and Picasso: The Story of their Rivalry and Friendship by Jack Flam, their tumultuous relationship is examined and brilliantly told. Picasso was the first modern celebrity artist, unapologetic for […]

picasso and braque

Picasso and Braque: The Creation of Cubism

Braque was an introvert, and Picasso was an extrovert so by all accounts these two personalities should not have mixed. Both of them had different painting styles and work ethics, yet from 1908 to 1914 they were basically inseparable, forming a unique and everlasting partnership that created Cubism. Braque’s role is often underplayed as Picasso […]

Muses

Muses: The Women That Inspire

Artists have been moved for centuries by the beauty, grace, and body of the female. Their model, lover, or wife acted not only as their muses, but also as their collaborators. From influencing the subject matter to assisting in the creation process and production, women were at the center of the famous artists lives. Take […]

Mona Lisa and Picasso

Did you know Pablo Picasso was questioned for stealing the Mona Lisa?

  Mona Lisa and Picasso When the Mona Lisa disappeared from the Louvre in 1911, a friend of Picasso’s, Guillaume Apollinaire, was arrested first and ratted out Picasso for possessing stolen antiquities. Picasso was subsequently arrested and released because he had not stolen the Mona Lisa. However he was not completely innocent of a crime […]

Intaglio Printer

World’s Foremost Intaglio Printer Dies at 77

Aldo Crommelynck, one of the world’s foremost intaglio printers, died in Paris on December 22, 2008, after a brief illness. He is survived by his adopted daughter, Corrine Buchet Crommelynck and his stepson, Jean Marie Buchet. His wife, Pep, passed away several years ago. A private funeral service was held in Paris. Born in 1931 […]

Originality in prints

A Philosophy on Originality in Prints

Answers to questions about original and/or unique prints are fairly subjective. There are various levels of originality within the field of printmaking, rendering a print’s classification to be complex; an equally complex explanation is necessary in order for our buyers to discern their tastes and objectives when collecting prints. I will focus this discussion on […]

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