Delphin Enjolras (May 13, 1857 – 1945) was a French academic painter. Enjolras painted portraits, nudes, interiors, and used mostly watercolours, oil and pastels. He is best known for his intimate portraits of young women performing mundane activities such as reading or sewing, often by illuminated by lamplight.
(Photography: Jonathan Frantini. Stylist: Barbara Gullstein. Hair & Make-up: Lasse Pedersen Model: Thomas Troelsen (PRIVATE). Jacket: Dior Homme, Shirt: Dior Homme, Necklace: Erickson Beamon)
Here’s the first image from my photo session with Jonathan Frantini. Please check out his website. He’s an amazing photographer with his very own style and I’m very honored that he wanted to be on board.
(Park Avenue Garage, Hotel Marguery, NY photo by Louis Faurer, 1950) Louis Faurer
Robert McGinnis (born 1926) is an American artist and illustrator. McGinnis is known for his illustrations of over 1200 paperback book covers, and over 40 movie posters, including Breakfast at Tiffanys (his first film poster assignment), Barbarella, and several James Bond and Matt Helm films
Born in Rodez (Aveyron) in 1919, Soulages also is known as “the painter of black” because of his interest in the colour, “…both a colour and a non-colour. When light is reflected on black, it transforms and transmutes it. It opens up a mental field all of its own”. He sees light as a matter to work with; striations of the black surface of his paintings enables him to make the light reflect, allowing the black to come out from darkness and into brightness, thereby becoming a luminous colour.
(28 x 21 in Limited Edition Le Corbusier Lithograph in colors. Signed and dated in the plate. Printed by Mourlot, Paris)
Kelly lithograph is from the very scarce and lavishly produced limited edition catalogue, published by Maeght and London’s Redfern Gallery on the occasion of a major 1966 exposition at the Redfern. The print was executed by the artist as an original contribution expressly for this catalogue.
1988 marked the one hundredth anniversary of Louis Icart’s birth. There were no parades of large celebrations, but Louis and his wife, Fanny, would certainly have been grateful at the great resurgence of interest in his artwork. This newly expanded book now includes over 510 different etchings, painstakingly acquired and photographed. Particular attention has been given to the early years (1911-1924), when Icart was a relatively unknown artist and his edition sizes were small. With few exceptions, the book contains large, full color illustrations which give the reader a true representation of the full-size etchings. The authors clarify some of the existing confusion surrounding Icart’s work, explaining the variations in his signature, the use of the “Windmill” seal and other seals, and the myriad of copyright notations found on his etchings. The etchings have been carefully measured and dated. This is a great addition to the Icart legacy.
Edouard Manet was one of the foremost French artists of the 19th century. He is often regarded as the father of modern painting. Rebelling against the academic tradition, he developed a clear and unaffected realist style that was one of the founding forces of Impressionism. His subjects were mainly contemporary, such as A Bar at the Folies-Bergère in 1882. Manet received a very traditional academic art education under a history painter; his real influences were Goya, Velázquez and Courbet. Though he never exhibited with the Impressionists, he had a classical sense of order and composition.
(Eldfell erupting, Heimaey, Iceland, 1973 photo by Emory Kristof for National Geographic)
“Sex and art are the same thing” – Picasso
- ($14.95 USD) Book: Quotes of Note: Brilliant Thoughts Arranged by Subject
- ($52.96 USD) Book: A Life of Picasso, Volume II: 1907-1917 – The Painter of Modern Life
- ($64.87 USD) Book: Picasso: The Mediterranean Years 1945-1962
- ($97.93 USD) Book: Picasso
David Hockney (born 9 July 1937) is an English painter, draughtsman, printmaker, stage designer and photographer, who is based in Bridlington, Yorkshire and Kensington, London. An important contributor to the Pop art movement of the 1960s, he is considered one of the most influential British artists of the twentieth century.
Nick Brandt depicts the animals of East Africa with an intimacy and artistry unmatched by other photographers who choose wildlife as their subject. He creates these majestic sepia and blue-tone photos contrasting moments of quintessential stillness with bursts of dramatic action by engaging with these creatures on an exceptionally intimate level, without the customary use of a telephoto lens. Evocative of classical art, from dignified portraits to sweeping natural tableaux, Brandt’s images artfully and simply capture animals in their natural states of being. With a foreword by Alice Sebold and an introduction by Jane Goodall, On This Earth is a gorgeous portfolio of some of the last wild animals and a heartfelt elegy to a vanishing world.
René François Ghislain Magritte (21 November 1898 – 15 August 1967) was a Belgian surrealist artist. He became well known for a number of witty and thought-provoking images. His work challenges observers’ preconditioned perceptions of reality.
