Bringing Down The Hammer On Great Art

Posted by Harvey November 19th, 2015

Founded in 1928, Hammer Galleries fills a six-story, turn-of-the-century townhouse at 33 West 57th Street. This beautiful, expansive space showcases Hammer’s exceptional selection of 19th- and 20th-century European and American paintings, including works by Renoir, Sisley, Grandma Moses and Marthe Grant, as well as one of the largest collections of Picasso ceramics. Hammer currently features a special exhibition of paintings by French Provencal artist Pierre Boncompain, whose lyrical compositions recall work by Matisse and Milton Avery. The gallery provides advisory services regarding acquisitions and sales, appraisals and installations.

At Ursus Books and Prints, Ltd., fall brings an exciting series of exhibitions. On view in October are paintings by Sarah Chermayeff. November marks the opening of a collection of photographs by Christopher Simon Sykes. Drawings by Joan Berg Victor fill the gallery in December just in time for the holiday season. Look for Ursus at the International Fine Art and Antiques Fair in New York, from October 15-21, where the gallery presents exceptional works on paper, including an exquisite Louis Clement chalk drawing, c. 1750.

Montgomery Gallery of downtown San Francisco is a premier resource for French Impressionist and Post-Impressionist masterworks. The collection includes works by such celebrated artists as Bonnard, Lebasque, Moret, Vuillard and Van Gogh. Among the gallery’s striking paintings is an exceptional 1920 picture by Henri Lebasque of his two children in the family garden. Known as a “painter of the good life,” Lebasque depicted simple scenes of daily living. Invest in a lifetime of visual pleasure for oneself: begin with a visit to Montgomery Gallery.

Plan that Roman holiday! In June 2000, an exhibition of paintings by Karla Roberson Man opens at Rome’s Studio S. Arte Contemporanea, across from the Spanish Steps. Inspired by travels from Lake Como, Tuscany and Tivoli to Florence and Rome, Man captures the romance, beauty, color and energy of Italian architecture and gardens. Trained at the University of Texas at Austin and having experience as an illustrator and set designer, Man brings an impressive sense of color and perspective to her paintings. The artist is available for portraits and other commissions.

Iran Lawrence Fiberart offers highly personalized and original contemporary art quilts composed of hand-dyed fabric strips intricately sewn together. An award-winning artist Iran Lawrence creates mesmerizing works that celebrate the spiritual vibrancy of humanity. Acclaimed for her technical expertise and artistic precision, Lawrence’s fiberarts have been exhibited worldwide at such major institutions as the White House, the Baltimore Museum of Art and the DuPont/Merck Pharmaceutical Corporation. Adept at fulfilling clients’ needs, Lawrence produces site-specific works for many private and corporate collections.

For beautifully vibrant, classic portraits heirlooms for the next generation — look to Birgitte Knaus. Her works in pastel, charcoal and sanguine pencil radiate with freshness and lightness. Knaus not only presents an exacting likeness, but captures the very essence of her subject’s personality. Due to her notable international reputation, Knaus’ clients include leading families of Europe and around the world, heads of state, film stars and other celebrities.

“What a birthday present!” Bill wrote. “The surprise unveiling was last night and the portrait of Annie is wonderful. It speaks. It’s her, captured completely. Thank you for painting it.” Canine portrait artist Judith Jarcho receives much fan mail. And why not? Her subjects are beloved friends who win our hearts with the wag of a tail or the flick of a whisker. Working from photographs, Jarcho captures a particular moment or memory to honor your special relationship with that cherished family pet. For a most memorable gift, commission a pet’s portrait.

Dream of owning a masterpiece? Prestige Fine Art offers museum-quality re-creations of premier artworks hand-painted by master artisans to such detail that they closely resemble the originals. The paintings of Van Gogh, Renoir, Monet and many others whose works grace the walls of national galleries around the world are now available for the choosing. Prestige utilizes the finest linen canvas, handcarved museum-style frames and a unique antique craqueled aging process.

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