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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)

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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 sales@parkwestgallery.com  to learn more about collecting art from the masters.

Marc Chagall: Points of Interest

Marc Chagall

Happy birthday to Marc Chagall! The artist, born July 7, 1887, is credited as being a pioneer of modern art with a style that borrowed from fauvism, expressionism and cubism, but cannot be pigeonholed into one category.

His dreamy works, whether of village life or Jewish rituals, continue to be the subject of study. He worked in everything from painting and drawing to mosaic, sculpture and lithography, his innovations in the latter setting new standards for fine art graphic works. In honor of the great artist’s birthday, we offer some facts you might find surprising about Chagall.

 Chagall measured his work against nature

Chagall is said to have judged the quality of his art by comparing it to “God-made” objects. He would hold up objects like a rock, tree branch or flower to his painting. In his words: “If the painting stands up beside a thing man cannot make, the painting is authentic. If there’s a clash between the two, it’s bad art.”

 

Picasso’s praise, Chagall’s jokes

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An article from the Smithsonian tells us that Chagall and Pablo Picasso were friends and rivals. Picasso praised Chagall, saying: “I don’t know where he gets those images. . .He must have an angel in his head.” Meanwhile, Chagall is said to have made the joke: “What a genius, that Picasso…It’s a pity he doesn’t paint.”

The same article tells us that Chagall was often elusive, telling people “no” or “I don’t know” if they asked if he was the famous painter Marc Chagall.

Chagall narrowly escaped Nazi-occupied France

Chagall and his family didn’t initially flee France under Nazi Germany occupation, unaware that laws were being passed mandating the forced transfer of Jewish citizens to concentration camps. When they finally decided to escape, they were unable to afford passage to New York. Thankfully, the Chagalls were among the 2,000 artists and intellectuals who fled to the U.S. with the help of American journalist Varian Fry, who risked his life to run a smuggling operation.

His “La Bible” series took 25 years to complete

Marc Chagall

Chagall was commissioned by Ambroise Vollard to create illustrations based on the Bible in 1931. He decided to use the mediums of etching and engraving, creating 65 etchings from 1931 to 1939. However, Vollard’s death and the war spreading across Europe halted the project. In 1952, he resumed the project, creating 40 additional plates to complete the series in 1956. This is considered to be one of his most ambitious and important undertakings.

Chagall didn’t learn lithography until the age of 63

Marc Chagall

Chagall is credited with creating some of the most masterful works of color lithography from any artist, but he didn’t experiment with the medium until 1950 at the age of 63, two years after returning to France. Although a famous and talented artist, Chagall worked hard to master the printmaking medium, resulting in such works as his “Daphnis and Chloe” series.

Chagall was dedicated to the lithographic process and the layered use of color, causing his printmaker, Charles Sorlier, to remark: “It is in this way, to the surprise of certain publishers, that a plate begun in six colors can comprise twenty-five in its definitive version.”

Chagall’s lithography teacher became a lifelong friend

Chagall studied lithography under Sorlier, who entered Fernand Mourlot’s workshop in 1948. Sorlier worked with artists such as Henri Matisse, Picasso and Fernand Leger, but his relationship with Chagall was the most significant. They became great friends, so much so that Sorlier was one of the last people to visit Chagall before his death in 1985.

His painting of the Paris Opera ceiling was controversial

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At the age of 77, Chagall was commissioned to paint the ceiling of the Paris Opera. His critics argued that a modern artist, let alone a Russian Jewish artist, shouldn’t be the one to paint a French national monument. Despite this, he completed the work in a year, using a 2,400-square-foot canvas and 440 pounds of paint.

‘Marc Chagall’ at the Nassau County Museum of Art

“If we had nothing of Chagall but his Bible,
he would be for us a great modern artist.”
—Meyer Schapiro, Art Historian, Columbia University

“The Bible is life, an echo of nature,
and this
is the secret I have endeavored to transmit.”
—Marc Chagall

"Projet de couverture non-utilisee; Bible" (1956), Marc Chagall, Park West Gallery

NEW YORK — Now through November 4, the Nassau County Museum of Art (NCMA) presents “Marc Chagall,” a major exhibition featuring significant paintings and a large selection from Chagall’s series of 105 hand-colored etchings of “Bible” stories (1957).

