Posts Tagged ‘fine art

23
Feb
18

Famous Paintings That Serve as Inspiration for Artists Everywhere

When you head to art auctions, you find an array of paintings from artists all over Europe. Knowing about some of the most famous and inspiring paintings from this area of the world is a great way to start learning more about it. There are certain paintings that have inspired generations of artists that you should know about.

The Scream

This is a famous painting that was created by Edvard Munch. It shows a blood red sky and an agonized figure is the focus of the painting. In various media, the artist created a number of different versions of this painting. In 1893, the most popular version was created. Many versions of this work of art were stolen at some point, but thankfully recovered.

Girl With a Pearl Earring

Het meisje met de parel (Girl with a Pearl Earring)

Johannes Vermeer “Het meisje met de parel (Girl with a Pearl Earring)” circa 1665

This painting was created by Johannes Vermeer, an artist that is rather mysterious and there is not a lot of information about him. Whether this work was commissioned is not known and the year it was done also remains a mystery.

Birth of Venus

The Birth of Venus

Sandro Botticelli “The Birth of Venus”

This famous piece of art was created between 1485 and 1487 by artist Sandro Botticelli. This painting is of Aphrodite (in Greek mythology) or the goddess Venus. It shows her on a shell emerging from the sea, which is the story that the myth uses to describe her birth.

Water Lilies

Water Lilies

Claude Monet “Water Lilies”

This is not a single painting, but a series of about 250 paintings that are all hung in museums throughout the world. The inspiration for this piece was the artist Claude Monet’s personal flower garden. In fact during the last three decades of this life, his garden is where he derived most of his artistic inspiration. This painting is one of the most famous of the Impressionist movement.

Guernica

This famous painting was created by Pablo Picasso. It was created to show the suffering that innocent civilians experience as a result of war. In mid-June of 1937, this painting was completed and it was inspired by the Guernica bombing that occurred during the Spanish Civil War.

Night Watch

Rembrandt

Rembrandt “Night Watch”

If you are a fan of the artist Rembrandt van Rijn, you are surely familiar with this painting. It depicts Captain Frans Banning Cocq and his lieutenant leading a city guard that is moving out. Up until the 1940s, this painting had a dark varnish that changed the way it was viewed. In the 1940s, the varnish was removed.

You can see that there are several famous paintings that were created by a variety of artists from Europe. You can look for paintings inspired by these at art auctions to help bolster both your art collection and your knowledge of art.

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18
Jan
18

Great Andy Warhol Art for Students to Study

One artist that many people are looking for at art auction houses is Andy Warhol. He is one of the most iconic artists of his time and there is no denying that the work that he has produced is about as unique as it can be. He utilizes an array of colors and styles to make sure that his art is eye-catching and perfect for those who want art that makes a major statement, especially about various popular aspects of society, such as celebrities.

Andy Warhol - "Fright Wig Red"

Andy Warhol
“Fright Wig Red”
Silkscreen

Mickey Mouse

No matter your knowledge of art or Andy Warhol, you know who Mickey Mouse is and Warhol created art depicting the iconic animated character. His Mickey Mouse piece came out in 1981. This piece was part of his Myths series and the art is actually a portrait that is silk-screened. Diamond dust inlays are a part of the piece, giving them a wavering and soft light that you just do not find with other pieces of art. There were ten fictional characters that were part of this series, but Mickey Mouse is undoubtedly the most popular of all of them.

Big Electric Chair

In 1967, Warhol created this piece that catches your eye with a sharp contrast of purple and green. This piece of art was done thinking about New York State electric chair executions. The photo shows an old electric chair and it is essentially a metaphor on death. This piece was part of a series and the most popular one in it. Warhol created this piece to further the discussion concerning using the death penalty during the 1960s decade.

Flowers Series

Andy Warhol did much of his work in the form of a series. This means that each series had multiple works. In 1964, he was quite busy and this is when he was working on his Flowers Series. These paintings all have a monumental scale and there are seven of them in the series. This series really was quite different than the other work that the artist was focusing on at the time. He spent a lot of time looking at subjects, such as death and celebrities, so seeing him putting more of a focus on nature and abstract art was interesting.

You can see that Andy Warhol is certainly an iconic artist and his work is one-of-a-kind. When you want to think about collecting his art, make sure that you learn more about the most popular pieces first because this makes it easier to understand his perspective. Once you have some solid knowledge, it is time to head to art auction houses to look for some pieces that are his or similar for your collection.

