Tuesday, January 25, 2022

01 Painting, Streets of Paris, by Victor Guerrier, Part 78

Victor Guerrier, 1893 Lyon - 1968
NOCTURNAL STREET SCENE IN PARIS OUTSIDE THE MOULIN ROUGE
Oil on canvas
100 x 73 cm.
Private collection

Moulin Rouge is a cabaret in Paris, France.

The original house, which burned down in 1915, was co-founded in 1889 by Charles Zidler and Joseph Oller, who also owned the Paris Olympia. Close to Montmartre in the Paris district of Pigalle on Boulevard de Clichy in the 18th arrondissement, it is marked by the red windmill on its roof. The closest métro station is Blanche.

Moulin Rouge is best known as the birthplace of the modern form of the can-can dance. Originally introduced as a seductive dance by the courtesans who operated from the site, the can-can dance revue evolved into a form of entertainment of its own and led to the introduction of cabarets across Europe. Today, the Moulin Rouge is a tourist attraction, offering musical dance entertainment for visitors from around the world. The club's decor still contains much of the romance of fin de siècle France. More on Moulin Rouge

Victor Guerrier, (French, 1893-1968)  was born and trained in Lyon living much of his life at Saint Cyr au Mont d’Or. He began his career as an illustrator but made his name painting Belle Epoque subjects and Parisian life between the wars. 

Clearly inspired by the work of Impressionist masters such Manet and Toulouse-Lautrec his work captures and celebrates the diversity of life in Paris at the turn of the century; from the nightclubs of Montmartre to the cafés of the Champ-Elysses, Guerrier depicts French high society in its pomp. There is often a subtle narrative to the work, where a stolen glance speaks volumes. Further evidence of Manet’s work is evident in his figures, who often stare directly at the viewer, creating images that are, at once, engaging and arresting, while the fashions of the age are beautifully rendered with a vivid palette and deftly applied impasto. 

Guerrier also worked in the Alps and Algeria producing a number of Orientalist subjects along with a series of paintings in St Paul de Vence. He exhibited at the Salon de Printemps. More on Victor Guerrier





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Sunday, January 16, 2022

01 Painting, Streets of Paris, by the artists of their time, Victor Gabriel Gilbert, Part 77

Victor Gabriel Gilbert, 1847 Paris - 1935 ibid 
STREET SCENE WITH WEEKLY MARKET FROM OLD PARIS
Oil on wood
42 x 55 cm
Private collection

On a paved road, playing on the two dogs, a coachman with light straw hat and blue jacket tries to carry out his horse to horse-drawn carriage. He will be watched by numerous passers-by who are facing retail shops. In the background, the view is released to other buildings in the city and other figures. Left a large retail store with display, offered on the various fruits and vegetables in bright colors for sale. The saleswoman seen from behind in a white apron is talking to a young woman carrying a little girl in pink garment that gets an apple handed. Evocative playing a street view with the bright fruit such as red strawberries, cherries, plums blue, orange-red glowing apples and yellow lemons and tomatoes,color against the brown-beige and gray tones else in captured image is highlighted. More on this painting

Victor Gabriel Gilbert born in Paris the 13 February 1847 and died in the 21 July 1933. He was a French painter. He is buried in Montmartre cemetery in Paris. In 1860 he apprenticed to a painter and decorator. He followed with evening art classes under the direction of Father Levasseur, the School of the City of Paris. In the late 1870s, his taste for naturalism is developed and he turned to genre painting with scenes of streets, cafes, markets, especially that of Halles . He obtained a second class medal at the Salon of 1880 and a silver medal at the 1889 World Fair . It becomes a member of the French Society of Artists in 1914.

