Posts Tagged ‘Academy des Beaux Artes’

Artist of the moment……..Xu Beihong


Xu Beihong in Yixing, Jiangsu, Qing China in the year 1895. The artist began studying Chinese art and calligraphy from a young age with his father.

Beihong attended several art schools studying in China, Tokyo, and in France at the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux Arts in Paris.

The artist was also the president of the Central Academy of Fine Arts.

Beihong could not only paint like a master in his traditional medium of ink and ink washes, but also mastered oil painting.


In this clip we view a show that came to the Denver Art Museum featuring Xu Beihong:

Xu Beihong is most renown for his unique paintings of horses and birds. In this clip we view some of his best works in this genre:

Xu Beihong passed away in 1953.

Price range information: Works range from $10,000 to $40 million dollars.

What I enjoy most about Xu Beihong is his compositions. They are a great blend of Eastern minimalism and Western realism.



Artist of the moment…..Pinchas Shaar…..

Pinchas Shaar was  born in the city of Lotz, Poland in the year 1923. His family history was  Jewish and Polish which landed him in a concentration camp from 1939 to 1945. After the end of the war Shaar attended the Munich Academy of Art. Shaar got his first job in the art world as a theatrical set designer.

Shaar also attended the Grand Chaumiere the Academy des Beaux Artes, both in Paris, France.

In 1956 Pinchas Shaar immigrated to Israel.

Shaar became famous for depicting many facets of Hebrew culture.

price range information: the artist worked as a painter and a printmaker. Oil paintings range $500 to $4,000. Lithograph prints range $400 to $1000.

Pinchas Shaar passed away in 1996 whilst in Israel.

The artist passed away in 1996.

Shaar had a wonderful gift in that he could tell a story through the emotions he painted in his characters. If I were to compare him to another artist it would be Arnold Friberg. Friberg gained fame as not only a Western themed artist, but also for illustrating the Book of Mormon. Below an example of an illustration painted by Friberg for the Book of Mormon.


So similar to Shaar, you have an artist very familiar with a certain way of lifestyle and religion and they are able to share with us in intimate detail their feelings which make for remarkable works of art. I enjoy the many facets seen in Shaar’s work such as cubism, realism, and surrealism. A great way to tell a story!