About a year ago i wrote a short story about a work that i had added to the FTN collection ( for sale ). It was by Robine Clignett. Today there is a reason to write once again on her art since i have added to the FTN book collection ( now also for sale ) a fantastic childrens book by Clignett. The publication is from 1985 , published by Moon Press and designed by another artist Klaus Baumgärtner. Printed by one of the very best Swiss printers BDV in Basel and published in an off size format. Possibly the best is that it is signed, dedicated and dated by Clignett. The dedication is for Felicia van Deth , the daughter and successor of Guido van Deth the famous puppet player , who is known by everybody from my generation. His small puppet theater has been visited on many occasions to see one of his or Felicia’s puppet shows. This book is one of those special publications that one encounters in over 40 years of book collecting. You feel immediately the quality of this publication and it has the same feel you experience with Clignett and her art. It is abstract, but soft and this softness is also immediately present in this excellent publication. A true colectors item.
Two years ago i received a Xmas present from wife. It was the book on the covers Joost Swarte made for the ” THE NEW YORKER ” , beautiful and highly original, typical Joost Swarte covers. SOme 100 pages filled with his covers. NOwe i have found on the bookmarket an original THE NEW YORKER with a Swarte cover. It is the June 9 &16 , 2014 issue. One of my personal favorites. It is now for sale at www.ftn-books.com
Balthus was the older brother of Pierre Klossowski, but beside the style which is almost identical, their subject and approach to painting are too. Where Balthus uses voyeurism in many of his paintings, Pierre Klossowski is more outspoken in his approach to sexuality.
I have always thought they were the same artist until i discoverd an exhibition where the were presented next to eachother and explained that these were brothers,
Balthus (1908-2001) was a Polish-French artist who rejected the usual conventions of the art world and did not want to be associated with any of the art movements. His paintings often portray young girls in erotic and voyeuristic poses, but beside this his painting have a dreamlike composition. Figures are frozen in their action and the use of colors is warm and comforting.
He is viewed as one of the great masters of twentieth-century art, and is certainly one of the truly singular painters of his time. In his complex and multifaceted oeuvre, admired by some and spurned by others, he pursued an artistic approach that embodied an alternative, and a challenge, to modern avant-gardes. In his opposition to prevailing views, he refers to a whole range of art-historical traditions and precursors. Yet in his eccentric detachment from modernism, he developed his own specific avant-garde attitude, which now appears almost postmodern and contemporary.
These are paintings to savour, but are rarely encountered outside France. His paintings are spread all over the world, but if you ask me which public collection has them, thre is only one that comes to mind. It is the Centre Georges Pompidou and the Beyler collection in Riehen, so when you find a Balthus painting, to your tme with it and savour the moment.
Ad Arma is known in real life as Ad Robert Meerman and represented by Willy Schoots gallery. A life long career in art has brought him some fame and exchibitions in the Netherlands , but it will be hard to find his works in public collections. Still he has a loyal following and build a circle of collectors, who collect his works. Personally i have never visited an exhibition or gallery viewing, but what i saw in the book i now have for sale ( with original drawing) the works remind me of Kees Okx, Heyboer and his long rising sculptures of Giacometti. All these artist i like very much, so why didn’t i hear of Ad Arma only some years ago? I can not answer this question, but i am certain to visit his exhibition when it is organized at a place not too far away.
My work and life are completely fused. The work is my life. Themes in my work throughout time; The slipping of time, shared vulnerability, continuous change, time and timelessness, the arise and disappearance. The melancholy and beauty of consciousness.
I cannot explain what moves me. That on its own, already moves me.
One of the almost undeservedly forgotten Italian painters is certainly Ennio Morlotti. He was a pioneer in presenting nature as an almost abstract subject . His plants, vegetation paintings are really one of kind . Study these closely and you will see the realistic elemts but admire them in a glance and the only thing you will notice is an abstract work of art. I like his paintinsg although in the Netherlands you will not encounter them in our museums. You better go to Italy and visit the Modern art museums in Rome and Torino. Compare his painting with Marc Mulders.
left Morlotti and right Mulders
He almost works the same , but has a style of his own. Both these artists are personal favorits, but where Morlotti is not known over here and Marc Mulders is known here and abroad.
