Posts Tagged ‘france’

Artist of the moment………Photographer Willy Ronis



Willy Ronis was a French photographer (The first image is the artist himself.) Willy Ronis was born in Paris, France in the year 1910. His parents had left their home countries of Odessa and Lithuania because of their treatment of Jewish people. His father ran a portrait photography studio and his mother gave piano lessons.

His father would pass away from cancer in the mid 1930s and Ronis took over the family business of shooting portraits. This business would fail soon after his father’s death, and Willy Ronis would go on to be a free lance photographer.

Price range information: Most works priced between $2,000 and $20,000.

The artist became the first French photographer to work for the magazine Life.

Ronis was the recipient of a gold medal award at the 1957 Venice Biennial.

Below a wonderful selection of images by Willy Ronis:

Willy Ronis passed away in 2009.

Similar to other luminaries such as Diane Arbus, Willy Ronis did a wonderful job at capturing the feeling of a moment. Be it romance or a cat that is taken by a bird or a something in a window, the artist was magnificent at documenting fleeting moments of time.

For sure my favorite photographer of cats!





Artist of the moment……..Jeaze Oner



Jeaze Oner is an French street artist renown for his work with the face and figure. Jeaze Oner was born in the year 1985. He began to experiment with street art when he was fourteen years of age.

The artist is based out of Montpelier, France.

Below a link to the Tumbler page featuring many works by Jeaze Oner:

Price range information: Sorry none available.

Below a time lapse clip of Jeaze Oner at work on a very creative piece. On some occasions the artist uses an object already in place in his art, giving his work a three dimensional feel. This is a great example of one these works:

In this clip another great three dimensional piece by Jeaze Oner, the creation of the first work in the picture gallery:

What a very innovative artist!


Artist of the moment………….Street Artist Seth GlobePainter


Seth GlobePainter is a fantastic street artist from France renown for his imagery that shows children at play and leisure.

Below a brief interview with the artist from March of 2015:

Below a link to the facebook page of Seth. Many fine examples of his work here:

The government name for Seth the artist is Julien Malland. He is now based out of Paris,France.

My favorite aspects of his design are his use of basic geometric shapes with bold color.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

Seth GlobePainter is the director and on screen reporter for a show on French television titled “Globe Painter.”





Artist of the moment……..Street Artist Kesa






Kesa hails from Montpelier, France. Kesa was born in the year 1980.

One of the artist’s best known series involved using vinyl records as his main medium. He turned the records in various shapes representing birds, cats, and bats fleeing from the circular shape of the record.

The artist began writing graffiti in 1996.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

The work of Kesa seems ideally made for one specific time of year, Halloween! Especially the works featuring black cats!



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.



Artist of the moment………Paul Gauguin



Paul Gauguin was a Post-Impressionist French artist renown for his works of Tahiti. Paul Gauguin was born in Paris, France in the year 1848. His father was a journalist and his mother a socialist leader whose family came from Peru.

Gauguin worked in many mediums including ceramics, sculpting, etching, and woodcuts. Gauguin was also among the first painters to use pure color in their work.

When the artist was two the family decided to move back to Peru for political reasons. During the trip back to Peru his father passed away. The family would settle in Lima, Peru.

Below a montage of works by Paul Gauguin:

Gauguin’s mother began to collect Inca pots that most local collectors dismissed as too barbaric for their tastes. It was here that Gauguin had his first experiences with the art world.

The family would return to France when the artist was seven years old.

The artist served in French navy. His mother died when he was was in his early twenties. Gauguin was able to find employment as a stockbroker. He found a great job with the help of his mother’s boyfriend. At his peak he was earning more than $100,000 from being an art dealer and more than $100,000 (in today’s money in U.S. dollars) from being a stockbroker.

Price range information: Prints can be found from $5,000 to $80,000. Watercolors range from $20,000 to $100,000. Recently a piece by Gauguin made a new record for a sale at auction. In this clip we view this work:

Paul Gauguin passed away in 1903 at the age of 54 years of age.