Victor Gilbert was appointed Knight of the Legion of Honour in 1897, and received the Prix Léon Bonnat in 1926. More on Victor Gabriel Gilbert





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Wednesday, January 12, 2022

10 works, Japan’s Tiny Netsuke Carvings, with footnotes

Netsuke: 100 Miniature Masterpieces from Japan
Kaigyokusai Masatsugu
Reclining goat by (late 1800s)
Ivory with eyes inlaid in coral and dark horn pupils
Osaka, Japan British Museum,

Kaigyokusai Masatsugu was born in 1813, the fitst son of Shimizu Kichibei of Sugishitadori, Osaka. In 1829, he was adopted by Yasunaga Kichirobei. After the death of his adoptive father, he succeeded to the name of Yasunaga. Yasunaga had no teachers in the study of carving techniques. His sketches were made from life. Carved wood and ivory. He used the name of Masatsugu until approximately his 20th year, Kaigyokudo until approximately his 20th year, Kaigyoku until about his 50th year, and Kaigyokusai thereafter. Yasunaga died in 1892 in Osaka at 80.

Masatsugu carved different types of animal, especially those represented in the zodiac cycle. His famourite material was ivory, of which he used only the finest quality. More on Kaigyokusai Masatsugu

A netsuke  is a miniature sculpture, originating in 17th century Japan. Initially a simply-carved button fastener on the cords of an inro box, netsuke later developed into ornately sculpted objects of craftsmanship.

Sōshin (early 1800s)
Mikoshi Nyūdō and a scarecrow
Wood with eyes inlaid in dark horn
Height: 5.60 centimetres
British Museum

Mikoshi Nyudo is one of the many ghostly monsters of Japan that are generally known as bakemono. This monster is usually portrayed with a bald head and a jutting tongue. Although there are many variations of this ghost story across the different regions of Japan, the plots are roughly similar. Essentially, when a person is walking alone at night, the form of a monk suddenly appears. The ghost grows taller every time the person looks up at it and gazing at it for too long invariably results in death.
There is another netsuke attributed to Soshin, which depicts what occurred following on from this netsuke More on Mikoshi-nyūdō

Sōshin was a Netsuke carver. Although little is known about the him, his netsuke are very individual with distinctive traits such as the dramatic eyebrows carved in exquisite high relief. More on Sōshin

Traditionally, Japanese clothing - first the kosode and its later evolution, the kimono - did not have pockets. Though the sleeves of the kimono could be used to store small items, the men who wore kimono needed a larger and stronger container in which to store personal belongings, such as pipes, tobacco, money and seals, resulting in the development of containers known as sagemono, which were hung by cords from the robes' sashes. 

Netsuke: 100 Miniature Masterpieces from Japan
Natsuki 
Mermaid holding a sacred jewel, c. about 1790
Ivory
 Width: 4 centimetres
British Museum

Natsuki  was a maker of netsuke. Active in Wakayama prefecture in the late 18th century.

These containers may have been pouches or small woven baskets, but the most popular were crafted boxes (inro) held shut by ojime, sliding beads on cords. Whatever the form of the container, the fastener that secured the cord at the top of the sash was a carved, button-like toggle called a netsuke. Netsuke, like inro and ojime, evolved over time from being strictly utilitarian into objects of great artistic merit, and an expression of extraordinary craftsmanship. Netsuke production was most popular during the Edo period (1615-1868). More on Netsuke Carvings

Netsuke: 100 Miniature Masterpieces from Japan
Naitō Kōseki, 1871-1948
Ubume holding Jizō by (early 1900s)
Boxwood
Height: 10.50 centimetres
British Museum

Ubume is the ghost of a woman who has died in childbirth and cannot find peace as she worries about her child. Here she is holding in her arms a stone sculpture of the Bodhisattva Jizo (Sanskrit Ksitigarbha), a patron deity of children. More on Ubume

Naitō Kōseki was a Buddhist sculptor, resident in Kyoto. Not a regular carver of netsuke, but created a few works at the request of Western collectors. His great skill acquired from the study of ancient sculpture fascinated collectors, and his works made for export helped introduce Japanese carving abraod. More on Naitō Kōseki
Netsuke: 100 Miniature Masterpieces from Japan
In the style of Kaigyokusai Masatsugu
Twelve zodiac animals, unsigned, c. around 1880
Ivory with eyes inlaid in different colors of horn
British Museum

