A Gaggle of Interests – August 16 2009

It is rare to find the sketchbooks of a major artists because in the past some sold piece by piece to reap the profit. I am not sure how the auction house dated the works. His contact with Hague School artists began in the 1880's and it was during that period that he experimented with different techniques in watercolors and did critics with other peer fellows. Nevertheless, the group of 5 sketchbooks will made an important addition to art institute or serious collectors in Old Lyme School or American tonalism.

The Sheep of His Pasture

Geo in general dislikes paintings with religious overtones. Daigerfield once said: "Art is the principal flowing out of God through certain men and women, by which they perceive and understand the beautiful. Sculpture, architecture, pictures and music are the langauges of the spirit." His numerous mystic figures, even though set with atmospheric backdrops, are allegorical in the first place and may not attract the younger generations. Yet in this particular landscape, I was mesmerized by the simplistic design and eccentric color tones. The sheep harmonize the civilized landscape and bring the consciousness and comprehension to the dream-like land. In the flow of mist and cloud, in the ever-changing silvery moon-light, "sheep in pasture" presents an artistic vision of a spiritual paradise which can be obtained through imagination, perception, and devotion. [Read More...]

Auction Brief: At Freeman’s and eBay

The Freeman's auction today "Friday: Paintings and Prints" proved the low to medium art market holds well. Only a few were unsold and most were sold within the estimation. The artworks that are valued between a few hundred dollars to a few thousand dollars would probably not see as a huge profit margin as modern or contemporary hot spots which enjoyed before the economy went down; but nevertheless their values will not drop significantly like some of the contemporary artworks have seen now. The paintings and prints offered today have the appeal to serious collectors who do not want to get trapped by riskier investment. Plus they are beautiful.

The Other Crane

One of the lots in the previous Freeman's auction on June 21, which interested both Geo and I, was a painting by Ann Crane, the second wife of Bruce Crane. The skills and techniques were of a master of tonalism style, but hardly would people associate such kind of solitude reflection with the females. Whether Ann was speaking of her own voice or imitating her husband is uncertain, but at the turn of the century, people expected female artists to paint miniature ivory, not rugged landscape in New England winter. Thus Ann could only choose one between artistic fidelity and anindependent identity. Her aloofness to the art colony in later years probably indicated that such sacrifice in the end didn't help her marriage. [read more]