Saturday, February 23, 2013

Find Your Perfect French Art Frame..In France!

Have you been searching for the right frame for your art?

Matching size, style, age, and ambiance to your painting brings out the best...
but where can you find the right frame?

France has shops with AISLES
of choices.

Antique fairs only for the trade...



My next French trip is in March..
Contact me to find the frame that has escaped you...

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Do You Collect the Whimsical Pieces of Louis Durot?

What a magical table by Louis Durot!
 5 foot in diameter

It reminds me of the Stalactites hanging from the ceiling in Virginia's Luray Caverns  
from my childhood family vacations.
Luray Caverns awed me at age 10 and Durot awes me again!

On a recent buying trip to Paris, I met a dealer specializing in Louis Durot... Exciting!
As a long time personal friend of Durot, he had a large collection of special Durot pieces.
They are writing a new catalogue together.

Sensual Chairs with the famous Durot spiral....

Giant Wall Sculptures!

Louis Durot was born in 1939 and was trained as a chemical engineer.
An expert in plastics, he creates vibrant pieces that almost feel like they move.
At 70+ he is still creating. And in December, he was in China teaching...amazing!

What a wonderful engineer mind and an artist soul.

I am returning to France in a few weeks and excited to see Durot's new collection...

If you would like to add some Durot magic to your home, contact me
The magical blue table above is available!

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Furniture Can Be Art!

The man size wall shelf caught my eye in Paris....

Why only have a shelf ?
When you can also have art!

Perfect for any room.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Great Finds At Auction!

Found several early artists' models at auction today.

Love the color of the wood!

Only needs small bit of repair to return this early articulated mannequin back to its early glory.

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Do You Favor Pissarro or Cezanne??

 Camille Pissarro, "Le Jardin de Maubuisson, Pontoise", spring 1877

 Paul Cezanne, "Le Jardin de Maubuisson, Pontoise", 1877

On a buying trip in Paris in 2006,
I was fortunate to view a special exhibition at the Museum D'Orsay.

80 paintings by Pissarro and Cezanne had been borrowed from museums and private collections all over the world and presented "side by side".
A rare chance to see the way the 2 masters saw the world.
For more than a decade in the mid-1800s, the 2 artist often painted side by side.

Cezanne was from Provence and was sent to Paris to study law.
He chose instead, to take painting classes at a Paris walk-in studio school. 
It was there in 1861,at the Suisse Academy in Paris, where he met Pissarro.
Many of the students mocked Cezanne's "provincial gaucheries", but not Pissarro.

Pissarro was born on the Caribbean island of St. Thomas. He was educated in France, returned to St. Thomas, and then 2 years in Venezuela before moving to Europe for a final time.
Like Cezanne, Pissarro's father did not want him to be a painter.

Think what the world would have missed,
 if Cezanne and Pissarro had followed the wishes of their family,
 rather than following their hearts.

Cezanne's drawing of Pissarro on the left, Pissarro's etching of Cezanne on the right.

The two men developed a long lasting understanding of each other...
sometimes paternal... Pissarro 9 years the elder
sometimes brotherly...they often painted each other's portraits
sometimes as colleagues....sharing
Cezanne started painting more landscapes and experimenting with geometry.
Pissarro took up the palette knife.

Cezanne was known to be cranky, guarding his heart.
Pissarro was full of unconditional kindness.

 Camille Pissarro, "Rue de Gisors", 1873
(notice this painting on the wall in Cezanne's still life below)

 Paul Cezanne, "Still Life with a Soup Tureen", 1874

Notice at the top left of Cezanne's still life...
he has included Pissarro's earlier painting in his own work.

Cezanne said of Pissarro,
"As for old Pissarro, he was a father to me. 
He was a man to be consulted and something like the good Lord."

Mary Cassatt said of Pissarro, 
"Pissarro was such a good teacher that he could have taught stones to draw correctly."

 Camille Pissarro, "View of the Mathurin House, Pontoise", 1875

Pissarro was a people person and often included figures in his works.

 Paul Cezanne, "Le Clos des Mathurins, Pontoise", 1875

Often, the paintings of Cezanne did not include figures.

 Camille Pissarro, "La Cote des Jalais, Pontoise", 1867

Paul Cezanne, "La Cote des Jalais, Pontoise", 1879-1881

Who do you favor??

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