Amazing Art

By Karen Parr-Moody

January 8, 2017

 

Art breathes life into a room. It can energize a space, start a conversation or take a viewer on a reverie. And, after 25 years of collecting, I have found this to be true: if you liked a piece when you saw it for the first time, it is highly likely you will always like it. So buy it.

 

At GasLamp Too, several booths currently have artworks that are so beguiling they will surely win hearts. In particular, booths T-384 and booth T-360 offer a plethora of unique finds.

 

Portraits of favored dogs have long held prime real estate in English drawing rooms – sometimes taking a better place than family portraits against the toile-covered walls. The heyday of dog portraits was from 1850 to 1920.

 

Who could resist the charming faces of these four King Charles spaniels? This is an exquisite antique oil painting in a gilt wood frame, one of many artistic finds from the estate collection of the late Buddy Killen, a legendary music row publisher, at Booth T-384 ($995; see full article about Killen’s estate at http://bit.ly/2i6vDF9). For Americans reviving English-style interiors, a classic dog painting is de rigueur.

 

This gorgeous river landscape, with figures strolling along the banks, takes the viewer to the bucolic world of the European countryside of the Victorian era. Called "Strolling by a Stream," it is signed by Ernest Parton, a painter who lived from 1845 to 1933 and worked in both New York and Britain. It is located at GasLamp Too's Booth T-360 ($2,800). 

 

Parton was born into a talented family; all of his siblings who survived to adulthood became fine artists. They grew up in the riverside community of Hudson, New York, located in the Hudson River Valley, which was renowned for the many esteemed painters of the Hudson River School.

 

Patton ultimately become an expatriate to England, where he enjoyed great success for 50 years with his paintings of the English and French countryside. 

 

Parton's works were shown in the major salons and exhibitions of the day including the Royal Academy, The Royal Scottish Academy and the National Academy of Design in New York, the Paris Salon, the Exposition Universelle and the Chicago World's Fair.

 

This is a “Bamboula,” a plate from Ambroise Vollard's “Les Réincarnations du Père Ubu” created by artist Georges Henri Rouault via etching, aquatint, roulette, burnishing and drypoint ($1,950; T-360). Rouault created 22 illustrations for the book, which he completed in 1928, and his dramatic visual style is one of a kind.

 

Rouault was born in 1873 to a poor Parisian family, yet he was able to study at the École des Beaux-Arts, then ultimately met Henri Matisse, Albert Marquet and other artists who introduced him to the Fauvist movement. The influence of Fauvism and European Expressionism can be seen in his work.

 

This oil painting of a coastal scene is by the late French painter Renée Théobald (1926-2014). She was a well-known French Impressionist who studied at Sorbonne and the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris and was known for landscape and coastal paintings. Her paintings are in major museums and notable art collections.

 

This work is an excellent example of Théobald's thick impasto technique and depicts several beached sailboats without their sails. Like many of her paintings, it reveals confidence and spontaneity of stroke.

 

Whether one is seeking a painting that possesses an air of refinement, like that of a bucolic landscape or purebred dogs, or an artwork with exuberant energy, like the works of French artists Rouault or Théobald, this – and more – can be found at GasLamp.

 

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