Victor Vasarely | French artist

Folklore, 1988. Acrylic on canvas, 70 x 62 cm.

Cornic, Oil on cardboard, 51.7 x 69.8 cm (1955)

Barka-Deu, 1982. Acrylic on canvas, 192.4 x 192.4 cm.

Chokk, 1976. Acrylic on canvas, 205.7 x 190.5 cm.

TallerOr, 1968

Maamor III, 1969

Bi-Hexa, 1975, Silkscreen on paper, 54 x 44.5 cm.

Tizenne – 2, 1986, Acrylic on canvas, 190 x 130 cm.

Victor Vasarely (Hungarian/French, 1906-1997)

Biography: Victor Vasarely | French artist – Britannica

The fall of Icarus (detail) from the workshop of Bernard Picart, 1731

Published some prints at the same address as his father, therefore a confusion between the two is possible. Published prints by Dirk Maas.

Biography:

Engraver, son of Etienne who was sometimes called ‘Picart le Romain’; specialised in book illustration, in which he was a major figure with a large output. Trained in Paris but worked in Netherlands in September 1696 – December 1698. Married in Paris 1702 with four children. After death of wife and children turned Huguenot, and left definitively for Holland in January 1710, taking his aged father with him. Settled initially in The Hague, then in 1711 in Amsterdam, where remarried in 1712. His wife henceforth acted as his agent in sales, and was notorious for the high prices she charged and for getting proofs of all his book illustrations from their publishers (see Gersaint in the Lorangère catalogue, 1744).

Source: britishmuseum.org

Villa M, Paris, France

Villa M is a beautiful green hotel and restaurant located in Paris, France, designed in 2021 by Triptyque Architecture.

Designed by french-Brazilian Triptyque Architecture, with architectural design and art direction of the spaces signed by Philippe Starck, Villa M aims to create a new pact between cities, nature, and health.

A naturalistic manifest: this is the definition of Villa M, a mixed-use complex located in Boulevard Pasteur, in the Parisian borough of Montparnasse.

The hotel is designed as an enveloping and relaxing cocoon, with breathtaking views of the City of Light. Its 67 rooms and 6 suites have been designed as green spaces. Some of them have a balcony or terrace to admire the Montparnasse and Invalides districts. And, above all, nestled at the corner of the seventh floor, there is the Pasteur Suite: an exceptional suite with large bay windows, a double green terrace, and a living room open to the capital.

Source: homeadore.com

Billy Preston – My Sweet Lord (Live)

«My Sweet Lord» is a song by English musician George Harrison, released in November 1970 on his triple album All Things Must Pass. It was also released as a single, Harrison’s first as a solo artist, and topped charts worldwide; it was the biggest-selling single of 1971 in the UK. In America and Britain, the song was the first number-one single by an ex-Beatle. Harrison originally gave the song to his fellow Apple Records artist Billy Preston to record; this version, which Harrison co-produced, appeared on Preston’s Encouraging Words album in September 1970.

Harrison wrote «My Sweet Lord» in praise of the Hindu god Krishna,[1] while intending the lyrics as a call to abandon religious sectarianism through his blending of the Hebrew word hallelujah with chants of «Hare Krishna» and Vedic prayer.[2] The recording features producer Phil Spector‘s Wall of Sound treatment and heralded the arrival of Harrison’s slide guitar technique, which one biographer described as «musically as distinctive a signature as the mark of Zorro«.[3] Preston, Ringo StarrEric Clapton and the group Badfinger are among the other musicians on the recording.

Later in the 1970s, «My Sweet Lord» was at the centre of a heavily publicised copyright infringement suit due to its alleged similarity to the Ronnie Mack song «He’s So Fine«, a 1963 hit for the New York girl group the Chiffons. In 1976, Harrison was found to have subconsciously plagiarised the song, a verdict that had repercussions throughout the music industry. Rather than the Chiffons song, he said he used the out-of-copyright Christian hymn «Oh Happy Day» as his inspiration for the melody.

