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The maker of the fine piece listed above was completed by none other than Mikhail Larionov, an influential Russian painter, stage designer, printmaker, illustrator, and writer. As one of the leaders of the Russian avant-garde before World War 1, he became recognized in the West through working with Serge Diaghilev and contemporary Ballet groups. Larionov was a founding member of two important Russian artistic groups Jack of Diamonds (1909–1911) and the more radical Donkey’s Tail (1912–1913). He gave names to both groups. His first solo show was for one day in Moscow in 1911. In 1913, Larionov initiated two highly influential movements: Rayism and Neo-Primitivism; during the 1920s he played a significant role within the Ecole de Paris and continued to live and work in France until his death. Larinov is currently in the highest ranking of world famous artists in the “United Artists Ranking”. The silkscreen in our collection is numbered and stamped with an “M. Larinov” stamp. Manufactured in 1919, this geometric abstraction depicting a peacock, provides a modern outlet for such a historically rich allegorical icon.
Taro Yamamoto is a Japanese-American artist who belonged to the New York School Abstract Expressionist movement. After having served in the U.S. Army during WWII, Yamamoto studied at the Art Students League under major artists such as Yasuo Kuniyoshi, Morris Kantor, Byron Browne, and Vaclav Vytlacil. The image above, Composition V, demonstrates the technique he implemented during the late 1950’s and 1960’s, a splattering effect though using highly-refined oil paints, onto paper and canvas. The end result mimics the complex compositions of Sam Francis, through his bold use of primary colors; though he does so against a taupe background, which leaves room for the viewer’s eye to breathe and to experience dramatic modern ellipses in the composition.
HENRI FANTIN-LATOUR (1836-1904)
"La Source dans les Bois"
31.7 x 49.4 cm
Ignace Henri Fantin-Latour, is a prominent 20th century artist, who was born in 1836 in Grenoble, of mixed French and Russian descent. Living and working mostly in Paris, Latour has been associated with the avant-garde, though he was considered part of the ‘establishment’, exhibited at the Salon and the Royal Academy, and was classically trained. Latour is justly remembered for his still-life paintings of flowers, and for his idyllic and dreamy lithographs, pastels and drawings, such as the work listed above, “La Source dans les Bois”. Unbenongst to many, the artist was greatly impassioned by the musical arts, among composers such as Wagner, Berloiz, and Schumann. The fantastical visions of Latour are classical and conservative in style in comparison to his impressionistic contemporaries, yet conversely, are still quite poetically amusing and imaginative. As the stunning lithograph above retains the same beauty and essence of his other works, he remains one of the most important 20th century painters of our time.
SAM FRANCIS (1923-1994)
56.5 x 76 cm
Signed Lower Left, Numbered and labeled “Printers Proof II”
Influenced by well-known abstract expressionist figures like Mark Rothko and Clyfford Still, Francis was a major influence to Modern art.
Having spent a great portion of the 1950’s in Paris and later on in Japan, Francis also acknowledged the influence of Zen Buddhism as a subtle feature of his work. Francis produced and is generally recognized for his large paintings upon which he splashes spurts of highly-refined oil onto a blank canvas, flooding the plane with brilliantly abstract forms, which contrast against the positive space of the canvas. Likewise, he founded the Lapis Press in 1984, an institution cwith the goal of publishing editions comprised of poetry, fiction, essays on contemporary art, philosophy literature and Jungian psychology.
He is likewise known for his extensive collection of intuitively-abstract and colorful stone lithographs such as the work featured above, “Blue Violet”. This would would make an excellent addition to any home and we would be happy to answer any questions you might have on the piece.
Price upon request.
MARC CHAGALL (1887-1985)- was a Russian modern artist who “synthesized the art forms of Cubism, Symbolism, Fauvism… and the influence of Fauvism gave rise to surrealism”. He became one of the most major modern avante-garde artists, having founded the Vitebks Arts College in 1922. Chagall openly addressed his desire to “cherish and publicly express his Jewish roots”, and created many works which were intended to illustrate biblical publciatons. He worked in all media, including painting, stained glass, ceramic, tapestries, and fine art lithographs. Furthermore, he created illustrations to accompany the French Publication of “Derriere le Miror” in Paris, and additionally created book illustrations as well. He was a major artist and innovator and for decades has been respected as “the world’s preeminent Jewish Artist”.
GENE CHARLTON- Born in Cairo, IL in 1909, Gene Charlton was a painter and lecturer of art. In 1941, Charlton won an honorable mention with his painting “Chartres”, which was executed with a “Modern-Primitive” aesthetic. He distinguished himself as a Modern painter that was unique to the Texan artistic climate, and was represented in the 1937 Pan-American Exhibition in Dallas. He produced a number of watercolor paintings on paper and on fabric as well, with certain works having surfaced at many auction houses over the world. His work is highly collectable and decorative, ranging in style and dimension throughout his oeuvre.