May 29, 1992 |
Expensive Flowers: "Flowers on a Bench," a luxuriant still-life painting by 19th-Century French realist Gustave Courbet, was sold Wednesday for $1.54 million. The sale surpassed the artist's previous record price of $1.44 million, set in 1990. An unidentified Swiss art foundation bought the record-setting painting in a Christie's New York auction from the estates of industrialists Palmer and Charles Ducommun.
May 31, 1985 |
For decades, modern artists belittled traditional academic skill. Now that revisionist conservatism is in the air, many want old-fashioned technique and find that it's not so easy to come by. Neo-Realist Richard Shaffer shows a score of oil-on-paper landscape studies executed on a recent Italian sojourn near Lake Como. They capture the general tone of 19th-Century American Manifest Destiny artists like Frederick Church.
October 13, 2007 |
For decades, art lovers believed the painting was lost, maybe even destroyed, a casualty of Red Army or Nazi looting in Hungary during World War II. But unlike so many other tales of plundered treasures, this one has a happy ending. Gustave Courbet's sensuous "Nude Woman Reclining" -- showing a tousle-haired, sleeping woman in white stockings and little else -- is on exhibit starting today at the Grand Palais.
April 4, 1991 |
Foul Play: John Miller's personal metaphor for late 20th-Century life is . . . excrement. True, he does provide a few small, guileless drawings of suburban interiors. (Are they meant to be tongue-in-cheek reminders of Paradise lost?
February 5, 2013 |
When a small but powerful 1826 painting by Corot of a craggy rock formation came up for auction three years ago at Sotheby's in New York, Getty curator Scott Schaefer was working with a museum trustee who wanted to buy it. When the trustee was outbid, Schaefer tracked down the winning bidders and was "absolutely shocked," he said, to find that they lived so close: Brian and Eva Sweeney, a Manhattan Beach couple who were quickly and quietly building...