Sunday, May 26, 2019

01 Painting, Streets of Paris, by the artists of the time, Part 48 - With Footnotes

French School Early 20th century
Parisian street view under rain 
oil on panel 
h:23 w: 35 cm.
Private collection

School of Paris refers to the French and émigré artists who worked in Paris in the first half of the 20th century. The School of Paris was not a single art movement or institution, but refers to the importance of Paris as a center of Western art in the early decades of the 20th century. Between 1900 and 1940 the city drew artists from all over the world and became a centre for artistic activity. School of Paris was used to describe this loose community, particularly of non-French artists, centered in the cafes, salons and shared workspaces and galleries of Montparnasse.

Before World War I the name was also applied to artists involved in the many collaborations and overlapping new art movements, between post-Impressionists and pointillism and Orphism, Fauvism and Cubism. In that period the artistic ferment took place in Montmartre and the well-established art scene there. But Picasso moved away, the war scattered almost everyone, by the 1920s Montparnasse become a center of the avant-garde. After World War II the name was applied to another different group of abstract artists. More on School of Paris




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Sunday, May 12, 2019

01 Paintings, MIDDLE EASTERN ART, With Footnotes - 11

Mona Trad Dabaji (Lebanese, born 1950) Title:
L'attente/ The wait, c. 2002
Oil on canvas
100 x 120 cm. (39.4 x 47.2 in.)
Private collection

Mona Trad Dabaji graduated from the American University of Beirut, just after the outbreak of the civil war in Lebanon. She lives and works in Beirut where she has been teaching painting since 1993. The artist has exhibited in Lebanon, France, Jordan, the United States and the United Arab Emirates. Beirut, The Phantom City, a Beirut exhibition, portraying a city devastated in 1992, was a milestone in the beginning of her career. Since then, all his work evolves around a recurring theme: Lebanon, its traditions and cultures. Through her characters, mainly women, she manages to convey with precision her great complexity and diversity. More on Mona Trad Dabaji 



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01 Paintings, The amorous game, Part 38 - With Footnotes

Harutyun Khachatryan, Russia
The Game
Oil on Canvas
63 H x 39.4 W x 1.5 in
Private collection

Harutyun Khachatryan ( born 9 January 1955) is an Armenian film director, script writer, director of photography, film producer, General director of the Golden Apricot Yerevan International Film Festival, Meritorious Artist of the Republic of Armenia and voting Member of European Film Academy since 2006.

Khachatryan was born in Akhalkalak (Georgian SSR, now Georgia). 1981 he graduated from the Film Department of Cultural Faculty of the Armenian State Pedagogical Institute in Yerevan, Armenia. Worked as an assistant director and film-director at the Armenian Documentary Studio and later - at Hayfilm/Armenfilm Studio. 2003 Kachatryan was awarded by State Premium of Armenia and became Meritorious Artiste of Republic of Armenia. More on Harutyun Khachatryan






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01 Painting, Streets of Paris, by the artists of the time, Part 47 - With Footnotes

Edouard Cortès, 1882 - 1969, FRENCH
PLACE SAINT-MICHEL (N⁰ 1)
Oil on canvas 
9 3/8 by 13 in., 23.8 by 33 cm
Private collection

The Place Saint-Michel is a public square in the Latin Quarter of Paris, France. It lies on the left bank of the river Seine facing the Île de la Cité, to which it is linked by the Pont Saint-Michel.

The northern end of the Place Saint-Michel, the end closer to the river, is on the left-bank side of the Pont Saint-Michel, which crosses sixty-two metres of water to reach the island, Île de la Cité. At this point, the Place Saint-Michel is formed by the convergence of four streets: two quais along the Seine, the Quai Saint-Michel and the Quai des Grands-Augustins, and the Boulevard Saint-Michel and the Rue Danton, which arrive at angles.

The square's location permits a view of some of the monuments of the Île de la Cité, including Sainte-Chapelle and the Palais de Justice. More on The Place Saint-Michel

Edouard Léon Cortès (1882–1969) was a French post-impressionist artist of French and Spanish ancestry. He is known as "Le Poete Parisien de la Peinture" or "the Parisian Poet of Painting" because of his diverse Paris cityscapes in a variety of weather and night settings. Cortes was born in Lagny-sur-Marne, about twenty miles east of Paris. His father, Antonio Cortès, had been a painter for the Spanish Royal Court.