Harrison performed «My Sweet Lord» at the Concert for Bangladesh in August 1971, and it remains the most popular composition from his post-Beatles career. He reworked it as «My Sweet Lord (2000)» for inclusion as a bonus track on the 30th anniversary reissue of All Things Must Pass. Many artists have covered the song, including Andy WilliamsPeggy LeeEdwin StarrJohnny MathisNina SimoneJulio IglesiasRichie HavensMegadethBoy GeorgeElton JohnJim JamesBonnie Bramlett and Elliott Smith. «My Sweet Lord» was ranked 454th on Rolling Stone‘s list of «the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time» in 2004 and number 270 on a similar list published by the NME in 2014. That same year, «My Sweet Lord» was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. It reached number one in Britain again when re-released in January 2002, two months after Harrison’s death.

More info: My Sweet Lord – Wikipedia

Echo and Narcissus, John William Waterhouse (English, 1849-1917)

John William Waterhouse, byname Nino, (baptized April 6, 1849?, Rome, Italy—died February 10, 1917, London, England), English painter of the Victorian era known for his large-scale paintings of Classical mythological subjects. He is associated both with his predecessors, the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, based on their shared interest in literary subjects (e.g., scenes from Alfred, Lord TennysonJohn Keats, and William Shakespeare), as well as with his contemporaries, the Impressionists, as exemplified by the brushy or sketchy way he sometimes applied paint to canvas.

Waterhouse began studying at the Royal Academy in London in 1870, at first pursuing sculpture. By 1874, however, he had switched to painting, as evident by the painted work (Sleep and His Half-Brother Death, 1874) that he exhibited at the Royal Academy that summer. Waterhouse’s paintings were distinct for their rich, glowing colour. Like the Pre-Raphaelites, he depicted many dramatic, beautiful women—damsels in distress, enchantresses, or femmes fatales. The tragic figure Ophelia was a subject he turned to three times (1889, 1894, 1910), each painting capturing her in a different moment of her story as she came closer to death. Waterhouse also painted more than once the main figure in Tennyson’s 1832 poem The Lady of Shalott, a subject also prized by the Pre-Raphaelites. In his 1888 painting, Waterhouse depicted her seated in a boat floating downstream to her imminent death.

He continued producing works of the mythological and literary themes throughout the 1890s and 1900s, exhibiting regularly at the Royal Academy, where he had been honoured as an associate member in 1885 and then a full Royal Academician in 1895. His virtually unchanging style and subject matter went out of vogue with the Modern trends of the turn of the 20th century, but a revived interest in his work came about in the late 20th century.

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Henri Matisse – The Essence of Life

Henri Émile Benoît Matisse was a French artist, known for both his use of colour and his fluid and original draughtsmanship. He was a draughtsman, printmaker, and sculptor, but is known primarily as a painter. Matisse is commonly regarded, along with Pablo Picasso, as one of the artists who best helped to define the revolutionary developments in the visual arts throughout the opening decades of the twentieth century, responsible for significant developments in painting and sculpture.

Protocorinthian Aryballos (Oil Flask), c. 650-640 BC

Protocorinthian Aryballos (Oil Flask), c. 650-640 BC, Cleveland Museum of Art: Greek and Roman Art

Corinthian pottery during the 8th and 7th centuries BC was as popular an export commodity as Mycenean ware was several centuries earlier. Protocorinthian design was very finely drawn in a miniaturist style. The use of animal friezes shows Near Eastern influences. Size: Overall: 13.7 cm (5 3/8 in.) Medium: painted terracotta

https://clevelandart.org/art/1915.532

Source: cma-greek-roman-art

Gold ring with garnets and sapphires, Roman, 4th-5th century AD; from St. James Ancient Art

Source: treasure-of-the-ancients

Provenance: Property of a London gentleman; formerly acquired before 1970; the rings is accompanied by a copy of a four page report from Striptwist Ltd, a London-based company run by precious metal specialist Dr Jack Ogden, reference number 191014. The ring will also come with a INTERPOL database search.