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Own a Piece of Art History with the Holiday Sale

Have you ever been in a museum admiring artwork by a master artist and thought, “What would it be like to own this? How would it look in my living room or study?”

Owning artwork by an old or contemporary master is a privilege and joy that cannot be compared. Collectors can experience this joy for themselves with Park West Gallery’s Holiday Sale, featuring works by some of history’s greatest artists.

Rembrandt van Rijn (1606-1669)

"Jan Antonides van der Linden, Physician" (1665), Rembrandt van Rijn Park West Gallery

Jan Antonides van der Linden, Physician” (1665), Rembrandt van Rijn. B., Holl. 264; BB. 65-1

Rembrandt is considered one of the greatest visual artists in the history of art. The artistic genius is known for his mastery of painting, printmaking and draftsmanship. During his lifetime, the Dutch artist earned the reputation of being the greatest etcher in history.

Rembrandt’s “Jan Antonides van der Linden, Physician” is the artist’s last-known etching, created four years before his death. The image was intended to be used for the frontispiece (an illustration facing the title page of a book) of an edition of writings by Hippocrates. The publisher rejected it, as they required an engraving instead of an etching.


Francisco Goya (1773-1812)

"Se aprovechan" (They make use of them), (1810-1820), Francisco Goya Park West Gallery

Se aprovechan” (They make use of them), (1810-1820), Francisco Goya. Delteil 135; Harris 136

Goya is classified as the last of the Old Masters – skilled artists who worked in Europe before 1800 – and the first of the modern artists. The Spanish romantic painter and printmaker is considered the most important Spanish artist of the late 18th and early 19th centuries. He worked as a court painter for Spanish royalty.

Goya suffered from an unknown disease in 1792 that left him deaf. Following this, his artwork became bleak and dark. This theme carried into his collection of 82 prints, “The Disasters of War.” The collection represents his visualization of, and protests against, the atrocities of war in the early 1800s. “Se aprovechan” (They Make Use of Them) shows one such horror – soldiers stripping the dead of clothing.


Pablo Picasso (1881-1973)

pablo picasso, park west gallery, suite vollard

Faune Devoilant une Femme” by Pablo Picasso.

Picasso is one of the most renowned artists in the world. The Spanish artist is regarded as one of the most influential artists of the 20th century, having co-founded important movements like Cubism and also the medium of collage, and contributing to the development of mediums such as painting, sculpting and printmaking.

Faune Devoilant une Femme” (The Faun Unveiling a Woman) is part of the Vollard Suite, a collection of 100 etchings by Picasso. This etching is the largest and one of the most celebrated of the Vollard works. The imagery is based on Rembrandt’s etching, “Jupiter and Antiope,” which was inspired by the myth about the Roman god Jupiter’s seduction of a princess. The artwork is said to be Picasso’s acknowledgement of the end of his passionate relationship with Marie-Thérèse Walter.


Marc Chagall (1887-1985)

Chagall, Marc (after) Femme de Cirque 1960 Park West Gallery

Femme de Cirque” (1960), Marc Chagall (after)

Chagall created artwork in nearly every format, and is a pioneer of modern art who revolutionized the medium of lithography. The Russian-French artist is counted as one of the most significant Jewish artists of the 20th century.

Park West Gallery’s Holiday Sale features a colorful Chagall lithograph titled “Femme de Cirque” (Circus Woman). Chagall once wrote: “Circus! A magical word, a centuries old entertainment parading before us, in which a tear, a smile, a gesture of arm or leg takes on the quality of great art.” This artwork depicts that sentiment by featuring a female acrobat holding her balance atop a bucking goat.

Celui qui dit les choses sans rien dire (Those who say things without saying) 1975-76 Cr. 99 Marc Chagall Park West Gallery

Celui qui dit les choses sans rien dire” (Those who say things without saying), (1975-76), Marc Chagall. Cr. 99

The second work is an etching, titled, “Celui qui dit les choses sans rien dire” (Those who say things without saying), originating from Chagall’s suite of 25 images that visualize the words of French poet Louis Aragon, a founding member of the Surrealist movement.


