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Catalog of Reflection of Time: Artwork From the 17th to 20th Century

We are pleased to announce a catalog of selected works from our upcoming show Reflection of Time: Artwork From the 17th to 20th Century.  Please view a copy by clicking the link below:

Selected Catalog of Reflection of Time – Artwork From the 17th to 20th Century

Opening of Ramon Vilanova: Emociones

The opening of Ramon Vilanova’s show Emociones was an event not to be missed.  The artist Ramon Vilanova made a special trip from Spain for the opening and delighted guests with stories about his life as an artist.  He discussed the process by which he makes his work and visited with some of his most appreciative collectors.  The show will be up through April 5th.  Please stop by the gallery and see the wonderful work in person.

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Nancy Voss, Ramon Vilanova, and Ahron Zygman

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Spanish Consulate General Carmen Fontes-Muñoz with Ramon Vilanova

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The Belle Époque- The Arganbright Collection

Zygman Voss Gallery presents The Belle Époque: an exhibition of the Arganbright collection of 19th century Belle Époque prints, July 27 through the month of August. The exhibition features over 100 museum quality works of the 19th century including etchings, lithographs, and drawings from 15 masters including

 

The Arganbrights began acquiring their impressive collection in 1997. “We enjoyed the realism of the 19th century masters versus the 20th century abstract art, we  then worked to acquire as many of the Belle Époque artists that we loved,” says Mr. Arganbright of his collection. Introduced to the masters of this lively period by knowledgeable mentors, the lifelong appreciation for these historical works of art began. Finding the artists they liked, Mr. and Mrs. Arganbright would eagerly bid on key pieces and thus acquired a prime collection in a short period of time. This collection, The Arganbright collection, will be on display in its entirety for the first time at Zygman Voss Gallery.

Below are pictures from our opening reception held on July 27, 2013.

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New show, “Secrets of Rosenthalis: The Private Collection”

Moshe Rosenthalis in his studio

We’re excited to announce our upcoming Rosenthalis show will be taking place on Saturday, November 26th! We will be featuring never-before-seen works from the family’s private collection. A great variety of artwork by Rosenthalis will be on display, everything from charming pen and inks to grand oils on canvas as well as sculptures.  You can R.S.V.P for this must-see opening by clicking here. Feel free to bring along family and friends!

Happy Birthday, Alexander Calder!

Legendary artist Alexander Calder would have turned 113 today, and his masterpieces and artistic vision continue to live on. Zygman Voss Gallery has carried numerous works by Calder, and we still have some wonderful lithographs available!

"Les Oignons" by Alexander Calder

Tissot and his Muse

James Tissot, Kate Newton, and her children Violet and Cecil

Even a brief look into the life of celebrated artist James Tissot will reveal a figure named Kathleen Newton. Ms. Newton was the model for many of Tissot’s masterpieces, and it is evident that he had a great admiration for her. But who was she? To Tissot, Kathleen “Kate” Newton was an indispensable companion and constant source of inspiration. The two led a somewhat scandalous life together for their time, a life ending in untimely tragedy.

James Tissot was born in Nantes, France in 1836. When he was 20 years old, he moved to Paris to study art at the celebrated École des Beaux Arts, where he befriended such masters as Whistler and Degas. After studying in France he moved to London, where he spent most of the rest of his life.

James Tissot

Tissot’s keen business sense coupled with his natural artistic talent propelled him to the forefront of the London art scene. It is there that he met the ravishing Irish beauty Kathleen Newton sometime in the 1870s. Almost 20 years younger than Tissot, young Kate was already plagued with scandal due to her status as a single (divorced) mother. At the age of 16 her father arranged for her to be married to a surgeon named Isaac Newton. On her voyage to be married to Isaac she met a Captain Palliser, who quickly became enamored of her and is believed to be the father of Kate’s first child, Violet. Being a religious Catholic, Kate sought counsel from her confessor who advised her to tell Isaac about her relations with Captain Palliser. After Kate revealed to Isaac what had happened between her and the Captain, he immediately sent her away with no money and divorced her. Captain Pelliser agreed to pay for her return to London under the condition that she be his mistress, which she accepted. She gave birth to their daughter Violet in December of 1871 at the age of 17, but she never married Captain Palliser. After Violet’s birth, Kate moved in with her sister Polly in St. John’s Wood. James Tissot also lived in St. John’s Wood, and although it is unclear exactly how he and Kate met, it is known that she lived with him for some time.

Tissot, "Le Banc de jardin" mezzotint depicting Kate with her niece and children, Violet and Cecil.

In March of 1876 Kate gave birth to her second child, a boy named Cecil Ashburnham who is widely regarded to be Tissot’s son. Tissot’s relationship with Kate was looked down upon by many in their society, however he remained committed to her at the expense of his popularity. Tissot reportedly described their life together as “domestic bliss” and most consider Kate to have been the love of his life.

 

Tissot, "The Hammock" with Kate as the model

Sadly she contracted tuberculosis and, unable to bear the pain inflicted upon Tissot by her declining health, she decided to end her own life in November of 1882 at the age of 28. It is said that Tissot remained by her coffin for 4 days and within a week left his home in St. John’s Wood permanently. Tissot never fully recovered from his loss, and became very spiritual in the time after Kate’s death. He attempted to contact Kate through seances, and created a work entitled “Apparition Medianimique” which depicts Kate with her spiritual guide.

Tissot, "Apparition Medianimique"

 

Tissot lived and continued to produce work  until 1902, when he passed away in France.

 

All artwork featured in this entry is available at Zygman Voss Gallery.

Richard Ranft, “La Répétition de Ballet”

"La répétition de ballet"

We have a gorgeous oil painting in the gallery by Swiss painter Richard Ranft. Born in 1862, Ranft began his studies in Switzerland where he was a student of Eugène Sordet and Gustave Courbet. Ranft primarily worked and lived in Paris, starting his painting career with landscape and human figure studies. The majority of his work was produced around 1900, printed in small editions of 25 or 50 by the Delâtre workshop and published by Edmund Sagot. As a member of the Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts, Ranft took part in the exhibitions organized by this group.