Posts Tagged ‘marcel duchamp’

Artist of the moment……Fan Yu

Fan Yu is an awesome artist working in the medium of sculpture. Fan Yu was born in Qingdao, China in the year 1966.  The artist portrays the figure but his most renowned subject is the horse. For his sculptures he works in bronze, painted bronze, and fiberglass.

For his artistic education the artist attended the Shandong Art Institute of Art located in Jinana, Shandong, China. In addition Fan Yu studied sculpture at the Academy of Fine Art located in Beijing, China.

Price range information: Works range from $10,000 to $50,000.

I love it when artists make reference to other artists they might admire or respect. Below my favorite work from Fan Yu, it depicts the artists Marcel Duchamp playing with many birds.


In this clip we view recent works by Fan Yu:

What a wonderful style of sculpture!


Artist of the moment…….Jacques Villon

Jacques Villon was born in Damville, Eure, France in the year 1875. He was encouraged to practice art by his grandfather. His name at birth was Gaston Emile Duchamp. The artist came from a family full of artistic output and he was the brother to Marcel Duchamp, famous for his sculpture and paintings. Suzanne Duchamp-Crott who was a renown painter was a sister. And another brother was Raymond Duchamp-Crotti.  Not only was Villon a fantastic painter, but he was a tremendous draftsman and printmaker. For his artistic education took art in college in addition to law studies. Villon briefly attended the Academie Julien located in Paris, France.

In addition I must add that the point of Cubism was to take something, and make it more abstract. When I first came to the art world I didn’t have as much respect for this type of work, but now find it spectacular. In a traditional still life you just put a vase of flowers in front of you and just paint it. But in “Cubist” style you draw the same vase and flowers, but from multiple viewpoints. Once you see the meaning behind a technique, it becomes much more brilliant.

Jacques Villon moved to Paris to attend college and enrolled as a law student. His father allowed him to study art in college, but he had to continue to study law as well.

The artist changed his name to separate him siblings. He chose the name Villon as it refers to the French poet named Francois Villon.

In this clip below we see many works by Gaston Emile Duchamp also known as Jacques Villon. A large selection of prints are included:

He started his career by drawing and illustrating for newspapers and magazines and also working on posters.

Villon worked for the army during World War 1 as a cartographer, a person who draws maps.

Villion and his brothers started their own group, the Puteaux Group. The group dealt with artists of all mediums who worked in a Cubist or Orphism style.

At auction works by Villon have broken the one million dollar barrier.

Jacques Villon passed away in 1963 at the age of 87 years old.


Artist of the moment……Joseph Stella….

Joseph Stella was a wonderful painter of modern imagery born in Muro, Lucano Italy in the year 1896.. His specialty was architecture and he became world renown for his images dealing with the Brooklyn Bridge.

The artist first came to the United States in 1896 in order to study medicine. He only studied medicine briefly and enrolled at the renown Art Students League of New York and wanted to become an artist.

As a student he enjoyed walking about the streets and drawing from life, very similar to the manner of Lautrec. Drawing from life is important and the masters new it. Though the works might not be 100% technically correct, the works have a great sense of life and movement in them.

A large commission was awarded to Joseph Stella to cover the Industrial Revolution in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

1909 the artist returned to Italy from the United States. Stella became involved with the Futurist movement in Italy.

1913 Joseph returns to the United States and met important architects of the art world in America such as the great photographer and gallery owner Alfred Stieglitz and the amazing artist Marcel Duchamp. The artist was present when Duchamp bought the urinal he used for his most famous work below.


In this clip a great selection of art from Joseph Stella.

Stella moved onto the world stage after the Armory Show that featured a modern way of looking at art. The old school found the young artists work revolting, but the work proved to be a stepping ground for many young up and coming artists.

In the 1930s was part of the Federal Arts Program. This was a great program for artists and all sorts of materials were produced during this era such as posters, murals, and paintings. Over 8 years more than 200,000 works of art were made! What a program!

Produced many wonderful etchings, including portraits of other artists like Duchamp and the writer Walt Whitman. In the 1920s he worked with collage.

Joseph Stella passed away in 1946 at the age of 69 years old.

price range information: Stella worked in many mediums the cheapest being pencil drawing which range $500 to $15,000. Watercolours and gouache works range $1,000 to $50,000. Oils range $10,000 to $250,000.