According to the museum:

The works selected demonstrate how Chagall, throughout a long and distinguished career, incorporated facets of his early Russian-Jewish heritage into multilayered works. Chagall’s storytelling paintings portray a fantastic pictorial world where heaven and earth seem to meet, and couples are always in love. It’s a world where people and animals—cows, goats, donkeys, horses and birds—float upside down or sideways, irrespective of the laws of gravity. Chagall’s hypersensitive imagination is palpable as he shares with the viewer his memories of family in brilliantly colored works set amidst the houses and streets of his native Vitebsk.

Over our 43 year history, Park West Gallery has assembled one of the most extensive collections of Marc Chagall artwork in existence. We are proud to have contributed various works from our collection to the NCMA for this exhibit.

“Marc Chagall” | July 21 – November 4, 2012
Nassau County Museum of Art
http://nassaumuseum.org

To learn more about the Park West Gallery Marc Chagall Collection, please visit www.parkwest-chagall.com.

Marc Chagall’s America Windows Open to the Public

Marc Chagall, America Windows, Art Institute of ChicagoMarc Chagall. America Windows, 1977. A gift of Marc Chagall, City of Chicago, and the Auxiliary Board, commemorating the American bicentennial in memory of Mayor Richard J.Daley. © 2010 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris.

Have you ever seen the classic 80s movie Ferris Bueller’s Day Off? (“Anyone? Anyone?”) If so, try to recall that famous montage, showing Ferris, Sloan and Cameron spending part of their afternoon at the art museum. You might recognize the magnificent stained glass windows (pictured above) from that popular scene in the film. Over the last five years, visitors of the Art Institute of Chicago (AIC) may have been disappointed to learn that Marc Chagall’s America Windows were removed from display — until today.

On November 1, following an intensive period of conservation treatment and archival research, Marc Chagall′s stunning stained glass windows returned on public display. In the following video, go behind the scenes at the AIC and learn about the history, conservation and reinstallation of Marc Chagall’s America Windows.

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Marc Chagall was one of the 20th Century’s greatest Masters, creating unique works in virtually every artistic medium–paintings, book illustrations, stained glass, stage sets, ceramics, tapestries and fine art prints.

In our more than 40 year history, Park West Gallery has built one of the most extensive collections of Chagall works in existence. The collection includes examples of Chagall’s most important works, including The Bible, The Story of the Exodus, Fables of Fontaine, L’Odyssée, and Daphnis & Chloe, among others. The Chagall lithographs in the Park West Gallery collection reflect the artist’s innovation and expertise in the art of lithography and feature many of his most popular themes, including Biblical themes and Circus themes.

The Park West Gallery Chagall collection ranks among the world’s largest and finest in quality. If you are a collector, enthusiast or interested in learning more about the artist, please visit the Park West Gallery Chagall website at www.parkwest-chagall.com.

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Happy Birthday Marc Chagall!

“In our life there is a single color, as on an artist’s palette, which provides the meaning of life and art. It is the color of love.”
– Marc Chagall (July 7, 1887 – March 28, 1985)

Park West Gallery Marc Chagall Website

Marc Chagall, one of the greatest and least understood master artists of the 20th century, was born Moyshe Segal in Vitebsk, Russia on July 7, 1887. In honor of this modern master’s birthday, Park West Gallery is proud to announce the launch of its new Marc Chagall website.

The website features the Park West Chagall Collection of artwork and includes examples of Chagall’s most important graphic works such as The Bible, The Story of the Exodus, Fables of Fontaine, L’Odyssee and Daphnis & Chloe. The Chagall lithographs featured represent the artist’s innovations and expertise in lithography, for which he is universally known. His most popular themes, including Biblical and Circus, are also featured on the site.

“Chagall was one of the most distinctive and unique artists in history,” says Park West Gallery Director, Morris Shapiro. “His aim was to compete with the beauty of nature and in this way he created his own artistic ‘nature.’ He’s also one of the least understood artists of the modern masters. I hope that our new site will allow people to go deeper into Chagall’s life and work and gain new perspectives to appreciate both.”

