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The Art Market: Rockefeller Sales

Posted: June 06, 2018 11:50 Last Updated: | Alyssa Rehs

The Art Market By: Howard Rehs & Lance Rehs     Part I of the Rockefeller Sale   On May 8th, Christie’s New York (located in Rockefeller Center) held part 1 of their highly anticipated sale of the collection of Peggy and David Rockefeller. Billed as “the sale of the century,” more than 1,500 lots are to be offered including the 44 star lots from last evening. It probably should be noted that all 44 works carried a guarantee from Christie’s… Christie’s was only able to secure the sale over their rival Sotheby’s by guaranteeing a minimum total of $650M to the Rockefeller esta...


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Comments on the Art Market, Volume 210

Posted: June 01, 2018 12:54 Last Updated: | Alyssa Rehs

We just released Volume 210 of our Comments on the Art Market. In this issue, we cover the gallery’s hours for the month of June, Stocks, Tales from the Dark Side (there were some good ones this month), Really, and detailed coverage of the recent auctions in New York City: Rockefeller, Impressionist/Modern, Post-War/ Contemporary, 19th Century European and American. I will warn you, it is a long one! Use the links below to read Comments on the Art Market, Volume 210: Website: http://rehs.com/newsletterarchives.htm?newsletter_no=223   PDF: http://rehs.com/pdf/Q3drI1IWeTFCfdsxFyG...


New Art Call: "Dreams 2018," an exhibiting and art grant opportunity at Gallery 25N

New Art Call: "Dreams 2018," an exhibiting and art grant opportunity at Gallery 25N

Posted: May 30, 2018 22:38 Last Updated: | Edward Burke

New Art Call:  "Dreams 2018," an exhibiting and art grant opportunity at Gallery 25N Twenty artists will be selected for this new online group exhibit " "Dreams 2018.” The exhibit and its participating artists will be extensively marketed worldwide to over 26,000 people, including art buyers, gallery owners, curators, and collectors.     One artist will receive the "Christopher E. Burke Fine Art Grant" of $500.00. This artist's creation will become the exhibition image and will be used on the invitation, video title screen, and all online marketing pertaining to the exhibit.  In additi...


Edward VII's Siège d'Amour Love Chair.  This chair allowed the notorious playboy to "entertain" himself with two women at once.

Naughty and Nice Collide in M.S. Rau Antiques’ Latest Exhibition

Posted: May 01, 2018 13:03 Last Updated: | Bill Rau

In one of America’s most historic and fascinating cities, a delicate balance exists between excess and reverence that has endured for 300 years. It is this dichotomy that is the focus of M.S. Rau Antiques’ latest, and most tempting, exhibition.   In commemoration of New Orleans’ tricentennial, M.S. Rau Antiques presents Vice & Virtue: An Exhibition of Sex, Saints and Sin. Through the careful curation of over 100 works of fine art and rare objects from throughout history, M.S. Rau Antiques weaves a fascinating tale examining the fine line separating the righteous from the scandalous...


MY 2 CENTS ON MUSEUM DEACCESSIONS

Posted: April 25, 2018 09:26 Last Updated: | Alyssa Rehs

The decisions by the Berkshire Museum and La Salle University to sell off most of their major works of art for financial reasons has caused a real uproar. While I am a firm believer that museums should not sell their works to ‘pay the bills’, I do feel that many museums need to ‘clean house’.  There are so many wonderful works in museum storage areas that will never see the light of day. So, why not do something so people can see and enjoy them? I would love to know when the last time Auguste Bonheur’s Environs of Fontainebleau: Woodland and Cattle (a 105 x 157 inch painting) was on displa...


The Martyrdom of Saint Valeria and Saint Martial by the Vatican Mosaic Studio was displayed at St.  Peter's Basilica and the Studio for nearly a century.

Divine Provenance: The Vatican Micromosaic

Posted: March 29, 2018 10:53 Last Updated: | Bill Rau

Everyone loves a good story. In the realm of fine art and antiques, a good story, or what we call “provenance”, has the power to take a work of art from exceptional to awe-inspiring. In terms of workmanship, subject matter and sheer size, this incredible micromosaic detailing the Biblical story of Saints Valeria and Martial has it all. Measuring over 10 feet tall, the precision and detail required to execute such a piece is baffling. Combined with the high cost of materials, micromosaics of this immense size and artistry are beyond rare. When you factor in its provenance of being craft...


