Archive for November, 2013

Artist of the moment…..Louis Ritman

Louis Ritman was an American painter born in Russia in the year 1889. Ritman and his family emigrated to Chicago, Illinois in the year 1900.As a young man he began an apprentice with a sign painter. The sign painter recognized his artistic genius and encouraged him to further his studies. Ritman studied at the Art Institute of Chicago, The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, and even the Academie Julien in Paris, France.

Ritman was one of few American artists to be given in admission of a painting in the Paris Salon exhibition.

Ritman is associated with the Impressionist style of painting. Ritman enjoyed  painting the female figure and also lush gardens sometimes combining the two genres. Ritman enjoyed experimenting with the dappling of light.

The artist enjoyed working with the light of Giverny, France and often would summer there.

A great selection of works by Ritman below. Many examples of the female figure in various locales:

Price range information: Louis Ritman worked in oils and watercolors with prices ranging from $5,000 to $600,000.

Louis Ritman taught at the Chicago Institute of Art for nearly three decades.

Louis Ritman passed away in 1963.

What a wonderful mix of shapes and colors achieved by mixing the painting of flesh and clothes vs. the wonderful patterns and colors found in botanical subjects.

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Artist of the moment….Dorothy Dehner

Dorothy Dehner was an American sculptor born in Cleveland, Ohio in the year 1901. For her artistic education Dehner studied dance at the University of California at Los Angeles, California. In addition Dehner attended  the American Academy of Dramatic Art located in New York City.

Price range information: Works range from $4,000 to $50,000.

Dehner was married to a fellow artist named Roland David Smith. Smith was an Abstract Expressionist that worked with sculpture and worked on a very large scale. The couple were married from 1927 until 1952 but died young in a car crash in 1965. This interview features David Smith talking about his artwork:

Dehner would marry again, her second husband ran a publishing company.

Dehner also attended the Art Student’s League of New York City.For her printmaking studies she studied under Stanley Hayter at a private atelier. Below an example of Hayter’s abstract art.

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Dorothy Dehner passed away in 1994.

Dorothy Dehner is part of many prominent museum collections including the Museum of Modern Art, the National Museum of Women in the Arts, and the Smithsonian Art Museum.

What a great level of abstraction in both her printwork and sculptures.

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Artist of the moment……George Hoyningen- Huene

George Hoyningen- Huene was an internationally renown photographer born in St. Petersberg, Russia in the year 1900. Over his career he worked for many fashion magazines including Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar. Huene was most popular in the 1920s through the 1940s where he gained fame for his unique images of the human figure.

Huene’s father was a nobleman. Huene had two sisters who both went on to careers in the fashion industry as designers.

Huene’s family left Russia after the revolution moving first to London, England and then Paris, France. In Paris he met Horst P. Horst, already profiled here, and the two became romantically involved.

The artist went on to enjoy a long career in movies. Huene shot celebrity photographs and even was a special assistant on many movies helping with color consulting. This was when the industry was just experimenting with technicolor.

George Hoyningen- Huene passed away in 1968.

Price range information: Works range from $3,000 to $30,000.

In this clip a selection of works from George Hoynington- Huene’s lifetime of work:

From an artist’s view my favorite images of the artist are the ones showing the silhouette of a figure interacting with a basic geometric shape. The women holding an object that appears to be a hula hoop. The shapes and design are very intriguing.

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Artist of the moment….Joanasie Naluiyuk

Joanasie Naluiyuk was born in Salluit, Quebec, Canada in 1917. A favorite subject for the artist was animals.

The artist passed away in 2000.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

Joanasie Naluiyuk is part of the collection of the Canadian Museum of Civilization.

In this clip we view a work that deals with the hunting of seals:

No more information on this artist but more Inuit art soon!

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Artist of the moment…..Taro Okamoto

Taro Okamoto was a world renowned painter, printmaker, and sculptor born in Kawagawa, Japan in the year 1911. The artist’s father was a cartoonist and his mother a writer. For his artistic education Okamoto attended the Pantheon-Sorbonne in France. Okamoto also painted murals.

Okamoto is associated with the Nihonga movement. Much of this art of this movement was executed in watercolor or ink on Japanese paper or even silk.

Whilst in France he was able to meet some leading painters including Andres Breton and Kurt Seligmann. The two artists were among the leaders in the Surrealist Art movement.

His former studio is open to tourists and is located in Tokyo, Japan.

Taro Okamoto passed away in 1996 at the age of 84 years old.

