Saturday, August 13, 2022

01 work, PORTRAIT OF A LADY, Tamara de Lempicka's Portrait de Marjorie Ferry, with Footnotes. #143

Tamara de Lempicka, (1898-1980)
Portrait de Marjorie Ferry, c. 1932
Oil on canvas
39 3/8 x 25 5/8 in. (100 x 65 cm.)
Private collection

Portrait de Marjorie Ferry was painted in 1932 in the artist’s studio on rue Méchain in Paris.

Marjorie Ferry, a well-known British chanteuse performing in Paris, is the quintessence of Jazz Age glamour, coolly seductive and unmistakably modern. In fact, there is something of the ocean liner about her streamlined, metallic glossiness. Standing by the curved railing of a staircase or balcony, she turns her head and poses like a goddess of the silver screen, her sleek blond helmet of hair falling across her forehead like Carole Lombard’s and her head cropped as if by a camera. More on this painting

Tamara Łempicka (born Maria Górska; 16 May 1898 – 18 March 1980), also known as Tamara de Lempicka, was a Polish painter active in the 1920s and 1930s, who spent her working life in France and the United States. She is best-known for her polished Art-Deco portraits of aristocrats and the wealthy, and for her highly-stylized paintings of nudes.

Born in Warsaw, Lempicka moved to Saint Petersburg where she married a prominent Polish lawyer, then emigrated to Paris with her husband following the Russian Revolution. Her style was a blend of late, refined cubism and the neoclassical style, particularly inspired by the work of Jean-Dominique Ingres. She was an active participant in the artistic and social life of Paris between the Wars. In 1928 she became the mistress of wealthy art collector from the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Baron Raoul Kuffner. After the death of his wife in 1933, the Baron married Lempicka in 1934, and thereafter she became known in the press as "The Baroness with a Brush."

Following the outbreak of World War II in 1939, she and her husband moved to the United States and she painted celebrity portraits, as well as still-lifes and, in the 1960s, some abstract paintings. Her work was out of fashion after World War II, but made a comeback in the late 1960s, with the rediscovery of Art Deco. She moved to Mexico in 1974, where she died in 1980. At her request, her ashes were scattered over the Popocatapetl volcano. More on Tamara Łempicka




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Friday, August 12, 2022

01 work, PORTRAIT OF A LADY, Kees van Dongen's Femme au turban/ Woman in turban, with Footnotes. #144

Kees van Dongen, (1877-1968)
Femme au turban/ Woman in turban, c. 1909
Oil on canvas
18 1/8 x 15 in. (46 x 38.1 cm.)
Private collection

Kees van Dongen, (born Jan. 26, 1877, Delfshaven, Neth.—died May 28, 1968, Monte Carlo, Monaco), Dutch-born French painter and printmaker who was one of the leading Fauvists and was particularly renowned for his stylized, sensuously rendered portraits of women.

Van Dongen attended the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Rotterdam, Neth., and he moved to Paris at age 20. In the bohemian atmosphere of the Montmartre district, he worked as a house painter, an illustrator for satirical papers, and a café artist.

Van Dongen initially worked in an Impressionist manner, but in the early 1900s his colours became more vivid and concentrated. Having made the acquaintance of Henri Matisse, van Dongen participated in the famous Salon d’Automne of 1905. His reputation grew when he was contracted by Pablo Picasso’s dealer Daniel-Henry Kahnweiler in 1907. Van Dongen exhibited with the German Expressionist group Die Brücke (“The Bridge”) in 1908, but he remained committed to Fauvism.

Van Dongen’s candid, colourful portrait style was immensely fashionable by the end of World War I, and thereafter it remained his main focus. The figure of a glamorous woman with large eyes and red lips became his archetype. Van Dongen also produced lithographs and painted richly coloured seascapes and scenes of Paris in an assured, economical style. More on Kees van Dongen





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Tuesday, July 12, 2022

01 work, PORTRAIT OF A LADY, Albert Joseph Penot's Portrait of a young lady, with Footnotes. #131

Albert Joseph Penot, (1862-1930 French)
Portrait of a young lady
Oil on canvas
18" H x 13" W
Private collection

Albert Joseph Pénot (1862–1930) was a French painter known for female nudes. Today, he is more popularly and specifically recognized for a subset of paintings centering on women of darker, more macabre themes.