L'Arlésienne by Pablo Picasso.  Oil on canvas.  Signed and dated “ 14.7.58 IV Picasso” (upper left)

A Significant Portrait by Pablo Picasso

Posted: February 14, 2018 12:31 Last Updated: | Bill Rau

Pablo Picasso’s significant 1958 portrait of Jacqueline Roque as L’Arlésienne is currently on offer at M.S. Rau Antiques. The work presents a brilliant display of the Cubist painter’s mature style, exemplifying his creative acuity throughout his long and prestigious career. The work, which is numbered IV, is the culminating canvas of a series of four he composed in a single day of the young Roque as a woman from Arles. Bringing together Picasso’s life-long obsession with the theme of the Arlésienne and his fixation on the women in his life, the powerful portrait is a poignant example of hi...


Über die Darstellung definiter Formen als Summen von Quadraten

One Hundred Years of De Stijl

Posted: December 28, 2017 20:32 Last Updated: | Regina Khidekel, PhD

More De Stijl-inspired: "Über die Darstellung definiter Formen als Summen von Quadraten" [On the representation of definite forms as sums of squares] 2017, ink on paper, 19 x 22¾ inches "This drawing is dancing in its father's skin" 2017, ink on paper, 22¾ x 20⅞ inches "On nothing and kindred subjects" 2017, ink on paper, 32⅝ x 13¾ inches Dmitry Borshch


A strong dose of myself

One Hundred Years of De Stijl

Posted: December 28, 2017 20:17 Last Updated: | Regina Khidekel, PhD

More De Stijl-inspired: "A strong dose of myself" 2017, ink on paper, 16 x 21½ inches "The past won’t stay behind you" 2017, ink on paper, 13¾ x 32¼ inches "Coherent structures in turbulent flow" 2017, ink on paper, 17 x 32 inches Dmitry Borshch


Naked and Fiery Forms

One Hundred Years of De Stijl

Posted: December 28, 2017 19:47 Last Updated: | Regina Khidekel, PhD

"De Stijl movement was founded in 1917. This year Rietveld and other De Stijl-ers – Mondrian, Van Doesburg, Vilmos Huszár – inspired me to produce a series of abstract drawings and sculptures. Only a few are displayed here: "Naked and Fiery Forms" 2017, hardwood, 22 x 45 x 5 inches "Submerged Symmetry and Surface Chaos" 2017, ink on paper, 21 x 12 inches "Space Filled with Moving" 2017, ink on paper, 21 x 12 inches I favor a compound approach to all visual problems that occupy me. By compound I mean multiform – I present my solution to a given problem in as many forms or through as man...


Au Val Saint-Nicolas près Dieppe, Matin by Claude Monet.  Oil on canvas.  Signed, dated 1897.

Five Important Considerations When Buying Fine Art

Posted: November 06, 2017 12:34 Last Updated: | Bill Rau

The art market is a $45 billion global industry. With so much activity, in galleries, online, at fairs, and elsewhere, the act of collecting can be daunting. Whether you have eclectic taste or are assembling a highly curated collection, the five considerations below will help you build a collection with confidence. Provenance and Literature An artwork’s provenance, or chain of ownership, is crucial in establishing its authenticity and historical importance. It helps to trace the whereabouts of a work over time, backwards to the point it exited an artist’s studio. In addition to buildi...


Le Repas des Amoureux reflects the importance of faith and community had on Chagall's oeuvre

Faith and Fantasy: Marc Chagall's Muse

Posted: August 18, 2017 12:19 Last Updated: | Bill Rau

Marc Chagall is counted amongst the most pivotal artists of the 20th century. By blending elements of Symbolism, Surrealism, Fauvism and Cubism with elements of his Jewish legacy, Chagall created another world, one in which emotion ruled via ethereal imagery, thought-provoking composition and spectacular color. Self-Expression The lives of Jews in Russia was highly restricted, but it was through art that the budding young Chagall could express the joy and comfort he found in his faith without limits. Traditional and academic art were of little interest to Chagall, even as an eager 19-ye...


With its luminous palette and feathery brushstrokes, "Le Gué aux Cinq Vaches" is exemplary of Corot's mature style.  Oil on canvas.  Signed "Corot", circa 1865

The Landscapes of Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot

Posted: June 13, 2017 10:56 Last Updated: | Bill Rau

Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot is regarded by many as the most important landscape artist of the 19th century. Though he identified primarily with the Barbizon artists that painted in the Forest of Fontainebleau, Corot proved to be a bridge between the academic and the avant-garde, with his canvases showing the earliest hints of the techniques and ideals that led to the formation of Impressionism. Corot took up painting in adolescence, executing his first landscapes inspired by casual nature walks in his late teens. Between 1821 and 1822, the burgeoning artist devoted himself to oil paintin...


