Archive for April 3, 2014

Artist of the moment…….Jean Hugo


Jean Hugo was a French painter renowned for his quick sketches. Jean Hugo was born in Paris, France in the year 1894. Hugo comes from a long line of artists, his great grandfather was famed French romantic Victor Hugo. Jean Hugo’s father was named George. George Hugo was an author and painter. The black and white work of a man is self portrait by Jean Hugo.

Hugo is associated with the Modernist and Surrealist movements.

Hugo taught himself to draw, paint, and even write his own essays since he was a child.

Hugo himself was married twice and from his second marriage produced seven children, many went on to various artistic careers.

Jean Hugo passed away in 1984 at the age of 89 years old.

Many books written by Hugo and his relatives have to do with art.

Price range information : Works range from $10,000 to $320,000.


Artist of the moment……Philip and Kelvin Laverne



Philip and Kelvin Laverne were a father and son team in America that produced a large amount of cabinets and tables in the 1950s until the 1970s.

Philip Laverne studied with American painter John Sloan, learning to paint in a realistic manner. Philip lived from 1908 to 1988. Philip took the lead in materials and graphics design. Kelvin the son took the lead in deciding on basic form and how a piece was finished.

Their preferred method of working was to work using acid to etch into bronze. Each work looks as if a wonderful piece of art. I know I could never sit in one, or yet alone touch it.Many of these works have a far east or Egyptian feel to them. I immediately thought of the great English painter Sir  Lawerence Alma Tadema. Both have a great sense of design for eastern culture in paintings.

Kelvin Laverne studied at the Parson’s Institute located in New York City.

In this clip we view a great acid etched coffee table that breaks the $3,000 mark at auction:

Kelvin Laverne was born in 1938.

Price range information: Most furniture works range from $3,000 to $20,000. Philip was also an oil painter and works range from $3,000 to $8,000.

Another great family of artists!