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Art auction of Picasso, Renoir and Monet

Sotheby’s Evening Sale of Impressionist and Modern Art in New York on 4 November 2009 presents an amazing range of work from a group of classic Impressionist pictures by Renoir, Pissarro and Sisley from the family of famous dealer Paul Durand-Ruel, to key works by modern masters such as Picasso, Giacometti, Derain and Joan Miró.
Many are fresh to the market as they come from private collections and estates and . Prior to the auction, the works will be on view in Sotheby’s 10th floor galleries from 30 October to 4 November 2009.
Late works by Pablo Picasso have been very successful at auction this year and Sotheby’s is offering one of the artist’s greatest monumental interpretations of the musketeer, Buste d’homme (est. $8/2 million). In October 1969, Picasso executed several canvases on the theme of a man seated in an armchair and the present oil is the largest of the group (195 x 130 cm). The canvas was included in the 1970 exhibition of the artist’s recent work at the Palais des Papes in Avignon and has not been shown publicly since. The recent exhibitions Picasso et les maîtres at the Grand Palais in Paris, and Picasso: Challenging the Past at the National Gallery in London have led to a critical reappraisal of Picasso’s late years which are now recognized as one the most fertile and inspired periods of the greatest artist of the 20th century . The present work has been consigned by a Private European Collection and has never before been offered at auction.
Another classic Impressionist work from a private Belgian collection is Claude Monet’s Clématites (est. $2.5/3.5 million). Painted in Monet’s garden at Giverny in the summer of 1887, the present work belongs to a series of paintings in which flowers dominate the picture space to the exclusion of any sort of landscape or contextualizing background. In its scale and focus, the present painting prefigures the artist’s later fascination with waterlilies. The single-minded concentration on leaf and petal spread out across the picture plane provides a precedent for the waterlily compositions, leading ultimately to the dissolution of form by light and color which led Monet to the limits of abstraction.
Seven paintings from the Durand-Ruel Family encompass works by a number of the Impressionist masters that legendary art dealer Paul Durand-Ruel represented — Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Camille Pissarro and Alfred Sisley. All but one work were acquired by Durand-Ruel directly from the artists and all have remained in the family ever since. This direct line from the great champion of Impressionism is a truly impeccable provenance. Three works by Pierre-Auguste Renoir will be offered including Femme au Chapeau Blanc which belongs to a series of oils that Renoir completed in the early 1890s of young women wearing elaborate chapeaux (est. $2.5/3.5 million).

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Photogold goes mobile

the game of life , jack vettriano
the game of life , jack vettriano

Photogold is going mobile with our new mobile website – www.photogold.mobi . The new mobile site is specifically designed for mobile phones . The site features picture galleries of artists including Jack Vettriano with online ordering.Photogold has been selling art at great online prices since 1998 . For more details phone sales manager David Rankin on 07723 538941 for our best price .Photogold is committed to supplying products of the highest quality. All products come with a 100% satisfaction guarantee.

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Irving Penn has died , aged 92

Photographer Irving Penn , one of the greatest photographers of the 20th century , has dies aged 92 . His pictures showed a stark simplicity whether he was shooting celebrity portraits, fashion, still life or remote places of the world. The death was announced by his photo assistant, Roger Krueger. Penn, who constantly explored the photographic medium and its boundaries, typically preferred to isolate his subjects — from fashion models to Aborigine tribesmen — from their natural settings to photograph them in a studio against a stark background. He believed the studio could most closely capture their true natures.

Between 1964 and 1971, he completed seven such projects, his subjects ranging from New Guinea mud men to San Francisco hippies. Penn also had a fascination with still life and produced a dramatic range of images that challenged the traditional idea of beauty, giving dignity to such subjects as cigarette butts, decaying fruit and discarded clothing. A 1977 show at the Metropolitan Museum of Art presented prints of trash rescued from Manhattan streets and photographed, lovingly, against plain backgrounds.

“Photographing a cake can be art,” he said at the 1953 opening of his studio, where he continued to produce commercial and gallery work into the 21st century.
Penn’s career began in the 1940s as a fashion photographer for Vogue, and he continued to contribute to the magazine for decades thereafter. He stumbled into the job almost by accident, when he abandoned his early ambition to become a painter and took a position as a designer in the magazine’s art department in 1943. Staff photographers balked at his unorthodox layout ideas, and a supervisor asked him to photograph a cover design.
The resulting image, on the Oct. 1, 1943, cover of Vogue, was a striking still-life showing a brown leather bag, a beige scarf, gloves, oranges and lemons arranged in the shape of a pyramid. In subsequent photographs for the magazine, Penn further developed his austere style that placed models and fashion accessories against clean backdrops. It was a radical departure at a time when most fashion photographers posed their subjects with props and in busy settings that tended to draw attention from the clothes themselves.

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Jack Vettriano reveals new paintings

Masthead by Jack Vettriano
Masthead by Jack Vettriano

Jack Vettriano seems to have been inspired by  the Riviera in France . He has announced a new set of 10 paintings  based on the Clyde-built Tuiga – the flagship of the Yacht Club of Monaco .”Most people are stuck at the end of Berwick Pier doing landscapes and so to get invited to be involved with the Tuiga centenary was just lovely. Sometimes I just have to pinch myself and ask, ‘Is this really going on? Am I really here?’ . The paintings include The Masthead , Sunshine and Champagne, Mystery Man, Ship of Dreams and Below Deck.

“I think the light in the Riviera is just gorgeous and for someone like me, the sheer visual pleasure that you get from being in that kind of environment – looking at beautiful motorcars, looking at beautiful women, the style and architecture – it stimulates all your senses.” Vettriano seems to have got bored with the subject of his rejectioon by the art establishment . He believes the public’s appetite for reproductions of his work is a greater reward than any acceptance by the Scottish art establishment, an issue that as far as he is concerned has been “hung, drawn and quartered”.  He said: “I’m pleased when somebody spends £20 on a poster and in some ways, that is my measure of success: that a man on the street will go and do that.