Pénot was concerned first and foremost with anatomically accurate portrayals of women. Singular female forms were the implicit focus of his work, whereas the worlds surrounding his characters are seldom realized beyond misty atmospheres and patches of shadow and light. Environments are incidental and are typically shrouded in haze, giving the figures themselves explicit priority. However, Pénot was more versatile in his artistry, and was not confined exclusively to female nudes: church figures were another of his subjects, in addition to occasional compositions depicting scenes of men and women from high society in narratives framed by more conventional settings. More on Albert Joseph Pénot




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Sunday, July 10, 2022

01 work, PORTRAIT OF A LADY, Irvin Rodriguez's Woman In Black, with Footnotes. #128

Irvin Rodriguez
Woman In Black, c. 2015
Oil on linen
40 × 30 × 1 in, 101.6 × 76.2 × 2.5 cm

Irvin Rodriguez was born in the Bronx, New York in 1988. He graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology with a BFA in Illustration in 2010. He studied drawing at the Grand Central Atelier from 2008-2010 and later, painting and printmaking at the Art Students League of NY from 2013-2016

In 2017, Irvin had his debut solo exhibition, "Human/Nature" at Sirona Fine Art in Hallandale Beach, Florida. He has taught workshops and exhibited in numerous shows internationally in London, UK, Bogota, CO, Seattle, Los Angeles, Denver, New Jersey and New York City. 

Irvin was a recipient of the 2016 Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant. In 2011, Irvin was the Golden Brush Award winner for the 27th L. Ron Hubbard’s Illustrators of the Future Contest. He has been featured in various annuals and publications such as American Art Collector, Fine Art Connoisseur, The Artist’s Magazine, HuffPost, Lessons in Classical Drawing: Essential Techniques from Inside the Atelier by Juliette Aristides, The Society of Illustrators 60th Annual and Spectrum 17.

He currently lives and works in Hoboken, New Jersey. More on Irvin Rodriguez





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Monday, July 4, 2022

01 work, PORTRAIT OF A LADY, Cui Xiaodong's Tea garden in spring, with Footnotes. #125

Cui Xiaodong, (Chinese, born 1964)Title:
Tea garden in spring,  c. 2012
Oil on canvas
160 x 110 cm. (63 x 43.3 in.)
Private collection

A Chinese garden employs illusion and discovery to transform available space into a microcosm of the world, not merely as it is but as it should be. More on a Chinese Garden

Cui Xiaodong was born in Qiqihar, Heilongjiang Province though his ancestral home was Yangzhou, Jiangsu Province. Cui Xiaodong graduated from the Department of Traditional Chinese Painting, CAFA in 1988 with a Master’s degree. Currently he is a professor of CAFA, Director of Yanhuang Art Museum.

With a profound traditional foundation in painting, Cui Xiaodong’s landscape painting is the combination of the tradition of Chinese painting and modern people’s aesthetic consciousness and the spirit of the age, he creates a dignified and vigorous, natural and fresh style of landscape painting, he is a representative of contemporary Chinese painting and has an important status in this field. His works are collected by the National Museum of China, CAFA, National Art Museum of China, The Great Hall of the People, Zhongnanhai Central Government Compound as well as in individual collections at home and abroad. He has published more than 30 books and individual workscatalogues. 

In 1999, he went to Paris International Art City to study. He is currently a professor and master tutor of the Oil Painting Department of the China Academy of Art. More on Cui Xiaodong




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Thursday, June 30, 2022

01 work, PORTRAIT OF A LADY, Richard Edward Miller's Lady in Green, with Footnotes. #124

Richard Edward Miller, American, 1875-1943
Lady in Green, circa 1932
Oil on board
34 x 36 inches (86.4 x 91.4 cm)
Private collection

Richard E. Miller (March 22, 1875 – January 23, 1943) was an American Impressionist painter and a member of the Giverny Colony of American impressionists. Miller was primarily a figurative painter, known for his paintings of women posing languidly in interiors or outdoor settings. Miller grew up in St. Louis, studied in Paris, and then settled in Giverny. Upon his return to America, he settled briefly in Pasadena, California and then in the art colony of Provincetown, Massachusetts, where he remained for the rest of his life. Miller was a member of the National Academy of Design in New York and an award winning painter in his era, honored in both France and Italy, and a winner of France's Legion of Honor. Over the past several decades, he has been the subject of a retrospective exhibition and his work has been reproduced extensively in exhibition catalogs and featured in a number of books on American Impressionism. More on Richard Edward Miller