Andy Warhol - Brillo

Andy Warhol
“Brillo” Found object

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03
Jan
18

Cool Percy Gray Work for Passionate Collectors

When it comes to art auctioneers, they give you a chance to find an array of cool pieces of art from artists all over the world. One of the artists you might find work from includes Percy Gray. This artist has a very unique style and once you are familiar with his work, it is not hard to easily spot other pieces that he has created. Knowing more about some of his best work makes it easier for collectors to choose the ones that will best fit into their collection.

California Oak

Percy Gray - Path Under an Oak Tree

Percy Gray “Path Under an Oak Tree, 1912”

This is a painting where the primary focus is on a large oak tree in California. It was done using watercolors, so it has a very real feel to it. In fact, if you look at it from a distance, you might accidentally mistake it for an actual photograph of a tree. It uses mostly a variety of different greens to accomplish the very natural look of the scenery. There are some splashes of bright colors to help draw your eye to the piece before you get to notice what the actual focal point of it is. While there are tons of paintings that have a large tree as the focus, this is one that has an almost eerie feel to it, making it more unique than the others.

California Eucalyptus

Percy Gray

Percy Gray “Eucalyptus Trees”

If oak trees are not your thing, you might want to look at this painting that features a different type of tree. This painting looks and feels a lot more open than California Oak. However, it also has that same almost dark feel as the other painting. The day appears to be mostly cloudy, but the trees remain the focus of the painting. They are accentuated by other natural elements, such as smaller bushes and trees and clouds that look incredibly realistic.

Poppies and Eucalyptus

While this one still has that almost eerie edge to it too, it also appears a bit brighter than the other two paintings that are discussed here. This looks like more of a fall season, since there is a lot of orange and yellow colors incorporated into it. It also has both trees and flowers that are working to best balance each other.

You can see that there are a number of Percy Gray paintings that you’ll want to learn more about. While these are some of the most popular, there are many other options for you to explore. Make sure to expand your horizons and make it a point to check out all of his work to get a more complete view of the talents that this artist brought to the world.

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28
Dec
17

Famous Paintings You Can See in Person in Paris

Before heading to the auction house, you want to learn more about famous art.. Paris is a city that is heavily influenced by some of the world’s most famous artists. There are certain iconic paintings that you will need to visit this romantic city to see in person. Viewing these is sure to be a memorable experience and will help you to expand your art appreciation.

The Mona Lisa

Mona Lisa

Leonardo da Vinci “Mona Lisa”

This iconic painting was created by Leonardo da Vinci. This is a painted portrait that is supposed to be of Francesco del Giocondo’s wife, Lisa Gherardini. It was between 1503 and 1517 when this work of art was created. At one point, this painting adorned a wall in the bedroom of Napoleon. Since 1797, this painting has had a permanent position in the Louvre Museum.

Impression, Sunrise

If you are familiar with Claude Monet, you surely know this painting. This picture is of a fleeting sunrise over his hometown of Le Havre. The Impressionist movement is said to have begun with this famous piece. This painting is not the real thing, but an impression of it, hence the term “Impressionist.” In 1985, this painting was stolen from the Musee Marmottan Monet by Youssef Khimoun and Philippe Jamin. In 1990, the painting was recovered.

The Gleaners

Jean-François Millet

Jean-François Millet “The Gleaners”

If you are just getting into art, you might not be familiar with this painting or its artist who is Jean-Francois Millet. This painting dates back to 1857 and it depicts the French countryside and the workers who spent their days tending to the fields in this area. It is a type of revolutionary work and it can be seen at the Musee d’Orsay.

Starry Night Over the Rhone

This is probably one of the most famous paintings in history and it was created in 1888 by Vincent Van Gogh. There is a second version of this painting that the artist created shortly after the original when he was in a mental institution. The second one is considerably more violent than the first which was romantic and serene; it can be seen in New York at the MOMA. However, the original is housed in Paris.

Vincent van Gogh

Vincent van Gogh “The Starry Night”

In a Cafe

This is a painting that was created by Edgar Degas. It depicts a woman alone in a cafe and is inspired by the Belle Epoque Paris urban life of the time period. It was painted in 1873 and you can see it in person at the Musee d’Orsay.