Although Cortès was a pacifist, when war came close to his native village he was compelled to enlist in a French Infantry Regiment at the age of 32. As a contact agent Cortès was wounded by a bayonet, evacuated to a military hospital, and awarded the Croix de Guerre. After recovery he was the reassigned to utilize his artistic talent to sketch enemy positions. Later in life his convictions led him to refuse the Légion d'Honneur from the French Government. In 1919 he was demobilized.


Cortès lived a simple life amid a close circle of friends. He died on November 28, 1969, in Lagny, and has a street named in his honor. More on Edouard Léon Cortès



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Saturday, May 4, 2019

02 Paintings, Streets of Paris, by the artists of the time, Part 46 - With Footnotes

Charles Levier, (1920 - 2003)
Paris 1
Watercolor on Paper
Private collection

Charles Levier, French (1920 - 2003), was born in 1920 of a French father and American mother in Corsica. He held a fascination with color and form that led him, at age seventeen, to the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Arts Decoratifs for private studies. World War II came along and Levier served in the French Army in North Africa, later becoming Liaison Officer with the U.S. Office of Strategic Services.

Coming to America, to live, he divided his time between the USA and France, preparing for his first one-man show, which took place at the Galerie Constantine, in Lyons in 1949, followed by an American debut in Los Angeles in 1950. The year 1955 found him exhibiting at the Galleries de Colisee in Paris and then returning to America where an old friend, Dr. Lilienfeld of Van-Diemen, Lilienfeld Gallery in New York City began to present his paintings.

He is represented in the Museum of Modern Art in Paris and the Menton Museum in Paris. In the USA, his work can be found in the permanent collection of the Atlanta Museum, the Seattle Museum, the Evansville Museum, the New Orleans Museum and the San Diego Museum. Charles Levier died on September 3rd of 2003. More on Charles Levier

Charles Levier (1920 - 2003)
Paris 1
Watercolor on Paper
Private collection




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Wednesday, May 1, 2019

01 Paintings, The amorous game, Part 48 - With Footnotes

Eugen von Blaas, 1843 - 1931, AUSTRIAN
THE MANDOLINIST
Oil on canvas
24 by 32 1/8 in., 61 by 81.6 cm
Private collection

Eugen von Blaas was famed for depicting beautiful Italian women at work or in the company of admiring suitors. Anticipation shows a dark haired young woman leaning her elbow on a balustrade overlooking the Venetian lagoon. She dreamily gazes towards the water, where a gondola is just coming into view. The precise technique and bright palette of Blaas’ Venetian genre scenes were in tune with the Venetian tradition of painting. Famed for his depictions of everyday life in Venice, Blaas' very commercial subjects and finely painted, vividly coloured canvases found a ready market among the wealthy travellers and tourists visiting the city. Above all he strove to capture the inherent beauty of the Italian women with vignettes of their conversations in the street or courting with lovers. More on Eugen von Blaas





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02 Painting, Streets of Paris, by the artists of the time, Part 41 - With Footnotes

Michael Rozenvain
Parisian Café
Acrylic on board
24.75in. by 24.5in.
Private collection

Michael Rozenvain was born in Kiev, in the Ukraine in 1963. He currently lives in Toronto. After having studied at the art school of Kiev, he pursued his artistic studies at the Academy of Applied Arts in Lvov. Rozenvain has participated in many collective and solo exhibitions. Rozenvain is also very active in the creation of fresco paintings as well as monumental works of art for prestigious hotels as well as large libraries. Since 2006, Rozenvain resides in Canada and his studio is located in Toronto.