Joan Miró (1893-1983)

"Ronde Nuit" (Night Watch), (1970), Joan Miro. M. 672; C. books 134 Park West Gallery

Ronde Nuit” (Night Watch), (1970), Joan Miro. M. 672; C. books 134

Andre Breton, a founder of Surrealism, called Miró “the most Surrealist of us all.” Miró earned international acclaim for his re-creation of the childlike mindset in his art. The Spanish painter, sculptor and ceramicist developed his style based on Catalan folk art, using organic forms, flattened planes and sharp lines.

The above color lithograph, “Ronde Nuit” (Night Watch), is taken from a catalog for an exposition of Miró sculptures. The artwork may be referencing Rembrandt’s famous painting, “The Night Watch.” With its abstract forms, one can find multiple interpretations of “Rone Nuit.” For example, the black and red shape on the right could be a night watchman armed with a crossbow.


Marcel Mouly (1918-2008)

Mouly, Marcel Le Compotier Rouge 1978 Park West Gallery

Le Compotier Rouge” (1978), Marcel Mouly

The boldly-colored, semi-abstract art of French artist Mouly is found in the permanent collections of over 20 museums, including the Museum of Modern Art in Paris. He studied with masters of modern art, including Picasso and Chagall, earning a reputation as one of the most important artists of the late 20th and early 21st centuries.

Park West Gallery offers the chance to own a unique oil painting by Mouly, “Le Compotier Rouge” (translated literally to be “The Red Fruit Dish”). When examining the painting, it is apparent Mouly was deeply influenced by Picasso’s Cubism and Henri Matisse’s Fauvism. Mouly’s connection to the leaders of modern art is even more apparent when one discovers that his art was shown alongside art by Matisse in Paris in 1945.

Contact our gallery consultants at (800) 521-9654 ext. 4 or  to learn more about collecting art from the masters.

The Printmaker’s Art

Albrecht Durer, Park West Gallery, fine art printsDetail from Albrecht Dürer’s ‘The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse” from “The Apocalypse: Revelation of Saint John the Divine'” (ca. 1497).

EDINBURGH — A collection of iconic prints by some of the finest European artists of the past 500 years is on view at the National Gallery of Scotland. The skills of artists such as Rembrandt van Rijn, Francisco Goya and Albrecht Dürer, are on display in The Printmaker’s Art, which showcases some of the most beautiful and intricate prints ever made. Exhibit highlights include an impression of Dürer’s celebrated woodcut The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, and Rembrandt’s tour-de-force etching, The Three Crosses.

The exhibition website explains:

“Prints are made by drawing onto a surface such as a woodblock, metal plate or lithographic stone, and then transferring the image, using a variety of means, onto a separate sheet of paper.  Over the centuries, artists have exploited a diverse range of printmaking techniques to create an array of distinctive effects that cannot be achieved in any other medium.  In the process many great artists, such as Blake, Goya and Toulouse-Lautrec, have produced prints that are considered to be among their most brilliant and influential works.

The 30 works on display have been selected not only for their exquisite beauty, but also to trace the development of printmaking techniques over the centuries, and to demonstrate the sophisticated processes that led to their creation.” 

The Printmaker’s Art is on view through May 23. For more information on this exhibit, please visit

As the demand for rare works by the greatest of the Old Masters continues to escalate throughout the world, Park West Gallery is pleased to offer timeless and historic works by some of the most important artists of all time. Please visit the Park West Gallery fine art collection online to view selections by master printmakers including Rembrandt, Goya and Dürer.


Fear and Folly on a Snow Day

Francisco Goya, Los Disparates/Los Proverbios, Park West GalleryPlate 12 – “Three Gentlemen and Three Dancing Ladies” (1815-1824) from Francisco Goya’s “Los Proverbios”/”Los Disparates”.

