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  • William Hogarth’s “Marriage A-La-Mode”

    August 28th, 2009 · 4:18 pm  →  Blog

    MIR Appraisal Services, Inc. currently has in its collection the complete Hogarth six-part series Marriage-A-la-Mode. William Hogarth’s iconic, satirical work portrayed theatrical narratives deeply influenced by the aesthetic and dramatic flair of local festivals and fairs which he had witnessed during his childhood in Bartholomew Close and Smithfield in London. Hogarthian motifs—the affectations and indiscretionsRead the Rest…

    Michael Jackson Portraits Hit Auction Houses in Wake of Singer’s Death

    August 26th, 2009 · 10:35 am  →  Blog

    Michael Jackson and Artists Michael Jackson, the “King of Pop,” served as the inspiration for many artists seeking to represent their era’s most illustrious and influential stars. Sampled by countless recording artists, his image alone was currency in the world of the visual arts. Representing seemingly boundless talent and music that defined a creative generation,Read the Rest…

    Dines Carlsen, American Impressionist Painter

    August 20th, 2009 · 10:10 am  →  Blog

    Dines Carlsen, son of renowned artist Soren Emil Carlsen, painted sensitive, impressionistic still life depictions, portraits, and landscape series, especially of the American Southwest. Trained in the visual arts by his father, Dines Carlsen’s talent was evident early in his life; at the age of fourteen, the National Academy held an exhibition of his work,Read the Rest…

    Restoration Reveals Rembrandt

    August 17th, 2009 · 9:42 am  →  Blog

    A painting, entitled Portrait of Pastor Swalmius, currently residing in Antwerp’s Royal Museum of Fine Arts, was until recently thought to have been painted by a student of Rembrandt in 1631. It has recently been confirmed that the piece was created by the master himself. This revelation came after an extensive restoration project and yearsRead the Rest…

    Olafur Eliasson: Inner Design and Metaphorical Form in “Remagine”

    August 13th, 2009 · 5:01 pm  →  Blog

    Goethe believed that architecture is “frozen music” (Fogg 808). Olafur Eliasson’s meditative work Remagine (2002) creates a fluid architecture, a nearly “musical,” harmonious movement of geometry. The work Remagine is showcased in the current Eliasson exhibition Take Your Time, which will be on display at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago until September 13,Read the Rest…

    >Manuel Robbe’s Fine Art Prints: Innovative Masterpieces from the Celebrated “Peintre-Graveur”

    August 12th, 2009 · 11:15 am  →  Blog

    > The MIR Gallery, an online division of MIR Appraisal Services, Inc., boasts a fine collection of prints, including the sensitive, innovative work of Manuel Robbe. A central figure in the “Peintres-Graveurs”—“Painters-Printmakers” or “Painters-Engravers”—he brought dignity and originality to the medium of printmaking, utilizing novel techniques such as sugar lift, aquatint, and “a la poupee.”Read the Rest…

    >Charles Schulz: Collectible Drawings from Your Sunday Paper

    August 6th, 2009 · 5:42 pm  →  Blog

    >Not too long ago, MIR Appraisal Services, Inc. acquired a furry friend—Snoopy, that is—and his amiable fellow, Woodstock! Four Charles Schulz signed ink drawings (authentication pending) portray Snoopy and Woodstock in charming wintertime scenes. With his iconic whimsy and humor, Schulz crafts his endearing characters with simple, yet expressive, lines. Schulz’s minimalist aesthetic sensibilities tendRead the Rest…

    >French Impressionism and the New Green Movement

    August 4th, 2009 · 2:45 pm  →  Blog

    > The knowledgeable research staff at MIR Appraisal Services, Inc. tirelessly and passionately seeks to understand particular pieces of art and their relationship to the larger realm of the history of art. The online gallery features extraordinary fine art, antiques and collectibles, some of which are currently in the process of being researched in greaterRead the Rest…

    >The Art of the Portrait Miniature

    August 3rd, 2009 · 9:13 am  →  Blog

    >Snapshots of loved ones are some of our most prized possessions. They are a visual record of someone dearly cared about and serve to sharpen or even correct our memory. Photography’s rise in the 19th century instantly recognized a market for portraits to be distributed to family and friends. Initially an expensive and time consumingRead the Rest…