European Vs American Fine Art

european vs american fine art 2European fine art and American fine art have a history of influencing one another. In the early 18th Century, when the art market in America had yet to grow wings, many American painters matriculated to Europe, where their works could fetch more money in the continent’s relatively well-established art market. Similarly, during WWII, many European artists fled to New York and influenced the burgeoning art scene that began in the city in the 1940s.

Important Differences

Although European and American fine art have influenced one another over the centuries, they have several important differences that interest art historians and serious art collectors. European art galleries and American art galleries are well aware of these differences, and ensure that their clients understand them before they move ahead and make a purchase.

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Historically, European fine art is concerned with channeling the historicity of European art into new works, whereas American fine art is primarily concerned with rendering subject matter as it appears to the artist. A good example of these different painterly approaches can be seen in portraits of American artist John Singleton Copley and European artist Sir Joshua Reynolds.

Artistic Subject Matter

In European art galleries, the art collector often discovers paintings whose subject matter is primarily native to European art, such as fine Victorian portraits of pet dogs and early modern period portraits of aristocratic equestrians seated on their graceful horses.

At roughly the same time these portraits were painted, American painters were committing to canvas landscapes that commemorated the sylvan state of much of America’s scenery at the time. Depending on the artistic subject matter that collectors wish to acquire — and from which period they wish to acquire it — they may invest primarily in European art or American art.

Age of Art Works

European art galleries that carry classical paintings often feature much older works than paintings found in American galleries — even those with classical works of their own. For example, when Giotto was painting in Florence in the mid 1300s as a leader of the Italian Renaissance, he had no counterpart on the other side of the Atlantic, as Columbus had yet to discover America.

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For most art collectors, the most desirable works are those that exhibit the subject matter in which they are interested, and whose monetary value is as secure as possible. The canons of American and European art both have plenty of works that meet these criteria. However, European art boasts more artists whose works posterity has made valuable for all time.

For example, works in European art galleries by Giotto, Leonardo da Vinci and Raphael — and even later artists such as Tintoretto, Dante Gabriel Rossetti and Paul Cézanne — hold such prestigious positions in the global art world that their pieces consistently remain highly valuable. Of course, works from these luminaries can and do fluctuate in value, but their importance to the history of art virtually guarantees that their creations remain highly valuable.

Why Rembrandt is so Important to Fine Art

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Rembrandt Van Rijn holds a position in the art world that is similar to the position that Shakespeare holds in the literary world. His paintings create a standard to which paintings of his contemporaries and successors are often compared, particularly paintings that exhibit the realism with which Rembrandt rendered subject matter.

Like Shakespeare, Rembrandt’s genius was recognized in his time, but his reputation did not dissuade critics from questioning what seemed to be his opposing stylistic impulses. Today, however, these “impulses” are often attributed to the painter’s mastery of different artistic effects and not opposing aesthetic philosophies.

Use of Light

Rembrandt Van Rijn paintings are painstakingly realistic, but his use of light is sometimes said to obscure their details. This was not an accident on Rembrandt’s part. Rather, it was the use of chiaroscuro — an artistic aesthetic that the Oxford English Dictionary defines as being “partly revealed and partly veiled” through the use of shadow and light.

Chiaroscuro may seem to obscure details in paintings, but it can also be appreciated as a strategy for focusing attention on aspects of a painting that the artist wished to push to the forefront, both visually and in the minds of viewers. The invention of chiaroscuro is attributed to Leonardo da Vinci, but no one used the technique with more aplomb than Rembrandt.

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Unlike the oversimplified physiques in the paintings of Cimabue, or the highly muscular physiques in the works of Michelangelo, human figures in Rembrandt Van Rijn paintings are not portrayed idealistically, but as they appear to the eye. Not a wart, wrinkle, or skin fold is overlooked.

In Rembrandt’s era, that the unflattering aspects of the body could be translated into a “beautiful” painting was not as accepted as it is today. For artists of his era and ones that came later — from Johannes Vermeer to Philip Pearlstein — Rembrandt set a high standard for rendering the body realistically, for creating beauty out of the seemingly unbeautiful.

Conveying Emotion

Human subjects in Rembrandt Van Rijn paintings often seem to have something on their mind, but their emotions are difficult to pinpoint. This is because Rembrandt strove to reveal emotion as it exists at street level: as an amalgam of thoughts and feelings that naturally register in the face, as if it were a sea whose surface is ruffled by undercurrents.

The frankness of Rembrandt’s faces makes his subjects seem alive on the canvas; and in a way, they are, for they practically serve as sitting models for artists who wish to study and capture the emotions Rembrandt was so adept at transmuting into the countenances of his human subjects.

Rembrandt’s Legacy

Rembrandt will always be a classical artist, but his pioneering work in the use of chiaroscuro, rendering the human figure realistically, and conveying emotion through facial features inspires some critics to affectionately label him a “modern” artist.

