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Marc Chagall Original Work From His Later Years

2018-08-28T14:40:23-04:00

In our life there is a single color, as on an artist's palette, which provides the meaning of life and art. It is the color of love. - Marc Chagall The oldest of nine children, Marc Chagall experienced poverty, prejudice and the limitations put on Jews in his home country of Russia. He was witness to the [...]

Watercolors by American Masters at the Surovek Gallery

2018-08-31T13:44:06-04:00

Our focus at Surovek Gallery is on the acquisition and sale of works by American masters. Most of the artists in our gallery are known for their works in oils, and not as well-known for their watercolors. Watercolors, made from ochre and other minerals mixed with water, were used by the first artists to paint their cave walls and Ancient Egyptians to paint their tombs and temples. With the advancement of paper making in Italy in the thirteenth century, artists were able to use watercolors to produce major works.

Roy Lichtenstein Works Going to The Smithsonian and The Whitney

2018-08-10T09:01:38-04:00

The Whitney will be establishing the The Roy Lichtenstein Study Collection, with the Foundation's donation of  more than four hundred works created by Lichtenstein during his long career. The works, made from 1940 until his death in 1997, include paintings, drawings, prints, collages, sculptures, maquettes, models, study photographs and drawings, with additional work to be donated in the future.

Grant Wood’s Deceptive Overalls

2018-08-05T14:52:18-04:00

Grant Wood The Whitney Museum show Grant Wood: American Gothic and Other Fables, the most extensive retrospective of Wood's work ever presented,  has just ended, and still the questions remain about both the artist and his art. American Gothic is one of America's most recognizable paintings, but Wood's large body of work and his life story, are unfamiliar [...]

Palm Beach Art Galleries

2018-07-27T10:35:16-04:00

Palm Beach is home to some of the finest and most distinctive art galleries in the world. Each art gallery in Palm Beach has its own unique focus and style, reflecting  the interest and passions of gallery owners and staff. Here is a look at the Surovek Gallery and some of the other art galleries in Palm Beach that make it a fabulous destination for art lovers and collectors.

Joan Miró: The Power of the Sol de Miró

2018-07-23T11:16:29-04:00

Joan Miró spent his life in both his birthplace of Barcelona and his adopted home of Paris. He lived in turbulent times and saw his country ravaged by civil war, the fascist Franco regime and World War ll. He lived long enough to see Spain become a constitutional monarchy and to see himself become a national treasure, but [...]

Backwoods Aristocrat Thomas Hart Benton

2018-07-16T10:06:53-04:00

After studying in Paris, Benton returned to New York in the early 1920's and said that his time in Europe  had made him  an "enemy of modernism", ironically, the art movement that his teaching generated. Benton taught at the Art Students League of New York from 1926 to 1935. Jackson Pollock, one of the leading figures in the Abstract Expressionist movement, was one of Benton's favorite students. They traveled through the West together in the 1930s, and Benton had a profound effect on Pollock's work and life.

Keith Haring Mural Uncovered in Amsterdam After Thirty Years Under Wraps

2018-07-09T19:20:57-04:00

Haring had his first solo museum exhibition at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam in 1986. He painted a mural for the exhibit inside the museum, and then asked the museum curators if he could paint a public mural outside as a gift to the city. The curators let Haring paint one of the brick walls of a museum warehouse. Haring painted one of his distinctive figures riding a giant sea creature.

Maurice Prendergast’s Work Helped to Set New Record at Christie’s

2018-06-08T12:46:23-04:00

Maurice Prendergast brought modernism from Europe to America, around the turn of the twentieth century, while still maintaining his own unique style. Last month, Christie's New York auctioned American art from the Peggy and David Rockefeller collection. Maurice Prendergast's Steps of Santa Maria d'Aracoeli, Rome was expected to go for $1,500,000 to $2,500,000 and realized $3,372,500.

Frank Stella Fine Art Prints at Surovek Gallery

2018-06-01T08:43:22-04:00

The 1970s was a time when critics began to talk about, “the death of painting.” Frank Stella rejuvenated both painting and fine art printmaking by pushing the limits of both. In the middle of the 1970s, Stella’s work became more lavish and unrestrained. He began to use French Curves and other technical drafting tools to create sweeping and sinuous lines and new materials to give his paintings and extra dimensions.

