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The famed Sir Edwin Henry Landseer painted this amazing Portrait of an Arab Mare with her Foal at the request of Princess Charlotte.  The painting was given to her lady-in-waiting, Lady Barbara Ponsonby.

Untamed Spirit: Royal Equine Portrait by Sir Edwin Henry Landseer

Posted: September 21, 2016 16:10 Last Updated: | Bill Rau

"And indeed, a horse who bears himself proudly is a thing of such beauty and astonishment that he attracts the eyes of all beholders. No one will tire of looking at him as long as he will display himself in his splendor."                                                                                     – Xenophon, Ancient Greek historian Civilizations around the world have held the horse in the highest esteem for thousands of years. They have served nearly every purpose imaginable, from a source of entertainment and mode of transportation, to a tool of warfare and even a beloved compa...


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 ...


Farshid Razavi, Moments of Life, Light in Family Room, Acrylic on Canvas, 48''x 36''

Collective Creativity at Agora Gallery

Posted: May 16, 2016 12:36 Last Updated: | Elizabeth Duker Gold

This May Agora Gallery presents a slate of exhibitions probing faraway lands. Metamorphosis: Banjerd Lekkong a Solo Exhibition is a collection of work from accomplished Thai artist Banjerd Lekkong, whose intricate metal sculptures offer an updated interpretation of Hinduism and the possibilities of its artistic aesthetic. Out From Down Under & Beyond: Fine Art from Australia & New Zealand is a unique platform for some of the most daring contemporary painters and photographers working in those countries today. No fewer than eighteen artists are represented in Elixir of Nature from a...


Call For Entries, "Flowers"

Posted: May 13, 2016 13:52 Last Updated: | Edward Burke

Call For Entries, "Flowers" $8,025 in Cash & Art Marketing Art-Competition.net is proud to announce the Art Call "Flowers". There will be 7 winners and 10 honorable mentions. This competition is open to all artists/photographers worldwide. The participant must be 18 years of age or older working in any still art medium: painting, drawing, sculpture, collage, photography, digital art, fiber art, etc. Full Perspectus Theme: "Flowers" - Flowers have inspired fine artists and photographers to create some of their most beautiful, emotional and memorable works of art. Throughout hi...


This extraordinary oil on canvas by the master Vincent van Gogh was composed during a pivotal moment in the artist's career.  It showcases his early use of light and bright color in his work.

Artistic Insight: La Chaumière sous les Arbres by Vincent van Gogh

Posted: March 29, 2016 11:40 Last Updated: | Bill Rau

The paintings of Vincent van Gogh rank amongst the most iconic in the world. Simply the mention of his name evokes thoughts of celebrated masterpieces created by one of history’s most important artists – masterpieces that, for the most part, are found only in the most prestigious museum collections.   Along with his captivating, distinctive aesthetic style, much of the appeal of his legendary paintings comes from the insight they give into the uncompromising, often troubled genius that is van Gogh. Once part of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s collection, La Chaumière sous les Ar...


Portrait of Sarah Bernhardt Hunting with Hounds by Louise Abbéma

Bernhardt and Abbéma: Leading Ladies of the Belle Époque

Posted: March 07, 2016 08:31 Last Updated: | Bill Rau

In honor of International Women’s Day celebrated on March 8, 2016, we look back to the extraordinary lives of two of the most unapologetically daring and creative women represented in our collection at M.S. Rau Antiques. The stories of the painter Louise Abbéma and actress Sarah Bernhardt were infinitely entwined during their lifetimes, and remain immortally so in our Portrait of Sarah Bernhardt painted by Abbéma’s hand. Both were noteworthy artists, and both were remarkable women ahead of their time. On this day that celebrates the achievements of women across the globe, it only seems app...


Boldini created this stunning commissioned portrait of the famed Rita de Acosta Lydig, a work considered to be one of his greatest masterpieces.

Spirited Masterpiece: Rita de Acosta Lydig by Giovanni Boldini

Posted: January 05, 2016 11:16 Last Updated: | Bill Rau

Commanding. Intelligent. Charismatic. Intrepid. Few artists posses the ability to capture the essence of their subjects beyond their outward beauty. However, as seen in this breathtaking portrait of famed socialite Rita de Acosta Lydig, the great Giovanni Boldini elevates portraiture to a fluid and all-encompassing art form that reflects both Lydig’s physical and emotional allure. Touted as “the most picturesque woman in America”, Rita de Acosta Lydig was a solid fixture in late-19th and early-20th century society, and counted some of the era’s most creative icons amongst her closest f...


Pencil portrait titled "Gentile's Daughter" ...a colored pencil drawing on parchment paper.

Artist To Artist Interview...The why of becoming an artist

Posted: December 17, 2015 07:39 Last Updated: | Rex Stewart

For nearly fifty years, my mind and hands raced to create pieces that stirred the imagination of my viewers. It was never an accident that the skills I possessed were given to gloat over what I could or could not do; but to find clarity in this strange journey while creating subject matter that brought about the quest of -why? Every artist has a story or account relative to their existance. No two paths are alike. And yet, in the journey that's taken, there seem to be explosive egos that dictate the formalities of the creator. I found this to be perplexed during my early years because th...