Concerning his influence on contemporary art, Rembrandt does have a modern touch. Many current artists whose works we appreciate are not merely influenced by Rembrandt; they are his artistic heirs. This is why Rembrandt Van Rijn’s paintings continue to make him so important to fine art.

See original Rembrandt works at Galerie Michael, and add them to your fine art collection.

Why Authentic Rembrandt Artwork Endures

Rembrandt Artwork The passage of time casts the work of some artists into oblivion, but it sets the work of other artists upon a pedestal for future generations to appreciate. The art of Rembrandt Van Rijn falls into the latter category. It is hard to imagine Rembrandt ever experiencing a fall from grace. Not only is his work loved by collectors and critics, but great artists have also sung its praises.

When speaking of Rembrandt’s painting “Jewish Bride,” Vincent van Gogh said, “I should be happy to give ten years of my life, if I could go on sitting here in front of this picture for a fortnight, with only a crust of dry bread for food.” That is high praise coming from an artist of van Gogh’s caliber, but what he saw in the artwork is also what makes it so enduring in our own time.

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When it comes to aesthetic techniques, Rembrandt is a painter’s painter. His use of Chiaroscuro to fill his paintings with profound swaths of light and shadow, and his application of impasto to enhance the light reflecting qualities of paint, among other techniques, have made Rembrandt artwork a thing to admire and emulate. Even today, Rembrandt’s work inspires artists who are interested in mastering the aesthetic techniques that the artist used so effectively.

Intimate Emotions

Rembrandt’s “Jewish Bride” that so impressed van Gogh is a perfect example of Rembrandt’s adeptness at portraying human intimacy. He was also highly skilled in portraying other emotions, but the sense of intimacy that many of his subjects communicate makes them transcend history and remain eminently relatable to the present generation. Even after hundreds of years, the characters in Rembrandt artwork seem emotionally alive and filled with human concerns.

Excellent Condition

Because his art was commercially successful in his own time, Rembrandt had the means to acquire some of the best art supplies available. The high-quality canvases, paint brushes and oil paints that were used for many of his paintings have kept them looking remarkably fresh and colorful over the past few centuries. When they attend a gallery or museum exhibit of Rembrandt artwork, newly minted Rembrandt fans are often amazed at how new the paintings look.

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Another reason why Rembrandt artwork is so enduring is that it is frequently exhibited at upscale art galleries and respected art museums around the world. Unlike some artists, whose works are primarily observed in the color plates of art encyclopedias and similar publications, Rembrandt’s work can easily be seen firsthand in the permanent collections of museums and temporary exhibits of art galleries that specialize in curating European art.

For information about acquiring original Rembrandt artwork, contact Galerie Michael today.

Art Miami Returns to the Wynwood Arts District For Its 24th Edition

Art Miami, one of the leading international contemporary art fairs in the country, will be returning to the Wynwood Arts District this December.  Over 125 international galleries will be present, representing some of the most important works of the 20th and 21st centuries.  Art Miami is in its 24th year, and an expected 65,000 collectors, artists, and enthusiasts will be streaming into the 6-day event from all around the world.

Contemporary art galleryThe fair kicks off on December 3rd with an Opening Night VIP Preview which offers an exclusive “first view” to buyers looking to acquire the most sought after modern art pieces before the event opens to the public.

Other exhibits will be running concurrently with Art Miami.  CONTEXT, Art Miami’s sister fair, is meant to create an atmosphere of communication between established galleries and emerging artists.  In its second year, CONTEXT will take place in a standalone pavilion that features 70 hand-selected international galleries.

AQUA will also be running concurrently with Art Miami.  Now in its ninth year, AQUA will showcase 47 young galleries from across North and South America, Europe, and Asia.  It’s an opportunity for these galleries to reach a wider audience than they ever could have on their own.

The event ends on December 8th and is a must attend for fans of contemporary art.

300 Works by Andy Warhol Featured in Shanghai Exhibit

The work of Andy Warhol has steadily been making it’s way across Asia in a 300 piece all inclusive exhibit powered by Pittsburgh’s Andy Warhol Museum. The show had already made stops in Singapore and Hong Kong and is slated to head to Beijing and Tokyo following Shanghai. The exhibit, titled “Andy Warhol: 15 Minutes Eternal” marks the first time a collection of this magnitude has traveled to Asia.

The exhibition is arranged by decade cataloging his work from the 1940s to the 1980s and includes iconic pieces such as “Campbell’s Soup” (1961), “Marilyn Monroe” (1963), and “Self-Portrait” (1986). In addition to his art work, the show also provides a glimpse into Warhol’s personal life with examples of some of his time capsules.

