One Sunday in Birmingham @ the Museum

A Sunday trip to the Birmingham Museum of Art doesn’t provide enough time to cover its comprehensive collection, especially its Vietnamese ceramics exhibition, one of the finest in the world, and its Wedgewood collection, the largest outside England. Fortunately, the American Art and Decorative Art collection is substantial, yet not overwhelming. Paintings are largely organized […]

Rare Still Life by Duncanson Enters Collection of National Gallery of Art

The National Gallery of Art has acquired one of fewer than a dozen known still lifes painted in the late 1840s by African American artist Robert Seldon Duncanson (1821–1872). Classically composed, Still Life with Fruit and Nuts (1848) depicts fruit arranged in a tabletop pyramid in which the smooth surfaces of beautifully rendered fruit contrast […]

Christie’s American Painting Sale Preview

There were a good crowd at Christie’s in the first afternoon preview of American Painting Sale. Among the consignors, there are museums such as Delaware Art Museum, Corcoran Gallery and other art institutions. Geo commented that one hundred years ago the first generation of collectors and philanthropists such as Cargenie, Frick, Morgan and Mellon, conglomerated […]

A Pastel Painting at Doyle

Learned from this single painting, I feel the charm of still-lifes. It is the fact that they are of common daily objects that enable us to easily distinguish and identify those of true artistic values: The greatest still life does not imitate the nature but demands eyes to revisit and reexamine the familiarity in the subconsciousness of unknown and challenges our minds to see the world with freshness and inspiration. One nice painting came upon Doyle Auction on Wed, July 15. [Read More…]