You can see that there are a number of beautiful and inspiring paintings that you can see in person in Paris. Seeing these helps to enhance your appreciation of painting and helps you to better develop your knowledge of art before heading to an auction house.

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06
Dec
17

Look at Some of the Best Mid-Century Modern Art and Artists

When you think about mid-century modern art, you probably immediately consider pieces like the Papa Bear Chair and artists like Hans Wegner. However, when you start going to estate liquidators, you will find that there is so much more to this genre. Make sure to expand your knowledgeChange Permalinks of this type of art so that you know the best pieces to look for.

Louise Bourgeois

This artist is known for her very evocative pieces. One of her most famous was created in 1974 and it was a type of enclosed installation that was titled Destruction of the Father. It was meant to depict a womb and it was made of plaster and latex. Another popular piece of hers was Maman, a piece that she created in 1999. This was a type of sculpture that was essentially a huge spider in the form of a bronze sculpture that was nine meters high.

Maman by Louise Bourgeois

Louise Bourgeois “Maman”

Marcel Duchamp

This artist played a major role in the Futurism and Dada movements of the early 20th century. In 1917, his Fountain piece was one of his most controversial, resulting in it also becoming wildly popular. This piece was a porcelain urinal and the controversy mostly came in when he added a false signature to it. His work is known for being incredibly expressive and he made it a point to rebel against the thought that art must be fine.

Marcel Duchamp "Fountain"

Marcel Duchamp “Fountain”

Frida Kahlo

This is an artist that lived a life that is the thing of legends. She was from Mexico City and used her life’s tragedies and her own personal turmoil to propel her work. This artist is often considered to be a Surrealist, but she was not fond of being put into this category. Her work focused a lot on the female experience and the complexities that came with, mixed with the various experiences that she had throughout her life. Her works often combined both disturbing and vibrant elements.

Georgia O’Keefe

Even if you do not follow art, you have certainly heard this artists name. She put a major focus on blurring the lines between abstraction and representation. Her paintings added a completely new layer of significance to what appeared to be basic southwestern American landscapes. She also painted flowers in ways that put most of the focus on the flower’s centers instead of on the petals like other artists.

Now you know more about the mid-century modern art to look for when you go to estate liquidators. This type of art is relatively easy to find and it can prove to be quite valuable. This makes it an excellent investment for all art investors, both novice and expert.

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23
Oct
17

Great American Paintings for Beginner Art Enthusiasts

When it comes to art auctions, one of the first types of art that people gravitate toward is American art, and more specifically, paintings. When you are new to the art world, paintings are a great place to start because there are so many options. They are also the easiest to appreciate and learn more about. Knowing more about some of the best American paintings gives you a place to start in your quest to become more knowledgeable.

Portrait of a German Officer

This is a painting you might not know a lot about if you do not regularly follow art. However, this was created in 1914 by Marsden Hartley. It was painted to pay tribute to a friend of the artist who had died. It features a number of symbols that are associated with Karl von Freyburg, the fallen friend of the artist.

Portrait of a German Officer

Marsden Hartley “Portrait of a German Officer”

Pantocrator

This painting is quite recent and it was created in 2002. The artist is Vincent Desiderio. The painting depicts three scenes that do not appear to go together at all. In fact, it is divided into three different panels and it is modeled after art that was very popular during the Renaissance time period. One of the panels shows a woman in the shower, the other a tower and the third is of a satellite in space. This is meant to depict the role that science plays in the everyday lives of people.

Allegory

This painting was created by Kara Walker in 1996 and quickly became one of the most popular paintings in American art. It follows the style that the artist is known for and focuses on the themes that she often uses in her work, including sexuality, history, race and religion. What it interesting about her work is that the interpretation is never clear, allowing you to make of it what you see.

Carol

This was created by Patrick Nagel in the 1980s. It looks like a woman you would expect to see walking down a runway during that decade. The woman has bright and smooth skin, is wearing high-fashion clothing and has jet black hair. This reminds people of the style and fashion of the 1980s.

PATRICK NAGEL

PATRICK NAGEL (American 1945-1984) “Kristen” Serigraph on paper

You can see that there are so many different options when you are looking at some of the most popular paintings in American history. All of these paintings have a story behind them that allows you to better understand the thought process of the artist while they were creating it. Once you have a list of some of your favorite American paintings, you can start to look for them and those that are similar at art auctions.

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