Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Frank Dobson RA (British, 1888 - 1963) : Post Impressionist : Newlyn School.


Frank Dobson RA (British, 1888 - 1963)
Post Impressionist Coastal Landscape
Newlyn School
Watercolour
Signed lower left with pseudonym "Evelyn Bishop"
Gilt framed and glazed
Dimensions: 32 cms. x 47.5 cms. (image) - 54 cms. x 67 cms. (incl. gilt frame).

Frank Dobson was a sculptor, draughtsman and painter in oil and watercolour who studied initially at the art school in Hospitalfield, Arbroath, then at the City and Guilds School at Kennington, London. In 1913 he visited Cornwall, where he studied under Stanhope Forbes for a short while, but he had found the second Post-Impressionist show of 1912 so impressive that he found Forbes' methods old-fashioned and, conversely, Forbes was shocked by Dobsons' modernism. Dobson visited London frequently during this period, becoming friends with Augustus John, at whose instigation he held his first exhibition of watercolours and drawings at the Chenil Gallery, Chelsea, London in 1914.

Dobson served with the Artists Rifles in World War I and returning to Newlyn in 1919, where he married. It was the same year that Cedric Morris and Lett Haines first came to Cornwall and the three of them were instigators of many bohemian parties that shocked the local population. Dobson created his first sculpture while in Cornwall in 1915 and he soon became friends with Ben Nicholson, with whom he maintained a friendship throughout the 1920s. Dobson exhibited with Group X and was held in high esteem by modernist critics like Roger Fry and Clive Bell.


In 1946 Frank Dobson was made Professor of Sculpture at the Royal College of Art and in 1953 was elected as a Royal Academician. In 1981/2 a major touring exhibition of Dobsons work was mounted by Kettle's Yard, Cambridge, and Dobson continues to enjoy an international reputation with his works of art held in many public collections including the Tate Galleries.


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Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Raoul Dufy (French, 1877 - 1953) Blue Portrait of Jean Cocteau : Arts and Crafts Company.




Raoul Dufy (French, 1877 - 1953)
Blue Portrait of Jean Cocteau



Raoul Dufy first collaborated with Jean Cocteau in 1920 producing stage designs for "The Ox on the Roof" pantomime ballet at Theatre Champs-Élysées, Paris. This intimate portrait of Jean Cocteau rendered in blue crayon portrays the true character of the young and charismatic Cocteau.

"Blue
is the only color which maintains its own character in all its tones,
it will always stay Blue...." Raoul Dufy.



Some years later Andy Warhol would also deploy the colour blue in his screen-printed portrait of Jean Cocteau.

Raoul Dufy was born into a large family at Le Havre, in Normandy. He left school at the age of fourteen to work in a coffee-importing company. In 1895, when he was 18, he started taking evening classes in art at Le Havre's École des Beaux-Arts (municipal art school). The classes were taught by Charles Lhuillier, who had been, forty years earlier, a student of the French portrait-painter, Ingres. There, Dufy met Raimond Lecourt and Othon Friesz with whom he later shared a studio in Montmartre and to whom he remained a lifelong friend. During this period, Dufy painted mostly Norman landscapes in watercolors.

In 1900, after a year of military service, Dufy won a scholarship to the École national supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris, where again he crossed paths with Othon Friesz. (He was there when Georges Braque also was studying.) He concentrated on improving his drawing skills. The impressionist landscape painters, such as Claude Monet and Camille Pissarro, influenced Dufy profoundly. His first exhibition (at the Exhibition of French Artists) took place in 1901. Introduced to Berthe Weill in 1902, Dufy showed his work in her gallery. Then he exhibited again in 1903 at the Salon des Indépendants.

Dufy completed one of the largest paintings ever contemplated, a huge and immensely popular ode to electricity, the fresco La Fée Electricité for the 1937 Exposition Internationale in Paris.
Dufy also acquired a reputation as an illustrator and as a commercial artist. He painted murals for public buildings; he also produced a huge number of tapestries and ceramic designs. His plates appear in books by Guillaume Apollinaire, Stéphane Mallarmé, and André Gide.

