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Thursday, May 31, 2012

French Focus- Three Artists: Part 2

In a previous post, I gave you information about the French-American artist Charles Levier.

Today, I’ll cover the other two artists.

First, is Victor Ferreri (1915-2009). He was a French post-Impressionist painter.
So little is known about him, that’s about it!  But I did find a couple more examples of his work through Google.


This is the Ferreri oil on board painting that I own.  It is small at 10” X 14”.  It is such a charming depiction of a village set on a hill.


It is signed in the lower right corner V Ferreri.  I purchased this from European Antique Market in Louisville, and Shawn herself brought this back from France. Lucky me!


Below is another example that I found of his work at auction on Google.   It, too, is a small oil on board.


Another of Ferreri’s pieces.


Finally, we have Paul Lambert, whose artwork is currently on my wish list.  Again, Belle Maison Antiques in Lexington is the purveyor of this exceptional oil on canvas.

Paul Lambert, a French painter (peintre) was born in 1910. He reputedly lived and worked in the artistic community of Montmartre, the famous night club and cafe district in North Paris.
In general, he made oil paintings (peintre de l’huile) of Parisian cityscapes around Montmartre and the banks of the Seine. He probably was one of the many artists who painted for the tourist trade at the Place de Tertre, exhibiting their art work on the mall of the cathedral. 


This Lambert oil painting is typical of his Paris cityscapes done with sharp lines and muted colors. There is something so compelling about this painting.


The following information is from Michele Carolla, director of European paintings and decorative arts for Neal Auction Co.

Paul Lambert, b. 1910, is a French painter known for his depiction of Parisian scenes, such as views from the left Bank of the Seine.  Little else is known about this artist, except that he regularly illustrated images of life in Paris, especially that of the artistic community of Montmartre, where he probably lived.
It is entirely possible that he was one of many artists who worked, and still work, at the Place de Tertre, painting for the tourist trade.  The area is similar to Jackson Square, in that artists congregate around the mall of the cathedral, displaying their work for passers by.
He employed a cool palette combined with a very precise dark line to capture the vitality of the city.  There is a pleasing quality to his work, though it retains a somewhat “postcard” feel.  While not widely known, Lambert’s paintings have occasionally turned up at auction.  His work does best when the specific site is identified.

(st. Pierre Du Montmartre)

(view of Notre Dame Paris, From The Back Side)

Parisian Street Scene

This painting is titled on the frame: ‘Le quai de l’horlage’ ( ‘The landing of the clock’).

Another Parisian Street Scene

I’m excited about the thoughts of working on building a French art collection.  I used to buy a lot of lithographs, but am now concentrating on original art and antique engravings.  While Charles Levier is much more widely known, I think these other two artists are equally charming and at least, documented.
One great piece of art can make a room!

Ebay currently has several of Levier’s oils for sale (but a bit pricey at $4,000 – $18,000) and a couple Lambert’s.  I’ll have to see if I can talk Hubby into investing in the Lambert painting in Lexington.  Who knows?

Happy Decorating and Collecting!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

M.I.A. for awhile…(But, I’m Back Now!)

Four weeks…Really?  Has it been that long? Really?  WOW!  Time certainly does “fly”.

It’s been 4 long weeks since my last post and I certainly didn’t plan on staying away from Blogland that length of time.  I would have told you if I had known it would be that much time.

But, life happens.  And, boy, has it happened.  Nothing bad, mind you.  All good things.  All busy things.   All things that have my mind and schedule occupied with  family and children.

Here is just a sampling of what the last 4 weeks have held for me (without sounding like I'm bragging, of course!).
A trip to Louisville for an awards banquet for my daughter to receive the prestigious Kentucky Female Academic Athlete of the Year Award  then on to Owensboro, KY (in the western part of the state) to the All “A” Girls Softball State Tournament (where our team made it to the semi-finals…go Panthers!).  We were in Lexington the next weekend for my son’s college graduation at UK.  He graduated with honors obtaining two degrees: Chemical Engineering and Math.  My daughter’s last high school prom was the next weekend and we had 13 couples and their parents at the house for photos.  And, this past weekend, my daughter graduated from high school #5 in her class!  All the while, having softball games every other night!  Oh, and I forgot to mention, my birthday was Sunday the 20th, the same day as graduation.  Being a breast cancer survivor, I cherish every birthday!  I'm glad I'm getting older!!!

Rest assured, while you guys have been blogging, I’ve been sitting at a softball field!!!

I wouldn’t trade a minute of it.  Blogging is a hobby, but my priorities are on my family and they come first.  Besides, I didn’t  want to hurry and throw some posts out there just to be posting.

I love to blog.  It is so much fun.  I’ve met so many wonderful bloggers.  What I’ve missed most is reading all  your great blogs.  I have a lot of catching up to do.  

At first, I worried about not blogging.  Then, I decided to release it and do the best I can do.  We all have different phases in our life.  My freedom will come soon enough in the fall when I will officially become an empty nester.  Right now, my focus will remain on family. I still have a busy summer coming up:  a couple trips to Chicago, helping my son move there as he begins a graduate program at Northwestern, trips to Atlanta as my step-daughter and her husband have just purchased their first home, and moving my daughter into UK this summer for a pre-med program, then back out again, then back to UK again for sorority rush and the fall semester.  And, I still hope to open an Etsy shop this summer.

I appreciate my followers and will try to post a little more consistently of once or twice a week.  I’m very thankful I am busy and not bored!

I told you I would share a few prom photos with you.  Oh, to be that young again!
These photos kinda serve double duty as garden pics, because you can see some of the outside areas around our home.


We call this our garden wall below.  The insert is a poly-chromed terra cotta freize (ca. late 1800s) that came from a building in Chicago.  We found it in pieces at Architectural Salvage in Louisville and had it tiled into the stonework.


The gang “hammin’ it up”!


Hot tub and pool area (notice the early lavender stalks!)


Steps to the bench overlooking Pikeville


Next to the pool


Front porch below

Well, stay tuned.  Our high school is hosting the District and Regional Baseball and Softball tournaments this week and next week.  I’m headed to the field tonight to work in the concession stand.  

Your long lost blogger,
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