Posts Tagged ‘les ecoles des beaux arts’

Artist of the moment……..František Kupka



František or Frank Kupka was an painter renown for his abstract style. Athough he is best known for his abstract style, Kupka also painted in a realist style. Frank Kupka was born in Bohemia in the year 1871. This area is now the Czech Republic.

Kupka attended the Academy of Fine Arts located in Prague. Kupka also attended the Academy of Fine Arts located in Vienna, Austria. In addition the artist also lived in Paris and briefly attended the Ecole des Beaux-Arts and the Academy Julien.

Kupka began his art career as an illustrator of books and a poster artist. Around 1910 the artist began working in an abstract style.

The artist helped to found a movement of abstract artists in Paris called the Abstract-Creation group.

The artist served in World War One and this surprised many people as he was nearly three decades older than most of his teammates.

Below a montage of works by Frantisek Kupka. Realist works are in the beginning of the clip and abstract works towards the latter:

Frank Kupka passed away in 1957 at the age of 85 years of age.

Price range information: Works range from $10,000 to $900,000. The artist worked in many mediums including ink, charcoal, watercolor, gouache, pastels, crayons, and oils. No pricing available for posters or etchings.


Artist of the moment…………Syd Solomon

Syd Solomon was an American abstract expressionist painter. Syd Solomon was born in Uniontown, Pennsylvania in the year 1917. The artist attended the Art Institute of Chicago.

In 1940 the artist signed up for military service. He would help design camouflage for soldiers. Another of his assignments was to do aerial surveys and recon missions that made him see the world in a more abstract manner.

After his military service Solomon attended school in Paris, France at the L’Ecole des Beaux-Arts.

The artist lived a wonderful lifestyle which included summers in the Hamptons of New York and winters in Sarasota, Florida.

His work has been shown at many of the famed museums of the world including the Whitney Museum.

Unlike the previous post, Solomon employed the color black often in his paintings. Solomon enjoyed mixing mediums and worked with polymer tempera, acrylics, inks, gouache,  and oils.

Price range information: Sorry none available.


In this clip we visit the studio of Syd Solomon:


Artists of the moment…..Charles Rollo Peters

Charles Rollo Peters was an American artist who excelled at painting the  landscape of California. Charles Rollo Peters was born in San Francisco in the year 1862. Many painters of the California landscape have been featured but Charles Rollo Peters was unique in that he was called the ” Poet of the Night.” In much the same way Frank Tenney Johnson, captured the Western skies at night, Charles Rollo Peters captured the essence of nightfall in California.

For his artistic education Peters attended the San Francisco School of Design. The artist also studied in Paris, France at the Academy Julian the Ecole des Beaux Arts.

Among painters who influenced his developed style the artist was able to meet James McNeil Whistler.

Many paintings of Charles Rollo Peters are of his 30 acre estate which was located in Monterey, California. Another recurring theme was the adobe buildings of the American Southwest.

The artist passed away in 1928.

In this clip a collegiate art professor talks about a work done of a wife of Charles Rollo Peters from 1891:

Price range information: Works range from $5,000 to $45,000. Peters worked mainly in oils.

The artist had one son that was a friend of American painter John Singer Sargent. The son’s name was Dewitt Peters who studied in Paris, France at the Academy Julian and was renowned watercolorist. Below an example of Dewitt Peters style.



Artist of the moment……..Andre Brasilier

Andre Brasilier is a French painter born in the year 1929 in Anjou, France.  Brasilier is renown for his work with horses and also the female figure. In addition to drawing and painting has worked with ceramics.

For his artistic education Brasilier attended the Les Ecoles des Beaux Arts, the School of Fine Arts in Paris beginning in 1949. Whilst there he mentored under a respected painter of the figure Maurice Brianchon. Below is an example of Brianchon’s style of painting.


This clip I believe is in german, but its has a great collection of paintings by the Andre Brasilier starting 23 seconds into the clip.

Winner of Prix de Rome.

Price range information: Most works are in oils and priced $15,000 to $80,000. Most lithographs range from a few hundred to a $2,000. Watercolors and gouache works range $400 to $4,000.

Brasilier passed away in 2004.

The aspect I enjoy most about the artist is the paint quality of the work. What you might think is a watercolor or gouache work is really an oil painting though he did produce works in both watercolor and gouache.

Brasilier’s  works with the horse and landscape remind one slightly of Montana painter Theodore Waddell but with a higher focus on drawing skill. An example of Waddell’s work is below. Waddell is famous for working with animals and the landscape in a very abstract manner.