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  • Part 2: MIR Pays Tribute to Pioneers of Early Art Education

    December 31st, 2009 · 10:51 am  →  Blog

    Our society’s attitudes concerning art education for young children determine, in a sense, our future artists and the preservation and fruitful development of our culture at large; indeed, “The Child is the father of the Man” (Wordsworth). Let us pay homage to a few individuals who aided in the development of art education for youngRead the Rest…

    Our Evolving Views Concerning the Artistic Capabilities of the Child

    December 28th, 2009 · 10:52 am  →  Blog

    “What the great artist struggles to achieve, the child creates naturally.”—Picasso Recently, my colleague, Justin Bergquist, posted a fascinating blog concerning the watercolors of child prodigy Keiron Williamson. I would like to explore our evolving attitudes concerning children’s art practice, education and development. What follows is by no means a comprehensive collection of children’s artRead the Rest…

    Franz von Defregger: Anecdotal Interior Scenes

    December 21st, 2009 · 3:06 pm  →  Blog

    As the weather deteriorates during the holiday season time spent inside is more precious than ever. While ime spent inside during the summer seems wasteful, as soon as the temperatures hit freezing, there is nothing more enjoyable than staying inside with friends while enjoying a drink and conversation. These simple pleasures were not lost onRead the Rest…

    A Brief History of Chinese Watercolors on Pith Paper

    December 17th, 2009 · 2:11 pm  →  Blog

    MIR Appraisal Services, Inc., boasts in its collection twelve pith paintings from China. Crafted mainly for export to the United States and Europe, works on pith paper date mainly to the early 19th century. As chinoiserie—“romanticized European imitation of Chinese art eventually copied by the Chinese themselves for export”—developed as a popularized aesthetic for collectorsRead the Rest…

    Art News Update For December

    December 11th, 2009 · 3:51 pm  →  Blog News

    Old Masters Auction Breaks Records Indicating a favorable direction for art prices this season, a large auction house has just wrapped up its sale of Old Masters paintings that brought in millions of dollars. The sale, much touted in the news before it even began, started on December 8th and saw many paintings that hadRead the Rest…

    “Naturally Engaged”: Chinese Landscape Paintings at the Art Institute of Chicago

    December 9th, 2009 · 10:29 am  →  Blog

    One of the lovely attributes of working at MIR Appraisal Services, Inc. in downtown Chicago is its fortuitous proximity to the Art Institute of Chicago; the Art Institute is a mere three blocks from our office—a brief jaunt to the Institute yields fruitful research and inspiration. Taking advantage of our lucky geography, I recently attendedRead the Rest…

    Six-Year-Old Artist Amazes Art World

    December 4th, 2009 · 3:24 pm  →  Blog

    Proving that child prodigies are not relegated to the depths of history and to characters such as Mozart and da Vinci, a child of Holt in Norfolk England has been producing some stunning watercolors that have experts dumbstruck. The child, Keiron Williamson, has been described as a kid more interested in a bedtime picture bookRead the Rest…

    Tiffany Stained Glass Cashed in for Charity

    December 1st, 2009 · 4:47 pm  →  Blog

    In an unfortunate but uplifting story, a Vermont church has recently announced that it is going to sell its Tiffany window in order to pay its bills, including operational costs for a homeless shelter that has seen an increase in demand since the economic downturn. The First Baptist Church, located in Brattleboro, Vermont, has fallenRead the Rest…