With China’s current art and museum boom, the city is on track to become a culture capital on par with the likes of Paris or New York. But critics argue that Shanghai will never become a true creative center due to government censorship. In that light, Warhol’s famous portraits of Chairman Mao which were scheduled to be part of the exhibit are not being shown in Shanghai.

ADAA Art Show Starts This Week in New York!

The nations longest running fine art fair, The Art Dealers Association of America (ADAA) Art Show is going on this week in New York. Now in its 25th year, the show will take place March 6th-10th at the historic Park Avenue Armory on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. The show features solo and two person exhibitions, as well as thematic displays from 72 of the nations leading art dealers.Fine arts gallery

The ADAA Art Show has always given special attention to solo artists, and this year is no different. With 39 solo exhibitions, the show highlights some of the world’s most established names and sheds light on emerging talent. In addition to contemporary pieces, the displays put on by art dealers expose audiences to many of art histories most influential pieces, including an exploration of cubist and pop art with pieces by Picasso, Braque, and Wesselman.

ADAA Executive Director Linda Blumberg spoke about the qualities that make The ADAA Art Show exceptional, saying, “Even with the proliferation of art fairs globally, ADAA’s fair remains unique. Whether it is a solo or two-person show, or a thematic presentation, each booth at The Art Show is a finely curated exhibition.”

The ADAA Art Show will open at Noon on Wednesday March 6th. Tickets can be purchased for 25$.

Davyd Whaley Inaugural Exhibition at Galerie Michael

Davyd Whaley’s inaugural GM exhibit opens tomorrow, Saturday February 23rd at Galerie Michael. Davyd is one of the few contemporary artists featured at Galerie Michael, and we are honored to carry his unique, vivid work, and so excited to show it off to our friends!

Davyd Whaley spent 20 years working as an electrical engineer before becoming an artist. His work focuses mainly around his dreams and the subconscious. Using thick paints and layered colors, Davyd’s canvasses bring his inner workings to life with paintings that evoke his same emotion in the viewer. His process consists of painting in spurts and episodes, each work meant to evoke the feelings of a moment. Davyd is a full-time studio artist and he teaches art in East Los Angeles.

Davyd received the 2012 Los Angeles Volunteer of the Year Award in the category of Public Arts Education for his work in East Los Angeles. He is a resident of the Santa Fe Artist Colony in Downtown Los Angeles.

Don’t miss this chance to see so much wonderful art from one of today’s most innovative artists, all in one place—Galerie Michael! We hope to see you over the coming weeks!

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False Fjord, 2012, Acrylic on panel, 14 x 12 inches, #403280


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Provider, 2009, Oil on canvas, Signed and dated on back, Whaley, 2009, #403374


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Judgement, 2010, oil on board, oil on board. unframed, signed and dated on back, #403338


Tasting Napa Valley Wine on Rodeo Drive

Galerie Michael was honored to take part in the “Tasting Napa Valley Wine on Rodeo Drive” event.  This deliciously good time allowed guests to mingle with some of the best vintages from the wineries of Napa Valley while raising money for T.J. Martell Foundation.  For the last 37 years, the T.J. Martell Foundation has been providing funding for research hospitals to develop treatments and a greater understanding in the fields of pediatric cancer, leukemia, and AIDS research.

Here’s a link to check out the photos of this beautiful event held at Two Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills.

Browse the list below for details on the food and wine served at the event.

Wine and Food List by Hosting Boutique:
Agent Provocateur (Lingerie, Hosiery, Swimwear)
– Blanc de Blancs, Napa Valley 2009
– Blanc de Noirs 2008
*Seafood Arancini with Saffron Aioli

David Orgell (Diamonds, Fine Jewelry, Timepieces)
Guarachi Family Wines
– Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2008
and Napa Angel
– Cabernet Sauvignon, Aurelio’s Selection 2008 – Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2008
*Crispy Sage Polenta Fries with Mornay Sauce

Galerie Michael (European paintings, drawings & prints )
Neal Family Vineyards
– Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley 2011
– Zinfandel, Rutherford 2010
– Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2007
– Cabernet Sauvignon, Second Chance Vineyard

– Red Blend, Stornoway, Somerston, Napa Valley 2009
– Sauvignon Blanc, Priest Ranch, Napa Valley 2011

Farella-Park Vineyards
– Merlot, Napa Valley 2009
– Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2009
– Syrah, Napa Valley 2008
– “Alta”, Napa Valley 2007

Astrale e Terra
– Syrah Estate, Atlas Peak 2007
– Cabernet Sauvignon Estate, Atlas Peak 2007
*Steak and Eggs – Seared Rib Eye and Sunny Side Up Quail Egg on Potato Gaufrette with H.P. Aioli

