Sunday, January 26, 2020

01 Painting, Streets of Paris, Part 67 - With Footnotes

Jean Beraud, French, 1834-1935
Carrefour Drouot (Drouot Crossroads), circa 1887
Oil on canvas
15 3/8 x 22 1/4 inches (39 x 56.5 cm)
Private collection

The rue Drouot was created in the early eighteenth century, but it was extended in the second half of the nineteenth century, following the "Haussmannization" of Paris. The street housed many "magasins de nouveautés", as well as the famous Hôtel Drouot, which, to this day, is the most renowned auction gallery in the French capital city. More on Carrefour Drouot

Jean Béraud (January 12, 1849 – October 4, 1935) was a French painter, noted for his paintings of Parisian life during the Belle Époque. He was renowned in Paris society due to his numerous paintings depicting the life of Paris, and the nightlife of Paris society. He also painted religious subjects in a contemporary setting. Pictures of the Champs Elysees, cafeés, Montmartre and the banks of the Seine are precisely detailed illustrations of everyday Parisian era of the "Belle Époque". More Jean Béraud




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01 Painting, The amorous game, Part 56 - With Footnotes

Gerard van Kuijl, (Gorinchem 1604-1673)
A shepherd and shepherdess
Oil on canvas
47 ½ x 40 in. (120.6 x 101.6 cm.)
Private collection

Gerard van Kuijl or Kuijll (1604, Gorinchem – 1673, Gorinchem), was a Dutch Golden Age painter. He is known for religious and genre works in the style of Caravaggio.

Gerard left for Italy in 1627 or 1628. He joined the Bentvueghels with the nickname Stijgbeugel. In Italy he was a pupil of fellow Bentvueghel Jean Ducamps, with whom he lived from 1629 to 1631 in Rome on the Via Margutta. The last evidence of his presence there was in July 1631. The next year, Van Kuijl had settled again in Gorinchem, as in 1632 he became a member of the Broederschap der Romeinen binnen Gorinchem ("Brotherhood of Romans in Gorinchem'") In 1641 he lived in Utrecht, but in or before 1648 he returned to his hometown, where he died at the age of 69. More on Gerard van Kuijl





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01 Painting, MIDDLE EASTERN ART, With Footnotes - 48

Suleiman Mansour, (Palestinian, b. 1947)
And the Convoy Keeps Going, c. 2016
Oil and acrylic on canvas
50 7/8 x 64 1/3 in. (129.5 x 163.4cm.)
Private collection

Sliman Mansour (born 1947), is a Palestinian painter, considered an important figure among contemporary Palestinian artists. Mansour is considered an artist of the intifada whose work gave visual expression to the cultural concept of sumud. Palestinian artist and scholar Samia Halaby has identified Mansour as part of the Liberation Art Movement and cites his important work as an artist and cultural practitioner before and after the Intifada. During the Intifada, Mansour was part of the "New Visions" group of Palestinian artists. This collective turned to earthworks and mixed media and assemblage using materials derived from the Palestinian environment in order to boycott Israeli art supplies in protest of the ongoing occupation. In 1988 he made a series of four paintings on destroyed Palestinian villages, the four villages being Yibna, Yalo, Imwas and Bayt Dajan.

He is a co-author of Both Sides of Peace: Israeli and Palestinian Political Poster Art, published in 1998 by the Contemporary Art Museum with University of Washington Press. More on Suleiman Mansour





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Thursday, January 23, 2020

01 Painting, Streets of Paris, by the artists of their time, Part 66 - With Footnotes

Louis Marie de Schryver, (French, 1862-1942)
Paris - The Flower Market on the Île de la Cité
Oil on canvas
36 1/8 x 28 ½ in. (91.8 x 72.4 cm.)
Private collection

The Île de la Cité is one of two remaining natural islands in the Seine within the city of Paris (the other being the Île Saint-Louis).[a] It is the centre of Paris and the location where the medieval city was refounded. More on The Île de la Cité

Louis Marie de Schryver, 1862 - 1942Born in Paris in 1862, Louis Marie de Schryver began his artistic career under the tutelage of the portrait painter and orientalist Gabriel-Joseph-Marie-Augustin Ferrier. He exhibited for the first time at the Paris Salon at the young age of 13, showing two works, both still life canvases of flowers. 

The choice of subject would permeate throughout the entirety of his long career. He earned numerous awards from 1879 onwards, including a number of honorable mentions at the Salon, as well as the Universal Expositions of 1891, 1896 and 1900. Highly praised by both critics and the public alike, de Schryver enjoyed enormous success during his lifetime, and his works remain highly sought after. More on Louis Marie de Schryver




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01 Painting, MIDDLE EASTERN ART, With Footnotes - 47

Mamdouh Kashlan, (Syrian, b. 1929)
Hammam Al Nissaa’s bil sham (Women’s public bath in Damascus), c. 1990
Oil on canvas
68 7/8 x 78 ¾ in. (175 x 200cm.)
Private collection

Damascus Public Baths (Hammams) were commonly used in Damascus as a civilized phenomena that denotes the interest of the Damascenes in their health, and cleanness of bodies. Going to the bath was a religious and social habit of life in the Orient in general and in Damascus in particular. 

