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‘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

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

An Introduction to Picasso’s ‘Suite Vollard’ [Video]

“Picasso Prints: The Vollard Suite” is on view at the British Museum through September 2. In the following clip, exhibition curator Stephen Coppel presents an excellent introduction to the “Suite Vollard,” one of Picasso’s most important sets of etchings.

The Park West Gallery collection of “Suite Vollard” etchings ranks among the world’s largest. Learn more at http://picasso.parkwestgallery.com.
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The British Museum Becomes First to Publicly Display Picasso’s ‘Suite Vollard’ in its Entirety

LONDON, England – Between May 3 and September 2 of this year, the British Museum is displaying Pablo Picasso’s “Suite Vollard in its entirety, free to the public. The suite, consisting of 97 etchings and 3 portraits named after dealer and publisher Ambroise Vollard, was engraved between 1930 and 1937 and is viewable in room 90 of the museum. This is the first time the set has been publicly unified for exhibition.

pablo picasso, park west gallery, suite vollard

In 1930, Ambroise Vollard commissioned Picasso to engrave 100 plates in exchange for paintings by Cézanne and Renoir. The Vollard Suite portrays five major themes, engraved over the course of seven years. Picasso’s personal interests are evident throughout the Suite, heavily inspired by his travels to Rome, his mistress Marie-Thérèse Walter and his reaction to the political state of Europe in the 1930s. The Suite is also a wonderful precursor to his infamous response to the bombing of the Spanish town of Guernica, producing one of Picasso’s most recognizable works of all time.

The five themes – The Battle of Love, the Sculptor’s Studio, Rembrandt, The Minotaur, and the Portraits of Vollard – at first seem disconnected (the suite was not conceived as one thematic collection), but upon viewing the suite in its entirety one senses a unifying tone throughout.

The engravings were finally completed in 1937 and by 1939, master print-maker Roger Lacourière had printed 230 full sets. When Vollard was abruptly killed in a car crash in 1939 and World War II broke out, the distribution of Picasso’s “Suite Vollard” was put on hold. They remained in a warehouse until Henri Petiet acquired them when he purchased the estate of Ambroise Vollard. The complete set in the British Museum was purchased directly from Petiet’s heirs.

Founder and CEO of Park West Gallery, Albert Scaglione, recalls his time spent with Henri Petiet:

“I remember the first time I ever saw the Picasso etching ‘Femme assise et Femme de Dos.’ It was 1974 and I was in Paris in the apartment of Henri Petiet, the extraordinary art dealer. It was during one of those wonderful afternoons I spent with him that I watched in amazement when he took an entire ‘Suite Vollard’ (all 100 original works) and, like a deck of cards, spread them out across the piano he used as a table for viewing art. Although I collected my first Picasso in the ‘60s, it wasn’t until I met Henri Petiet that my Picasso collecting changed from a pastime to a passion.”

In June of 2004, Park West Gallery purchased an extremely rare complete set of the 100 Picasso etchings, aquatints and drypoints of the “Suite Vollard” from Christie’s, London. All 100 works in the collection were hand-signed in pencil by Picasso.

The Park West Gallery Collection includes examples from each of the major themes of the Suite, hand-signed in pencil (only 313 examples of each etching exist, with only some being hand-signed.) The cancelled plates are in the Musée Picasso in Paris.

Since their creation by Picasso during the 1930s, the etchings, aquatints, and drypoints from the “Suite Vollard” have been regarded as one of Picasso’s greatest graphic achievements. The beauty of the neo-classic imagery, combined with the unique historic importance of the works, published by the famed art dealer Ambroise Vollard, has made these works consistently desirable to collectors. The works are also featured in major museum collections and exhibitions, books on Picasso’s works and books on the art of etching.

Also drawing excitement in the realm of Picasso is Venice’s Palazzo Cavalli Franchetti’s exhibition entitled, “Picasso and Vollard — the Genius and the Dealer,” specifically focused on the collaboration between Picasso and Vollard. Select works from the “Suite Vollard” and other Picasso engravings will be on display until July 8.

