Since the dawn of time, people have had the compulsion to organize and be artistic. I’ve stood in front of pieces and wept unexpectedly. I’ve stood in front of others and had a purely joyful reaction or abstract sense of wellness, or coziness from others. And yes, sometimes I stand and feel nothing.
I almost have the feeling that he would set about to paint something and honestly not know how he was going to pull it off. I don’t think he had any doubt in his ability to pull it off, it’s more that he was unafraid of different techniques and even rather unconventional points of view- odd angles, even including rather odd items or compositional elements. His unique perspective makes his work feel fresh to me.
When I was in Baltimore in August at the Antique Show, I was fortunate to meet
, a private dealer in French art and art adviser based in New York and Paris. I was really taken with several of the little gems she had with her, but especially a small nude and a little canal scene painted in Venice around Sargent's time. She spent some time talking with me and kindly sent me this article she had published in 2011 in Fine Art Connoisseur and said I could share it with her blessing.
Assembling a Collection in France by Carole Pinto
My inspiration for this article came after one too many strangers
exclaimed, upon learning that I am an art dealer, “I’d love to
buy art, but I can’t afford it!”
(click this link to read on)
See the bathing woman 2nd from the upper left corner? and a little Venetian canal painting on the far left of the table? Those were my favorites at this booth. I'm a sucker for French art. Most of my favorite painters are dead French artists.
I got home a few days ago from a road trip with my husband, Joseph, to visit a big antique, art, and jewelry show in Baltimore. I wanted to see if there were a lot of potential Thimgan collectors there, and I think there were. I may tweak my plans a bit, but I think I got some excellent feedback and met some really interesting art and antique dealers form all over the world.
Inside three days, I whisked through hundreds of booths of amazing art, saw some favorite pieces in the Cleveland Museum of Art, and visited the Brandywine River Museum, as well as an a tour of Andrew Wyeth’s studio which he used until his death in 2009, if I understood correctly. The Brandywine River setting alone was breathtaking…some pastorals will come out of what I saw there.
I’ve never been a huge fan of Andrew Wyeth’s exactly. I’ve read biographies on him and his dad, N.C. (Nowell Convers) and don’t deny the incredible force they possessed. I’m partial to N.C. and Andrew’s son, Jamie Wyeth’s work as I mentioned in a blog entry a few years ago. Again, Andrew’s work is utter genius, some of it is just darker than I…enjoy.. for lack of a better word. I saw the Helga exhibit in Maine when I was about 20 years old and I remember the emotional force of it today.
Cleveland Museum of Art, a stunner by one of may favorite painters, Henri Fantin-Latour
I went to the Cleveland Art Museum to see works by Chardin like this one, and Fantin-Latour.
I can never see too many Corot's!
A booth at the Antique Show in Baltimore
The N.C.Wyeth room at the Wyeth Museum in PA
Taking in last moments outside Andrew Wyeth's studio
The lovely Brandywine River from a window in the Wyeth Museum