Posts Tagged ‘romania’

Artist of the moment……….Constantin Brancusi

 

Constantin Brancusi was a Romanian sculptor renown for his modernist style. Constantin Brancusi was born in Hobita, Romania in the year 1876. His parents were hard working laborers.

Brancusi ran away from home before he was a teen and eventually worked in the grocery business. A businessman saw a violin the artist made from things he found around the house. The businessman sponsored Brancusi’s collegiate career. The artist attended the local college of arts and crafts followed by a the Bucharest School of Fine Arts.

The artist is often called the patriarch of modern sculpture. Brancusi worked for a few months with famed sculptor Auguste Rodin.

The artist studied in Romania, Germany, before finishing up at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts located in Paris, France.

In this clip we view a show featuring Brancusi with our fellow admirer of art, the great James Kalm:

Constantin Brancusi passed away in 1957, at the age of 81 years old.

The artist is part of the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art located in New York City.

Price range information: The artist was a prolific painter and sculptor. Works range from $20,000 to $10 million.

I love the innovative use of shapes developed by Brancusi in his paintings and sculpture work.

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Artist of the moment……..Photographer Brassai

 

Brassai was born Gyula Halasz was born in Brasso, Transylvania in the year 1899. The artist took the name as a tribute to his hometown which was originally in Transylvania, but later became part of Hungary.

Halasz studied art in Germany and Transylvania.

Brassai was renown for his photography, mainly of Paris, that took place at night. These photographs are grainy in texture, and some might not even think they are professional. The artist made these dreamy works as part of his style. He thought these works left a certain mystery to the viewer.

A wonderful example of works by Brassai is shown below:

 

He made a book out of his first photographs of the Parisian night life which was titled Paris At Night. The book contained images of the murky people found in the streets of Paris at this time including prostitutes. The book put the images of Brassai on the international art scene.

Brassai passed away in 1984.

Price range information: Works range from $4,000 to $50,000.

Paris at night, with little light and black and white imagery! What a wonderful combination!

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Artist of the moment…..Demetre Chiparus

 

Demetre Chiparus was born in Dorohoi, Romania in the year 1886. Chiparus is renown for his sculptures of figures, mainly women, that capture the Art Deco movement.

Chiparus went to study art first in Italy and then ventured to Paris, France where he studied at the Ecole des Beaux Artes.

Some influences the artist had included the reliefs and decorations found with dead leaders of old Egypt such as the great Tutankhamen.

The artist sometimes incorporated marble in his sculpture works.

 

 

Here we view a great montage of works by Dimitri Chiparus:

 

Dimitri Chiparus passed away in 1947.

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

 

This artist captured the essence of the women of the Art Deco period with exquisite style. A viewer can imagine any of these women doing the Charleston or dancing on stage at any moment.

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Artist of the moment……Saul Steinberg

Saul Steinberg was both an amazing artist and renown writer. Saul Steinberg was born in Ramnicu Sarat, Romania in the year 1914. Steinberg was best known as an illustrator for the New Yorker magazine. He is best known for his landscapes of New York with Manhattan the main focus. He also enjoyed drawing cats.

For his artistic education Steinberg attended the University of Bucharest where he studied philosophy before finishing school in Milan, Italy where he studied architecture.

Saul Steinberg passed away in 1999.

As an artist who loves the art of collage and drawing, I enjoy Steinberg’s use of perspective in his landscape works the most. I found it interesting also that Steinberg referred to himself as a writer who draws.

In this clip we see the artist at work on a drawing:

Steinberg was a very prolific artist and his work was widely popular. Here we view a book by the artist:

price range information: Works range from $2,000 to $40,000. Steinberg worked in collage, watercolor, ink, and graphite. Many works are available as lithographs or posters.

Another great thing to learn from this artist is that he considered himself an a writer who draws, he loved letters and the art of typography. The skill in his free hand drawing of letters was outstanding. If you enjoy typography be sure and check out my posts on Robert Cottingham, Stephen Powers, and Mel Bochner who all make wonderful art using the letterform as a means of expression.

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