Posts Tagged ‘french’

Artist of the moment………Gaston LaChaise

 

 

Gaston LaChaise was a wonderful sculptor renown for his innovative sculpture work with the female figure. Gaston LaChaise was born in Paris, France in the year 1882. His father was a furniture maker.

The artist attended the Ecole des-Beaux Arts located in Paris.

In this clip we check out a fantastic sculptor by LaChaise that he made in 1932:

The artist came to the United States in 1906. He found employment in his field of sculpting working for a company that produced military monuments.

After coming to the United States he further developed his own style of working with the female figure. The artist worked with the figure, but was also an excellent sculptor of animals due to his work with the monument company.

LaChaise passed away in 1935.

Below a clip showing many works Gaston LaChaise. The introduction of this piece is rather long and works begin at the 20 second mark:

LaChaise is part of the collection of the Museum of Modern Art located in New York City and the Art Institute of Chicago.

Price range information: Works range from $10,000 for a drawing and up to $300,000 for a bronze piece.

LaChaise was a master at producing the female form with all of its dramatic and lovely curves.

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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.

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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!

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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:

http://www.monsieurqui.com/

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

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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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Artist of the moment……….Charles Levalet

 

Charles Levalet also known as Charles Leval is a wonderful street artist from France. Leval works with paste ups that remind me of American street artist Swoon. Swoon depicts mainly women in her pasteups and Leval works mainly with the male figures. Levalet was born in Lorraine, France in the year 1988.

Below a wonderful montage of street art by Leval. Leval is also seen working on a current piece. The clip is in French, but even if you don’t understand the language the images are awesome!:

price range information:  Sorry none available.

Levalet is relatively new to the Street Art scene beginning after he moved to Paris, France in 2012.

I enjoy this artist’s high level of creativity. His works that involve sculptures of animals with painted human bodies are a great example of his creativity.

 

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Artist of the moment……..Mauro Corda

 

 

Mauro Corda is a fantastic sculptor born in Lourdes, France the year 1960. Corda enjoys trying to capture human emotion in the figure when facing stressful and intense situations.

Corda attended the Ecole des Beaux Arts in both Reims and Paris.

Corda’s work is unique as a sculptor for what he adds to his work for a patina. The artist often uses chrome, gold and silver leaf, and silver in his sculptures. The artist will often recreate the same subject matter in different materials to try and express a different emotion.

In this clip a montage of works by Mauro Corda:

Price range information: Works range from $10,000 for works in graphite to $80,000 for a bronze or aluminum work.

Corda has been based out of Paris, France for nearly three decades.

Below we view an exhibition for the artist that took place in Monaco. At the end of the clip more of his surrealist work such as animal creatures are shown:

The artist in me would like to see what Corda would come up with for a modern design for the Rolls Royce female figure. Corda’s work is very reminiscent of the Art Deco period.

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Artist of the moment………Street Artist Brusk

 

Street Artist Brusk hails from Paris, France and is renown for his style that depicts various items dripping.

In this clip we view Brusk and another artist named Gomer work on a wonderful mural:

Price range information: Sorry none available.

Brusk is part of the collaborative group DMV. In this clip each individual member is briefly profiled:

The DMV group is gaining in popularity and they have been included in traditional gallery shows in France and also London, England.

Brusk was born in the year 1976.

I enjoy the way Brusk and also the previous post, Will Barras, both blend abstraction with the figure. The sense of movement in Barras’ work is similar to the Brusk’s subjects seem to drip and dissolve before our very eyes!

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Artist of the moment………Serge Poliakoff

 

 

Serge Poliakoff was a Russian born French painter renown for his modernist style. Serge Poliakoff was born in Moscow, Russia in the year 1900. The artist was the thirteenth of fourteenth children. His father bred horses for the army so his family was well off financially.

Poliakoff briefly attended the Moscow School of Painting and Sculpting before dropping out and moving to Constantinople. He was able to earn good money as a musician.

As a musician his specialty was the guitar. Poliakoff played a uniquely shaped guitar called the balalaika.

In 1923, the artist moved to Paris, France.

In 1962, the artist became a French citizen.

Below a montage of works by Poliakoff set to music:

The artist was not only a great painter, but later in his career became taken with ceramics.

Poliakoff passed away in 1969.

Price range information: Works range from lithograph prints and etchings starting at $8,000 to original oils which can reach $800,000. Works in gouache range from $10,000 to $140,000.

What unique shapes the artist created.

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