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Gene Oliver

Gene Oliver Gallery

Gene Oliver is an art historian who studied at the Sorbonne University in Paris; Gene has more than 25 years experience in fine art authentication; he has advised many collectors and art institutions. Gene Oliver is a member of the American Association of Museums and the National Auctioneers Association.

Musings about fine arts from the Gene Oliver Gallery In San Juan Bautista, California. We specialize in European and American works from the 19th and 20th centuries, with a particular emphasis on Post-Impressionism, Fauvism, Pop Art and Abstract Expressionism artists. We also provide art valuation services and curatorial consultations.

Blog entries from Gene Oliver: Musings about Fine Arts for April 2011

Kees Van Dongen

Kees Van Dongen at the Musée d’Art Moderne

Posted: April 02, 2011 14:54 Last Updated: | Gene Oliver

For four months, the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris offers to rediscover Kees Van Dongen, the complex Dutch artist who became in the 1920s an essential figure of the Fauvism, a caricaturist of the times and a Parisian socialite, but was later boycotted in France due to his highly controversial association with the German Reich. Kees Van Dongen was born in 1877, near Rotterdam, in a wealthy family. He enters the Royal Academy for the Arts at the age of sixteen. For the following years, he study drawing. His artwork will represent the world of sailors and prostitutes, char...


Raoul Dufy – Intérieur à la fenêtre ouverte, 1928 – Huile sur toile 66 x 82 cm – Collection privée © Adagp, Paris 2011

Raoul and Jean Dufy at the Musée Marmottan Monet

Posted: April 24, 2011 11:47 Last Updated: | Gene Oliver

Raoul and Jean Dufy, brothers and painters, share this exhibit, part of a French initiative that studies the artistic relationships among family members. Raoul Dufy (1877-1953), the older and the more famous of the two brothers, introduced Jean (1888-1964) to art. Starting in 1920, the two brothers maintained a close artistic relationship, sharing their cultural explorations while pursuing parallel careers with little in common. The exception is La Fee Electricité in 1937. Ironically, this art piece realized together marks also their rupture. They then  followed their own artistic p...