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The Radiant Colors of Wolf Kahn’s Landscapes

Wolf Kahn began using intense colors in his landscapes, in the late 1960s, while on vacation in Deer Isle, Maine. The sweep of the fog, the sea and the sky led him to move away from the monochromatic tones he had been using, to the swaths of radiant colors that he has been using for the last fifty years.

2018-09-07T08:46:22-04:00 September 6th, 2018|

Marc Chagall Original Work From His Later Years

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 [...]

2018-08-28T14:40:23-04:00 August 21st, 2018|

Watercolors by American Masters at the Surovek Gallery

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.

2018-08-31T13:44:06-04:00 August 16th, 2018|

Roy Lichtenstein Works Going to The Smithsonian and The Whitney

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.

2018-08-10T09:01:38-04:00 August 9th, 2018|

Grant Wood’s Deceptive Overalls

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 [...]

2018-08-05T14:52:18-04:00 August 2nd, 2018|

Palm Beach Art Galleries

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.

2021-03-18T17:17:05-04:00 July 26th, 2018|

Joan Miró: The Power of the Sol de Miró

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 [...]

2018-07-23T11:16:29-04:00 July 22nd, 2018|

Wyeth: The life of Andrew Wyeth in bold strokes

The works of Andrew Wyeth have always garnered public adoration. His original works are coveted by art collectors. Wyeth's exhibits routinely broke attendance records. What the artist often failed to get, was the support of art critics, who often slammed him for sticking to his own style during a time when Modernism and avant-garde movements were sweeping [...]

2021-03-18T17:16:56-04:00 July 17th, 2018|

Backwoods Aristocrat Thomas Hart Benton

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.

2021-03-18T17:21:52-04:00 July 13th, 2018|

Keith Haring Mural Uncovered in Amsterdam After Thirty Years Under Wraps

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.

2021-03-18T17:21:58-04:00 June 28th, 2018|

Jasper Johns: No Explanation Needed

At age 88, Jasper Johns has remained one of America's most prominent living artists. He lives, and works, in his home in Sharon, Connecticut. Jasper Johns with his dog, Dougal, outside his home in Sharon, Connecticut, 2018Andrew White for The New York Times Johns has been making his mark on the art world for more [...]

2021-03-18T17:24:03-04:00 June 21st, 2018|

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

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.

2021-03-18T17:24:03-04:00 June 6th, 2018|

Frank Stella Fine Art Prints at Surovek Gallery

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.

2021-03-18T17:24:03-04:00 May 29th, 2018|

Pierre-Auguste Renoir Au Moulin de la Galette

Some of Renoir's most beautiful, and well-known works were of Paris life at the Moulin da la Galette. His use of color and composition made his Impressionist works a bridge between the Renaissance and Baroque artists who came before him and the modern artists who followed.

2021-03-18T17:24:03-04:00 May 24th, 2018|

Wolf Kahn Oil Paintings at Surovek Gallery

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.

2021-03-18T17:24:04-04:00 April 5th, 2018|

The Masterful Works of Scott Kelley

Kelley began working in watercolors when he was a child and continued to work in this most difficult medium while attending the Cooper Union School of Art, the Slade School of Fine Art in London and then as a fellow at the Glassell School of Art in Houston. His mastery of watercolor is apparent in all of his work.

2018-03-23T08:12:14-04:00 March 22nd, 2018|

Roy Lichtenstein: Brushstrokes

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.

2021-03-18T17:24:04-04:00 February 23rd, 2018|

Norman Rockwell: The Tour and the Controversy

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.

2021-03-18T17:24:04-04:00 February 5th, 2018|

Marc Chagall’s Works Set New Record

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, [...]

2018-01-19T09:39:14-05:00 January 18th, 2018|

The Legacy of Alexander Calder

Calder was born in Philadelphia in 1898. Both his grandfather and father, A. Stirling Calder, were successful sculptors, who created large-scale public works. His mother, Nanette Lederer Calder, was an accomplished painter. Calder created small sculptures as a child, and studied engineering before deciding to pursue a career as an artist.

2018-01-12T14:11:30-05:00 January 10th, 2018|

Wolf Kahn: More Vibrant Than Ever

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, [...]

2017-12-22T10:08:03-05:00 December 21st, 2017|

The Elegant Watercolors of Winslow Homer

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.

2021-03-18T17:24:04-04:00 December 8th, 2017|

Orville Bulman and William Glackens: Exceeding Expectations

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 [...]

2021-03-18T17:24:04-04:00 November 16th, 2017|

Stephen Scott Young: Comfort Food

The works of Stephen Scott Young are like comfort food; they convey a sense of serenity and longing to stay in the moment that he captures in each work of art. In a recent New York Times essay, Dr. Mikkael A. Sekeres, Director of the Leukemia Program at the Cleveland Clinic, fondly recalled the way his journalist [...]

2021-03-18T17:24:04-04:00 October 9th, 2017|

Pablo Picasso Originals: From the Côte d’Azur to Chicago

Picasso continued to create pottery throughout his lifetime. He bought an estate in Mougins, just five miles north of the Madoura pottery, in 1961, where he lived and worked for the remainder of his life. After Jacqueline died, in 1986, the property was abandoned and sat empty for thirty years. It was restored a few years ago and will be auctioned by Christie’s real estate next moth. Bidding will start at 20.2 million euros ($24 million).

2017-09-08T17:05:56-04:00 September 4th, 2017|

Joan Miro: Sensitive to the World

“The artist does not live in bliss.” wrote Joan Miro. “He is sensitive to the world, to the pulsation of his time, to the events which compel him to act. This is bound to happen. This is not an intellectual attitude but a profound feeling, something like a cry of joy which delivers you from anguish.”

2021-03-18T17:24:04-04:00 August 29th, 2017|

Maurice Prendergast: An American Original

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, [...]

2021-03-18T17:24:04-04:00 August 22nd, 2017|

Norman Rockwell: Elusive Originals

“No man with a conscience can just bat out illustrations.” Rockwell wrote, “He’s got to put all of his talent and all of his feelings into them. If illustration is not considered art, then that’s something that we have brought upon ourselves; not considering ourselves as artists. I believe illustrators should say, ‘I’m not just an illustrator. I’m an artist.”

2019-01-13T10:36:58-05:00 August 1st, 2017|

Marc Chagall: Original Works at Surovek Gallery

In spite of being born into poverty in the small village of Liozna, near Vitebsk, part of the Russian Empire, where, as a Jew, his movements were restricted and his options limited, Chagall managed to maintain an optimism that still resonates with people throughout the world.

2021-03-18T17:24:04-04:00 July 25th, 2017|

Neil Welliver: Finding Places of Power

I consider myself an animal part of nature, not a Homo sapien. Like the deer, the bear and the other small whatever else are out there, all the other small things and I feel totally at home there, completely and absolutely at home in the woods.” The backpack that Neil Welliver took with him, when he went [...]

2017-07-21T11:12:24-04:00 July 6th, 2017|

Julio Larraz: Swimming Upstream

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.

2017-07-21T11:12:52-04:00 June 29th, 2017|

Anthony Thieme in St. Augustine’s Lost Colony

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.”

2017-07-21T11:13:53-04:00 June 12th, 2017|

Truly American: Tom Wesselmann Prints

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.”

2017-07-21T11:14:47-04:00 June 1st, 2017|

Alexander Calder Originals: Later Works

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.

2018-01-12T14:15:56-05:00 May 11th, 2017|

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