Francois Linke Secretarie

Pre-Holiday Auctions Become Essential for Retail Market

Posted: December 01, 2015 13:49 Last Updated: | Joseph Ronan Clarke

As the country saw a downturn in storefront traffic on Black Friday, retailers now turn to auction as the best way to buy before the holidays. Clarke Auction's upcoming December 6th sale provides a quality selection on a carefully selected date to bolster retail holiday stockings (no pun intended) and collection building alike.  The wide variety of fine art, modern design, Asian antiques and decorative arts present important works across a number of markets, including several extensive collections of fine jewelry and watches that will be featured in the sale.  Fine art selections will ...


Entitled "Vachère dans une Clairière," this painting showcases the legendary Camille Pissarro's mastery of color and light.

Pissarro's Legacy: Over a Century of Breathtaking Art

Posted: October 29, 2015 08:56 Last Updated: | Bill Rau

Considered by many to be the father of Impressionism and one of the most respected artists of the 19th century, Camille Pissarro forever changed the course of art history.  With an artistic career that spanned over 50 years, the revolutionary patriarch influenced the likes of Monet, Cézanne, Cassatt and van Gogh with the founding ideals of portraying everyday life, always remaining true to the innate beauty of the natural world. Composed during one of the Impressionist master’s most significant periods, Vachère dans une Clairière is the culmination of everything the artist had tirelessly...


Chris Silver.  Melancholy.  Oil on Canvas.  30"x30"

Three Shows at Agora Gallery Question Expression and Interpretation

Posted: October 21, 2015 02:36 Last Updated: | Elizabeth Duker Gold

This November, Agora Gallery will introduce three new exhibitions that question how we see ourselves and the world around us. Illumination: An Exhibition of Fine Art Photography focuses on the potential for photography to confront and engage us in a vast, complicated, and very real world. Influence of Color pulls the viewer deep inside the mind of the artist to experience a new discernment of the self. The neighbouring show, Modalities of Expression, explores how self-expression can take on a variety of forms when excused from our standard limitations and fears. This month, Agora Gallery w...


Castro ART.  Tree of Life II.  Acrylic, Oil and Enamel on Canvas.  40"x38"

Three Exciting New Shows in New York City This October

Posted: September 20, 2015 13:32 Last Updated: | Elizabeth Duker Gold

This October, three exciting shows make their way to Agora Gallery in a display of international talent and perspective. Beyond Borders: an Exhibition of Fine Art from Canada brings a great diversity and originality from our northern neighbors to New York in a show that pushes and expands the boundaries of art. Divergent Realities presents compositions inspired from every corner of the earth in a show that transports one across time and space. Landscapes, seascapes, interiors, and even scenes a bit more abstract in nature all contribute to the canon of our understanding of reality and natu...


Eduardo Eloy.Untitled 7.  Acrylic on Canvas.  37"x57.5"

An International Celebration of Art at Agora Gallery

Posted: August 30, 2015 14:46 Last Updated: | Elizabeth Duker Gold

This September, two shows open at Agora Gallery that represent the great diversity and excitement in the emerging international art scene. In the exhibition Enigmatic Visions, artists from around the world present abstract and figurative two-dimensional works that use color and composition to tell extraordinary stories about the world around us. In Masters of the Imagination: The Latin American Fine Art Exhibition, twenty-two artists present 75 paintings, sculptures, digital works, and mixed media pieces that prove the Latin American art scene is as multifaceted and innovative as any. Thes...


Charlotte Brisland.  Block.  Acrylic on Canvas.  47"x59"

The Summer Scene: Art in NYC

Posted: August 13, 2015 09:21 Last Updated: | Elizabeth Duker Gold

Three exemplary exhibitions make their way to Agora Gallery this late summer to move any art lover. Twenty-eight artists from eighteen countries bring their award-winning art to NYC to participate in the Chelsea International Fine Art Competition Exhibition. These artists were all selected by a jury of curators, professors, appraisers, gallerists, and one museum president for their unprecedented quality and mastery. Fragmented Reality, with explosions of color and psychoactive patterns, sharp lines, and beautifully sensational shapes, presents a vibrantly animated world. Emerging Transform...


