Gene Oliver: Musings about Fine Arts

Gene Oliver

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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

Portrait of a young lady with a bird pastel, dated and signed in right corner 1760

John Singleton Copley: the great portraitist of the eighteenth century

Posted: January 13, 2012 12:15

It is tempting for anyone who creates art to believe that it would be easier somewhere else.  Where less people pursue art. Where every artistic creation has not already been done. Where everything and anything about art is not a click away. After reading John Singleton Copley by James Thomas Flexner, I could not help but wonder what would have been of the great portraitist of the eighteenth century if he hadn’t been born in the Boston colony and then lived in London? Would he have been as successful or would it have been easier for him to succeed?  Although the book published by...

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

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...

Kees Van Dongen

Kees Van Dongen at the Musée d’Art Moderne

Posted: April 02, 2011 14:54

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,...

"Portrait de Maurice Utrillo", Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris

Suzanne Valadon, a rebellious Montmartre painter

Posted: March 10, 2011 21:46

She wanted to live a bohemian life when only men were allowed to. She posed as a model for most Montmartre painters in the early 20th century. Erik Satie and Toulouse-Lautrec were her lovers among several others. She was the mother of Maurice Utrillo. His name is familiar to anyone interested in art when hers is still unknown to many. Who was this woman who painted like a man but is often only remembered in association with the successful men she met? Marie-Clémentine Valadon, a woman Renoir called Maria and Toulouse-Lautrec Suzanne, became the painter Suzanne Valadon. Born out...

Martial Raysse, L'Annee derniere a Capri

L’Année Dernière à Capri Sets World Auction Record

Posted: February 22, 2011 11:54

  It is not every day that a contemporary French artist sets a world auction record.  This is however what happened at Christie’s last week when the painting L’Année Dernière à Capri from Martial Raysse was sold for more than four million pounds.  Painted in 1962, L’Année Dernière à Capri or Last Year in Capri is representative of the female portraits Raysse was painting in the 60’s. Acidulated colors, women in bathing suits inspired from the fashion magazines, and the addition of the neon, contribute to a unique portraying of a consumerist society.  Martial...


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