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Sanjay Punekar is an artist who paints from his inner dreams and the beauty of nature. Using vibrant colors, Punekar aims to create heart-touching works that show the amazing power that is internal the human experience. Born in Pune, the artist received a BFA in fine arts from AKMV (in Pune) and was in his first year of an MFA program as of 2015. He has exhibited is Mumbai at the Jehangir art gallery as well as in Delhi at the Taj Place, India Habitat Center and for the Indian Council for Cultural Relations. Punekar has received honors for his painting, winning the Hindustan Times award. As a contemporary painter, Punekar works mostly in acrylic colors and water colors. While he’s not currently exploring a new medium, he is experimenting with his inner dreams as subject matter for his work. In his work “Inner Power” Punekar brings the inner soul to the forefront with his bold use of color. The vibrancy of the piece evokes the beauty of nature via abstract forms that flow through the canvas. Like many of his other paintings, “Inner Power” reflects that artist’s style and internal beliefs. The artist delves deep inside to his soul in creating...
Le Havre

You can’t get something for nothing. Or can you? In the case of art gallery director Jonathan Greene, you absolutely can! When Green bought two early pastel studies by Claude Monet he had no clue that there was a third artwork hidden behind the others. The director of London’s Richard Green Gallery bought the Monet’s at a Paris auction in 2014 for an undisclosed amount. After returning home, Green realized that he had three (not just two) original Monet’s. The surprise artwork was taped to the back of one of Green’s purchases. The first two artworks are studies of skies, dating from 1868. The pieces are from an early period in the artist’s career and depict Monet’s fascination with the changes of the natural world. The exploration of light and the natural transitions in the sky were treasure enough when it came to the two Monet pastels. The third work features the jetty and lighthouse at Le Havre in Normandy. The artist used a blue-tinted paper to accompany the sea-side scene that features the area where he grew up (and the subject of his first professional painting created when he was only 18). All three pieces are rare and were not originally...
Van Gogh Unknown Photo

A newly surfaced photo begs the question, “Is this Van Gogh as an adult artist?” The photo, which dates back to 1887, was set to be sold at the Brussels auction house Romantic Agony on June 20th. Supposedly featuring Van Gogh (along with a group of men, including Paul Gauguin), the tin type was taken in Paris by Jules Antoine. With a pre-auction sales estimate of between $136,000 and $170,000, the photograph failed to sell at all. Why would such an impressive photograph fail at sale? The would-be rarity may not actually feature the famed artist. Well-known for shirking photographs, there are no known authenticated images of the adult artist (aside from paintings). Purchased at an estate sale, the buyers brought the photograph to French photo expert Serge Plantureux. The owners thought that they recognized the post-Impressionist artists in the photo as Van Gogh, Gauguin and Emile Bernard. After researching the photo and its origins Plantureux was convinced about the authenticity of it. That said, not everyone else in the art/photography world is as game to agree. The only authenticated photographs of Van Gogh are from his childhood or shot from behind (i.e., not revealing the artist’s face). A photography expert...
Girl With Pearl Earring

The iconic Johannes Vermeer masterpiece “Girl with a Pearl Earring” is the focus of the new film “Girl with a Pearl Earring and Other Treasures from the Mauritshuis in The Hague”. Do not confuse this behind the scenes documentary look at one of the most notable art collections on the planet with the 2003 film starring Scarlet Johansson and Colin Firth. The soon-to-be released documentary is narrated by British actor Hugh Bonneville and features the Vermeer, along with other works of the period, showcased in the Hague's, Mauritshuis’s newly renovated space. Tracy Chevalier, the author of the novel that the fictional 2003 film was based on, discusses her research in the new documentary. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iFCsH1zq0L8 The Story behind "the Mona Lisa of the North" Vermeer is one of the most well-known and well-regarded Dutch artists. That said, he was relatively obscure during his lifetime. It wasn’t until the 19th century that the artist’s work came to the forefront of the art world. Unlike other painters, Vermeer didn’t create vast numbers of works. With a total of roughly 45 paintings total, only 36 of Vermeer’s pieces are known to contemporary art enthusiasts. Many of Vermeer’s works, such as “Girl With a Pearl Earring” focused on his...
CaravaggioFrancisMeditation

Is it real, or more of a real fake? Art buyers don't like surprises when it comes to authenticity. That said, forgeries, fakes, faux’s and phonies abound in the art world. That makes the authentication process key in any sale, auction or acquisition. Recently, Rembrandt's “Saul and David” was declared authentic. This was after decades of indecision. Cut down the center in the 19th century, the painting was defaced to be sold as two separate works. Years later it was sewn back up and displayed at the Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery. In the late 1960’s one of the world’s top experts of the artist’s work declared the painting a fake. So what has changed? For eight years the museum’s curators (along with pros from Cornell University, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, the Delft University of Technology and the Netherlands Institute for Art History) inspected and examined the painting to declare it authentic, or not. Although the state of the disputed piece is far from pristine, the experts declared the work a true Rembrandt. With the use of technology, such as macro X-ray fluorescence analysis, authenticators are better able to scan paintings and separate the fakes from the real thing. In...
The Reader by Jean Fragonard