This incredible portrait was commissioned as a Royal gift from Princess Charlotte to her lady-in-waiting, Lady Barbara Ponsonby.

Power and Majesty: Sir Edwin Henry Landseer's Royal Equine Portrait

Posted: April 22, 2017 10:02 Last Updated: | Bill Rau

Strength. Agility. Elegance. No other animal has shaped the course of history like the horse. Domesticated approximately 6,000 years ago, the horse gave humanity a new way to interact with the world around them. By harnessing this amazing creature’s speed, power and genteel nature, people were able to travel great distances, conquer new territories and work the land in ways never-before possible. It is this legendary power and spirit that English animal portraitist Sir Edwin Henry Landseer captured in every masterpiece he composed. The son of an accomplished engraver, Landseer demonstrat...


COMMENTS ON THE ART MARKET - Volume 196

Posted: April 10, 2017 09:48 Last Updated: | Alyssa Rehs

COMMENTS ON THE ART MARKET April 1, 2017 Volume 196   Upcoming Exhibitions San Francisco Rehs Contemporary will be exhibiting at the 7th edition of Art Market San Francisco.  On view will be a robust selection of work by many of our artists. The VIP preview is: Thursday, April 27 from 6 – 10 pm. General Show hours are: Friday & Saturday: 11:00 am – 7:00 pm, Sunday: 12:00 – 6:00 pm. We have several VIP passes … please email us if you would like one, or two! New York City Our gallery exhibition – Skin & Tonic – will open on Thursday, May 4th, from 5:00 – 9:00 pm.  ...


Folk Dancers by Jacques Martin-Ferrières.  The artist's inimitable technique, rich with swift and short brushstrokes of opaque color, reveals the strong influence of his father, Henri Martin, and the legendary Post-Impressionist generation before him.

More Than a Name: The Paintings of Jacques Martin-Ferrières

Posted: April 07, 2017 15:14 Last Updated: | Bill Rau

The paintings of Jacques Martin-Ferrières (1893-1972), abounding with exuberance and skill, stand as brilliantly-hued snapshots of the human spirit. The son of famed Post-Impressionist Henri Martin, Martin-Ferrières sought to step out of his father’s commanding shadow and forge a path of his own, a feat that he not only achieved, but surpassed.  By the age of six, it became clear that art was in Martin-Ferrières’ blood, as he had already begun to draw regularly and dabble in painting. At first, however, he didn’t allow art to be a driving force in his life, deciding instead to devote his...


Self Portrait with a Laughing Expression,1924-25, etching and drypoint, 11 x 8 1/2 inches

About Chagall

Posted: March 29, 2017 19:06 Last Updated: | Regina Khidekel, PhD

Thirty two years since Marc Chagall's passing… I observed denigration and belittlement of this artist by Soviet officials, which continued even in early post-Soviet times. Based on two prejudices – against his Modernism (meaning non-Socialist-Realism) and Jewishness – this behavior toward him was more apparent in Vitebsk, Belarus, his birthplace, than Moscow, Russia. Some changes have been allowed by the Belarusian government – there is a Chagall Museum in Vitebsk today – but until that government becomes representative, democratic and the country it governs – free, the artist will not be ...


This exquisite composition entitled "Doge's Palace" by Antoine Bouvard details a golden view of Doge's Palace.  His virtuosity and lively brushwork are striking in this luminous oil on canvas

Bathed in Sunlight: The Venetian Paintings of Antoine Bouvard

Posted: March 27, 2017 08:29 Last Updated: | Bill Rau

Bursting forth with inimitable warmth, brilliance and adoration of subject, the paintings of French artist Antoine Bouvard are amongst the most highly regarded of the Venetian genre. This paramount painter of Venice was born in the town of L’Isere in eastern France in 1870. Studying at Paris’ École des Beaux-Arts, the young artist initially pursued a career as an architect, studying art and architecture under Simon-Claude Constant-Dufeux. He experienced much success as an architect, becoming the Director of Architectural Services for the Seine and leading the construction of the Bourse d...


Set against a serene seascape, the woman in this work, entitled September, exemplifies the elegance of Cassigneul's work.