With very limited means of entertainment in a closed society, women changed the visit to the bath into an opportunity to meet other women, and to deepen social relations. By time, public baths were linked to several social occasions like marriages, births, and preparations for feasts. Women used to spend long hours in the bath consuming all the time specified for them; usually from midday to the evening. More on Hammams

Mamdouh Kashlan (born 1929 in Damascus) is a Syrian painter. He has held more than 300 exhibitions in Syria and around the world and many of his paintings are on display in the National museums of Damascus, Aleppo and Deir Atieh and the presidential palace. His work is also on display in the Sorsoq Museum in Beirut, Lebanon, Modern art museum in Cairo, Egypt and has been displayed in Sofia, Bulgaria, Paris and Seinajoki, Finland. In 1996 he was awarded the pioneers prize from the ministry of culture. More on Mamdouh Kashlan




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Sunday, January 19, 2020

01 Painting, MIDDLE EASTERN ART, With Footnotes - 46

Ismail Shammout, (Palestinian, 1930-2006)
Al- Tariq (The Way), c. 1964
Oil on canvas
31 ½ x 23 ½ in. (79.9 X 59.9cm.)
Private collection

Ismail Shammout (1930 – 2006) was a Palestinian artist and art historian.

Shammout was born in 1930 in Lydda. On July 12, 1948, he and his family were amongst 25,000 residents of Lydda expelled from their homes by Israeli occupation. The Shammout family moved to the Gaza refugee camp of Khan-Younes. In 1950 Shammout went to Cairo and enrolled in the College of Fine Arts. After returning to Gaza in 1953, he held his first exhibition, which was a success.

Shammout and Palestinian artist Tamam al Akhal participated in the Palestine Exhibition of 1954 in Cairo. The exhibition was inaugurated by then Egyptian President Gamal Abdul Nasser. Later in 1954, he moved to Italy and enrolled at the Academia De Belle Arti in Rome. He married al Akhal in 1959. 

Shammout expressed his emotions, fears, sufferings, hopes and dreams, which are shared by all the Palestinian people, through his paintings. More on Shammout




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Friday, January 17, 2020

01 Painting, Streets of Paris, Part 65 - With Footnotes

Antonio Gravina, (Italy, 1934-2011)
Paris
Oil on canvas
 11 1/2" H x 19 1/2" W
Private collection

Parisian street scene in the rain with a flower stall, crowds of people, and street cars in the foreground before building and a grey sky in the background.

Antonio Gravina was born in Naples in 1934 and studied at the Art Institute in that city.  He started painting when only fifteen years old.  Gravina’s great fantasy cannot be denied given the great variety of his subjects, to which he gives a very special immediacy.  

Gravina has taken part in many national and international exhibitions.He also took part in many art competitions with great success.  We find his works in many Italian and foreign collections. More on Antonio Gravina




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Thursday, January 9, 2020

01 Painting, MIDDLE EASTERN ART, With Footnotes - 45

Ahmed Moustafa, (Egyptian, b. 1943)
The Coiling of Day and Night, c. 2000
Oil and watercolour on paper
52 ¾ x 43 1/3 in. (134 x 110cm.)
Private collection

Ahmed Moustafa, (Egyptian, b. 1943) was born in Alexandria, Egypt Moustafa studied Fine Arts at Alexandria University, after which he obtained an MA and PhD from the Central School of Art and Design in London, where he still lives and works. Moustafa is a practicing calligrapher and scholar who transforms sacred Qur'anic texts into works of art, combining their religious significance with a modern interpretation of the traditional script. 

Employing repetition and other painterly techniques such as incorporating the text into a representational image, Moustafa has been able to lend calligraphy to a more universal reception. Moustafa is known for incorporating a bold color palette into his work as well as his fluid and spontaneous penmanship. The artist engages with a wide range of media such as paintings, tapestries, silk-screen prints and stained glass. His work is held in many private and public collections, such as the National Museums in both Britain and Egypt, the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford and the National Museum of Scotland. More on Ahmed Moustafa




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01 Painting, Streets of Paris, by the artists of their time, Part 67 - With Footnotes

Elizabeth Elkin
Cafe in Montmartre, La Maison Rose
Oil on canvas
20"x 24"

La Maison Rose  is a Montmartre canteen frequented by several generations of artists, Picasso, Modigliani, later Piaf, Barbara, Aznavour, Nougaro, Brel, or Camus ... This emblematic place of Montmartre opened its doors at the end of 2017, taken over by a new team, as well as Béatrice's granddaughter, who bought La Maison Rose in 1948.