Whether you’re heading off to a beach vacation, sitting pool-side or are just relaxing at home, our top six new books about art and artists are perfect for your summer must-read list. From behind-the-scenes looks at the world of auctions to Impressionist and other style-makers, these books are sure to educate and entertain every art enthusiast. The Impressionists: Their Lives and Works in 350 Images:         Featuring the Greatest Paintings and Biographies of the Most Famous Painters, by Robert Katz and Celestine Dars. Monet, Pisarro, Manet, Sisley, Degas and Renoir are the subjects of this historical take on the famed artists, the development of their style and the period in art history. Not only does this book feature biographies of the artists, but also includes 350 images of famed works. Auctioneers Who Made Art History, by Ursala Bode, Barbara Bongartz, This Brunner and editor Dirk Boll. Go behind the scenes of the rapidly-changing art market, and learn about the business end of auctions through portraits of notable auctioneers, who are becoming critical to the success of auctions, and thus stepping into the limelight. Uncovered Secrets of Wartime, An Auctioneer Lisa Spencer Murder Mystery, by Marlene Ritchie. In this work of fiction, auctioneer Lisa...
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A native of Illinois, Tom Fedro was born, raised and currently resides in Arlington Heights. Falling into art as a profession, he studied at Valparaiso University and the Illinois Institute of Art. The artist first exhibited his work in Chicago’s Peter Mars Gallery. Fedro subsequently went on to show at Agora Gallery in New York, Chicago’s Circa Gallery, The Studio in Algonquin, Illinois, Sherman Gallery and the Language House Gallery in River North, Chicago, the Brauer Museum of Art in Valparaiso, Indiana and Chicago’s MK Galerie. Along with gallery exhibits, Fedro’s work can be found inover3,000 corporate and private collections in more than 15 countries across the globe. He has created special projects for the Broadway show “Rent,” as well as NBC Television, Toogood Wineries, Amano Chocolates, Sweet Riot Candy Co., IBM and Chicago’s Hotel Allegro. Fedro uses his art to make the work of the soul more visible and real. He feels that, “Ultimately, art acts as both a mirror and a lens that gives presence and visibility to that which previously was unseen, unknown and not understood, often residing in the underground of the conscious.” Working mostly in acrylics on canvas, Fedro’s art is playful and vibrant. He also adds...

You've made a small fortune for yourself, and now you're ready to invest. Looking at the current financial landscape there is not a lot of long-term investment opportunities that you can really feel comfortable with: The interest rates at the bank is at an all-time-low, the stock market is as volatile as ever, and you don't enjoy the maintenance and headaches of owning real-estate. So where does one turn to? Many are turning to the art world these days in hope of uncovering the next Picasso of our days, however, as a first time art buyer you’re not entirely sure where to start. From choosing the art to knowing where to get it (and what's a fair price to pay), understanding how to start the process is a must. Unless you want to waste time, money and possibly wind up with a room filled with art that you just can't stand to see, take a look at these tips for newbies to the art investment world. Get to Know Your Own Style There isn't just one 'valuable' type of art. What's hot in the art world changes constantly. In the beginning stage there's no need to chase after the latest trends....
Cezanne's Card Players

Pasadena’s Norton Simon Museum brings the masters to (or back to) America with their current exhibition Tete-a-tete. On exhibit through June 22, the show includes three masterpieces from Paris’ Musee d’Orsay. Highlighting the American James Abbott McNeill Whistler along with Paul Cezanne’s Card Players and Edouard Manet’s portrait of Emile Zola. Whistler’s famed Arrangement in Grey and Black 1, also known as Portrait of the Artist’s Mother, is one of the most well-known and iconic pieces of American art. Although the artist was born in the U.S., he lived much of his life overseas. Eventually landing in Paris, Whistler spent his formative years as an artist studying European painters such as Courbet and Delacroix. Prior to being hung at the Musee d’Orsay, Whistler’s Arrangement in Grey and Black 1 was the first American painting to make its way to the Louvre, becoming part of their collection in 1825. The last time this particular piece was shown in the Los Angeles area was in 1933. Cezanne's Card Players is part of a series, likely the first one. The subjects – men engaged in a card game – were supposedly peasants who the artist saw at his family’s property in Jas de Bouffan....
SignatureForgery

You think that you bought a famous painting, but did you really? Art forgers dupe unsuspecting buyers (whether they’re individual collectors or museums) into shelling out big bucks for fakes. Art forgeries don’t just fool unsuspecting buyers who are art novices. Take a look at some of these infamous forgeries and who paid the price! Famous people buy fakes too. Actor Steve Martin bought what he thought was a painting by German Expressionist artist Heinrich Campendonk in 2004. The painting was not in fact by Campendonk, but instead part of one of the biggest scams that the German art world has seen. With more than 30 fake works ‘sold’ to multiple buyers, the forgery ring was responsible for an estimated $49 million in total losses. Museums get caught in art scams too! Infamous art forger Mark Landis ‘donated’ fakes to roughly 60 American museums over the course of three decades. The subject of the 2014 documentary “Art and Craft,” Landis (a schizophrenic) still continues to make his fakes. Forgery isn’t exactly new. Michelangelo might have achieved fame for his own masterful work, but he also passed off his own ‘antiqued’ sculptures as real Roman art. ‘The Internet has become an ideal place for...