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  • The Science of Color: Ogden Rood and Modern Chromatics

    December 6th, 2013 · 8:58 am  →  19th Century Art American history Art History books Impressionism modern art painting

    At times it seems that the worlds of art and science could not be more diametrically opposed.  People describe themselves as “left-brained” or “right-brained,” as if creative people and scientists are two separate species, each unfortunately possessing the ability to access only half of their own mental capacity. There are, however, and always have been,Read the Rest…

    Is The Bubble about to Burst?

    November 26th, 2013 · 10:37 am  →  Appraisal art market auction Blog contemporary art modern art painting

    Many economists believe that there is a non-speculative bubble in the contemporary-art market.  It is believed to be non-speculative because the majority of collectors who are buying million-dollar works of contemporary art are not buying the pieces with the intention to buy and “flip” the work (i.e. quickly re-selling it at a higher price.) DisregardingRead the Rest…

    “Degenerate” Art Rediscovered

    November 14th, 2013 · 10:53 am  →  20th Century art Appraisal Art History Blog Degenerate art modern art painting

    More than 1,400 works of art were recently discovered by tax investigators in one room of a German apartment.  This artwork is believed to have been classified as “degenerate art” and seized by the Nazis around 1937.  The stash included works by masters such as Pablo Picasso, Marc Chagall, Henri Matisse and Auguste Renoir.  SomeRead the Rest…

    The Question of Authentication

    November 5th, 2013 · 12:25 pm  →  Appraisal authentication Blog documents provenance Reproductions

    Many of our clients are curious about the process of authentication.   Frequently asked questions include:  “Does this work of art require authentication?”  “What constitutes a ‘certificate of authenticity?’”  “How will authentication or lack thereof impact the value of my piece”?  and “What is the difference between authentication and provenance?” To answer these questions, it isRead the Rest…

    Richard Diebenkorn: The High Price of a Print

    October 28th, 2013 · 9:17 am  →  Appraisal Blog contemporary art modern art Prints works on paper

    Based upon the outcome of recent auctions, the top end of the print market is on the rise.  Although the paintings and sculptures of established artists still carry a significantly higher price tag, the print market is doing shockingly well.  This trend is particularly noticeable among large-scale prints by modern artists such as Mastisse, Warhol,Read the Rest…

    Featured Artist: August Wilhelm Leu

    October 4th, 2013 · 4:58 pm  →  19th Century Art Appraisal Art History Blog painting

    This week, we have decided to feature an important German artist by the name of August Wilhelm Leu (1819-1897). Born in Munster in 1819, Leu entered the Academy of Dusseldorf in 1840.  Although he was initially interested in engraving, he was profoundly influenced by the teaching of Johann Wilhelm Shirmer, whose focus was on landscapeRead the Rest…

    New Van Gogh Painting Authenticated

    September 30th, 2013 · 11:01 am  →  Appraisal Art History authentication Blog painting provenance Reproductions

    The painting Sunset at Montmajour has recently been authenticated as a work by Vincent Van Gogh. Once not recognized to be a Van Gogh original (amongst others such as Still Life with Meadow Flowers and Roses,) Sunset at Montmajour has been proven to be genuine through current technology and extensive research. This is an exampleRead the Rest…

    Kawase Hasui: Shin-Hanga Artist

    September 20th, 2013 · 11:40 am  →  19th Century Art Antiques Appraisal Art History Asian art Blog Prints works on paper

    Kawase Hasui (Japanese, 1883-1957) was one of the major printmakers during the shin-hanga movement.  A prolific artist, he created over 600 prints throughout his career.  The shin-hanga movement included artists that produced “new prints” by reviving traditional art and labor techniques. During Hasui’s studies of watercolor and oil painting, he was introduced by his teacherRead the Rest…

    An Early Watercolor by Persian Artist Reza Derakshani

    September 10th, 2013 · 8:46 am  →  Appraisal Art History Blog contemporary art painting works on paper

    This watercolor on rice paper is an early work by the renowned Iranian artist Reza Derakshani, titled “Blue Flowering Plant with Black Silk Fabric on Stool.” From early on, Derakshani had a fascination for the natural world, stemming from his time among the fields, flowers, and mountains of a childhood spent in northeastern Iran. HeRead the Rest…

    Contemporary Artist Highlight: Peter Lik

    August 23rd, 2013 · 10:40 am  →  Appraisal Blog contemporary art photography travel

                      Peter Lik is an Australian-born landscape photographer whose love for photography began at the age of only eight years old. His Czech-immigrant parents had given him a Kodak Brownie camera, with which he soon taught himself to capture images of nature and landscape. In 1984 heRead the Rest…