(Michèle Morgan, 1940)
A professional artist”s model in the 1920s and 1930s, Marguerite Kelsey (1908?-1995) was renowned for her gracefulness and ability to hold poses for a long time. Her dress and shoes were chosen and purchased by Frampton for this portrait. They are both classical and, being uncorseted, deliberately modern. The simple, short-sleeved pale tunic dress worn with low-heeled shoes and her straight hair were all essential elements of the fashionable ”garçonne style” created by the couturiers Coco Chanel and Jean Patou from the mid-1920s.
(Model: Georgia May Jagger. Harper’s Bazaar US September 2011)
(Marie Helvin, Trouble and Strife series, 1980)
One of the first celebrity photographers, David Bailey socialized with many of the cultural icons of the 60s – he lived with Mick Jagger, married the legendary French film actress Catherine Deneuve and had relationships with the models Jean Shrimpton and Penelope Tree. Along with Brian Duffy and Terence Donovan, he was one of the ‘Terrible Trio’ – self-taught East End boys who rebelled against the precious style of fashion portraiture as practiced by society photographers like Cecil Beaton and Norman Parkinson. His own fame was confirmed when director Michelangelo Antonioni used him as inspiration for the character of fast-living photographer Thomas Hemmings in cult film “Blow-Up” (1966).Outside the world of fashion photography, Bailey has pursued numerous personal and commercial projects; documenting the streetscapes of London, photographing the people and places of Havana, Cuba, and producing an intimate series of portraits of model Catherine Bailey, his current wife. He has also created record-sleeve art, feature films, documentaries and around 500 commercials. The vigour and variety of his work has made him the subject of numerous exhibitions, including a major traveling show that opened at the Barbican, London, in 1999 entitled “The Birth of Cool”.This handsome monograph provides an overview of Bailey’s career, including works from key monographs such as his debut Box of Pin-Ups (1964) and the controversial series The Lady is a Tramp (1995). The book, on a photographer whose reputation only continues to grow, will appeal to all photography enthusiasts and students, and to anyone with an interest in popular culture of the 1960s onwards.
(Bette Franke by Camilla Akrans for Harper’s Bazaar US)
I’m a big fan of Swedish Camilla Åkrans. Go check her portfolio … And the dress is amazing!
Jordan Kasey is an emerging artist living in Baltimore, MD. She grew up in the Chicago area and moved to Baltimore in 2004 to study painting at the Maryland Institute College of art (MICA). She graduated in December 2007. I love her paintings, please check out her website for more.
(1966 Graphite on paper 17 ” x 17″6)
Anton Stankowski (June 18, 1906 – December 11, 1998) was a German graphic designer, photographer and painter. He developed an original Theory of Design and pioneered Constructive Graphic Art. Typical Stankowski designs attempt to illustrate processes or behaviours rather than objects. Such experiments resulted in the use of fractal-like structures long before their popularisation by Benoît Mandelbrot in 1975.
John C. Kacere (June 23, 1920, Walker, Iowa – August 5, 1999, Cedar Rapids, Iowa) was an American Photorealist. Originally an Abstract-Expressionist, Kacere moved to Photorealism in 1963. The subject of his Photorealistic paintings were exclusively the mid section of the female body. Though he didn’t consider himself a Photorealist, Kacere’s paintings exhibit all the traits of the Photorealists. He is considered one of the original Photorealist. Kacere painted his first photorealist painting in 1969 involving the mid-section of a female dressed in lingerie. It was over three times life size Kacere continued this type of painting throughout the rest of his career making it an icon of the photorealism movement. In the early 1980s Kacere branched away from this theme and included the entire body of a female in lingerie but returned to his original mid-section of the female body in 1988. Kacere’s paintings are figurative but still can be considered still lifes or even landscapes
This original Rufino Tamayo print is from the scarce and lavishly-produced limited edition catalogue published in 1979 by the atelier Poligrafa of Barcelona, in conjunction with the prestigious Redfern Gallery of London. The project was done in homage to the earlier Redfern catalogues of the 1960′s (which are now very rare) and with the same excellent technical quality.
Félix Labisse (March 9, 1905 – January 27, 1982) was a French Surrealist painter, illustrator, and designer.He was born in Marchiennes. He divided his time between Paris and the Belgian coast from 1927. In Ostend he met James Ensor, who influenced his work. Beginning in 1931 he designed for the theater. His paintings depict fantastical hybrid creatures, and are often erotic. He painted the first of a series of blue women in 1960; among them is the Bain Turquoise.He was the subject of a film by Alain Resnais, Visite à Félix Labisse (1947). In 1966 he was elected to the Académie des Beaux-Arts. In 1973 his paintings were shown in a retrospective exhibition at the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam. He died in Neuilly-sur-Seine in 1982.