Tag Archives: French art

monkeying around: a lalanne sculpture at sotheby’s paris

Lalanne-monkey-detail

Lalanne sculpture has become a calling card in the world of modern and contemporary art telling people that you have arrived on the frenzied scene of “true” art collecting.  I usually avoid the over-hyped names in art; my feeling is … Continue reading

pull, stretch and snap: the works of sebastian brajkovic and vincent dubourg

Blurring the lines of art, sculpture and furniture are the works of the amazingly talented thirtysomethings Sebastian Brajkovic and Vincent Dubourg, two artists producing different types of sculptural furniture through the distortion of familiar forms. In both cases, the guys … Continue reading

pierre gonnord: modern photographs with an eye to the past

The Golden Age of Spanish painting in the 17thcentury has to be one of my favorite periods of art history.  And what I particularly love, is the realism of masters Diego Velazquez and Jose de Ribera who with their uncanny … Continue reading

happy chinese new year – and year of the snake

“xian nian kuai le” image credits: Guido Mocafico, fine art photographer, represented by Katja Martinez, Paris.

postcards from rome

There is a reason why Rome is called “The Eternal City” and a good example are two opposite views of the Capitoline Hill, one of the seven hills that surround the city, imminently coming up for auction at Sotheby’s Old … Continue reading

Marabou’s modern sculpture collection goes up for sale in Sweden

I never got to see the famed Marabou Collection of sculpture en situ during my years at Christie’s, but fortunately for a few collectors, the collection was put up for sale and offered by Stockholm’s Bukowski’s auction house last month. … Continue reading

a movie still of 1880s Parisian street life – the work of French artist Jean Béraud

While we often think of the work of the Impressionists in the second half to the 19th century, there were more realistic painters and many of these had a huge following. One such artist was Jean Béraud (1849-1935) whose work … Continue reading