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Saturday, June 25, 2022

01 work, PORTRAIT OF A LADY, William Arthur Breakspeare's Resting, with Footnotes. #123

William Arthur Breakspeare
Resting, c. between 1870 and 1914
Oil on canvas
25.0 x 17.0 inches
The New Art Gallery Walsall, Walsall, UK

William Arthur Breakspeare (19 January 1856 – 8 May 1914) was an artist from Birmingham, England, the son of John Breakspeare, a flower painter working in the Birmingham japanning trade.

Breakspeare lived in Edgbaston, Birmingham until the age of 22. He was apprenticed to the japanners, Halbeard and Wellings, as a decorator. In 1877, he moved to central Birmingham. He was closely associated with the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists (RBSA) gallery, exhibiting 34 works from 1874 to 1899. He was also a founder member of the Birmingham Art Circle. His work covered many genres including genre, portrait, figure and 18th-century costume pieces and landscape.

Breakspeare spent time in Paris, moving there in 1879. Whilst living there he exhibited 'An Eastern Maid' at the RBSA, perhaps showing an influence of Orientalism from his stay. However his stay was short and moved to Haverstock Hill in London a few years later in 1881. He is understood to have spent the rest of his life there. As well as his training in Paris, Breakspeare was initially trained at the Birmingham Government School of Design and Charles Verlat's Academy in Antwerp.

He died at his home at the age of 58 in May 1914. More on William Arthur Breakspeare





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Friday, June 24, 2022

02 works, PORTRAIT OF A LADY, Suzanne Fabry's Autoportraits, with Footnotes. #193

Suzanne Fabry,1904 - 1985
Autoportrait, c. 1932
Oil on canvas
111 by 74cm., 43¾by 29 1/8in.
Private collection

This current work recalls classical depictions of female beauty, whilst also calling them in to question. The slight contortion of Fabry’s limbs suggests a certain artifice to the pose, whilst her direct gaze and the prominent positioning of her brush reinforce a sense of authority that pre-emptively rejects any attempt to perceive the sitter as a mere aesthetic object. More on this painting

Suzanne Fabry, 1904 - 1985, was a painter, draftsman, creator of costumes and sets for the theatre. Suzanne was the daughter and pupil of Émile Fabry and the wife of Edmond Delescluze.

Suzanne Fabry,1904 - 1985
Female Nudes by the Sea, c. 1943
Oil on canvas
61 3/4 x 67 7/8 inches (156.85 x 172.5 cm)
Private collection

A rare type composition within Suzanne Fabry’s oeuvre, which focuses predominantly on portraiture, the present canvas shows her exploring large-scale figurative compositions of the kind favoured by the symbolist painters of her father’s generation. Its format, with nude figures arranged across the picture plane, and palette, centred on ochre tones contrasting with pale blues, are reminiscent of Émile’s work, as is its painting technique, a form of pointillism made of broad, loosely layered brushstrokes for the background, and more defined, saturated colouring for the figures. More on this painting

Suzanne Fabry first trained at the Academy of Fine Arts in Brussels from 1923 to 1928 with Jean Delville and Constant Montald. In the 1930s, she shared the same symbolist and allegorical concerns as her father and was also influenced by Impressionism. She represents more portraits, with great mastery and finesse, and sometimes launches into compositions with figures. His works are imbued with dreams, poetry, serenity, emotion and bathed in an intimate, meditative and sometimes nostalgic atmosphere.

In 1948, Suzanne Fabry was appointed director of the costume department at the Théâtre royal de la Monnaie. More on Suzanne Fabry




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Monday, June 6, 2022

01 work, PORTRAIT OF A LADY, Breakspeare William Arthur's The Gypsy Girl, with Footnotes. #122

Breakspeare William Arthur
The Gypsy Girl, 2
Oil on canvas
26.8 x 32.2 cm | 10.5 x 12.7 inches
Private collection

William Arthur Breakspeare (19 January 1856 – 8 May 1914) was an artist from Birmingham, England, the son of John Breakspeare, a flower painter working in the Birmingham japanning trade.

