Posts Tagged ‘david klein’

Happy Birthday to the Eiffel Tower located in Paris, France………

The Eiffel Tower opened on March 31, 1889 in Paris, France. Lets take a look at some great works inspired by this famous landmark.


This wonderful poster work of art was done by David Klein. The American poster artist who has piece of New York City’s Time Square that he created in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.


This fantastic work was created by Lorraine Christie. Christie excels at painting large groups of people and uses a subdued palette that makes the bold colors of the figures in her work jump towards the viewer.


This work appears small but in fact is slightly larger than 6 feet in height. I enjoy its unusual perspective and bold color choices. This work was done by Robert Delaunay.





As you may have guessed this work was done by Robert Delaunay’s wife, Sonia Delauney. I enjoy her use of triangle and diamond shapes as well as innovative color choices.


This version of the Eiffel Tower was by one of my favorite French artists, Bernard Buffet. I have written about him on more than one occasion as he got sick so he couldn’t make art anymore, than killed himself by suffocation.


This last painting of the Eiffel Tower was done by Impressionist painter Georges Seurat.

It will be interesting to see if the surrounding landscape of the Eiffel Tower will change over the next decades.



Happy New Year!!!! Art Celebrating New Year’s and New York City’s famed Time’s Square

For us here in the states we will celebrate later tonight, but Australia is celebrating right now! Let’s have a quick look at some holiday art.

First up Andy Warhol!


Below a work by Canadian painter Mark Lague:

And a work by Andrea Meyer celebrating dusk in the big apple!:


Below we take a look at a poster made by American poster artist David Klein. The appraisal was made on Antiques Roadshow:

And a work by realist Daniel E. Greene. This work is part of his mosaic series. These are spectacular works to see in person with the play of reflective light on various surfaces.

We close the year with a hilarious photograph taken by Australian photographer Inge Morath of a llama in a taxi cab! Happy New Year Everyone!

Artist of the moment…….Jules de Balincourt



Jules de Balincourt is a French born artist renown for his contemporary work. Jules de Balincourt was born in Paris, France in the year 1972. The artist attended the California College of Art and Design in San Francisco earning a B.F.A. with a focus on ceramics. He went on to earn an M.F.A. from Hunter College located in Manhattan, New York.

The artist is now based out of New York City.

In this clip we catch up with our artistic amigo James Kalm and visit a show featuring the work of Jules de Balincourt from 2007:

When I view the work of Jules de Balincourt the portraits remind me of Alex Katz and Shag. The flatness and similar drawing style to Katz and the color and playful characters of Shag. His landscapes remind me of travel artist David Klein. Klein was a great artist renown for his posters and the first American artist to have a poster sell for more than $10,000 at auction.

Below we again visit a show featuring Jules de Balincourt with the great James Kalm. This show is from 2012:

Price range information: Works range from $20,000 to $500,000. The artist works in oils, acrylics, and enamels.

Jules de Balincourt has had successful highly successful shows in the leading contemporary art spots of the globe including Tokyo, New York City, Paris, and London.




Artist of the moment….Jules Cheret

Jules Cheret was a fantastic artist best known for his work with posters. Jules Cheret was born in Paris , France in the year 1836. At the age of thirteen he left school and became an apprentice to a lithographer. He enjoyed drawing and became interested in painting. Eventually he would enroll at the Ecole Nationale de Dessin to study art.

After attending college in France he moved to London, England and lived there from 1859 until 1866. Whilst in England he took up and studied photography.

Upon his return to Paris he was able to earn substantial amounts of money as a commercial artist. Cheret is renown for his work with the great theater companies of France including the Moulin Rouge and the Olympia.

Cheret was also given acclaim for the way he portrayed women in his paintings. Not too sexy, or pure as the untouched snow, but rather empowered and free women. The women he painted where given the name “Cherettes.” Cheret was given the monicker ” The Father of the Women’s Liberation Movement.”

Awarded the Legion d’honneur in 1890.

Part of many prominent museum collections including the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

Cheret passed away in 1932 at the age of 96 years old.

Posters are in my eyes limited edition or open edition prints. Many artists I have profiled worked creating posters for movies including Steve Huston, the painter of boxers, and Howard Terpning the master of the western genre. Other artists most renown for their work with posters include David Klein who worked with the old TWA airlines and Henri de Toulouse- Lautrec, another french artist who became known for drinking and wonderful posters of the Parisian nightlife including the Moulin Rouge.

Price range information: Posters and lithographs are often found between $500 and $2,000. Originals in oils and pastels range between $5,000 and $30,000.

In this clip we see a great montage of posters from the “father” of the modern poster.



Artist of the moment…….David Klein

In this clip see some works dealing with the jet age and TWA. Klein and other TWA artists are shown.

A small gallery featuring Klein’s TWA works.

David Klein was a highly successful artist known in particular for his commercial advertising works with the old TWA or Trans-World Airline. David Klein was born in El Paso,  Texas in the year 1918. In addition to the work with TWA Klein worked an illustrator for Hollywood set designs, Broadway musicals, and even the United States Army.

In addition to serving and producing illustrations in the armed forces, Klein also did paintings for a series about the United States Air Force. The series is named the Air Force Art Collection.

For his collegiate studies Klein attended the Art Center College of Design.

Klein’s medium of choice was watercolour. He was an active member in the California Watercolor Society.

For most of his working career was based out of Los Angeles, where he worked with Hollywood movies. The artist also resided in New York for a long period of time where he worked on Broadway producing many posters for the various Broadway shows.

Klein’s most renown work was with the beginning of the Jet Age. The viewer, through David Klein’s work, was able be transported to various locales such as San Francisco, California and even the great state of Hawaii. Its hard to imagine that not everyone had a camera at their fingertips. Also many photographs were in black and white whereas Klein had remarkable sense of color, helping to create vivid images of faraway destinations.

David Klein is included in the Museum of Modern Art in New York’s poster collection for a piece he did on times square.

In 2006 Orbitz reintroduced some of Klein’s jet age work, giving him more national recognition.

I first became aware of the artist via some auctions of the artist’s famed posters. The TWA Times Square piece sold for $6,000 in 2009. Many works are priced 1,000 to 7,000, these are posters! The highest price ever recorded for a poster/ print by David Klein  was on April 18 of 2013, at Christie’s for $9,944.

David Klein passed away in 2005 at the age of 87 years old.