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The Impressionist movement and the artwork of Chris van Dijk

by Claudia Moscovici More than a style of art, Impressionism is a movement and a unique way of looking at the world that was shocking in its day and continues to have relevance to contemporary artists. Originally, the Impressionists were considered subversive. Manet, Impressionism and Postimpressionism have become analogous with the violation of the official academic standards and thus also with artistic modernity. It is said that Impressionism entailed a rejection of the principles taught by the Ecole des Beaux Arts and esteemed by the academic judges of the official Salon. In fact, the works of the Impressionists were repeatedly rejected from the Salon run by the Academy of Fine Arts established by Colbert under the reign of the Louis XIV, which continued to rule the artworld for two hundred years. Because they were unconventional, the paintings of the Impressionists were relegated by Napolen III to the Salon de Refuses (the Salon of the Rejected) in 1863. Rather than accept defeat…

Is this a golden age for older artists?

One no longer need be young to be an emerging artist. The news that artists over the age of 50 are, for the first time since 1991, once again eligible for the Turner Prize partly reflects wider efforts to reassess artists who have been unduly neglected, often because their race or gender has excluded them from the dominant narrative of post-war art. But it is also a welcome reminder that, when it comes to art, innovation and potential are not merely the preserve of younger generations. Critics who have complained that the prize risks becoming a lifetime achievement award overlook the fact that, although lifetimes may share certain inevitabilities, their different rhythms of opportunity, experience and inspiration mean that they are otherwise far from uniform. Take the case of Phyllida Barlow, selected at the age of 73 to represent Britainat this year’s Venice Biennale. In an engrossing recent profile of the artist for the Guardian, the writer Charlotte Higgins set out how Barlow spent …

Rodin’s Muses: Camille Claudel and Marie-Rose Beuret

By Claudia Moscovici It would not be an exaggeration to state that Rodin’s artistic career was shaped by women. They were his source of inspiration, his assistants, his models, his sexual and romantic partners, his best friends, his patrons of the arts and, sometimes, his jealous enemies. His life-long partner, assistant and friend was Rose Beuret. She was a country girl, the daughter of a provincial family that owned a vineyard in Vecqueville, Champagne. He met her in Paris in 1864, when she was only eighteen years old. Perhaps largely due to Rose’s devotion and loyalty to the sculptor, they stayed together—in on and off relationship—for over fifty years. Like nearly all of Rodin’s romantic relationships, theirs was tumultuous. It began as a passionate love affair between model and artist. Rose had recently arrived in Paris to work as a seamstress, but she also did part-time work as an artists’ model. This is how she met Rodin. The art historian and biographer Ruth Butler cites one o…

How to View Art as an Asset

In today's market, collectors often ask themselves: 
should they buy fine art with the expectation that, in years to come, that price will perhaps double or even triple?

We set out to answer that question with the help of Evan Beard, the National Art Services Executive with U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management. Headquartered in New York City, Beard and his team work closely with art collectors to help them in lending against their collection, designing philanthropic or estate planning strategies, negotiation at auction, and structuring and managing private foundations. As an authority on art-related investing and financing, Beard directs the end-to-end provision of services to clients in the art world. We asked Beard how collectors should think about art, how he views the opinions of other thought leaders on the topic, and where the next wave of growth in the art market is likely to stem from.
Let's say a client of yours sees fine art as an investment asset. Wh…

Native American Art

Native American Art Is Newly Placed in the Met's American Wing With Major Gifts From Diker Collection

With This Gift, Native American Art Will Now Be Displayed in The Met's American Wing
The Metropolitan Museum of Art announced Thursday the promised gift from Charles and Valerie Diker of 91 works of Native American art—a selection of recognized masterworks from the collection they assembled over more than four decades. Joining another 20 works already given by the Dikers during the past two decades, these examples range in date from the 2nd to the early 20th century, and represent—through a wide variety of aesthetic forms and media—the achievements of artists from many culturally distinct traditions across the North American continent. "These superb works will be an extraordinary addition to The Met collection," said Carrie Rebora Barratt, Deputy Director for Collections and Administration, in making the announcement. "They have been selected from the largest and…

Pink Star Diamond

Huge and rare, the 59.60 carat 'Pink Star' is the largest polished diamond ever to go under the auction hammer. It sold for a record-breaking price to a telephone bidder at Sotheby's in Hong Kong on Tuesday. The final price for the fancy pink diamond, the highest grade, was 553 million Hong Kong dollars, or $71.2 million, including the buyer's premium, representing the highest price ever paid at auction for a cut jewel. Bloomberg reports that the winning bidder was Chow Tai Fook, the Hong Kong-based jewelry retailer. Oppenheimer Blue was previously the most expensive jewel sold at auction. It went for $57.5 million at Christie's last May in Geneva, where jewel auctions usually take place. The former record for a pink diamond was $46.16 million, held by the 24.78 carat Graff Pink, sold at Sotheby's in Geneva in 2010.
Regards, Chris van Dijk.

Twee Zonnen

by author Michelle van Dijk

Myra en Maarten zijn met hun kinderen en wolfshond Faye op vakantie in de Dordogne. Ze verblijven in het huis van Myra’s ouders. Myra en Maarten kampen met relatieproblemen. Het noodlot slaat toe als Maarten tijdens een ruzie met Myra woedend wegloopt en de weg kwijt raakt in het bos. Het schilderachtige woud blijkt het geesteskind te zijn van de Kunstenaar en zijn overleden geliefde, een schrijfster. Terwijl Myra in haar wanhoop alles doet om Maarten te vinden ontmoet Maarten de vervreemde jongen Goedvolk. Maarten krijgt te maken met een jongen, die al zijn hoop op hem heeft gevestigd maar hem soms ook tegenwerkt met het temperament van een puber. Een statig edelhert met een eigenaardig en nors karakter, ontfermt zich over Maarten en Goedvolk en dient als gids op hun reis langs vele barrières. Onderweg worden alle hoofdpersonen gedwongen om een psychische groei door te maken. Hierdoor worden ze geconfronteerd met hun angsten, en donke…