Taro Okamoto loved to say art is explosion! In this work a great example of his style with this very large mural that depicts events after the atom bomb was dropped.  The work is located at a subway station in Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan. Shibuya is a shopping district:

In this clip a great montage of works by Taro Okamoto:

Price range information:  Taro Okamoto created paintings, prints, and sculptures ranging from $4,000 to $120,000.

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Artist of the moment…….Kotaro Takamura

Kotaro Takamura was the son of Koun Takamura, the last entry and a sculptor who worked with wood and bronze. Kotaro Takamura was born in 1902 in Tokyo, Japan. Kotaro Takamura was like his father a great sculptor. Kotaro also was a poet and enjoyed writing.

A big influence on Kotaro Takamura was Auguste Rodin.

For his artistic education Kotaro Takamura attended the Tokyo School of Fine Arts where he studied sculpture. The artist also studied abroad in New York City, London, and Paris.

Kotaro Takamura passed away in 1956 at the age of 73 years old.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

What a great father and son combination of artists!

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Artist of the moment……Koun Takamura

Koun Takamura was an artist born in the year 1852. Koun Takamura was an artist and poet that was renown for a public commissioned work of who many call the last true samurai, Saigo Takamori. Koun Takamura created the statue in 1898. Below is an image of this famous warrior. Koun Takamura is associated with the modernist movement.

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Koun Takamura was an apprentice to master sculptor Takamura Toun.

Another important idea for Koun Takamura was to preserve the art of carving in wood. The artist was part of the Tokyo School of Fine Arts faculty where he taught Buddhist style of carving with wood.

Koun Takamura passed away in 1934.

Koun Takamura was the father of the poet and and artist Kotaro Takamura.

Price range information: Works range from $2,000 to $70,000.

In this clip we view a work by Koun Takamura titled  Sakara the King of Water:

And here we view a statue of a monkey by Koun Takamura:

What a talented family of artists! The son Kotaro Takamura will be the next post!

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Artist of the moment……Minnie Palliser

Minnie Palliser was a fantastic Inuit artist born in the year 1928 in Inukjuak, Quebec, Canada. She is married to a man named George whose family was very important to the European settlers seeking trade as George’s father was the only one of his people to be good at speaking English. George’s father was also excellent at gathering food in the harsh winter season. The Inuit peoples of that time didn’t live in permanent camps or settlements and were nomadic.

Palliser was renowned for her carvings of mothers, fathers, and children.

The artist has also worked with basketry, but it took up a lot of time and didn’t make her very much income, so she gave up this form of art.

Minnie Palliser was also an expert at the Inuit style of throat singing. She traveled across the globe and even performed her singing in Europe.

Minnie Palliser passed away in 2003.

Price range information:  Sorry none available.

I noticed the same style of varying texture is found in the shona artists I have profiled. Minnie Palliser made this look by using a nail to prick the surface.

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Artist of the moment……Bruno Munari

Bruno Munari was born in 1907 in Milan, Italy. Munari is associated with the abstract and futurist movements. The artist worked in many mediums including painting, sculpture, film, and even poetry. For design the Munari worked with many items designing espresso machines, ashtrays, and even televisions.

Another creative venture for Munari was creating children’s  books. The artist created and illustrated many children’s books over his lifetime. These books were “fun” for kids as  Munari used textures and sometimes kinectic art to get children to touch and interact with his books.

A large influence on Munari was theorist and writer  Filippo Marinetti.

At the beginning of his working career as a graphic designer.

The artist joined the second Futurist movement in Italy, but left this movement because of political dissent of the artist to the Facist movement.

Bruno Munari passed away in 1988 at the age of 90 years old.

In this clip we view a show featuring some kinetic works by Bruno Munari:

Price range information:  Works range from $3,000 to $50,000.

What fantastic geometric shapes and design by Bruno Munari in his creation of abstract works of art.

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Artist of the moment…..Shoji Hamada

Shoji Hamada was a famous Japanese potter born in the year 1894 in Tokyo, Japan. For his collegiate education Hamada attended the Tokyo Institute of Technology.

A wonderful selection of works by Hamada in this clip. I only wish I knew what the characters meant!

At this school only Hamada and another artist named Kawai Kanjiro where interested in becoming artists who specialized in pottery.

A large influence on the artist was Bernard Leach. Hamada saw Leach’s work and wrote to him seeking in introduction. The two met and became great friends as they had much in common. Hamada worked with Leach for a few years before opening his own shop in Mashiko, Japan. Below are two great examples of the British artist Bernard Leach:

Shoji Hamada was declared a living national treasure in 1955.

Shoji Hamada passed away in 1978.

In this clip we view Shoji Hamada at work on his pottery wheel!

Price range information: Sorry none available. His works sell very well at auction as he is so revered but I was unable to find any actual prices.

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