Kaigyokusai Masatsugu; see above

Netsuke: 100 Miniature Masterpieces from Japan
Masanao of Kyoto
Sleeping rat, c.  by late 1700s
Ivory
British Museum

Masanao (mid-late 1700s) was a noted Japanese sculptor of netsuke from Kyoto area. He is thus associated with the Kyoto school. His works often depict animals, and he is considered to have been one of the greatest artists working in the netsuke art form. More on Masanao

Netsuke: 100 Miniature Masterpieces from Japan
Attributed to Matsushita Otoman (early 1800s)
Snarling tiger
Ivory with eyes inlaid in horn
3.5cm (1 3/8in) wide, Height: 4.40 centimetres
British Museum

Although this ivory tiger is unsigned, it exemplifies the special characteristics of the artist Otoman, who often did not sign his works. Tigers were a speciality of the carver and are highly prized by collectors. More on this Netsuke

Matsushita Otoman was a Nestuke carver. Active in Hakata in Kyushu. He was born into a family of hairpin and ornament makers. He travelled to Edo (present-day Tokyo) as well as working in Kyoto and Osaka, before taking over the Hakata family business. Hakata was close to the trading port of Nagasaki, and a collection of Otoman's works is known to have been taken to Holland by the German physician and botanist, Philipp Franz von Siebold (1796-1866), who resided in Nagasaki from 1823-1829. More on Matsushita Otoman

Netsuke: 100 Miniature Masterpieces from Japan
Matsuda Sukenaga (mid-1800s)
Boar and snake
Wood with eyes inlaid in dark horn, Hida province
British Museum

In Japan the boar occupies the last position among the twelve animals of the zodiac cycle. In China the pig is traditionally assigned this last position, but as the pig is not a species native to Japan the indigenous boar took its place. The boar rushes headlong into attack, and is therefore regarded as a symbol of courage that is occasionally reckless. The snake is exactly six animals apart from the boar in the twelve-year animal cycle, and the two were therefore considered companions. Wearing a netsuke that featured paired zodiac animals was believed to combine the strengths of the animals and thereby enhance good luck. More on this Netsuke

Matsuda Sukenaga was a carver of netsuke. Came from Takayama, Hida. His family made chopsticks. Studied carving with Yoshida Suketomo, and became proficient. He is regarded as the originator of the ittobori style of carving characteristic of Hida. More on Matsuda Sukenaga

Netsuke: 100 Miniature Masterpieces from Japan
Hōshunsai Masayuki (1870s)
Raccoon dog dressed as a priest, c. 1870s
Stag antler
Width: 4 centimetres
British Museum

The racoon dog or tanuki appears in various Japanese folklores as one of the most mischievous animals. With its ability to shape shift, the tanuki often transforms itself into human form or inanimate objects in order to play tricks on people. Here a tanuki, wearing a priest's robe, dozes while holding a Buddhist wooden gong (J. mokugyo) under its clothing, with the stick clutched to its breast. When we examine the underside, we recognize a crying face, with two cord holes forming a nose and open mouth. More on this Netsuke

Hōshunsai Masayuki was a carver of netsuke. One of the most talented carvers from the Asakusa district of Tokyo. He worked at about the same time as Kokusai and Rensai, and all three favoured the use of stag antler. More on Hōshunsai Masayuki

Netsuke: 100 Miniature Masterpieces from Japan
Kawahara Meishu (late 1900s)
Beetles
Wood and tortoiseshell or horn with eyes inlaid in dark horn
Height: 4.20 centimetres, Width: 3.70 centimetres
British Museum

A large Japanese rhinoceros beetle or kabuto-mushi is fighting with a stag beetle or kuwagata-mushi over part of a branch from a tree. Insect fighting has always been a popular pastime among children. This netsuke is accompanied by an original wooden storage box, inscribed with the title and signature of the artist. More on this Netsuke




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Saturday, September 18, 2021

01 Painting, The amorous game, Part 78 - With Footnotes

AFTER SIR ANTHONY VAN DYCK, EARLY 17TH CENTURY
The Ages of Man
Oil on canvas
121.8 x 153.5cm (47 15/16 x 60 7/16in)
Private collection