“It’s not about committees sitting in smoke-filled rooms making decisions. My support is the working man.” Jack Vettriano gallery

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Six new Rolf Harris limited edition prints

Hammersley Red Rocks by Rolf Harris
Hammersley Red Rocks by Rolf Harris

Photogold has 6 new prints by Rolf HarrisFirst Snow, Hyde Park Horses , Sun on the Water, Tresco , Hammersley Red Rocks , Summer Afternoon , Machu Pichu Limited Edition Giclee Print on Canvas and The Legends of Wimbledon Limited Edition Giclee Print by Rolf Harris A new limited edition giclee print on canvas by Rolf Harris. This commemorative print has been published after Rolf was commissioned this year by HSBC to paint a canvas celebrating the nation’s 10 favourite ever Wimbledon champions. The Legends Limited Edition Giclee Print on Canvas Image size: 30 x 22 in / 76.2 x 55.88 cm Published in June 2009 Edition size: 95 plus 10 Artist’s Proofs plus 10 Haute de Commerce £760.00 . Wimbledon painting of 10 former champions

Rolf Harris said: “They are all so good at the moment, and the new ones are coming along all the time. Andy Murray with a bit of luck could get in there, he has improved so much in the last year”, he said. Unfortunately he said ths before Murray got knocked out of the US Open by Marin Cilic yesterday

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New Jack Vettriano self-portrait for St Jude’s Infirmary

Along Came a Spider
Along Came a Spider

Two of Scotland’s heavyweight artists have teamed up to help new band St Jude’s Infirmary with their new album . Ian Rankin and Jack Vettriano have made contributions with Rankin penning lyrics and recording tracks and Vettriano creating a self-portrait for its latest album, released this weekend
St Jude’s Infirmary will showcase This Has Been The Death of Us on Saturday, also unveiling its unique artwork – created by Vettriano after he was so moved by one of its songs he painted the self-portrait as a gift.

The album is all about Edinburgh, described as a “love letter to Edinburgh” by the band who have written about its streets and pubs, with the help of Rankin and Vettriano.

Bassist Grant Campbell, 34, from Abbeyhill, said: “There is no question Ian and Jack have become great patrons for the band. “I am sure there will be people who will be wary of their involvement, but when they hear the album they’ll appreciate their value. Ian has an amazing syncopation to his spoken word and Jack has a voice that sounds like it’s been dug up from the coalfield.”
St Jude’s Infirmary will perform an acoustic set at the launch of the album, on Saturday night, at the National Portrait Gallery. It has not yet been confirmed whether Rankin and Vettriano will attend. Jack Vettriano
is one of the UK’s top selling artists with The Singing Butler being his most famous artwork .

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New Jack Vettriano auction

August is the month when the attention of the UK art market starts to turn towards Scotland, to Scottish art auctions and the Edinburgh Art Festival. For the first time in over 4o years, Sotheby’s will not be holding its regular sale of Scottish at the five-star Gleneagles Hotel in Perthshire.
However , Sotheby’s is previewing its next Scottish art sale in Edinburgh in mid-September, before a London auction later in the month. For this it has managed to gather an impressive array of Scottish Colourists, including 10 works by the painter Jack Vettriano

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New portrait of Francis Bacon by Michael Clark

Jack Vettriano’s new publishing company Heartbreak Publishing have announced a new limited edition print of Francis Bacon .When asked to talk about his favourite artist in a newspaper interview , Vettriano chose Francis Bacon

“Late last year, I visited the Bacon exhibition at the Tate Britain. I had previously seen isolated examples of his work in london and New york; I felt very priveleged to be in those rooms but the overwhelming emotion was one of pure, unadulterated shock. My senses were being ravished. I felt I was reeling from room to room, I had never experienced anything quite like this before. I fled, breathless into the Winter’s day trying to comprehend what I had just seen.

My Baconisation started in 1995 when I read Dan Farson’s wonderful ‘The Gilded Gutter Life of Francis Bacon’; I became instantly fascinated and captivated by both his work and his lifestyle. Here is a man who over forty years earlier had assaulted the sensibilities of the London art viewing public by exhibiting ‘Three Figures at the Base of a Crucifixion’. It was a horrorifying introduction to a body of work that was to evolve into surely one of the most important ever created.

Here is a man, self taught, almost entirely self-educated, painting the pleasure and the pain of his own existence. Such integrity produces great art – for great art is from the heart.”

more details about new portrait of Francis Bacon by Michael Clark

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Rolf Harris painting of ten favourite Wimbledon champions

Rolf Harris unveiled his new painting in front of the players themselves, including Martina Navratilova and Bjorn Borg in London yesterday.

The artist selected five male and five female players who have won a Wimbledon singles title, with the champions ranging from current mens champion Roger Federer, to Suzanne Lenglen, who won her first title back in 1919.

Harris said: “They are all so good at the moment, and the new ones are coming along all the time. Murray with a bit of luck could get in there, he has improved so much in the last year”, he said.

Out of the ten former champions included, Venus Williams gave him the most enjoyment to paint: “It was the first one I painted, and I just love the muscles and the strength of it all. The smash shot that she just played (in the painting), she’s just hit the ball, closed her eyes, and she knows it is going away for a winner”, he said.

The complete list is as follows; Bjorn Borg, Roger Federer, Steffi Graf, Billie-Jean King, Rod Laver, Suzanne Lenglen, John McEnroe, Martina Navratilova, Pete Sampras and Venus Williams. Rolf Harris paints and presents numerous TV programmes