Its too bad the art world didn’t fully appreciate the talents of Paul Gauguin until after long after he died. Very similar Vincent Van Gogh in this regard. Gauguin was too modern for most people when it came to his color and compositions. Now that the art world is more global in nature, his work is finally being valued at record prices!

Among all the wonderful aspects of Gauguin’s work its his use of color that fascinates me the most.



Artist of the moment……….Jean Deyrolle



Jean Deyrolle was a French painter renown for his abstract style. Jean Deyrolle was born in the year 1911. His father was a doctor in the military. The artist attended the School of Art and Publicity located in Paris, France.


Deyrolle was a prolific printmaker. He studied lithography and engraving whilst at art school.

The artist made the switch from realist painter to abstract painter in the middle of the 1940s.

Deyrolle was a teacher for brief period at the Art Academy of Fernand Leger.

Price range information: Prints and gouache works can be found between $2,000 and $5,000. Original oils and tempera works range from $5,000 to $20,000.


Jean Deyrolle passed away in 1967.

Artist of the moment……..Maurice Estève



Maurice Estève was a French artist renown for his abstract paintings. Maurice Estève was born in Culan, France in the year 1904. In addition to painting Estève worked as a textile designer, collage artist, and mural designer.

The artist was mainly self taught. He did attend free classes at the Academy Colarossi. His style of painting has echoes of both Cubism and Fauvism.

In this clip a great montage of works by Maurice Estève:

Estève was most influenced by the art of Paul Cézanne.

The artist was a participant in the Venice Biennial of 1954.

Estève passed away in 2001 at the age of 97 years of age.

Price range information: The artist worked in many mediums including oils, watercolors, and pastels. He also was a prolific printmaker. Prints can be found starting at $5,000. Original oils can reach the $250,000 mark.

What a great use of color and shapes!


Artist of the moment…………Eric Lacan


Eric Lacan is a wonderful  French artist renown for his depictions of the female figure. Eric Lacan was born in Marseuile, France in the year 1976. The city is suburb of Paris, France.

The artist produces fantastic drawings, is a prolific printmaker, and also a paper cut master artist. Most works consist of wheatpaste, acrylic paint, spray paint, and paper cuts.

Lacan began his career as a fashion illustrator.

Below we watch the artist install one of his posters at night time:

Lacan is also known as Monsieur Qui and is based out a city very near Paris called Vincennes.

The artist is very open about his work performing most of his street art during daylight hours. With his dress and overall employee look he does not seem out of place at all. In this clip we view Lacan put up one of his posters of a woman during the daytime:

Price range information: Sorry none available.

Below a link to the website of Eric Lacan:

If you enjoy the work of Lacan be sure and check out American street artist Swoon. Who also creates wonderful wheatpastes of women.



Artist of the moment……..Sophie Taeuber-Arp



Sophie Taeuber-Arp was a fantastic abstract painter born in Davos, Switzerland in the year 1889. Taeuber enjoyed the arts and was a painter, sculptor, and dancer. Sophie Taeuber-Arp is associated with geometric abstraction and also constructivism.

Her father was a pharmacist and died when the artist was only 2 years old. Her mother relocated the family.

Taeuber-Arp would attend various art schools and artist colonies in Germany and Switzerland.

She married the DADA married the artist Jean Arp.

Taeuber-Arp was a teacher of textile arts at the collegiate level.

The artist also penned a book on textile design. In the latter 1920s the couple would move to France and get French citizenship.  In 1940 the couple would move from Paris to the south of France to avoid the Nazis.

In 1943 she was visiting Switzerland  when she was killed by carbon monoxide poisoning.

In this clip a great montage of works by Sophie Taueber- Arp:

Price range information: Works range from $20,000 to $250,000.

If you enjoy geometric abstraction be sure and check out my post on Shirley Jaffe.





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