Breakspeare lived in Edgbaston, Birmingham until the age of 22. He was apprenticed to the japanners, Halbeard and Wellings, as a decorator. In 1877, he moved to central Birmingham. He was closely associated with the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists (RBSA) gallery, exhibiting 34 works from 1874 to 1899. He was also a founder member of the Birmingham Art Circle. His work covered many genres including genre, portrait, figure and 18th-century costume pieces and landscape.

Breakspeare spent time in Paris, moving there in 1879. Whilst living there he exhibited 'An Eastern Maid' at the RBSA, perhaps showing an influence of Orientalism from his stay. However his stay was short and moved to Haverstock Hill in London a few years later in 1881. He is understood to have spent the rest of his life there. As well as his training in Paris, Breakspeare was initially trained at the Birmingham Government School of Design and Charles Verlat's Academy in Antwerp.

He died at his home at the age of 58 in May 1914. More on William Arthur Breakspeare




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Tuesday, May 31, 2022

01 work, PORTRAIT OF A LADY, Malcolm T. Liepke's Three Moods, with Footnotes. #121

Malcolm T. Liepke
Three Moods, c. 2010
Oil on Canvas
12 × 19 in, 30.5 × 48.3 cm

Malcolm T. Liepke. Largely self-taught, Malcolm T. Liepke paints in a style that synthesizes the work of other artists—John Singer Sargent, Edgar Degas, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Diego Velázquez, and James McNeill Whistler, among others—to create portraits that are both visually familiar and wholly unique. Liepke favors portraits of ordinary women in glamorous contexts, producing voyeuristic nudes that are sexualized through a realistic lens rather than a pornographic one. Loose brushstrokes and dusty gray-green skin tones imbue his subjects with a fleshy sensuality, while simple gestures and expressions convey emotions. Liepke paints from photographs and works in a wet-on-wet technique, borrowed from artists like Sargent and Velázquez, in which layers of oil paint are built up without drying in between. American, b. 1953, Minneapolis, Minnesota, based in New York, New York. More on Malcolm T. Liepke




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Sunday, May 29, 2022

01 work, PORTRAIT OF A LADY, Youssef Nabil's Ehsan Crying, with Footnotes. #120

Youssef Nabil (Egyptian, b. 1972)
Ehsan Crying, CAIRO 1997
Hand-coloured gelatin silver print
45 1/8 x 29 1/2 in. (115 x 75cm.)
Private collection

Youssef Nabil (born 6 November 1972) is an Egyptian artist and photographer. Nabil started his photography career in 1992. In 1997, Nabil worked in Paris with the Peruvian fashion photographer Mario Testino till late 1998. In 1999, Youssef Nabil had his first solo exhibition in Cairo. 

Nabil left Egypt in 2003 for an artist residency at the Cité internationale des arts in Paris. In 2006, he moved to live and work in New York.

Nabil's work has been presented on numerous international solo and group exhibitions, at venues including the British Museum, London; Centro de la Imagen, Mexico City; North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh; BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Newcastle; Centre de Cultura Contemporánea de Barcelona; Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris; Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah; Kunstmuseum, Bonn; The Third Line, Dubai; The Townhouse gallery, Cairo; Galerist, Istanbul; Marco Noire gallery, Turin; Nathalie Obadia gallery, Paris; Yossi Milo gallery, New York; Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo, Sevilla; Aperture Foundation, New York and Villa Medici, Rome. More on Youssef Nabil





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Sunday, May 22, 2022

01 work, PORTRAIT OF A LADY, Miles Aldridge's Home Works, with Footnotes. #119

Miles Aldridge
Home Works #3, c. 2008
Chromogenic print
17 1/10 × 24 1/10 in, 43.56 × 61.34 cm
Private collection

Miles Aldridge (born 1964, London) is a fashion photographer and artist.

Born in North London to graphic designer Alan Aldridge, Miles grew up accustomed to celebrity. He studied illustration at the Central St Martins to follow his father's steps and afterwards briefly directed pop videos.

He moved into photography by chance when he sent some photos of an aspiring model girlfriend to an agency. British Vogue called him as well as her. By then he had hung out on shoots and traveled to New York in the mid-nineties, where he started working almost immediately.