“First be a magnificent artist and then you can do whatever, but the art must be first.” —Francisco Goya

Just a couple hours drive from Park West Gallery (maybe a bit longer on a snowy day like today), is the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts. Through May 23, the KIA presents, Fear and Folly: The Visionary Prints of Francisco Goya and Federico Castellon. Admission to the exhibit is free.

According to the KIA:

“Though separated by about 150 years, Francisco Goya (1746-1828) and Federico Castellon (1914-1971) often appear closer to one another than to their contemporaries, as they both turned their attention to the human condition. In this exhibition, the artists are represented by important print series from the KIA’s permanent collection: Castellon’s lithographs for Edgar Allen Poe’s The Masque of the Red Death and Goya’s etchings from Los Disparates (or The Proverbs). Many artists have been drawn to things dark and fantastic, but few have probed the human condition with the insight and truthfulness found in these images.”

Created between 1815 and 1824, during a last lapse in his health, Los Disparates was Goya’s last major project in printmaking and is considered his best for the virtuosity in engraving, control of color tonalities and use of aquatint and drypoint. Because of its highly personal nature, this series is also considered the most difficult to understand and interpret. Each image is a cryptic visual of various proverbs.

Goya was over 70-years-old when he completed the series, almost totally deaf, and living a lonely, solitary life on the outskirts of Madrid. Los Disparates was not published until 1864, 36 years after Goya’s death.

So if (as predicted) tomorrow turns out to be a snow day, why not spend some time at a local museum exhibit like Fear and Folly at the KIA. Or if you’re in the neighborhood, stop by Park West Gallery! (Entry is free and no appointment is necessary – we only ask that you stomp the snow off your boots at the front door.)


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Goya’s Prison at the Bowes Museum

Started in the 1960s, the Park West Gallery collection is one of the world’s finest, with artwork by masters of art history, including Francisco de Goya. Goya was considered to be among the last of the Old Masters, an artist whose work uncompromisingly captured the horrors of war and the darker side of human nature. More at Park West Gallery Artist Biographies >>

Francisco Goya. A Prison Scene. 1810-1814.DURHAM, ENGLAND — A prison scene painted by Francisco de Goya is the centerpiece of a new exhibition at the Bowes Museum which explores a landmark year in the Spanish master’s life and work. Goya became seriously ill in 1792 and lost his hearing. Turning his back on a lucrative role at the Royal Tapestry Factory, he moved to Andalusia, where his subject matter became darker and more personal.

Along with prison, he painted shipwrecks, fire, murder, robbery and the inmates of a lunatic asylum. Six bullfighting scenes also express his mood at this time. His first new pictures were set into cabinets and executed on tin plate.

Following his illness, Goya went on to create what museum director Adrian Jenkins calls “one of the defining testimonies of humanity. Out of his despair he found a freedom of artistic expression that was to define the rest of his life and reputation.”

Goya’s Prison offers the chance to study Interior of a Prison with reference to the other cabinet paintings. Works by Joshua Reynolds, Allan Ramsay and Giovanni Battista Tiepolo are also on display.

During his recovery, Goya stayed with private collector Sebastian Martinez and spent much time looking at British painting.

Goya’s Prison: the Year of Despair is on view through April 11, 2010.

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New Print Exhibition Examines Relationship Between Word and Image

The Park West Gallery artwork collection features rare art prints by Old Masters, including Albrecht Durer – best known for exquisite, intricate woodcuts, engravings and etchings – and Francisco de Goya – whose work uncompromisingly captured the horrors of war and the darker side of human nature. Discover more about your favorite Park West artists

Albrecht Durer, Portland Art Museum, Park West Gallery

PORTLAND, OREGON — The Portland Art Museum presents Word and Image/Word as Image, an exhibition examining the relationship between word and image in prints over the course of more than 500 years, from the Renaissance to today.