In 1909, Raoul Dufy was commissioned by Paul Poiret to design stationery for the house, and after 1912 designed textile patterns for Bianchini-Ferier used in Poiret's and Charvet's garments.
In the late 1940s and early 1950s, Dufy exhibited at the annual Salon des Tuileries in Paris.

Raoul Dufy was buried near Matisse in the Cimiez Monastery Cemetery in Cimiez, a suburb of the city of Nice in 1953.

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Thursday, 13 July 2017

Maqbool Fida Husain : Varanasi : Arts and Crafts Company : Global Works of Art


MAQBOOL FIDA HUSAIN
(India, 1913 - 2011).

Varanasi.

Serigraph on archival paper.
Date 1973.
Hand signed by M F Husain and signed in the work.
Unframed (with black card mount).

Signed, titled and dated "Varanasi 25 II '73" (25 February 1973) lower right; from a limited edition of 150 and numbered 143/150' lower left; later hand signed and dedicated again by M F Husain "Husain 12 X '004" (12 December 2004) lower right.


Image 72 cms x 49 cms approx. (inside mount measurement).

Maqbool Fida Husain
(17 September 1915 – 9 June 2011) (Urdu: مقبول فدا حسین ‎) commonly known as MF Husain, was a modern Indian painter of international acclaim, and a founding member of The Progressive Artists Group of Bombay (PAG).

Husain was associated with Indian modernism in the 1940s. His early association with the Progressive Artist's Group, or "PAG of Bombay" used modern technique, and was inspired by the "new" India after The Partition of 1947. His narrative paintings, executed in a modified Cubist style. His themes sometimes treated in a series include topics as diverse as Mohandas K. Gandhi, Mother Teresa, the Ramayana, the Mahabharata, the British Raj, and motifs of Indian urban and rural life. Early in his painting career, and until his death, he enjoyed depicting the lively and free spirit of horses in many of his works. Often referred to as the "Picasso of India", M.F. Husain is the most celebrated and internationally recognized Indian artist of the 20th century. Husain is primarily known for his paintings, but is also known for his drawings and his work as a print maker, photographer, and film maker.

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Thursday, 15 June 2017

Khmer Cambodia Bronze Singa 12th Century Angkor Wat Style (1100-1175) : Arts and Crafts Company

 
Khmer Cambodia
Bronze Singa
(Guardian Lion)
12th Century
Angkor Wat Style
(1100-1175)

Height 41 cms
Width 20 cms
Depth 20 cms
Weight 8 Kgs

In Cambodia statues of lions (singa) flank the temple gates or access roads and are commonly found at the temple of Angkor. Bakong, a stepped pyramid Hindu temple from earlier period also display lion statues as guardians of each stages on each of the cardinal points. Khmer lion guardian statues are commonly found in Angkor Wat, Bayon, Pre Rup and Srah Srang. Just like ancient Java, the depiction of lion in ancient Khmer art is not in naturalistic style, more like a symbolic mythical animal derived from Indian Hindu-Buddhist art. The royal emblem of Cambodia depicting a pair of guardian animals gajasinga (hybrid of elephant and lion) and singa (lion).

Guardian Lions (singa) from the Malay word "singa" meaning Lion, flanked the main approaches to the sanctuary of most Khmer temples and were also placed along the stairways and on terraces. The lion, representing royalty, strength, and courage, was the personal symbol of the Khmer Kings, who were also believed to be gods. Therefore, the lion as guardian of the sacred precinct suggested the ability to ward off evil through both divine and royal protection.

Angkor Wat was the state temple and mausoleum of Suryavarman II (1113 AD to 1145-1150 AD). It was dedicated to the God Vishnu, which is the probable reason for its (unusual) orientation to the West. Today, it has lost its Hindu association in the minds of most, and has become an important place of pilgrimage for Buddhists.

Angkor Wat is without doubt the most important monument of the Khmer Empire. Its immense scale alone demands attention, but this coupled with its artistic precision and historic significance make it one of the great wonders of the world. Its image--to Cambodians and foreigners alike--is synonymous with the country today, and has graced every flag in Cambodia's history.

