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Auguste Rodin and the Physicality of Emotion

By Claudia Moscovici Constantin Brancusi considered Auguste Rodin not only a precursor, but also the first great modern sculptor. “In the nineteenth century,” Brancusi declared, “the situation in sculpture was desperate. Rodin arrived and transformed everything.” In a way, Rodin was fortunate that initially he wasn’t part of the system. Rejected several times by the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Rodin was not trained according to the rigid academic standards of the time. Nonetheless, he never gave up and showed great confidence in his talent. In 1865, for example, his sculpture The Man with the Broken Nose (1865 and 1875) was initially rejected by the jury of the Salon, partly because the clay fissured and the sculpture cracked in the back of the head. Years later, Rodin redid the sculpture, whom he regarded as his “first good sculpture,” and this time it was accepted by the Salon. Rodin would follow his own path, but like the Impressionists, he also sought acceptance and acclaim by the artist…

Can the Old Masters Be Relevant Again?

Old masters, new world
At Christie’s over the last few weeks, two experts in old master paintings and drawings quietly left the auction house. Their departures followed a year of spotty sales, in which the values of works by old masters — a pantheon of European painters working before around 1800 — fell by 33 percent, according to the 2016 Tefaf Art Market Report. At a time when contemporary art is all the rage among collectors, viewers and donors, many experts are questioning whether old master artwork — once the most coveted — can stay relevant at auction houses, galleries and museums. Having struggled with shrinking inventory and elusive profits, auction houses appear to be devoting most of their attention and resources to contemporary art, the most popular area of their business. “They want to be associated with the new and the now,” said Edward Dolman, chairman and chief executive of Phillips auction house, who spent much of his career at Christie’s chasing works by old masters b…

Marc Mylemans, Balancing Art.

Gallery France is delighted to announce the representation
Marc Mylemans

The paintings by Marc Mylemans are balancing between figurative and abstract. The source of inspiration for a painting is usually a landscape, but the effect in thick oil paint gives the work a form of abstraction. It challenges the interested art lover to look even better, to share and to fill in the canvas itself  and to enjoy the vibrating and playful coloring game.

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Why is Rhythm in Art Of Crucial Importance?

Rhythm in art is possibly one of the most difficult and most important ingredient required for building an interesting composition that would first of all catch the viewers’ eye and continues to move the eye in and around all the parts of the artwork. It is very demanding to explain how one builds a rhythm within the visual art field, it is much easier to understand it if we were to speak about music[1]. The music we hear and the different beats produce a physical reaction from us, making us move our bodies to the rhythm, allowing us to express the inner sensations sound produced. In visual art, in most cases, the work is static. It is with the help of lines, shapes, color, brushstrokes, light, and space, that the artist is able to produce the rhythm, important for the creation of the movement, for the creation of life within a flat surface. It is the comprehension of the abstract that art principles, in the end, allow us to do, and rhythm is just one of the fundementals that first of…

High-end art sales suffer !

High - End art sales suffer global slump

Christie’s reports first-half art sales were down by a third from the same period last year....
The global art market has gone on a diet. After the recession, seasoned and newcomer collectors alike surged into the world’s chief auction houses to splurge on trophies carrying eye-popping asking prices. Now, art lovers are cutting back, plying fewer $20 million-plus pieces into auctions and increasingly contenting themselves with cheaper, overlooked pieces. The resulting portrait shows a marketplace relatively healthy for pieces below $5 million but eerily thin at the top—a reversal from the last market downturn, when only masterpieces appealed. On Wednesday, London-based auction house Christie’s International offered further proof of a downturn when it said it sold $3 billion in art during the first half of the year, down a third from the same period last year. Christie’s latest total included $2.5 billion in auction sales, down 37.5% from a year a…

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Chaque semaine Catawiki est mise aux enchères plus de 30 000 objets, supervisés par le spécialiste des commissaires-priseurs. C’est sûr, rapide et passionnant. Et le nombre de soumissionnaires s’accroît rapidement ; chaque mois, nous avons plus de 12 millions de visiteurs venus du monde entier. Aussi, laissez vos enchères spéciales et commencer à vendre aujour…

Daniel Courbois Shop

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Daniel Courbois is one of the finest post-Impressionist  painters of France.

In his paintings, Daniel tries to convey his own personal philosophy of art. He loves to explore the complex interplay of light and its effects on architecture and surroundings. An avid traveler, Daniel uses his photographs simply as the starting point, an inspiration for his composition, He paints what he wants the subject matter to be, engaging collectors with uplifting paintings filled with harmonious color, depth and vitality. While striving for truth in his paintings, he does believe that "perfection is the enemy of great art." A single brush stroke can speak volumes in a painting. Daniel is inspired and influenced by the poetry in the brush strokes of John Singer Sargent, Isaac Levitan and Henri Martin.

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What is Art for ?

What is art for? Science shows it’s in the eye—and brain—of the beholderThe Nobel Prize-winning neuro-psychiatrist Eric Kandel explains what happens when we look at art

Gauguin, Long-lost still-life

Long-lost still-life by Gauguin rediscovered in ConnecticutThe painting of flowers, probably done in France during a mysterious period in the artist’s life, has been authenticated by the Paris-based Wildenstein Institute

A still-life of flowers by Paul Gauguin—which hung for 30 years in the home of a retired Manhattan antiques dealer, who did not know it was by the artist—has been rediscovered by a Connecticut auction house. Authenticated by the Paris-based Wildenstein Institute, the painting “certainly appears” to be the long-lost still-life Summer Flowers in a Goblet listed in the artist’s catalogue raisonné, says the Gauguin specialist, Sylvie Crussard. The work is now due to be sold on 29 June at Litchfield County Auction, with an estimate of $800,000 to $1.2m.

After the unidentified painting was consigned to Litchfield County Auctions, their specialist spotted a Sotheby’s label on the back of the frame that suggested it was by Paul Signac. However, the frame was too large for the c…