20th Century

Klimt in Perugia

July 4 2024

Video: Retesole TV Umbria

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The National Gallery of Umbria have been lent Gustav Klimt's The Three Ages of Woman for a special exhibition. Interestingly, the painting was exhibited at the 1910 Venice Biennale and the 1911 International Exposition in Rome and remains in the collection of the National Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art in Rome. The show will run until 15th September 2024.

Kunsthaus Zurich removes 5 works from display

June 18 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

News from Switzerland that the Kunsthaus Zurich have removed 5 works of art from display pending investigations into their wartime history. The group, from the Emil Bührle Collection, including paintings by Monet, Van Gogh, Courbet, Gaugin and Toulouse-Lautrec.

Ivar Arosenius at Clase Fine Art

June 17 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

A reader has kindly alerted me to an exhibition which has just opened dedicated to the Swedish artist Ivar Arosenius (1878-1909) (CLICK HERE FOR A LINK---->)#mce_temp_url#. The show, the first ever dedicated to the painter in London, is being hosted by Clase Fine Art who are based on Pall Mall. The 32 works by Arosenius will be on display until 5th July 2024.

Spain Publishes List of Art Seized During Civil War

June 14 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The Guardian #mce_temp_url# (<----CLICK HERE FOR LINK) have published news that the Spanish state have published a list of art seized during the civil war and Franco dictatorship. This includes 5,000 items, covering paintings as well as the decorative arts.

According to the article:

The inventory, which is part of the government’s efforts to bring “justice, reparation and dignity” to the victims of the conflict and the subsequent dictatorship, was posted online on Wednesday. [...]

Spain’s culture minister, Ernest Urtasun, said the list was about much more than his department fulfilling the obligations set out in the Democratic Memory law, which was approved by the senate in October 2022.

“We’re offering a space in which people can learn about our history,” he said. “We’re also opening the door to returning those pieces that can be identified to their rightful owners.”

The ministry said that applications for the return of the lost items would be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Court Case over Egon Schiele's Wife

June 4 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

A court case surrounding the ownership and potential restitution of Egon Schiele's Portrait of the Artist's Wife has just ended with closing statements in Rochester, NY. The story is a long and winding one, but there are claims from the heirs of Heinrich Rieger (Schiele's dentist) and the heirs of the Jewish art collector and textile merchant Karl Mayländer over the war-time ownership of the work. The work is currently owned by The Robert Owen Lehman Foundation who had planned to sell it at Christie's, until questions about earlier provenance were raised. The article above has the full story, along with some rather interesting court room photographs of various attorneys standing with various books and easels.

Stolen Francis Bacon Portrait Recovered in Spain

May 24 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

News from Spain that a stolen painting by Francis Bacon has been recovered by the authorities. A group of pictures from the same collection had been stolen a number of years ago, with three begin recovered in 2017. This example, depicting the banker José Capelo had purportedly been valued at €5m.

Modigliani: Modern Gazes in Potsdam

May 16 2024

Video: Museum Barberini

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The Museum Barberini in Potsdam opened a new exhibition at the end of last month dedicated to the subject of Modigliani: Modern Gazes.

According to the blurb on the museum's website:

Almond-shaped, sightless eyes are an unmistakable feature of Modigliani’s style. With their stoic noblesse, his portraits and nudes have become icons of modern art. Like Frida Kahlo and Pablo Picasso, Amedeo Modigliani provoked both hostility and admiration, and his early death encouraged the creation of legends. Only a few of his pieces are found in German collections. The show Modigliani: Modern Gazes, the first exhibition of his work in Germany in fifteen years, offers a revised image of Modigliani, presenting him as an artist who turned his gaze to emancipated women.

The show will run until 18th August 2024.

New Release: Picturing the Artist’s Studio

May 10 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

Publishers Lund Humphries released the following book last week. Picturing the Artist's Studio: From Delacroix to Picasso examines the role of the artist's studio during the turn of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and has been written by Heather McPherson.

According to the book's blurb:

This richly diverse study examines the evolving image and contested status of the artist in late nineteenth-century France through the lens of the artist’s studio, which became a central theme in art and literature, stretching from Balzac to Proust and from Corot to Picasso. The studio was a hybrid space that blurred the distinctions between public and private, professional and domestic, artistic production and display. Besides a material space for art making, the studio was a social and commercial nexus and an extension of the artist’s persona. Drawing on paintings, prints, photographs, and primary sources ranging from memoirs to popular journals, this book sheds new light on the modern studio’s heightened significance as a laboratory of creative struggle and a platform for self-expression and the staging of artistic identity. It elucidates how the concept of the studio as a creative space emblematic of artistic identity, first theorized in the Renaissance, was reinvented and popularized after mid-century as debates about the role of art and the status of the artist intensified. Breaking new ground in focusing on the intersecting issues of artistic identity and the evolving role of the studio as creative arena, social and commercial locus, and informal exhibition space, McPherson allows us to participate in the popular ritual of visiting the artist’s studio.

Recent Release: Kunsthandel Katz

May 10 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

Dutch language readers have been treated to a new book which was released last month entitled Kunsthandel Katz: Een dynastie van joodse kunsthandelaren 1876-1995. Recognised as one of the most prominent art dealers of the twentieth century, this book by Peter Hellema & Joop Marsman charts the history of the family through WWII and beyond. Click on the link above to view a free preview from the publisher.

Le tableau volé

May 2 2024

Video: PyramideDistrib

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

A new French film was released yesterday entitled Le tableau volé. The film concerns the art specialist André Masson, an employee of the amusingly named auction house Scottie’s, who rediscovers a lost work by Egon Schiele.