For more information on the Park West Gallery Picasso Collection, please visit picasso.parkwestgallery.com.

Defining Beauty: Albrecht Durer at the Morgan

Albrecht Durer, Morgan Library and MuseumAlbrecht Dürer, detail from “Abduction on Horseback” (1516).

“What beauty is, I know not,
though it adheres to many things.”
—Albrecht Dürer

The Morgan Library & Museum
May 14 through September 12, 2010

New York, NY—Albrecht Dürer (1471–1528), preeminent master of the German Renaissance, transformed drawing in Northern Europe. Using his unrivaled talent as a draftsman and the force of his powerful artistic personality, Dürer tirelessly promoted drawing as a medium, creating works of exceptional beauty and remarkable technical skill.

Now, in an exhibition at The Morgan Library & Museum, eight extraordinary drawings by Dürer demonstrate the variety and dynamism of his draftsmanship. Exhibitions focused on Dürer’s drawings are rare, and this occasion marks the first time in more than twenty years that the Morgan’s outstanding Dürer holdings will be displayed together. Also included are prints and treatises by the artist.

In his pursuit of beauty, Dürer devoted careful attention to every aspect of artistic production. On view in the exhibition are a woodcut, its associated woodblock, and a letter to the patron for whom it was made. In the letter Dürer wrote, “Please let it be as it is. No one could improve it because it was done artistically and with care. Those who see it and who understand such matters will tell you so.”

Learn more about this exhibition at www.themorgan.org

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The Park West Gallery masterworks collection is one of the world’s finest and includes rare artworks by Albrecht Dürer, one of the greatest printmakers of all time. View collection highlights »


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Park West Rembrandt House Tour – Part Three

Rembrandt van Rijn (July 15, 1606 – October 4, 1669) was born 404 years ago today! Celebrate the birthday of one of history’s masters by watching Part 3 of the Park West Rembrandt House Tour…

The final part of the Park West Gallery Rembrandt House Tour is perhaps the most informative. Few people know that Rembrandt was a master etcher of his time and worked tirelessly to revolutionize the medium of etching.

During part three of the tour, join Park West Gallery Director Morris Shapiro for a demonstration of Rembrandt’s process, using the actual tools and materials utilized by the artist in his day to create his sublime etchings.


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New Exhibit Explores Picasso’s Passion for Horses

Pablo Picasso, Museo Picasso Malaga, Park West GalleryMALAGA—Cubist portraits of women, musicians and war –  those are the images that typically come to mind when one envisions the artwork of Pablo Picasso. A new exhibit at the Museo Picasso Málaga explores another, perhaps less well-known, subject for which the artist was passionate. Picasso. Horses is currently on view through September 5, 2010.

From the museum press release:

The very first painting by Pablo Picasso that was ever conserved was painted in Malaga when he was just eight years old, and there is a horse in it. Ever since then, and right into his old age, the horse appears again and again in Picasso’s work. He depicted everything symbolic, noble, grotesque, human and mythological about the beast. Pack-animal, weapon of warfare, element of the bullfight, graceful circus acrobat, fighting stud, harmless wooden toy, winged Pegasus… The horse appears constantly in the work of Pablo Picasso, from the time he painted The Little Yellow Picador after attending a bullfight in Malaga’s La Malagueta bullring in 1889, right up to his latter years in the 1960s, in Mougins (France), where he died in 1973.

The Picasso. Horses exhibition brings together over fifty works: oil paintings, drawings and engravings are displayed alongside ceramics, a delicate paper cut-out silhouette, and a copy of the stage costume designed by the artist for the famous production Parade, by the Ballets Russes. The collection enables viewers to discover the symbolic importance of the horse in Picasso’s work, as well as the many meanings he gave to its figure and the wide range of techniques he employed.

For more information, visit http://www2.museopicassomalaga.org

Park West Gallery has become one of the longest running and largest dealers of 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.

Visit the Park West Gallery Picasso Collection Website >>

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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
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


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 www.nationalgalleries.org

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.