Initially Aldridge shot covers of the American monthly fashion magazine W, then he worked for Numéro, Teen Vogue, Vogue Nippon, The New York Times Magazine, GQ, The New Yorker, The Face, Paradis and Harper's Bazaar. For many years he has been an important contributor for Vogue Italia, building a solid friendship with Franca Sozzani.

Aldridge worked as an advertising photographer for Longchamp, MAC Cosmetics, Sergio Rossi, Carolina Herrera, Lavazza and Mercedes E-Class, among the others. He shot for noted fashion designers such as Karl Lagerfeld, Giorgio Armani, Yves Saint Laurent e Paul Smith. More on Miles Aldridge





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Friday, May 20, 2022

01 work, PORTRAIT OF A LADY, Greg Gorman's Jodie Foster, with Footnotes. #118

Greg Gorman, (American, b. 1949)
Jodie Foster, c. 1999
Digital pigment print
21-1/8 x 16 inches (53.7 x 40.6 cm)
Private property

Jodie Foster, original name Alicia Christian Foster, (born November 19, 1962, Los Angeles, California, U.S.), popularly known as Jodie Foster, is an American actress, director and producer. She has won many BAFTAs, Academy Awards and Golden Globes in a career that spanned from her childhood to maturity. She started her Hollywood career at the tender age of three since her mother was a film producer. She appeared in television commercials, sporadic episodes of television series and television movies, initially. Being fluent in French and living in France for many years only helped Foster to make her mark in the French cinema and French music circuit through singing. She acted in various Disney movies even until she was a teenager and her transition into the film career was a bit of a tricky task because her initial movies as non-child artist did not achieve commercial success. But all of this changed when ‘The Accused’ and ‘The Silence of the Lambs’ were released and her performance was critically acclaimed and awarded. Foster is not only an actor of brilliant intensity but also an experimenting director and has directed movies of various genres. For her impeccable contribution to the world of cinema as a woman, she has been awarded with the Crystal Award by Women in Film. More on Jodie Foster

Greg Gorman, born in Kansas City in the US in 1949. Gorman is an American portrait photographer of Hollywood celebrities. His work has been seen in national magazine features and covers, including Esquire, GQ, Interview, Life, Vogue, Newsweek, Rolling Stone, Time, Vanity Fair, and the London Sunday Times. Although he studied photojournalism in college, his passion for rock-and-roll led him to his chosen field when he photographed Jimi Hendrix in 1968. John Waters once said, "Greg Gorman is the only person I'd let photograph my corpse". He primarily works in black and white.He has also directed music videos, television advertisements, and graphic design layouts for advertisers.On February 17, 2010 Greg Gorman was interviewed by fashion photographer and blogger Lope Navo. More on Greg Gorman





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Thursday, May 12, 2022

01 work, PORTRAIT OF A LADY, Ivan Pili's Peoples of the world: Berber, with Footnotes. #117

Ivan Pili, Italy
Peoples of the world: Berber
Oil on canvas
23.6 W x 35.4 H x 0.8 in

Berber people are indigenous to North Africa occupying regions stretching from the Atlantic Ocean to the Mediterranean Sea. They speak the Berber language belonging to the Afroasiatic family. There are about 25-30 million Berber speakers in North Africa today with the majority found in Libya, Algeria, and Morocco. The majority of the population in North Africa is also believed to be Berber in origin. Berbers are not entirely a homogeneous ethnicity but include a wide range of societies. Berber language, heritage, and history are considered the major unifying factors of the Berber people. More on the Berbers

Ivan Pili, concert musician, composer and visual artist, born in Cagliari in 1976, graduated in civil engineering. From an early age he showed his artistic skills in design. He discovered his innate propensity for music entirely by accident. In the years 1991 to 1994 he devoted himself to the study of musical genres popular in Europe and at the age of sixteen he begins to earn the title of International artist with his first concerts around Europe. In 1994 he won the diatonic accordion world titl. He took part in several performances as concert soloist in prestigious theaters.

At the end of 2014 he resumed his artistic pictorial path interrupted with the advent of his musical carreer. His first subjects referred to the figurative, evoking their life scenes and aiming to a “commom” public. This was the beginning of a new experimental phase, the beginning of 2016 to perfect hyperrealism, “not photo”, but going beyond “the photograph”. More on Ivan Pili




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