Call for Abstract Art

Posted: July 20, 2015 09:15 Last Updated: | ArtisTTable

The ArtisTTable is seeking art for its 2015 juried online all media Abstract Exhibition. Artists 18 and over are invited to submit art of all media for consideration in the show, drawing, painting, sculpture, video, orginal prints and more. Cash prizes are awarded to the first 3 places choosen by our juror. Submit your art by 02 August 2015. All the details and registration can be found online: www.ArtisTTableOnline.com/abstract15prospectus


Edgar do Valle.  Lake in Blue.  Watercolor on Paper.  24"x18"

An Art-Filled August at Agora Gallery

Posted: July 07, 2015 00:57 Last Updated: | Elizabeth Duker Gold

August comes with two new exciting exhibitions at Agora Gallery. Idiosyncratic Expressions and Interpretative Realms present a collection of artists who turn the art world on its head. In Idiosyncratic Expressions, colors combine in unexpected ways, forms emerge from obscurity, and textures distort scenes into something wholly unique and important. Sharing the gallery, Interpretative Realms presents paintings that invite deep introspection, as these international artists present scenes of abstraction and familiarity, re-examining their subjects with their individual, invaluable perspective...


Attributed to famed royal portraitist Franz Xavier Winterhalter, this painting of Napoleon III was commissioned by the Emperor and given to the Marquess of Londonderry, Charles Vane.

A Storied Past: The Marquess of Londonderry’s Portrait of Napoleon III

Posted: July 01, 2015 16:01 Last Updated: | Bill Rau

M.S. Rau Antiques has spent the past 103 years searching the world for objects that are both incredibly beautiful and one-of-a-kind.  Every now and then, we come across a piece that has that “it factor” of also having a fascinating story to tell…a work of art with a provenance that sounds as if it were taken from an epic legend rather than the pages of history. This exceptional Portrait of Napoleon III is just such a historical masterpiece. Attributed to renowned royal portraitist Franz Xavier Winterhalter, this portrait of Napoleon III was commissioned and given by the Empero...


Art Deco Carpet by Josef Hoffmann 48433

Nazmiyal Acquires Art Deco Carpet by Famed Designer Josef Hoffmann

Posted: June 18, 2015 09:56 Last Updated: | Omri Schwartz

Josef Hoffmann Carpet at Nazmiyal --- Nazmiyal is pleased to announce the addition of a beautiful Art Deco carpet by Josef Hoffmann to its collection. Hoffmann was a respected European architect and designer during the early 20th century who contributed to a number of aesthetic movements that would shape European design for generations to come. Born in Moravia, Hoffmann studied at the Higher State Crafts School beginning in 1887, and went on to study at at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, graduating in 1895. Soon after, he became one of the founding members...


Women work on hooked rugs in 1929 | Nazmiyal

Hooked Rugs: An American Tradition

Posted: June 08, 2015 09:29 Last Updated: | Omri Schwartz

Hooked Rugs -- American hooked rugs are as quintessentially American as jazz music is. Like the latter, it had a very humble beginning but grew to become a unique American tradition. Dismissed for its rustic and low quality until the early 20th century, handmade hooked rugs are now prized for their delightful folk art quality. Today, a thriving rug making industry had grown around it to meet the demands of a growing number of collectors. Rug hooking is a rug making technique that involves pulling loops or strips of fabric through a stiff woven base to make a rug...


Harold Miller.  Company Houses.  Oil on Linen on Wood.  12"x24"

Conversations and Color Revolutions: Two New Exhibitions in NYC

Posted: June 07, 2015 10:31 Last Updated: | Elizabeth Duker Gold

This July, Agora Gallery presents two collective exhibitions to re-imagine and reinvigorate the world. Répartie in Art presents the work of international artists as they tackle the concept of “space” and those who occupy it. From landscapes to fragments of a scene, from human or animal subjects to something more abstract, the works open a dialog between artist and audience on a variety of levels. Rhapsody in Color is an exhibition of immeasurable vibrancy, presenting expert combinations and groupings of hue to produce carefully calculated reactions in the viewer. By applying their manipula...


Vintage Scandinavian Rug by Nazmiyal

Bauhaus and its Influence on Mid 20th Century Scandinavian Design

Posted: June 03, 2015 12:53 Last Updated: | Omri Schwartz

Bauhaus and its Influence on Scandinavian Design -- What comes to your mind when you think ofScandinavian design? If you know anything about it, you would immediately think of furniture, carpets, appliances and home accessories with pure forms and simple, clean lines. Scandinavian design is known for its elegance, minimalism, respect for natural materials, and superb craftsmanship. The key to its global popularity is the fine combination of aesthetics and utility. Modern Scandinavian design has its roots in traditional crafts, but it owes much to the functionali...


Branko Miskovic.  He Cracked.  Ceramic and Steel.  53.5"x38-40"

Bodies and Spaces: Two Collective Exhibitions at Agora Gallery

Posted: May 18, 2015 05:22 Last Updated: | Elizabeth Duker Gold

This June, Agora Gallery will host two collective exhibitions that take on the challenge of redefining figures and spaces through a variety of artistic techniques. The artists featured in the exhibition In Reverie of Form tackle subjects of flora, fauna, and the human body, to examine various phenomena with their representations. Culture, psychology, and natural beauty are all considered by this talented array of artists, and are given a comprehensive re-examination through sheer technical mastery. Sharing the gallery, the artists in Spatial Articulation take their color, patterns, and geo...


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