Seriously Upbeat Artworks Are Standouts in the New TEFAF Online

  • November 01, 2020 13:16

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From Donald Ellis Gallery, Ikamrailnguq (One Without a Sled), Yup'ik Complex Dance Mask. Village of Napaskiak, Kuskokwim Region, Alaska, circa 1890-1905. Wood, paint, sinew, vegetal fiber, cotton thread, feathers (replaced). Height 86.4 cm (34 in.)
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Bergamin & Gomide is showing Tarsila do Amaral (Capivari, São Paulo, Brazil 1886-1973 São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil) Idílio. 1929. Oil on canvas, 37,8 x 46 cm (14 7/8 x 18 in. ).
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From William Weston Gallery is Roy Lichtenstein's Sunrise, 1966.
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Walter Padovani offers Rinaldo Rinaldi's (Padua 1793-1873 Rome) Justice and Peace Embrace [detail], 1845. Terracotta, 56 x 26 x 19 cm (22 x 10 x 7.4 in.)
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From Dansk, Copenhagen, is Barbro Nilsson (Malmö 1899-1983 Höganäs) ‘Guldhästen (The Golden Horse).’ Sweden, 1966. Mixed thread including gold, tapestry weave, 228 x 242 cm (89.7 x 95.3 in.)
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The European Fine Art Foundation (TEFAF) has launched TEFAF Online, running November 1-4, 2020, in a fresh format. This is TEFAF’s first virtual fair, which provides attendees with direct, live access to world-renowned dealers and their selection of vetted artworks. Reducing virtual fair fatigue, each of the almost 300 specialist exhibitors is showing just one “masterpiece” representing their respective areas of expertise. 

While TEFAF Online is a platform to acquire blue chip artworks across periods and genres, it can also serve as a virtual "museum" trip showcasing rare works with often great backstories.

Shown are highlights hinging on happy in emotion, or inspiring and upbeat, that provide the perfect art-lift during these challenging times. To attend TEFAF Online, go to

A bright ‘Sunrise,’ one of the iconic motifs of Roy Lichtenstein’s early Pop period, is shown by William Weston Gallery.

Donald Ellis Gallery, New York, presents a Complex dance mask, 1890-1905, which hung at the Museum of the American Indian, Heye Foundation, New York, in the early 20th century. 

Walter Padovani, Milan, specializing in Ancient Art, displays Rinaldo Rinaldi’s (Italy, 1793-1873) Justice and Peace Embrace, 1845, a terracotta piece from the prestigious collection of the Earls of Harewood, who are related to the royal family through King George V’s only daughter Mary, the Princess Royal. 

Bergamin & Gomide, São Paulo, offers the rare and remarkable work Idílio, 1929, by eminent Brazilian modernist painter Tarsila do Amaral (Brazil, 1886-1973) for an asking price of $7,000,000. The word idílio (idyll) dates back to ancient lyrical poems that draw on brevity and simplicity to deal with bucolic and pastoral themes in the kingdom of love.

Barbro Nilsson’s Guldhästen (The Golden Horse), 1966, is the seventh and largest of the artist's remarkable mid-century tapestry series that hung in the headquarters of Sydkraft, one of Sweden’s largest hydropower companies, in Malmö. “In local people’s imagination the mists over the rivers of Skåne took the form of a mythical figure, the horse known as Bäckahästen," she said. The tapestry is offered by Dansk Møbelkunst.

The exquisite and joyful ‘Laughing Girl’ (also known as the ‘Bacchante with Roses’) is a technical tour de force by Jean Baptiste Carpeaux. The piece derives from the group of ‘The Dance’ on the facade of the Opera in Paris, and showcases Carpeaux's skill as a portrait artist. The circa-1872 marble comes from a U.S. private collection and is shown by Stuart Lochhead Sculpture.

See also the quiet beauty of Edo period six-fold screens from Gregg Baker, a massive blue and white wine cooler (c. 1690) from Aronson Antiquairs, a festive 17th-century silver coffee urn with 2 taps from A. Aardewerk Antiquair Juwelier and much more in TEFAF Online.

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