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Saatchi online

June 5th, 2013

© Martin Stranka

You might know the Saatchi brand from being a leading art collection supporting such artists as Damien Hirst and Peter Doig. Or you might know Saatchi from creating one of the world’s leading marketing agencies: Saatchi & Saatchi.

Now the art and marketing expertise have been thrown together to form a  new concept: Saatchi Online. Saatchi Online is a virtual art gallery where artists can display their own works for sale and make use of the strong name that Saatchi has built up. Its main target is for people to buy original art, but the tagline also suggests the online gallery is ideal for discovering new artists.

I find it an interesting way to leverage a well-known brand to help fledgling artists start selling their work. Although the website is entirely open to all artists, you will notice that many of the pages have been curated to show a decent enough quality of work as to not dilute the website. All in all if you’re looking for up and coming artists to buy and are willing to weed through some lower quality work, Saatchi Online might be of good use to you.

The work in the picture above is called “I Found The Silence” by Martin Stranka


art prices break records

May 10th, 2012

Is there still a crisis going on? Art record prices keep on breaking. Early this month Norwegian expressionist Edvard Munch’s “The Scream” became the most expensive artwork sold at auction, after it fetched $ 119.9 million. This week not only pop-art-artist Roy Lichtenstein’s “Sleeping girl” was sold for $ 45 million, “Orange, red, yellow” by Mark Rothko, broke the previous record for a work of his hand and is now the most expensive work of contemporary art with a pricetag of $ 86,9 million.

new drawing by Pieter Brueghel the Elder discovered in Antwerp

April 27th, 2012

In Antwerp, for the first time since the seventies unknown work by Pieter Bruegel the Elder surfaced. The landscape will be shown in the Museum Mayer van den Bergh.

The drawing of a mountain landscape with two passengers is the first unknown drawing of the artist to show up since the seventies. According to the Museum Mayer van den Bergh, the work “both in composition and drawing techniques has all characteristics of Bruegel‘s work from the period 1552-1555.”

The museum describes the drawing as invaluable. “Bruegel has a very limited oeuvre: forty sixty paintings and prints. Such a rare work of such a great artist hardly ever appears.”

artists in action – Claude Monet

March 22nd, 2012

In our series of Artists in action, today some idyllic pictures of Claude Monet‘s working place.

‘Claude Monet Painting’ by John Singer Sargent shows the master at work.

In his ‘studio boat’, painted by Edouard Manet.

Monet at his studio.

Claude Monet in his famous garden, in front of the immortalized Japanese bridge.

artists in action – Gustav Klimt

March 12th, 2012

Gustav Klimt – not at work but in his ‘habitat’.

Gustav Klimt’s Last Studio (1912-1918)

wearing his painter’s coat.

artists in action – Paul Klee

February 27th, 2012

a new artist in the series of ‘Artists in Action‘.

Paul Klee in his studio in Bern, 1939. (Felix Klee, Zentrum, Paul Klee, Bern, Klee Family Donation)

photoshopped women in paintings

February 13th, 2012

Italian artist Anna Utopia Giordano took a Photoshop scalpel to 12 famous nude Venuses to see what art history class would’ve been like “if the aesthetic standard of our society had belonged to the collective unconscious of the great artists of the past.”

They remind me of the before and after adds in magazines, in which 20 pounds suddenly melt away. I wonder which one you prefer. The 21st century eye tends to choose the slim version.

Alessandro Botticelli, The Birth of Venus

William-Aldolphe Bouguereau, The Birth of Venus

Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres, Venus Anadyomene

Angelo Bronzino, Venus, Cupid, Folly, and Time

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artists in action: Paul Cézanne

February 12th, 2012

In the series of ‘Artists in Action‘, today some pictures of Paul Cezanne at work.

Paul Cézanne
in his studio at Les Lauves in front of ‘Large Bathers‘ (Photo by Émile Bernard, 1904).

At Mont Sainte Victoire (photographed by Kerr-Xavier Roussel in January 1906).

artists in action – Salvador Dali

February 12th, 2012

Let’s restart our series of Artists in Action.

Salvador Dali most of the time appears to be goofing around or showing his distinctive moustache. How about some pictures of him in action?

‘The Temptation of Saint Anthony’. Funny how nowhere in the picture a naked women is to be found.

Working at ‘Dream of Venus’.

In 1965, working on the Bullfight series.

Salvador Dali in his Studio, by Ernst Scheidegger.

art inspired outfits

February 12th, 2012

Art can inspire you in many different ways, even when you want to pick a new outfit.

Inspired by ‘Woman with a Water Jug‘ by Jan Vermeer.

Inspired by Amedeo Modigliani‘s ‘Gypsy Woman with Baby‘.

Inspired by ‘Young Mother Sewing‘ by Mary Cassatt.

An outfit inspired by ‘Music‘ by Gustav Klimt.

for more art inspired outfits go to georgina-m’s polivore collection.