Art of Inspiration: The Paintings of Jean-Pierre Cassigneul

Posted: February 03, 2017 16:25 Last Updated: | Bill Rau

Vibrant, evocative and captivating, the works of contemporary French artist Jean-Pierre Cassigneul arouse the senses with their distinctive blend of classical beauty and avant-garde sophistication. Every brushstroke executed through the course of his over-60-year career pays tribute to the modern art masters that came before in a style that is uniquely Cassigneul. Cassigneul’s artistic gifts were evident as a small boy growing up in Paris. Incredibly, with the encouragement of his parents, he had his first solo exhibition at the Lucy Krogh Gallery in 1952 when he was just 17. Then a stud...


This exquisite garden scene places Blanche Hoschedé-Monet's mastery of the Impressionist aesthetic on full display.

The Forgotten Virtuoso: Blanche Hoschedé-Monet

Posted: January 13, 2017 12:47 Last Updated: | Bill Rau

With a glorious oeuvre that radiates with the influence of her mentor, step-father and father-in-law Claude Monet, Blanche Hoschedé-Monet’s canvases are amongst the most stunning Impressionist paintings ever composed. Even though, in many ways, her paintings are almost indistinguishable in beauty and technical prowess from the works of the Impressionist master, Hoschedé-Monet has only recently begun to receive her rightful recognition as a pivotal member of the Impressionist Movement. Born into an affluent family in 1865, Hoschedé-Monet began painting at the age of 11, not as a pathway t...


Napoleon before the Battle of Moscow by Joseph Franque.  Circa 1812

Iconography of Power: Napoléon and the Arts

Posted: December 15, 2016 15:34 Last Updated: | Bill Rau

Brilliant general and legendary conqueror, Napoléon Bonaparte was one of the Western world’s most important leaders, as well as one of its greatest patrons of the arts. Few other leaders in world history have understood the power of the image as deeply as Napoléon, and following his meteoric rise to power, he sought to develop a new iconography that bolstered his image in the eyes of the world. Thus, a new age of decorative and fine arts was born that validated his reign, and from behind this new glittering façade, he attempted to conquer the world. The current exhibition at M.S. Rau Antiq...


An 1882 Botto oil of the Venetian lagoon.

Botto's up

Posted: September 06, 2016 12:42 Last Updated: | Warren Payne

Louisville, Kentucky, native John Bartholomew Botto (1842-1910) was one of the earliest Ohio Valley Tonalists. His works are few and far between, even in his native state. We know the Speed Art Museum has four, including two of the best we’ve seen, and Ashland, The Henry Clay Estate, in Lexington, Kentucky, has at least two. We’ve seen a large riverscape in a private collection –  and we once saw a small harbor painting loose on the market. Not many Louisville artists die in their country home outside Paris, leaving an estate of $150,000 to $200,000 ($4,000,000 in current cash) – and a b...


A Summer Walk by Dorothea Sharp

Impressions of Innocence: Dorothea Sharp

Posted: July 25, 2016 15:34 Last Updated: | Bill Rau

Spontaneity. Pure color. Rapid brushstrokes. These and more are words that come to mind when envisioning the impressionist style, and all embody the oeuvre of the British artist Dorothea Sharp. Yet, unlike the Impressionists who came before her and served as her inspiration, Sharp’s extraordinary canvases also evoke another word: innocence. Her charming scenes capture the simple joys of childhood through swift brushstrokes and bright hues that mimic the energetic lightness of youth. Perhaps more than any other British artist, she understood the simple pleasures of everyday life through the...


Maison Dans La Campagne by Bernard Buffet

A Star Rises Again: Bernard Buffet

Posted: June 21, 2016 09:39 Last Updated: | Bill Rau

Like modern-day movie stars and celebs du jour, the art world is not without its fallen stars. Bernard Buffet (1928-1999) is one such figure, whose meteoric rise and resounding talent was overshadowed by his fall from grace. With a story as tragic as the melancholy subjects that dominate his canvasses, Buffet is a name that was largely forgotten in the annals of art history. Yet, as with most artistic greats, Buffet’s work has experienced a resurgence of interest following his recent death. The story of his rise, fall, and eventual resurrection remains one of the most compelling in all of ...


“Pets We Love 2” in support of the ASPCA

Posted: June 01, 2016 08:16 Last Updated: | Edward Burke

“Pets We Love 2” Art-Competition.net: Announces a call for entries for “Pets We Love 2” for a second year supporting the ASPCA. Up to 18 artists will be selected for a group exhibit, “Pets We Love 2” at Gallery 25N's online gallery. We are proud to present “Pets We Love 2” for a second year in support of the ASPCA and its mission to save lives. To learn more, visit: aspca.org. Theme: "Pets We Love” - Pets are an important part of life for many individuals and families, and are caring companions that we love, and can range from the exotic to the domestic. Their relationship to us is ...


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