Nothing embodies Cambodia's history more than Angkor Wat, which was built by Suryavarman II. Construction--which took thirty years--was not completed until after his death, and the temple appears to have been both his state temple and mausoleum. It was also the capital of the Khmer Empire, which reached its height under his rule.

Almost nine centuries after its construction, Angkor Wat remains one of the world's largest religious monuments. Like so many of the Khmer temples, it is a representation of Mt. Meru. Unlike most of the temples at Angkor, however, it is oriented towards the west, probably due to its association with Vishnu. Its outer perimeter is marked by a moat 200 m wide that stretches a kilometer and a half north to south, and nearly that distance east to west. A stone causeway crosses this moat on the western side, the principal entrance, meeting the outer laterite enclosure wall in a grand gopura.

Another stone causeway leads from this gopura to the temple itself, which is effectually a pyramid of three levels, each with a concentric gallery, four corner towers, and four gopuras at the cardinal points. The summit is crowned with five towers, each meant to imitate the silhouette of a lotus bud. The sheer size of the monument makes the layout difficult to discern from the ground. The central tower of Angkor Wat reaches a height of 65 meters, dwarfing the cathedrals being built at the same time in Europe.

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Thursday, 4 May 2017

Stephen Sheppard joins Trinity House Paintings : London : The Cotswolds : New York


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Established in 2006 by Steven Beale, Trinity House has become a major source for fine art in the United Kingdom and global art world. Originating in the picturesque Cotswolds village of Broadway, Trinity House expanded into Mayfair, London in 2009, and in 2011 opened their third gallery in Manhattan, New York. Having these three locations, in addition to exhibiting at the major international art fairs in Europe and the United States has allowed Trinity House to have personal relationships with their clients across the globe.

Trinity House act on behalf of private collectors, interior designers and museums, as well as other interested customers, advising on every aspect of sourcing, buying, selling and maintaining fine art. Trinity House recognize that clients need not only to be offered fine paintings and works of art, but also to be provided with expert, straightforward advice on buying art and building a collection. Trinity House aim to make the market approachable by acting as guides through the various aspects involved in buying and selling art.

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Friday, 28 April 2017

12thC / 13thC Gilded Copper Amitābha Buddha, Tibet : Arts and Crafts Company.


Gilded Copper Amitābha Buddha, Tibet.
銅鎏金無量壽佛坐像, 西藏 
  
Approximate Period: 
12th - 13th Century.  
Height: 26.0 cms.  Length: 20.5 cms.  Width: 16.0 cms. 
Condition Report:  Extremely well preserved.

This is a rare well-preserved gilded copper Amitābha Buddha, dates from the period circa 12th – 13th century and originates from Tibet. A similar Asian work of art has not appeared in any auctions or private sales which demonstrates the uniqueness of this particular Asian work of art.

The hat placed above the head comprises of the traditional Tibetan lotus flower at the centre, with smaller variations throughout. The seated figures right hand holds the sacred longevity bottle, with the left hand holding a casting folk. The proportion of the lotus base, body of the figure, and the head of the Buddha are all in the right dimensions and sizes, demonstrating the detailed craftsmanship and spiritual devotion of the lama in that era.

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Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Ming Dynasty Chenghua (1465 - 1487) Imperial Vase : Arts and Crafts Company.

Ming Dynasty Chenghua (1465 - 1487) Imperial Vase.
 
Chenghua six character under glaze blue mark and of the period.
 
明代成華(1465 - 1487年)皇家花瓶

This fine and rare Imperial Vase was made in China in Jiangxi Province during the Ming period (1368-1644) in the reign of Emperor Chenghua (1465 - 1487). Noted for their very thin translucent porcelain bodies and elegant shapes, porcelains made during the reign of the Chenghua Emperor are ranked among the finest examples of imperial Chinese porcelain wares. This mark and period masterpiece of Chinese porcelain displays a very high level of technical achievement and imperial quality craftsmanship, much admired by collectors worldwide.

Dimensions:
Height 19.8 cms, Diameter 7.6 cms. Weight 658g.

Condition Report:
Commensurate with age.

Provenance: Chinese Foundation Provenance (Canada):


 
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