Wolf Kahn Oil Paintings at Surovek Gallery

2018-04-06T09:31:29-04:00

Kahn was born in Germany in 1927. His father was a well-known conductor with the Stuttgart Philharmonic Orchestra. The family had to leave Germany when Hitler came to power. Kahn emigrated to New York when he was thirteen. Khan's artistic ability was recognized and encouraged when he was as young as four.

Roy Lichtenstein: Brushstrokes

2018-02-27T08:27:08-05:00

In 1965, Lichtenstein began working on the Brushstroke Series. His inspiration was a comic book cell, done by Dick Giordano. Giordano's work depicted an artist who emotionally drained after completing a painting. Lichtenstien's first Brushstroke painting was very similar to the work of Giordano but Lichtenstien continued to use the brushstroke in varying ways for the rest of his career.

Norman Rockwell: The Tour and the Controversy

2018-02-09T09:35:18-05:00

Norman Rockwell's Four Freedoms spoke to a nation in turmoil during World War ll. The paintings were created in response to President Roosevelt's State of the Union address in 1941, in which he said that all people have the right to four fundamental freedoms: freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom from want, and freedom from fear.

Marc Chagall’s Works Set New Record

2018-01-19T09:39:14-05:00

New Auction Highs for Marc Chagall Paintings Two of Marc Chagall's paintings sold for over the estimated price at November's Sotheby's Auction. Le Grand cirque, a ten-foot wide painting, that Chagall did in 1956, was sold to a bidder at Sotheby's Asia for $16 million. The estimate price for Le Grand cirque was $15 million. Marc Chagall Le Grand Cirque, [...]

Wolf Kahn: More Vibrant Than Ever

2017-12-22T10:08:03-05:00

Wolf Kahn has been awarded the 2017 U.S. State Department’s International Medal of Arts. Kahn's work has been part of the State Department's Art in Embassies program, which loans work to diplomatic bureaus around the world. Wolf Kahn received the 2017 U.S. State Department’s International Medal of Arts. Photo by Melany Kahn At age 90, [...]

The Elegant Watercolors of Winslow Homer

2017-12-22T10:00:35-05:00

Winslow Homer was in his forties when he began to create some of the most beautiful watercolor paintings the world has ever seen. Homer’s mother, Henrietta, was a talented watercolorist who painted nature studies and whose works were the only paintings by another artist he ever collected and hung in his studio in Prouts Neck, Maine.

Orville Bulman and William Glackens: Exceeding Expectations

2017-11-20T10:00:50-05:00

Orville Bulman The works of Orville Bulman have long been a favorite of collectors. During his lifetime he sold more than 2000 paintings and exhibited in more than forty solo shows. Bulman took some art classes, but was mostly self-taught and the popularity of his paintings surprised even him. When given his first solo show in Palm [...]

Maurice Prendergast: An American Original

2017-09-08T16:38:23-04:00

Maurice Prendergast was one of America’s most original painters. His works, although labeled Impressionist, have both a European and American sensibility, but are unlike the works of other artists of his time. Maurice Prendergast, 1913 Prendergast was, during much of his lifetime, a painter’s painter. It wasn’t until around the start of World War 1, [...]

Julio Larraz: Swimming Upstream

2017-07-21T11:12:52-04:00

Julio Larraz began his career as political cartoonist whose work was published in the New York Times, the Washington Post and the Chicago Tribune. He has become one of the world’s most important contemporary Latin American painters, with his work in major museums and galleries around the world. Just this year, his work has been included in shows in both Milan and Houston.

Anthony Thieme in St. Augustine’s Lost Colony

2017-07-21T11:13:53-04:00

Lillian said that her husband Anthony Thieme often insisted that “‘he was born fifty years too late.” He was born in Rotterdam in 1888 and became an American citizen in 1935. “He disliked the rush and roar of the modern age” she said, “… this conflict was always within him, the longing to paint peace and quiet, beauty and harmony, yet confronted daily with the ugliness of modernity.”