Comprised of nearly 70 works, the show highlights artists like Albrecht Durer, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Francisco de Goya, Ed Ruscha, Georges Braque and Claes Oldenburg.

The exhibition focuses on four groups of works: prints of the late 15th and 16th century, 17th and 18th centuries, mid 20th century, and late 20th century to the present.

Word and Image/Word as Image is currently on view until November 29, 2009.


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Francisco Goya: Los Caprichos at University of Michigan Museum of Art

Francisco Goya. The sleep of reason produces monsters (detail), 1799.

ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN — The University of Michigan Museum of Art recently added to its collections a complete first edition (80 etchings) of Francisco Goya y Lucientes’s (1746–1828) famous set of prints Los Caprichos, which offers cutting social commentary on religion, prostitution, and the professional class.

Although a number of the nightmarish and idiosyncratic images from the Caprichosmay be familiar to visitors, it is rare to experience a complete set and even more exceptional to view a first edition in pristine condition, recently gifted to the Museum by the late Kurt Delbanco in honor of Nicholas Delbanco. This exhibition presents some of Goya’s most iconic — and disturbing — imagery with a delicacy and beauty that is rarely encountered.

Francisco Goya: Los Caprichos is currently on view through August 30, 2009.


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  • Learn about the artist Francisco Goya
  • View selections from Los Caprichos available in the Park West Gallery – Goya artwork collection


The Discovery of Spain: Goya To Picasso

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND — A spectacular celebration of Spanish culture will bring some Mediterranean colour to Edinburgh this summer, as the National Gallery of Scotland unveils The Discovery of Spain: Goya to Picasso.

Discovery of Spain

On exhibit from July 18 to October 2009, The Discovery of Spain: Goya to Picasso will explore the fascination for Spanish art and culture in nineteenth and early twentieth-century Britain, and examine the taste of Hispanophile collectors and artists.

Spain is now a familiar and much-loved part of the British view of Europe, but in the eighteenth century it was relatively little known. The Discovery of Spain will explore the process by which this changed, and convey the excitement of the period from 1800 to the 1930s (the eras of Goya and Picasso), when the country’s architecture, customs, fashions and painting were gradually ‘discovered’ by artists and collectors, and created a sensation in Britain.

Outstanding examples of Spanish art, including works by Velázquez, El Greco, Murillo and Zurbarán, will form a dramatic centerpiece for the exhibition. The Discovery of Spain can only be seen in Edinburgh, and will include over 130 paintings, watercolours, drawings, prints and photographs.



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What’s In a Name? Possibly Everything, for an Artist

Artist signatures are often as coveted as the artwork they create. After all, in terms of authenticity an artist’s signature can be the ultimate seal of approval. So have you ever wondered where some of your favorite featured Park West Gallery artists got their monikers?

  • François Ledan | aka “Fanch” — a Breton nickname for François
  • Pablo Picasso | birth name: Pablo Diego José Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno María de los Remedios Cipriano de la Santísima Trinidad Martyr Patricio Clito Ruíz y Picasso (imagine signing that on a canvas!) — a series of names honoring various saints and relatives, with Ruiz and Picasso for his father and mother, respectively, as per Spanish custom
  • Yaacov Agam | birth name: Yaacov (or “Jacob”) Gipstein
  • Rembrandt van Rijn | birth name: Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn
  • Erté | pseudonym derived from French pronunciation of R.T. — the initials of his birth name: Romain de Tirtoff
  • Francisco Goya | birth name: Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes
  • Marc Chagall | birth name: Moishe Shagal — a dialectal North-Eastern Yiddish variant of the surname “Segal”
  • Salvador Dalí | birth name: Salvador Domingo Felipe Jacinto Dalí i Domènech (say that five times fast!)
  • Peter Max | birth name: Peter Max Finkelstein
  • Csaba Markus | Csaba, meaning “he who leaves his country” and Markus, a traditional Hungarian surname derived from Mars (the Greek god of war)

Read the biographies of your favorite Park West Gallery artists