Christie's New York 20th Century Sale

April 29 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The Christie's New York upcoming 20th Century Evening Sale (which also includes Impressionist works) has been uploaded online today. The auction will take place on 16th May 2024.

Highlights include this exquisite Van Gogh garden at $28m - $35m, a David Hockney view of water sprinklers at $25m - $35m, a large Warhol picture of flowers at $20m - $30m, a very fine Venetian view by Monet at $12m - $18m, and a painting of a lady in a hat by Picasso at $20m - $30m.

Musée Massey Exhibit Stolen Works Prior to Restitution

April 24 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

News from France that the Musée Massey in Tarbes will be exhibiting a group of works from their collections which were stolen during WWII. The paintings, which will be on display until 26th May 2024, will then be returned to the descendants of the painting's owners following a new law which was passed last summer. The display will include this rather beautiful later work by Cornelius Johnson (pictured) of an unknown sitter.

Graham Sutherland's Study of Winston Churchill Coming Up for Sale

March 22 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The Arts Council's website has alerted me to news that Graham Sutherland's Study of Sir Winston Churchill, a work of art which is under the exemption scheme, has a notice of sale on it. The painting, which appears to have always been in a private collection since it was completed in 1954, will be offered for sale at Sotheby's in June carrying a guide price of £800,000.

Rediscovered Klimt on display at Daniel Katz Gallery

March 14 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The Daniel Katz Gallery in London have shared news on Instagram that they are hosting Klimt's rediscovered Portrait of Fräulein Lieser. The work is due to come up for sale at Kinsky in Vienna on 24th April 2024 carrying an estimate of €30 - €50m. It isn't clear whether members of the public can go and see it, or how long it will be on display for, but why not try your luck if you can't make it to Vienna next month! It's rather beautiful and slightly eerie how much Robin Katz (pictured) appears to have been teleported from fin de siècle Vienna for this photo...

Matisse and the Sea in St. Louis

February 23 2024

Video: Krannert Art Museum

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The Saint Louis Art Museum opened a new exhibition last week entitled Matisse and the Sea. The inspiration for the show came from the museum's own Matisse known as Bathers with a Turtle, the subject matter and history of which has inspired the themes examined within. In case readers can't make it, the curator Simon Kelly was recorded giving a lecture on the themes of the exhibition (see above).

Muncaster Castle's War Time History

February 23 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The BBC have published a short article detailing the war time history of Muncaster Castle, the northern historic site which housed hundreds of artworks from Tate Britain during WWII.

Free Talk: A Technical Investigation into the Materials and Methods of Evelyn De Morgan

February 5 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

This Thursday (8th February) the De Morgan Foundation are putting on a free talk on the subject of A Technical Investigation into the Materials and Methods of Evelyn De Morgan. The talk at 4 Cromwell Place in London will be given by the conservator Alexandra Earl, a final year student in conservation at the Courtauld Institute.

According to the blurb:

Through close technical examination and art historical analysis of two paintings, ‘Queen Eleanor and the Fair Rosamund’ (1901-02) and ‘In Memoriam’ (1890-1919), Alexandra Earl will illustrate how De Morgan’s practice was influenced by her Pre-Raphaelite contemporaries as well as driven by her artistic training and own idiosyncratic methods. New primary material, coupled with the first in-depth scientific analysis of her paintings and palette, has enabled De Morgan’s oeuvre to be better understood – thus contributing to the expanding recognition of De Morgan as an artist in her own right.

Philip de László (1869–1937): Master of Elegance at Gainsborough's House

February 2 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

Gainsborough's House in Sudbury will be opening a new exhibition next month dedicated to Philip de László (1869–1937): Master of Elegance.

According to the exhibition blurb:

De László was already one of the most famous portrait painters in Europe when he decided to settle in England in 1907. His relentless energy, charisma and pursuit of perfection in his art saw his circle of patronage widen from Budapest, the city of his birth, via the princely houses of Europe. London attracted him as a city immersed in a golden age and the work he produced there during the next thirty years was bursting with vitality and virtuosity. The period is brought to life through portraiture and landscapes and features a section on his experiences during the First World War.

The exhibition will feature rarely-seen loans from private collections as well as important works from the Royal Collection, including a childhood portrait of Queen Elizabeth II when Princess of York.

The show will run from 23rd March 2024 until 23rd June 2024.

€30 - €50m Rediscovered Klimt at Kinsky

January 26 2024

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Picture: Kinsky

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

Exciting news from Vienna that a rediscovered portrait by Gustav Klimt will be offered for sale in April. The Portrait of Fräulein Lieser was photographed as part of a Viennese exhibition in 1925, and its history afterwards remains largely unknown. It is thought the painting had been in the possession of sitter's parents, Adolf and Henriette Lieser, the latter of whom died in a concentration camp in 1942. The painting was acquired six decades ago by an Austrian citizen, and will be sold by its current owners alongside the legal successors of Adolf and Henriette. It will be offered in at Vienna's Kinsky auction house with an estimate of €30m - €50m.

Elton John Sales at Christie's

January 12 2024

Video: Christie's

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

Following on from the ever-increasing interest in celebrity ephemera, see the recent Freddie Mercury sales for evidence of that, Christie's New York have announced a significant 8 auction series dedicated to the collection of Sir Elton John. Sir Elton has had periodic moments of selling parts of his collection, including his art nouveau and art deco collections in the 1980s, but, this seems to be far more extensive and eclectic than any previous sales. It seems only a matter of time before the media circus kicks in, and art lovers will be aghast at the amount that 'stage-worn' shoes, boots, outfits and 'sneakers' will be selling for.

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