Sir Anthony van Dyck, ( 22 March 1599 – 9 December 1641) was a Flemish Baroque artist who became the leading court painter in England, after enjoying great success in Italy and Flanders. He is most famous for his portraits of Charles I of England and his family and court, painted with a relaxed elegance that was to be the dominant influence on English portrait-painting for the next 150 years. He also painted biblical and mythological subjects, displayed outstanding facility as a draughtsman, and was an important innovator in watercolour and etching. The Van Dyke beard is named after him. More Sir Anthony van Dyck





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Tuesday, June 15, 2021

06 Paintings, Streets of Rome, 18th & 19th Century, by the Artists of the time, with footnotes. 4

Danish School, 19th Century
A view of the Campidoglio, Rome
Oil on canvas
13 ¾ x 17 ¼ in. (35 x 43.8 cm.)
Private Collection

Carl-Friedrich-Heinrich Werner, WEIMAR 1808 - 1894 LEIPZIG, ECOLE ALLEMANDE
CARNAVAL IN ROME, c. 1844 Rome
Watercolor heightened with white gouache on paper
35,5 x 30cm ; 14 by 11 3/4  in.
Private Collection

Hermann Corrodi
A Roman aqueduct on the Appia Antica at sunset
Oil on canvas
34 ¼ x 57 ¾ in. (87 x 146.7 cm.)
Private Collection

The Appian Way was one of the earliest and strategically most important Roman roads of the ancient republic. It connected Rome to Brindisi, in southeast Italy. The road is named after Appius Claudius Caecus, the Roman censor who began and completed the first section as a military road to the south in 312 BC during the Samnite Wars.

The Appian Way was the first long road built specifically to transport troops outside the smaller region of greater Rome (this was essential to the Romans). The few roads outside the early city were Etruscan and went mainly to Etruria. By the late Republic, the Romans had expanded over most of Italy and were masters of road construction. Their roads began at Rome, where the master itinerarium, or list of destinations along the roads, was located, and extended to the borders of their domain — hence the expression, "All roads lead to Rome". More

Colin Campbell Cooper
View of St. Peter's
Oil on canvas
36 x 53in
Private Collection

Franz Kaiserman, YVERDON 1765 - 1833 ROME
THE TEMPLE AND ANTONIN FAUSTINE, c. 1791
Watercolor and pen, a pair 
64 x 100 cm; 25 1/4 by 39 3/8 in
Private Collection

Franz Kaiserman, YVERDON 1765 - 1833 ROME
THE ARC OF CONSTANTINE
Watercolor and pen, a pair 
64 x 100 cm; 25 1/4 by 39 3/8 in
Private Collection

Acknowledgement: Sotheby'sChristie, 


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Monday, January 18, 2021

01 Painting, Streets of Paris, by the artists of their time, Part 74

Georges Stein, French, 1870-1930
Champs Elysees
Oil on panel
4 5/8 x 7 1/2 inches (11.7 x 19 cm)
Private collection

The Avenue des Champs-Élysées is an avenue in the 8th arrondissement of Paris, running between the Place de la Concorde and the Place Charles de Gaulle, where the Arc de Triomphe is located. It is known for its theatres, cafés, and luxury shops, for the annual Bastille Day military parade, and as the finish of the Tour de France cycle race. The name is French for the Elysian Fields, the paradise for dead heroes in Greek mythology. It is one of the most famous streets in the world. More on the Champs-Élysées

Georges Stein was a late 19th and early 20th century French painter, best known for scenes of Parisian street life. Sources conflict about Stein's dates of birth and death. The Benezit Dictionary of Artists gives the year of birth as "c. 1870". The auction house Christie's, among others, gives the dates 1855–1930, and the French National Library the dates 1870–1955. Moreover, the journal L'Éventail of 15 January 1918 mentions "the painter Georges Stein who recently died at Geneva".

