February 22, 2015 |
In a highly unusual outcome to conservation efforts, the Barnes Foundation has discovered it owns two previously unknown Cézanne sketches - even collector Albert C. Barnes was most likely unaware of their existence. The two works, unmentioned in any correspondence and not included in the master compendium of Cézanne's works, are on the backs of two watercolors that are permanently hung in the foundation's galleries on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The works had been taken down a year ago for needed conservation.
December 12, 2013 |
The paintings of algae seem to glow with a greenish light, the slender fronds rendered with painstaking detail at up to 1,000 times actual size. The eye of 19th-century artist Cornelius Varley was involved in creating the images, but something else was at work: A sophisticated optical instrument that gave him the illusion of seeing the algae right on his canvas. Think it makes the artist's job easy? Think again. Varley's algae watercolors, along with a variety of such optical instruments, are on display at the American Philosophical Society Museum through Dec. 29, including three devices that visitors can look through as they attempt their own sketches.
December 2, 2013 |
Paris before it became the City of Light; the watercolors of an artist best known for portraits; creatures conjured from the medieval imagination - these are just a few of the fruits in this year's crop of books to be put out in the open, not hidden away on shelves. If you think books may be passé, check out the gorgeous buildings that house so many of them. Prices are list, but discounts abound. John Singer Sargent: Watercolors (MFA Publications/Brooklyn Museum, $60) . Sargent wasn't eager to show or sell his watercolors.
September 16, 2011 |
Thanks to its horse country location, the intersection of Providence and Goshen Roads in Willistown Township is not only picturesque, it is also rich in social, or at least socialite, history: the Radnor Races traffic jams there every May, the farms on three of its corners there bouncing from one family to another, including, years ago, the Wetherills, and the quaint blacksmith shop on the fourth. So there is little doubt a 24-inch-by-39-inch watercolor of the crossroads done in 1975 by Peter Sculthorpe will attract considerable attention from area bidders when it goes on the block at Wiederseim Associates' sale Saturday at the Ludwig's Corner Fire Company in Glenmoore - even though the picture (labeled Land of Goshen on the back)
June 19, 2011 |
Alfred Jacob Miller was one of a half-dozen American artists, some foreign-born, who introduced the Western frontier, particularly indigenous cultures, to American art. This happened mainly in the 1830s, when Miller and his contemporaries ventured beyond the Mississippi River into the Great Plains, as far as the Rocky Mountains. The first to go, perhaps the most prolific and best-known Indian painter, was George Catlin, a native of Wilkes-Barre, who traveled up the Missouri River for 2,000 miles with an American Fur Co. expedition in 1832.
May 6, 2011 |
'Barry Moser: Bookwright" at Brandywine River Museum provides an absorbing glimpse into the world of this prominent Massachusetts illustrator through 75 wood engravings and watercolors and several of the limited-edition books produced by his Pennyroyal Press. Artists are still making wood engravings? Weren't those 18th-century offshoots of the woodcut medium eventually swallowed up by the printing industry? That's true, but creativity started coming back into wood engraving in the 20th century, both abroad and, with German emigre Fritz Eichenberg, in this country.
October 27, 2010 |
When a great master dies, two things often follow - the artist's work skyrockets in value, and forgers emerge from the shadows, eager to make a buck. It happened to the likes of Vincent van Gogh, Jackson Pollock, and Andy Warhol. Now, it's happening to Andrew Wyeth. But faking Wyeth's work is proving difficult, even for skilled forgers. His wife's ferocious attention to detail decades ago is providing rare evidence to help art detectives curb this growing crime, said art historian Jonathan Lopez, author of The Man Who Made Vermeers . The latest Wyeth forgery - at least the seventh since his death last year - was the most skilled yet. Offered at auction by Christie's in New York earlier this year, the painting was expected to fetch $300,000 to $500,000.
January 22, 2010 |
Eileen Goodman is that agreeable thing, a painterly painter. And like her sensibility, her paintings of large, branching fruited or flowering plants and occasional still lifes shrug off the prescribed boundaries of any one medium in her "New Works" show at Gross McCleaf. So, where did Goodman get the experience she needed for big, bold works of this kind that you would swear were oil paintings, but are actually watercolors? Goodman has an oil-painting background, yet has painted only in watercolor for years.
September 2, 2008 |
Marianna S. Glass, 62, of Devon, an architectural illustrator, died of pneumonia July 19 at Bryn Mawr Hospital. In 1967, Mrs. Glass set up Marianna Shaw Illustration, which she operated out of her home until recently. Her husband, Stephen, said that from her studio she made "detailed watercolor perspectives for architects, builders and interior designers" across the nation. For a time in the early 1970s, her husband said, she worked for ARA Services, now Aramark, designing from blueprints such features as "dining facilities for hotels, university cafeterias, corporate boardrooms.
June 20, 2008 |
Between the artwork in the first session of Barry S. Slosberg's two-day quality sale of fine furniture and art and the 150 lots of American and European paintings being offered at Freeman's, Sunday looks to be a busy day for bidders. The Slosberg sale begins at 10 a.m. at 2501 E. Ontario St. The roughly 80 lots of artwork include both American and European artists, notably a signed acrylic oil-on-board depiction of Jerusalem by Zvi Mairovich. "Russian artists are very hot these days," Slosberg said this week.