Archive for August 31, 2012

Artist of the moment….French artist Le Pho…

The artist was actually born in Vietnam in 1907.

Went on to become one of best Impressionists of his day.

Was famous for his paintings of women in flower gardens.

A brief clip of some of the artists work. If you don’t understand the language in the beginning Le Pho’s painting images begin 15 seconds into the clip. I enjoy his playful and happy style of painting.

Le Pho had a tremendous artistic output working in oils, lithographs, watercolors, inks, and gouache.

High range price: $110,000 for a gouache sized 24 by 40 inches titled Hibiscus and birds.
$373,000 for a work done with inks titled the Purple Curtain.

Low range price: $5,000 for a small floral picture in oils.  12 by 12 inches.

In Vietnam he attended the Ecole de Beaux Arts de Hanoi, Vietnam. He received a scholarship to study in Ecole de Beaux Arts Paris in 1932. Upon returning to Vietnam he taught at the Indochine School of Fine Arts located in Hanoi, Vietnam. In 1937 he returned to Paris where he would live the rest of his days.

He had a unique and personal subject matter painting mainly scenes of women from his native Vietnam surrounded by flowers. In some paintings he leaned towards a Dali type of Surrealism elongated the female figures as they seem to float above the many fields of flowers.

Le Pho passed away in 2001.

This is probably my favorite artist to come from Vietnam. He had a very happy and impressionistic style of painting.

For some art homework try and paint a dream that you have had. Perhaps for some inspiration look to some Surreal masters like Dali or Leonora Corrington. Try to nail the mood of what you want to say rather than go for strict realism.

Artist of the moment….Harold Clayton….


Probably my favorite British artist when it comes to painting wonderful floral works.

The artist was born in 1896 in London, England.

A new word to add your vocabulary list “plinth.” In architecture it is a base or platform on which an object rests. The artist is perhaps best known for his fantastic floral works set atop stone plinths.

What amazed me about the works by Clayton is how lively the flowers seem compared to the cool and smooth colors of the stone. I also enjoy his muted shadows, many times in still lifes you have extreme areas of light and dark light you might see in a Rembrandt, Sherrie McGraw, or David Leiffel work. Its great to see an approach that seeks out color over greys rather than light over dark. A fantastic way to look at floral images.

Went to art school in Hackney, London. Went on to attend Harrow Art School. Also studied at St. Martens School of Art working under Norman Jones.

The artist turned out to love gardening and concentrated on devoping his style of floral works.

High range price:  $ 44,000 for an oil painting of flowers in a vase,

Low range price: Smaller floral works start around $7,000.

Worked in oils and watercolors and exhibited many times at the Royal Academy.

The artist passed away in 1979.