There is also some confusion as to the gender of Stein. While the Benezit Dictionary and L'Éventail refer to Stein as male, some gallery websites describe Stein as a female painter. More on Georges Stein





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Sunday, January 3, 2021

01 Painting, Streets of Paris, by the artists of their time, Part 73

Attributed to Alfred Henry Maurer
La Pont De La Concorde and a View of The Palais Bourbon, Circa 1920
Oil on paper laid on board
14 x 21 inches
Private collection

Pont de la Concorde, stone-arch bridge crossing the Seine River in Paris at the Place de la Concorde. The masterpiece of Jean-Rodolphe Perronet, conceived in 1772, the bridge was not begun until 1787 because conservative officials found the design too daring. Perronet personally supervised construction despite his advanced age; he was 82 when the work was completed in 1791. The outbreak of the French Revolution scarcely affected progress; Perronet used the demolished Bastille as a source for masonry. The name of the bridge has been changed from Louis XV to Révolution to Concorde. More on Pont de la Concorde

Alfred Henry Maurer (April 21, 1868 – August 4, 1932) was born in New York City April 21, 1868. He was the son of German-born Louis Maurer, a lithographer with a pronounced disdain for modern art. At age sixteen, Maurer had to quit school to work at his father's lithographic firm. In 1897, after studying with the sculptor John Quincy Adams Ward and painter William Merritt Chase, Maurer left for Paris, where he stayed the next four years, joining a circle of American and French artists. Finding the instruction at the Academie Julian too limited, he spent most of his time copying in the Louvre.

Maurer  was a modernist painter. He exhibited his work in avant-garde circles internationally and in New York City during the early twentieth century. Highly respected today, his work met with little critical or commercial success in his lifetime, and he died, a suicide, at the age of sixty-four. More on Alfred Henry Maurer





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Wednesday, December 30, 2020

01 Painting, The amorous game, Part 60 - With Footnotes

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, (1864-1901)
Au lit: Le baiser, c. 1892
Oil on board
17⅞ x 23 in (45.5 x 58.5 cm).
Private collection

Henri Marie Raymond de Toulouse-Lautrec-Monfa (24 November 1864 – 9 September 1901), also known as Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec was a French painter, printmaker, draughtsman and illustrator whose immersion in the colourful and theatrical life of Paris in the late 19th century allowed him to produce a collection of enticing, elegant and provocative images of the modern, sometimes decadent, life of those times. Toulouse-Lautrec is among the best-known painters of the Post-Impressionist period, alongside Cézanne, Van Gogh and Gauguin. In a 2005 auction at Christie's auction house, La Blanchisseuse, his early painting of a young laundress, sold for US$22.4 million and set a new record for the artist for a price at auction. More on Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec



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Thursday, October 8, 2020

01 Painting, The amorous game, Part 59 - With Footnotes

Gustav Klimt (1862-1918)
The Kiss, c. 1907-08
Oil on canvas
180 x 180 cm
Osterreichische Galerie Belvedere, Vienna, Austria

Gustav Klimt (July 14, 1862 – February 6, 1918) was an Austrian symbolist painter and one of the most prominent members of the Vienna Secession movement. Klimt is noted for his paintings, murals, sketches, and other objets d'art. Klimt's primary subject was the female body, and his works are marked by a frank eroticism. In addition to his figurative works, which include allegories and portraits, he painted landscapes. Among the artists of the Vienna Secession, Klimt was the most influenced by Japanese art and its methods.
Early in his artistic career, he was a successful painter of architectural decorations in a conventional manner. As he developed a more personal style, his work was the subject of controversy that culminated when the paintings he completed around 1900 for the ceiling of the Great Hall of the University of Vienna were criticized as pornographic. He subsequently accepted no more public commissions, but achieved a new success with the paintings of his "golden phase," many of which include gold leaf. More Gustav Klimt

After the death of Klimt, the writer and art critic Berta Tsukerkandl wrote in the Vienna newspaper Wiener Zeitung: "One of the greatest died. A simple hero. Quiet , tenacious fighter. Invincible. Winner. [...] The death of Klimt permeates our souls as something incomprehensible , as the desecration of wonderful gift , prepodnesonnogo humanity. "  The Leopold Museum




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