Judith Leiber (luxury handbags, eyewear)
Frank Family Vineyards
– Chardonnay, Napa Valley 2011
– Pinot Noir, Napa Valley 2010
– Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2009
– Zinfandel, Napa Valley 2009
*Aged St. Andre Cheese with Port and Fig Chutney, Carda- mom Scented Pears and Caramelized Chestnut Honey

Lalique (Crystal collectables and gifts)
Rocca Family Wines
– Cabernet Sauvignon, Grigsby Vineyard 2008
– Cabernet Sauvignon, Collinetta Vineyard 2008
*4-Hour Braised “Angus” Beef Short Ribs with Red Wine Jus and Roquefort Cheese

Persol (Luxury Eyewear specialists)
Amici Cellars
– Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2009
– Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley 2011
*House Meatloaf in Puff Pastry with House Ketchup & Gravy

Peter Marco (Custom Designed Extraordinary Jewels)
Ceja Vineyards
– Chardonnay, Carneros 2009 – Pinot Noir, Carneros 2008
– Merlot, Carneros 2008
*Potato Latke with Cured Salmon, Beet & Crème Fraiche

Porsche Design (Porsche Apparel and Gifts)
Howell at the Moon
– Cabernet Sauvignon, Howell Mountain 2007
– Cabernet Sauvignon, Howell Mountain 2008

Paoletti Estates Winery
– Piccolo, Calistoga 2010
– Bella Novella, Calistoga 2008
– Fiore Sangiovese, Calistoga 2010
– Nero D’Avola, Calistoga 2009
*Maple Glazed Pork Belly served over Celeriac Slaw with Organic Apple Compote

Vertu (Luxury Mobil & Cellular)
Parallel Napa Valley
– Chardonnay, Russian River 2010
– Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2008
*Potato Cheese Puffs- Creamy Mashed Potatoes Spiked with Chives inside Crispy Parmesan Cheese Bread

Westime (Extraordinary Watches)
Gamble Family Vineyards
– Sauvignon Blanc, Gamble Vineyard, Yountville 2009
– Heritage Sites Zinfandel Blend, Napa Valley 2008
– Paramount Bordeaux Blend, Napa Valley 2007
*Crispy Potato Cake with Duck Confit & Cherry Compote

“Made in L.A. 2012”: the first Los Angeles biennial

The Hammer Museum and LAXART are presenting the first Los Angeles biennial: Made in L.A. 2012.  The exhibition will feature works by 60 artists from the Los Angeles area and will focus on under-recognized and emerging artists.  The biennial’s intention is to capture the thriving creativity in Los Angeles that is often labeled as one of the world’s most cutting edge art scenes.  The exhibit will be spread across three locations: the Hammer, LAXART, and the Department of Cultural Affairs’ Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery at Barnsdall Park.  Included in Made in L.A. 2012 will be new installations, videos, films, sculptures, performances, and paintings produced for the biennial.  The biennial is organized by curators from both institutions, including Hammer senior curator Anne Ellegood, Hammer curator Ali Subotnick, LAXART director and chief curator Lauri Firstenberg, LAXART associate director and senior curator Cesar Garcia, and LAXART curator-at-large Malik Gaines. Made in L.A. 2012 will be on view from June 2 – September 2, 2012.

Scoli Acosta
Kathryn Andrews
Animal Charm
Math Bass
Scott Benzel
Sarah Cain
Sarah Conaway
Fiona Connor
Kate Costello
Meg Cranston
Nzuji de Magalhães
Michelle Dizon
Roy Dowell
Zackary Drucker with Rhys Ernst
Patricia Fernández
Cayetano Ferrer
Dan Finsel
Morgan Fisher
Simone Forti
Liz Glynn
Mark Hagen
Zach Harris
Kenyatta A. C. Hinkle
Channa Horwitz
Pearl C. Hsiung
Ashley Hunt
Vishal Jugdeo
Mimi Lauter
Thomas Lawson
Nery Gabriel Lemus
Dashiell Manley
Allison Miller
Nicole Miller
Meleko Mokgosi
Zac Monday
Ruby Neri
D’Ette Nogle
Alex Olson
Michele O’Marah
Camilo Ontiveros
Joel Otterson
Karthik Pandian
The Propeller Group
Vincent Ramos
Laura Riboli
Ry Rocklen
Miljohn Ruperto
Analia Saban
Brian Sharp
Ryan Sluggett
David Snyder
Jill Spector
Koki Tanaka
Henry Taylor
Caroline Thomas
Cody Trepte
Erika Vogt
Lisa Williamson
Brenna Youngblood

Bringing Kids to Art and Art to Kids

One of the highlights of this year’s Los Angeles Fine Arts Show was Alexandre Renoir‘s event “Bringing Kids to Art and Art to Kids”.  An inspiration for all and a great introduction to the world of art for the many kids who participated.  As one of our Facebook fans put it, “Alexandre passing on genius to the next generation!”  Below are a few photos from the event.