One of the nicest things of writing a daily blog is that you keep discovering “unknown” artist. One of these artists is Jean Villeri. I found a signed book on the bookmarket ( now for sale at http://www.ftn-boks.com) . An artist who lived through some very important periods, post impressionism was one of them and from his earliest beginning he started as a post impressionist painter. He met and was influenced by Bonnard, he later became an abstract painter/sculptor. The result …in the end his works were presented and collected by french museums and his art was sold at galleries in France. He has had some some exhibitions outside France, but his main public were the french gallery public. The book/catalogue that is now for sale is for his 1963 Galerie Blumenthal exhibition and shows in an excellent way his strength as an artist.
If an artist has not acquired the fame he deserves it is hard to make his name more known at the end of his career. This is why i support any initiative to help the artist. Leonardo Delfino is such an artist. He rose to sdome fame at the end of the Fifties amnd early Sixties ( this is the period i last discussed in an earlier blog) and had an important exhibition at galerie Delta in 1971 ( catalogue available at http://www.ftn-books.com), but after some dutch and french exhibitions it was quiet, with hardly any exhibitions outside Italy and France. Born in Torino he soon went to France to help his career further on, but is stayed relatively quiet with hardly any exhibitions being held. This doe not mean his work is not interesting. His scupltures are timeless abstract colums or pieces of raising /concrete. I thinh he uses the same procedure to create his sculptures as Mmark Boyle does. Using the original to cast a raisin copy from it.
A few weeks ago i read an article by the “de Speld” ( it is an almost daily article on the backpages of the VOLKSKRANT paper), that a recently discovered Mondrian was presented to the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag to further complete its large Mondrian collection .
Another French Art deco artist to write about is the less famous, but very much intriguing Louis Icart,
He was best known for his drawings of glamorous women—often erotic or mildly humorous in tone—as well as for his depictions of 1920s Paris life. He was born in Toulouse, France in 1888, and began drawing at a young age. In 1907, he moved to Paris and began studying painting, drawing, and printmaking. Influenced by Jean Antoine Watteau, François Boucher, and Jean Honoré Fragonard, he became a major figure of the Art Deco period, with his work surging in popularity in both the United States and Europe throughout the 1920s and 1930s. He also worked as a designer in fashion studios during a time when the industry was undergoing a major change, moving away from the conservatism of the 19th century towards a more progressive simplicity. He died on December 20, 1950, at his home in Paris, France.
Piet Mondriaan was famous for his studios he occupied in Paris and New York and his Paris studio at the Rue du Départ was even a subject for a special exhibition at the Beurs van Berlage who had it rebuild in their main hall in 1994.
With the exhibition they produced together with the Benschop architects an impressive model kit of the studio, which even contains some of the paintings Mondriaan made in this famous studio. During the Nineties some of the DE STIJL icons were produced in Model Kit versions ( Meudon, Rietveldhuis) but this is probably the rarest of them al, since i understand it was not sold, but only presented to the sponsor and its relations. Now for sale at www.ftn-books.com
It Must have been in the mid Eighties that i lost all interest in Corneille as an artist. He repeated himself frequently and his art was commercialized by some dutch companies who made the once great art by Corneille mainstream.
But only a decade before his art had matured . From his Cobra beginnings in the Fifties he developed his art into a personal, recognizable, colorful kind of art where his scenes were crowded with woman and birds. In those days he made several special publications on the occasion of his exhibitions and on 2 of these occasions at the galerie Ariel in Paris special books were published in a limited edition of 750 numbered copies. My guess is that less than a few hundred of these copies have survived , making these even more collectable than his lihographs from those days. One of the Ariel publications from 1970 is now for sale at www.ftn-books.com. This one is numbered 67 and contains 2 large lithographs, making this a true collectable Corneille item.
I have always had an admiration for Claire Bretecher, One of the greats in Seventies French comic art. 2 days ago she died leaving one of the greatest comic series on “women emancipation”.
Claire Bretécher (born April 17, 1940) is a French cartoonist, known particularly for her portrayals of women and gender issues. Her creations include Les Frustrés, and the unimpressed teenager Agrippine.
She was born in Nantes, and got her first break as an illustrator when she was asked to provide the artwork for Le Facteur Rhésus by René Goscinny for L’Os à Moelle in 1963. She went on to work for several popular magazines, and in 1969 invented the character “Cellulite”. In 1972 she joined Gotlib and Mandryka in founding the comics magazine L’Écho des savanes.
Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, she published successful collections, such as The Destiny of Monique (1982). In 2001, her series Agrippine was adapted into a 26 episode TV series by Canal+.
Les états d’âme de Cellulite (1972, Dargaud)
Salades de saison (1973, Dargaud)
Les frustrés (5 albums, 1975–80, Bretecher)
Le cordon infernal (1976, Bretecher)
Les angoisses de Cellulite (1977, Dargaud)
Baratine et Molgaga (1977, Glénat)
La vie passionnée de Thérèse Avila (1980, Bretecher)
Le destin de Monique (1983, Bretecher)
Les Mères (1982, Bretecher)
Docteur ventouse, bobologue (2 albums 1985-86, Bretecher/Hyphen)
A blog on Burri since i acquired a very MIce 1961 catalogue by Galerie de France on Burri. Numbered 495 from an edition of only 1600 copies and in excellent condition.
Burri i have known for his MATTER paintings. A bit created like the ones Jaap Wagemaker made in the Netherlands. But there is so much mofre . His “paintings” are like three dimensional sculptures and make in some way a bridge to the zero art from a decade later.
He remained a reserved artist, ceaselessly working and creating, initially in a small studio in Via Margutta but frequently moving out. As a matter of fact, Milton Gendel – an American journalist who visited Burri’s studio in 1954 –, later reported: “The studio is thick-walled, whitewashed, neat and ascetic; his work is ‘blood and flesh,’ reddened torn fabric that seems to parallel the staunching of wounds that Burri experienced in wartime.”
Burri’s first solo figurative artworks exhibition took place on 10 July 1947 at the gallery-cum-bookshop La Margherita, in Rome, presented by the poets Leonardo Sinisgalli and Libero De Libero. However, Burri’s artistic production flowed definitively into abstract forms before the end of the same year, the use of small format tempera resulting from the influence of such artists as Jean Dubuffet and Joan Miró, whose studio was visited by Burri during a trip to Paris in the winter of 1948.
In the sixties Burri has had several exhibitions all over Europe and one, in 1961, was at the galerie de France. Who made a beautiful catalogue for it.
It is a rare find to have found this 2 months ago. This is a book which was published during the best years of the “Figuration Libre”. This special artist book was published in an edition of only 1000 copies . I doubt that it was an authorized edition which was published by Fernando Pellegrino and Saverio Perozzi, but there is no doubt about the artistic quality that oozes from the pages. Quick sketching and written text in print, making a complete story on 92 pages.
On the cover an auto portrait of Di Rosa and page after page filled with typical Di Rosa art. My guess is that not too many copies will have survived the 36 years of its existence, which makes this one of the most collectable Di Rosa publications and an absolute MUST for the avid “Figuration Libre” collector/ enthousiast.
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