Calman Shemi, Mosaic from Holland, 1991

Artist: Calman Shemi (1939 - )
Title:Mosaic from Holland, 1991
Medium:Unique Original Oil on Canvas
Image Size:76 1/4 in x 52 1/2 in (193.7 cm x 133.4 cm)
Framed Size:78 1/4 in x 54 1/2 in (198.8 cm x 138.4 cm)
Signature:Hand signed and dated by Calman Shemi (1939 - ) in black in the lower left recto and also on the verso: "1991 | 'Mosaic from Holland' | (variation) | Calman Shemi [sig.]"
Condition:This work is in good condition
ID #w-2200
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Historical Description

This work is a vibrant example of Calman Shemi’s artistic effort to transplant a figurative world into passionately abstract art. In this case, the imagery of Dutch windmills explodes onto the canvas as Shemi uses wild gestures and colors to encompass the Dutch culture in a mosaic of life and strength.  As one art historian put it, “Looking at Shemi’s works, we are admitted to a world where color runs delightfully riot”. Certainly this piece testifies to Shemi’s expertise in creating a painterly reality based in both the real world and one that exists apart from it. In this work Shemi indulges in a series of reds, pinks, blues, and yellows to express the movement and energy associated with Holland and its iconic windmills.  His color sprawls across the canvas and yanks the viewer into a whirlwind of emotion, liveliness, and whimsical frenzy.  In exploring a full color palette, Shemi expertly navigates between values to create an image that is powerful and pleasing. The resulting work is wild captivating improvisation of the visual finalities he set out to portray.

Created in 1991, this unique, original painting is hand signed and dated by Calman Shemi (1939 –  ) in the lower left: “Calman Shemi 91.”  Also signed and dated on the verso: “1991 | ‘Mosaic from Holland’ | (variation) | Calman Shemi [sig.]”

Catalogue Raisonné & COA:

Calman Shemi Mosaic from Holland, 1991 is fully documented and referenced in the below catalogue raisonnés and texts (copies will be enclosed as added documentation with the invoices that will accompany the final sale of the work).

1. A Masterworks Fine Art, Inc. Certificate of Authenticity accompanies this work.

About the Framing:

This Calman Shemi canvas has been stretched on a custom made frame and further set in a sleek, modern black moulding that serves to accent the composition of Mosaic from Holland.