Truly American: Tom Wesselmann Prints

2017-07-21T11:14:47-04:00

Tom Wesselmann spent much of his young adult life searching for his identity, both as an artist and a human being. Born and raised in a middle class family in Cincinnati, Wesselmann knew he wanted to be an artist, but wasn’t sure how to go about fulfilling his aspirations. “I had no point of view.” he said “I hadn’t seen paintings. I hadn’t seen anything. I hadn’t gone to galleries yet or to museums.”

Alexander Calder Originals: Later Works

2018-01-12T14:15:56-05:00

Alexander Calder turned 71 in 1969. He was still playful, energetic and continued to create fantastic drawings, paintings, prints and sculptures but, like all humans, Calder had to deal with the events that accompany the aging process. He lost two of his closest friends, Marcel Duchamp and Ben Shahn, and was beginning to feel the effects of Parkinson’s Disease. It was Duchamp who named Calder’s original works mobiles and who remained a great friend, until Duchamp’s death, in 1968.

Andrew Wyeth: Still Intriguing After 100 Years

2017-06-05T11:23:55-04:00

Andrew Wyeth would have been 100 years old in July and probably would have skipped the celebrations and gone out to paint instead. Wyeth died, in 2009, at age 91, at his home in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania. He was buried in Cushing, Maine, the place where he spent his summers and produced many of his greatest works, including Christina’s World .

Mary Cassatt: A Resilient American Artist

2018-02-28T09:55:56-05:00

Cassatt moved to Paris in 1866, when she was twenty two years old. Her mother, sister Lydia and family friends acted as chaperones. Women were not accepted at the École des Beaux-Arts, so she studied privately and got a permit to copy paintings at the Louvre. Copyists at the Louvre, mostly women, were allowed to copy the works of the great masters but had to leave their work, unsigned, with the museum.

Winslow Homer: Creating Uniquely American Watercolors

2017-11-20T10:05:01-05:00

In the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries American artists copied the techniques, and worked in the shadows of, European watercolorists. Watercolors in America were used to make maps, record forays into the country and illustrate texts. Winslow Homer’s watercolor paintings changed all that and influenced many other painters to produce such great works in watercolors that, [...]

George Bellows: Chronicling the World Around Him

2017-06-05T11:23:55-04:00

George Bellows was not only one of America’s greatest painters and printmakers but also a chronicler of the social changes occurring in New York in the early twentieth century. Encouraged to draw the world around him by Ashcan painter and teacher, Robert Henri, Bellows painted urban landscapes which were often beautiful and, just as often, attacked by [...]

Jean-Michel Basquiat

2018-02-02T09:38:20-05:00

Jean-Michel Basquiat was one of America's brightest, most talented and original artists. His works currently command some of the highest prices at auction around the world. Andy WarholJean-Michel Basquiat, 1982 Early Life and Education Jean-Michel Basquiat was born in Brooklyn on December 22, 1960. Basquiat had two younger sisters. His older brother died shortly before Basquiat [...]

Gifford Beal

2017-06-05T11:23:58-04:00

Gifford Beal was an American painter, printmaker and muralist, whose early work was associated with the Ashcan School. Early Life and Education Gifford Beal was born in New York in 1879, the youngest of six children. His father, William Reynolds Beal, his oldest brother, Reynolds Beal, and his niece, Marjorie Acker, were all accomplished painters. Beal’s formal [...]

James Carroll Beckwith

2017-06-05T11:23:58-04:00

James Carroll Beckwith was an American painter whose powerful portraits, murals and paintings of historical monuments are part of permanent museum collections around the world. He signed his work Carroll Beckwith. Early Life and Education James Carroll Beckwith was born in Hannibal, Missouri in 1852, and raised in Chicago, where his father opened a wholesale grocery business. [...]

George Bellows

2019-07-01T09:52:06-04:00

George Bellows (1882-1925)photograph c.1920 by Nickolas Muray George Bellows turned down an offer to play baseball with the Cincinnati Reds and, instead, became one of the greatest American painters and chroniclers of the twentieth century. Early Life and Career Bellows was born in 1882, in Columbus, Ohio. Bellows mother was 40, and his father 50, [...]

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