『•』 A Saturday under the sun ☀️ Return of summer just after 6 months of autumn ^^ 25 degrees to #paris 🏖️ The demonstrations continue in the streets, every saturday morning, I hear helicopters, the sirens of police cars & revolutionary songs #notredamedeparis unveils itself under another set now 😔 Friends told me how beautiful it was to be so fragile and so naked... Under the spotlight of this painting here, are also the French artists in this strange annual ranking in the press i read after the brunch. Artists are normally classified by practice and sales price, here they are classified by number of exhibitions around the world. By influence, to me ⚡But what kind of influence is it ? Economic, artistic, political or fraternal - does this influence have an impact on the general public, on each of us ? I wonder, as with bloggers, what is the audience for this influence ? What is the balance between a number of exhibitions - which does not include fairs - the number of sales, sales prices, the countries where the works are exhibited & real admissions to exhibitions ? What is the real influence that an artist has on a daily basis today ? This ranking is an index by which I measure the weight of French artists in the world. But, beyond our artists, I am always on the alert about trends, political correctness & the loss of independence... Some living artists are very well known and powerful, will they be collected in thirty or fifty years ? Some, yes, certainly. I see this painting behind me as the lights on the cities of this crazy, beautiful and blinding world... In the meantime, right now, I go for a walk along the Seine. Hope You enjoy this day too !! 😅 😘☀️🔹🔸🔹
Before World War I, grand duchess Wladimir of Russia was famous for beeing the owner of a fabulous jewelry collection. Among her treasures was a set of emeralds (necklace, tiara, brooch and earrings) created with stones inherited from Russian tsarinas since Catherine the great. The necklace was sold to Cartier, then to Barbara Hutton and then to Van Cleef & Arpels. The stones are now set on different jewels and are almost lost as they would be very difficult to identify. The tiara made went to an American collection in the 1920s and has surely been dismantled. The brooch was made of a 107 carats square emerald with a drop pendant. The pendant remained with one of grand duchess Wladimir’s children, grand duke Boris, after the revolution. His wife had it mounted by Boucheron in the 1930s. The huge square emerald became the pendant of an Art Deco necklace. At one point it was recut to a pear shape emerald of exceptional quality of 75 carats. That pear shaped emerald was sold about 40 years ago to a private collector who had it set on a diamond necklace. When the new owner of the necklace decided recently to sell it, he brought the piece to Christies. The experts did not recognise the legendary stone immediately as it was very different from the original one. It is only after the catalogue was completed that they found the truth. An addition to the original catalogue with the whole history of the stone will soon be available. But one thing is sure, the legendary emerald brooch of grand duchess Wladimir has been found. It will be sold at Christie’s in Geneva in may 2019. #emerald#jewellery#grandduchesswladimir#christies#christiesjewels
Amedeo Modigliani, Lunia Czechowska (à la robe noire), oil on canvas, 92x60 cm, 1919.
It was acquired from the artist by Leopold Zborowski, friend and art dealer of Modigliani.
The best-known female faces in Modigliani’s oeuvre were of his lover and mother of his daughter, Jeanne Hébuterne, Anna (“Hanka”) Zborowska, the common-law wife of the artist’s dealer Léopold Zborowski, and Lunia Czechowska, married to a close friend of Léopold. All were Polish émigrés in Paris. (Check the 🔛Stories)
“Lunia was impressionable, and her writings betray that she instantly fell in love with Modi, although she was always to insist that theirs was an exalted spiritual attachment, of the soul alone” (Modigliani, London, 1967, p. 327).
Lunia long after Modigliani’s death eventually remarried, and as Mme Czechowska-Choroszczo ran a small art gallery in Paris after the Second World War. She died in 1990, at age 96. (@christiesinc)
Painting goes to @christiesinc Impressionist and Modern Art Evening Sale, 13.05.2019, NY.