Themes like the Mediterranean, cobblestone streets, French bistros, cafes, and orchestras are Rozenvain’ s favourites subjects. His colour scheme is rich and sultry, inviting the onlooker to hop into the painting for either a glass of wine or an espresso. Rozenvain applies many layers of paint, thus creating the illusion of depth through his highly textured canvas. His sense of composition and his agile paintbrush strokes are all elements that distinguish this artist and have made him famous worldwide. More on Michael Rozenvain

Michael Rozenvain
Pavé ensoleillé/ Sunny pavement
Acrylic on board
36 x 48 in
Private collection


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Saturday, April 27, 2019

01 Paintings, The amorous game, Part 46 - With Footnotes

Jack Vettriano
How Do You Stop?
Oil on canvas
24 x 30 inches
Private collection

Jack Vettriano, OBE (né Jack Hoggan, born 17 November 1951), is a Scottish painter. His 1992 painting, The Singing Butler, became a best-selling image in Britain.

Jack Vettriano grew up in the industrial seaside town of Methil, Fife. He was raised in poverty, and lived with his mother, father and older brother in a spartan miner’s cottage, sharing a bed with his brother and wearing hand-me-down clothes. From the age of 10, his father sent him out to earn money. His father took half his earnings. Vettriano left school at 16.

Much of his art education came from studying paintings at the Kirkcaldy Museum and Art Gallery. Controversial. Professional art critics do not seem to like his work, but the public does. 

In February 2011, it was announced that Vettriano's self-portrait The Weight would be displayed at the re-opened Scottish National Portrait Gallery from November 2011, the first time he had exhibited at a national gallery. First Minister, Alex Salmond said of Vettriano, "He is a wonderful artist of considerable talent and achievement and this is a magnificent tribute to the special place he holds in the hearts of people in Scotland."

In September 2013, a major retrospective of Vettriano's work opened at Glasgow's Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. 'Jack Vettriano: A Retrospective' ran until 23 February 2014 and featured over 100 works. More on Jack Vettriano




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01 Painting, Streets of Paris, by the artists of the time, Part 44 - With Footnotes

Charles Cobelle, (1902 - 1998)
View of Paris 8
Acrylic on Canvas
Private collection

Charles Cobelle, born Carl Edelman (1902–1994) was a modern French master of painting, lithography and a fine muralist, who was born in Alsace-Lorraine, France. He is considered the last link to the great tradition of the Open Line School of Paris.

Cobelle received his Bachelor's and Master's Degrees from the University of Munich and continued his studies at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris. Much more influential in his development, however, were his private studies with Marc Chagall and his apprenticeship in the studio of Raoul Dufy in Menton on the Riviera.

Cobelle lived and painted in Paris until the late 1920s and established himself within the great tradition of the School of Paris. In the late 1920s, Cobelle moved to the United States, where his paintings were immediately sought after by galleries and private collectors alike. Cobelle became a U.S. citizen before the outbreak of World War II.

By the 1950s, spurred by the commercial success of his mentor, Dufy, Cobelle had achieved phenomenal success commercially with his Parisian-influenced style. Much like contemporary artists and designers at the time, his designs graced a number of pottery patterns for various pottery companies.

In addition to creating advertising illustrations for everything from hosiery to French perfume, Cobelle created a number of murals throughout the country in noteworthy public locations such as The Painted Desert Room of the Desert Inn in Las Vegas, the Mark Hopkins Hotel in San Francisco, Neiman-Marcus in Dallas and on the cruise ships of the Holland America Line. More on Charles Cobelle





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Friday, April 19, 2019

01 Paintings, MODERN & CONTEMPORARY MIDDLE EASTERN ART, With Footnotes - 2r

Mania Akbari (Iran, born 1974)
Untitled, c. 2008
Diptych, digital print on canvas, 
180 x 40cm (70 7/8 x 15 3/4in); entire work 180 x 80cm (70 7/8 x 31 1/2in).
Private collection

Mania Akbari (born 1974) is an internationally acclaimed Iranian filmmaker, actress, artist and writer whose works mostly deal with themes of sexual identity, women, marriage, abortion, infidelity and lesbianism. Her style, unlike the long tradition of melodrama in Iranian cinema, is rooted in modern visual arts and the avant-garde. Akbari, because of the themes discussed in her films and her opposition to censorship, is considered as one of the most controversial filmmakers in Iran. As an actress, she is probably best known for her role on Abbas Kiarostami's Ten. More on Mania Akbari




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