Posts Tagged ‘female figure’

Artist of the moment…..Man Ray

Man Ray was born Emmanuel Radnitzky in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in the year 1890. He was associated with the Surrealist painters. He grew up in Brooklyn and spent much of  his youth visiting the wonderful museums of the area. Man Ray worked in many different mediums including painting, printmaking, collage, assemblage,  and film.

He began his career in New York City and then moved to Paris, France.

In this clip a great selection of photographs of Man Ray:

Man Ray began to explore the medium of photography in 1915. His most famous series were called “Rayographs” These were camera shots taken when objects were placed on light sensitive paper. The artist was also a well respected portrait photographer. He took photographs of many artists including Pablo Picasso.

Ray is thought of as a  leading American Modernist painter.

Spent much of his  career based out of Paris and Los Angeles, California.

Ray is part of many internationally renowned collections including the Art Insitutute of Chicago, the Getty Musuem  located in Los Angeles, Califonia, and the Metropolitan  Museum of Art located in New York City, and the Tate Museum of London.

Man Ray passed away in 1976 at the age of 86 years old.

Price range information: Lithographs and etchings can be found for $5,000. Photographs sell between $5,oo0 and $400,000. Oil paintings sell for as much as $5 million.


Artist of the moment……Paul Jacoulet

Paul Jacoulet was a French born artist renown for his work with the Ukiyo-e style of Japanese printmaking, in addition he added some western design themes and ideas. Paul Jacoulet was born in the year 1896 in Paris, France. Jacoulet enjoyed working with the female figure. Jacoulet grew up in Japan. His father was an ambassador and he was always supported in his artistic goals by his mother.

His mother even helped the artist to visit French Polynesia after seeing the works of the great painter Paul Gauguin.

As a child his next door neighbor  Yone Noguchi, was a well respected poet and art critic who knew all the important Ukiyo-e artists. It was the wife of Noguchi who taught him english. Yone Noguchi had a son who went on to become a world renown sculptor.

Jacoulet was an openly gay man and was denied entry into the United States because of this. He still entered the country and did so at Niagara Falls.

The artist is one of few non Japanese woodblock print masters to come from a European country.

Price range information: Most prints range from $5,000 to $25,000, but due to rarity if they are seen at auction prices can sky rocket quickly.

In this clip we view some photographs of the artist and some works. The artwork begins at one minute into the clip, should you wish to skip the photographs:

Paul Jacoulet passed away in 1960.

Jacoulet’s prints are rare as many were destroyed by fire. His early works that feature people in their regional dress are highly sought after. Some collectors of the artist during his lifetime were the actress Greta Garbo, U.S. Army General Douglas MacArthur, and Queen Elizabeth of England.


Artist of the moment……Cornelius Zitman

Cornelius Zitman is an  internationally acclaimed sculptor born on November 9th of the year 1926 in Leiden, The Netherlands. He just celebrated his 87th birthday a few weeks ago! Zitman’s family worked in the construction industry.

As a young man Zitman began lessons at the collegiate level when he was only fifteen years of age. Zitman enrolled at the Royal Academy of Fine Art located in the Hague. When he was finished with school it was mandatory he serve a few years in his countries military. Zitman disagreed with his countries ideas on what to do in Indonesia and fled Holland for Venezuela.

The artist found work as a draftsman for a construction company. He also found work in his new country as a furniture designer.

Cornelius Zitman also taught at the collegiate level at the Central University of Venezuela.

In this clip we visit a show featuring works of Cornelis Zitman:

During all this time he had continued to paint and began sculpting. Zitman would go on to win a National Award for Sculpture in 1951.

In the late 1950s Zitman decided to leave the rat race and give up business. He decided to just paint and sculpt and moved to the island of Grenada.  Grenada is a great country consisting of around 110,000 people on 133 square miles. Grenada is located in the south of the Caribbean Sea.

In many works Zitman uses the human female figure for a basic idea, then will transform it so it is more of a mythological creature. Many of these myths or creatures directly from the culture of Venezuela.

Zitman has been awarded many international awards in his home country and abroad.

Corenlius Zitman was given the Order of the Netherlands Lion. Its the highest award a non military person can receive in his home country of Holland.

Price range information: The artist has done works in graphite and ink starting around $3,000 up to larger sized bronzes which can reach as much as $700,000.

I love his interpretation of the female figure. Very expressive!


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.


Artist of the moment…..Gaston LaChaise

Gaston LaChaise was a French artist who worked with the figure in a modern style. Gaston LaChaise was born in Paris, France in the year 1882. His father was a cabinet maker. For his artistic education LaChaise began lessons at the age of thirteen with a school specializing in decorative arts. LaChaise went on to study in Paris at the Ecole des Beaux Arts.

Though an American LaChaise was schooled in Europe and is credited with bringing the modernist movement to the United States.

After college LaChaise found employment with the design firm of Rene Lalique. Lalique has been profiled here as one of the leading sculptors of the Art Nouveau movement.

Price range information: Works range from pencil drawings in the $3,000 range to larger sculptures at the quarter million dollar mark.

LaChaise emigrated to the United States in 1906. He worked for nearly fifteen years as a sculptors assistant before striking out on his own.

Below is the artist’s famous work titled “Standing Woman.”


In this clip we view a wonderful large sculpture by LaChaise. Upon seeing this video I was reminded of another French artist renown for her work with the female figure I have profiled here, Niki de Saint Phalle:

And a here a work by the aforementioned Niki de Saint Phalle:


Gaston LaChaise passed away in 1935 the age of 53 years old from complications due to leukemia.