Visit Park West Gallery’s Marc Chagall website at www.parkwest-chagall.com
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Picasso and the Avant-Garde in Paris

Pablo Picasso, Park West Gallery fine art“Three Musicians” (1921) by Pablo Picasso, Philadelphia Museum of Art.
©2010 Estate of Pablo Picasso/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

PHILADELPHIA — A new exhibit at the Philadelphia Museum of Art focuses on Modern Masters including Picasso, Braque and Chagall–commonly known as the School of Paris. Through April 25, Picasso and the Avant-Garde in Paris will feature 214 paintings, sculptures, and works on paper.  

From the museum website:

“The exhibition follows the trajectory of Picasso’s career from his early experiments with abstraction to his pioneering role in the development of Cubism, as well as his dialogue with Surrealism and other important art movements in the ensuing decades. The exhibition will also explore the important role that the city of Paris played in the history of modern art during the first half of the twentieth century, when artists from around the world followed Picasso’s example and moved to the French capital. It will include works by expatriate artists like Marc Chagall, Jacques Lipchitz, Patrick Henry Bruce, and Man Ray, who collectively formed a vibrant, international avant-garde group known, for posterity, as the School of Paris.”

For more information on this exhibit, please visit www.philamuseum.org
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Park West Gallery has become one of the longest running and largest dealers of Pablo Picasso graphic works internationally. Our current collection, both archived and actively offered, includes over one thousand five hundred works, including drawings and mixed media unique works, etchings, aquatints, linoleum cuts, lithographs, and ceramics, all rigorously authenticated, guaranteed and selected based on the highest quality and value.

Please visit picasso.parkwestgallery.com to learn more

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Art Gallery Finds Rare Chagall Painting at Auction

Marc Chagall, art auction

LONDON — The Ben Uri Jewish Museum of Art knows firsthand that art auctions can offer not only superb finds but bargain prices as well. The small London art gallery paid roughly $43,000 – a fraction of its estimated $1.6 million value – for a rare Marc Chagall painting at a Paris auction last fall.

The exceptional painting, Apocalypse in Lilac, Capriccio (1945), is one of only 10 Chagall works of art created between 1938 and 1945 to feature a Jewish Christ. Gallery representatives recognized the work in the auction catalog “as a missing piece of Chagall’s wartime imagery,” telling the press recently, “this previously unknown work is Chagall’s deeply personal expression of horror and mourning for the Jewish civilization almost wiped out by the Nazis alongside and merged with grief for his late wife Bella, who died eight months earlier.”

The Ben Uri gallery was definitely in the right place at the right time, admitting that they may not have gotten such a bargain if the world’s big galleries knew about the painting’s existence (oh well, it seems Park West Gallery wasn’t the only one to miss out on this one).

Apocalypse will be unveiled at a public exhibition on Jan. 8 in London.

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Marc Chagall | Life and Love: Prints, Drawings and Paintings

Marc Chagall, known as the “poet-painter” of the 20th century, lived to be embraced as one of the most influential artists of all time. The Park West Gallery collection is one of the world’s finest, with artwork by masters of art history, including Marc Chagall.
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Marc Chagall, Park West Gallery, Pera Museum“Whenever I bent over the lithography stone it was as though I was touching a talisman. It seemed as though I could pour all my sadness and joys into it.” ~Marc Chagall

ISTANBUL — For the very first time in Turkey, the works of outstanding 20th-century artist Marc Chagall are on view for art enthusiasts. Life and Love: Prints, Drawings and Paintings at the Pera Museum showcases 160 works by Chagall including prints, drawings and paintings selected from the rich collection of The Israel Museum, Jerusalem.

The exhibition Life and Love: Prints, Drawings and Paintings showcases a unique selection that reveals Chagall’s multi-faceted personality and vivid world of imagination. Apart from drawings that reflect the artist’s life and his love for his first wife Bella, his illustrations for the Holy Book and for literary works such as The Fables of La Fontaine, and Gogol’s Dead Souls are brought together in the exhibition. Representing his signature style, themes such as Russian folklore, Jewish traditions and lovers stand out in Chagall’s works.

Life and Love: Prints, Drawings and Paintings is now on view through January 24, 2010

For more information, please visit en.peramuzesi.org.tr

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