Archive for February 26, 2014

Artist of the moment…….Bernard Stern

Bernard Stern was a  painter who was also a  printmaker, and sculptor who enjoyed working with the face and figure. The artist also created a large body of rather abstract works.

His lineage is more difficult to remember than most artists! Stern was British and born in Brussels, Belgium.Stern was married first to a Vietnamese princess and later to an American woman.

He lived in all of the major artistic cities at some point. London, England and Paris, France and New York City.

Bernard Stern came from a short family and he also was very short but had a great work ethic and tremendous  determination.

The artist lived an incredible life as he was born to  wealthy Jewish family in Brussels, Belgium in the year 1920. He was the only son. As his family was Jewish one day all of their possessions weren’t theirs anymore and the artist didn’t panic. He had belief in himself and turned out to be a great businessman with his lampshade painting business!

Bernard Stern was also a great businessman. He created a company that specialized in painting lampshades.

The artist did marry a princess from Vietnam. The couple had three children. The marriage ended and Stern took up painting avidly once again.

Stern was known as the man who lived life at 100,000 volts!

What a great businessman and artist! The artist also had a great collection of art. What an amazing life this artist had. It seems he had the best of everything and still wanted to create art!

Bernard Stern was killed in a car accident in France in 2002 and was killed at the age of 82 years of age.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

Stern is part of museum collections including the Museum of Modern Art in Paris, France and the Museum of Modern Art located in Chicago, Illinois.

What a talented artist with a very unique lifestyle !


Artist of the moment…….Louise K. Stone

Louise K. Stone was born in Findlay, Ohio in the year 1902. Stone was an abstract painter who worked with basic geometric shapes and great color.

For his artistic education Louise Stone attended the Cincinnati Academy of Art and the Pennsylvania Academy of Art. Stone also took classes at the Art Student’s League of New York City.

The artist also studied in Germany with Hans Hoffman.

Louise K. Stone passed away in 1984.

Price range information: Sorry none available.


Artist of the moment…….Wei Zixi

Wei Zixi was a very prolific Chinese painter of the landscape and figure.  Zixi did much of his work with ink painted on hanging scrolls.

Wei Zixi was born in 1915 in Suiping, Henan, China.

The artist was a member of the Jiangsu Chinese Paint Academy.

Wei Zixi passed away in 2002.

I wish more information was available for this artist! In the upcoming posts we will spend some time looking at the wonderful Chinese painters that work on hanging scrolls. I love the atmosphere and design of these well executed works!

In this clip we visit a museum named for the artist. Not much artwork of Wei Zixi is shown. I included the clip as it contains a wonderful part in which traditional landscape painter Henry Li shows which brushes he uses to make clouds, mountains, and trees:

Price range information: Works range from $10,000 to $75,000.

Wei Zixi was able to get great depth on his wonderful compositions. The artist was also a very capable draftsman I would rank in the same category of other landscape artists including Claude Lorraine.