LaChaise also did a fair amount of highly rendered sculptures of artists and other well known people. This work below is of the American artist Georgia O’Keefe:



Artist of the moment…….Pearl Frush

Pearl Frush was an American realist painter who was renowned for her paintings of the pin up girl. Pearl Frush was born in Iowa in the year 1905. For her artistic education Frush attended the Chicago Institute of Art. Sometimes she used her married name of Mann in her work.

Frush was young and attractive and enjoyed playing tennis, sailing, and swimming.

Most of Frush’s work was done in watercolor, her medium of choice. Frush was quite prolific as she was an illustrator and also did many works in oils, pastels, and gouache.

Her most prosperous period as an artist was during the 1940s and 1950s.

Price range information: Works range from $5,000 to $50,000.

In this clip we view a montage of works by Frush Pearl:

Frush is seen by many as one of the top three female artists working in the “pin up” girl genre. The other two would be Joyce Ballantyne and Zoe Mozert.

Sometimes people thought the paintings were so realistic they thought they were photographs that were airbrushed.


Artist of the moment……Yasuo Kuniyoshi

Yasuo Kuniyoshi was born in Okayama, Japan in the year 1893. Kuniyoshi would eventually move to the United States and became renown for his lithographic work depicting the life and times of the 1920s in New York City. Some common themes were showgirls and vaudeville acts.

Price range information: Works range from $2,000 to $210,000. Many lithographs in the $3,000 to $6,000 range.

The artist came to the United States when he was thirteen years old. For his collegiate studies Kuniyoshi attended Los Angeles School of Art and Design.He stayed in school for three years and then decided to relocate to New York City and become a professional working artist.

Yasuo Kuniyoshi was a student and also became part of the teaching faculty at the Art Students League of New York. Whilst a student at the Art Student’s League of New York City he was able to learn a great deal from painter and printmaker Kenneth Hayes Miller. Below an example of Kenneth Miller’s style.


In this clip a gallery of works by Kuniyoshi. Many wonderful works of the female figure are included. This clip lasts almost 2 minutes and 20 seconds.

Another selection of works by Kuniyoshi:

Yasuo Kuniyoshi was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship.

The artist passed away in 1953.


Artist of the moment…..John Takawira

John Takawira was a first generation Shona sculptor born in Chegutu, Zimbabwe in the year 1938. His father worked for the local police. John Takawira was inspired to make art by his mother and also two brothers who also became professional artists, Bernard and Lazarus, the latter I have already written about. John Takawira worked with the figure and also with birds. His work was an exciting blend of realism and abstraction with great variation of textures within his work.

Takawira began sculpting seriously at the age of twenty with the assistance of his uncle, Joram Mariga. His work was shown to Frank McEwen, the leader of the National Gallery of Zimbabwe and John Takawira attended some workshops at the National Gallery. After this experience the artist was always on a forward path and began his professional career. This was in the mid 1960s.

Had his work shown for the first time at the Museum of Modern Art located in New York City in 1969.

Price range information: Works range from $2,000 to $10,000.

During the early part of the next decade Takawira would be put on the international stage via some works that were shown at some top museums in Paris, France. His works were the most acclaimed by the critics.

An eagle made by the artist was given to Pope John II.

John Takawira passed away in 1989.

price range information: Sorry none available.

Artist of the moment…..Neith Nevelson

Neith Nevelson is a painter renown for her work with the figure and horses in a modern and abstract manner. Neith Nevelson was born in the year 1946 in New York City. She comes from a very artistic family as her grandmother was a world renown sculptor named Louise Nevelson. Neith Nevelson was born in New York City but raised in Florence, Italy.

For her artistic education Nevelson attended school in Florence, Italy very briefly. She was expelled for not following their chosen curriculum.

The artist has illustrated some books over her career.

Louise Nevelson was a sculptor that worked with found wood for many projects. She made sculptures and assemblages most of the time painting the end result in black. She was most popular during her later years. Below an example of Nevelson’s artwork. Louise Nevelson is associated with the Cubist movement.


Her father Mike was also a sculptor. He too works with the figure in a very modern way. Below an example of his style of art.


In this clip a great montage of works by Neith Nevelson:

Neith Nevelson is based out of Coconut Grove, Florida.

price range information:  Works range from $10,000 to $400,000.


Artist of the moment…..Nobuyoshi Araki

Noboyoshi Araki is a world famous photographer born in Tokyo, Japan in the year 1940. Araki is renown for his work with the nude female form, many times the women involved appear in bondage. Two favorite subjects of the photographer are the nude and flowers. For his collegiate education Araki attended Chiba University where he would study engineering, film, making movies, and photography. Bondage and this type of shot is far more common in the Eastern society.

The artist is seen by many critics to be the most famous Japanese born photographer. The artist has published more than 300 different books featuring his photography.

Here we see a short collection of works:

Looking at  photographs taken by Nobuyoshi Araki I was reminded of the great American artist George Woodman, who works with black and white images and hand touches them with oil paints. Below an example of George Woodman’s art. He is the husband of Betty Woodman, a ceramicist I wrote about yesterday.


In this clip we see many works of Nobuyoshi Araki. Many nudes and floral works are featured:

price range information: Works range from $2,000 to $80,000. Araki has also published more than 300 books of his photographs.


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