La Maison Rose offers a short menu based on seasonal produce, inspired by French cuisine and Italian cucina povera. More on La Maison Rose

Elizabeth Elkin is a renowned professional artist with an international reputation. Over the span of thirty years, she utilizes her advanced painting skills to create superior quality oil paintings. The true innovation of her work lies in the power of her vibrant colors, her museum quality works of expressionist art and her unique style of cubism in which the painting only reveals its true complexity after careful viewing over time.

Elizabeth’s academic training spans over eight years of study at several post-secondary fine art institutions in Europe. She has experimented with various artistic forms, including expressionism, cubism, impressionism, abstract and realism. More on Elizabeth Elkin 





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Thursday, January 2, 2020

01 Painting, The amorous game, Part 55 - With Footnotes

Hendrick Goltzius (Mülbracht 1558-1617 Haarlem)
Unequal Lovers, c. 1615
Oil on canvas
27 x 23 in. (68.5 x 58.5 cm.)
Private collection

Hendrick Goltzius (January or February 1558 – 1 January 1617), was a German-born Dutch printmaker, draftsman, and painter. He was the leading Dutch engraver of the early Baroque period, or Northern Mannerism, noted for his sophisticated technique and the "exuberance" of his compositions. According to A. Hyatt Mayor, Goltzius "was the last professional engraver who drew with the authority of a good painter and the last who invented many pictures for others to copy". In middle age he also began to produce paintings. More Hendrick Goltzius





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01 Painting, MIDDLE EASTERN ART, With Footnotes - 44

Willy Aractingi, (Lebanese, 1930-2003)
Blue Panther, c. 1994
Oil on canvas
31 ½ x 39 1/8 in. (80 x 99.5cm.)
Private collection

Willy Aractingi, (Lebanese, 1930-2003) was born in New York in 1930, Aractingi was raised in Cairo, studied in Grasse, before finally settling in Beirut in the late 1940s.
Aractingi undertook painting at a very young age. His works are often differentiated by his use of unique colour gradations, bold pigments and recurring use of nature. 

Aractingi’s greatest artistic achievement was painting Jean de la Fontaine's (French, 1621 - 1695) entire collection of 244 fables on individual canvases. He embarked on this mamoth project titled Magnum Opus in January 1989, whilst residing in France. Seven years and 244 canvases later, he completed the ambitious project in 1995 on the 300th anniversary of De La Fontaine’s death. 

Aractingi's works are extensively inspired by fictional stories and fables. He generously provides his audience a gateway into the creases of a fantasy world inhabited by folk creatures and copious animals; all brought to life using his vivid brushstrokes.  He continued to paint insistently up until his death in 2003; depicting Antar and Abla, Geha, Tarzan, Adam and Eve, and a plethora of animals throughout his oeuvre.  Following his death, the artist's family estate donated 230 of his works to the Sursock Museum in Beirut. In 2017, the museum mounted a retrospective curated by Yasmine Chemali who gathered some 120 works under the title Les Mondes de Willy Aractingi. Sotheby's is privileged to be offering this important and rare work from the estate of the artist. More on Willy Aractingi





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01 Painting, Streets of Paris, by the artists of their time, Part 66 - With Footnotes

Albert André
Untitled
Oil on canvas
22 inches high and 26 inches
Private collection

Albert André ( 24 May 1869 – 11 July 1954) was a French Post-Impressionist figurative painter. He produced portraits of Pierre-Auguste Renoir, his closest friend, and Claude Monet.

Born in Lyon, he initially trained there designing patterns for silk. In 1889 he moved to Paris to enroll at the Académie Julian. There he met Paul Ranson, Louis Valtat, and Georges d'Espagnat. He also associated with the group known as Les Nabis which included Bonnard, Vuillard, Denis, Vallotton, Marquet and Signac.

In 1894, he exhibited five paintings at the Salon des Indépendants where he caught the eye of Renoir. Despite their age difference, a solid friendship united them until Renoir's death in 1919, providing André with guidance in his career. Through Renoir's art dealer André was able to sell many of his paintings in the United States. Between 1895 and 1901, he exhibited at the Salon des Cent, the Salon des Indépendants, the Exposition d'Art Nouveau, the Salon d'Automne, and, in 1904, at the Salon de la Libre Esthétique in Brussels. In 1912, Durand-Ruel enabled André to exhibit his work in New York City and in 1913, he was selected to celebrate the twentieth anniversary of the Libre Esthétique in Brussels, showcasing works on a theme of southern France.

Demobilized from World War I in 1917, he moved to Marseille and then to the village of Laudun in the Gard. He became curator of the art museum of Bagnols-sur-Cèze, where he remained until his death. 

André died on 11 July 1954 at 85 years old, shortly before his works were due to be showcased at the Avignon Museum. More on Albert André






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