Showing posts from September, 2016

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…