Just take a mixing bowl and put in it a dash of the early Mondrian, a pinch of Hodler and some part of the Scandinavian 20th century artists and presto….there he is ETTORE BURZI. Rooted within the art deco movement he produced some great paintings in the first part of the 20th century.
I like his landscapes in which he approaches the quality of some of the greatest paintings by Klimt ,Hodler and Mondrian ( de Rode Wolk by Mondrian on the right), he also stayed true to his origins since he also made some great paintings of Venice in which he catches this dreamlike s city on canvas.
Harm Kamerlingh Onnes, born in the city of Leiden was an artist whose works were hardly known and appreciated during his life. He made drawings, gouaches, Oil paintings and ceramics, but if you ask me …can you mention one monumental work by him…. I can not produce any, but bis smaller works that I encountered at auction I appreciate. Postal stamp design and small humoristic sketches on daily life I have seen and admired.
His work was influenced by modernism in the period between 1915 and 1925 and in 1918 he designed some stained windows for JJP Oud’s vacation home ” DE VONK “. From 1925 until his death daily life is his only subject for his art. From this year on his work is only figurative.
If i look at the long list of most influential and important artists in the the Netherlands, Rik van Iersel is among the first 100 for the last 15 years or so, but the last few years it looks like he is loosing more and more his higher positions on the list.
Still for me personally , i think his importance is still growing. His art ” language” is inspired by his surroundings and his paintings read like comic books. The style is a form of abstract figuration which can be compared with the spontanuous figures that populate the works by Jean Michel Basquiat. He does not belong to the FIGURATION LIBRE….no he is Rik van Iersel and on my personal list to acquire for our collection when there is a chance to buy at auction. van Ierel is “self taught” and where others persued a career in illustration and comic boooks. His career focusses on painting and graphic art.
After so many years he is established. His works being sold at gallery Willy Schoots and “one man” shows at some of the main stream museums like the Bommel van Dam museum. ( catalogue available at www.ftn-books.com)
For me Gustave Loiseau represents the generation just after the great impressionists and Neo impressionists. Influenced by these great artists ,but eventually developing this into a style of his own. Just a similar path that Maximilien Luce also walked.
They were contemporaries of each other and both had a liking of landscapes but they also opened their artistic eyes for the rise of industry and painted these new elements in the landscapes. It was as early as the beginning of the Seventies that I took an interest in art and visited for the first times auction by Christie’s and Sotheby’s and these artist were showing up, because of the artistic and commercial value they represented. Peresonally i like Luce better because of his wider approach to painting nearly all kinds of subjects, but Loiseau is the more poetic one.
There are not many publiucations on Loiseau , but the above is one that is available at www.ftn-books.com
Here is the tile of a book a recently acquired. Title ….A PARADISE LOST and the subject is the Neo-Romantic Imagination In Britain from 1935-1955. To be honest… I never hear of this current in the Art scene, but when I opened the book I was struck with some famous names that i have known for all of my working life in art. Graham Sutherland was the first I recognized and then there was Lucian Freud and later again, Francis Bacon and Edward Burra. Leafing through the book it appeared that these now-famous names were presented together with lesser-known names but their art is not less appealing. It is typical for this Era and balances between realism and surrealism. This is a period which should be more in focus with the larger Museums in the world since it is a bridge between the realism of the early 20th century and the modern, abstract art as we know it. I can only highly recommend this book for those interested in this period. The book is now available at www.ftn-books.com
Artist/ Author: Oliver Boberg
Title : Memorial
Publisher: Oliver Boberg
Measurements: Frame measures 51 x 42 cm. original C print is 35 x 25 cm.
signed by Oliver Boberg in pen and numbered 14/20 from an edition of 20