Thursday, 28 February 2013

Andrey Kartashov, printmaker ?

Andrey Kartashov
*1974 Uzhgorod-Ukraine 
Russian painter (also printmaker ?) 

Andrey Kartashov, entered Uzhgorod College of Applied Art in 1990 at age 16 and later followed St. Petersburg Repin Fine Art College. According to his biography he exhibited worldwide from 1994 and has won many prizes. Here are some paintings and drawings to illustrate my recent Internet search. I discovered this young and talented artist just by chance. 

Because this linocut print, edited in Moskou in 1991, in blues and browns is showing "Evening over Lake Baikal" and also is signed Kartashov. But if it is created by the hands of the painter, as a youthful sin, I really do not know because all I could find in that name is paintings in oil and drawings. But: great paintings and and great drawings. At first I doubted, who can create a print like this at 17 ? But on the other hand who can paint and draw like this at 20 ? 
How this print, from an edition of 500, labelled and edited by O.B. Bikov for the Moskou Graphic Arts and Students Society (RSFSR) came from Moskou and found its way to the low countries I have no idea. I was lucky to swap it recently purely by chance. I like it and I like it enough to let it stay on my wall for a while. Maybe an observant reader one day will enlighten us about the maker. 

All pictures borrowed freely from the internet for friendly, educational and non commercial use.

Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Hélène Mass (Maß), printmaker (VI)

O valleys wide, o heights, o beautiful green forest

thou attentive dwelling place of my joys and sorrows!

Outside, forever deceived, rages the busy world.

Embrace me for the last time with thy green ceiling.
Walter Leistikow, Märkische Landschaft
Abschied vom Walde.

O Täler weit, o Höhen, o schöner grüner Wald,

du meiner Lust und Wehen andächtger Aufenthalt!

Da draussen, stets betrogen, saust die geschäftge Welt,

schlag noch einmal die Bogen um mich, du grünes Zelt.

 Poem by Joseph Eichendorff (1788-1859) and Felix Mendelsohn-Bartholdy (1809-1849) wrote the music to the poem: Op.59, no.3

Painting above by Paul Vorgang (1860-1927). It's all coincidence of course but it is showing similar ideas very well and again how a really talented printmaker can "keep up" with a knife, with painting colleagues and friends with brushes, using such basic materials and technique.  

Maß frequently chose cottages for her prints and although the surrounding province had of course countless of such dwellings I understand her teacher Walter Leistikow owned a summer cottage in Denmark, his painting below.. 

And this print by Gertrud Fabian (I'd never heard of her before last week) changed hands just the other day. Sadly not into mine, can't win them all, but the lucky buyer may contact me anytime for exchanging propositions. Besides the cottage it shows some resemblance to the prints by Maß, colors, chestnut and shadows. In Berlin a "Fabian, frau Oberregierungsrat" (the wife of a Berlin official) was named as friend and member of the Berlin Women Artists Association (Verein der Berliner Künstlerinnen) in 1927. 

Well this posting concludes the series of postings on Hélène Maß, most of her prints were shown in juxtaposition with the works of her teachers, contemporaries, friends and colleagues. Occasionally new and before not seen prints show up in auctions: I'll try keeping readers informed. Let me know if you've enjoyed by leaving a comment. 

All pictures borrowed freely from the Internet for friendly and educational use only.

Monday, 25 February 2013

Special Offer for readers

for readers of the Linosaurus.

Recently a descendent-relative of printmaker Viktor Wolfgang Pirkhoff (1875-1962) contacted me having decided to sell a collection of 20 woodblock prints in his possession. I forward his request to show them in the Linosaurus giving readers of the Linosaurus the opportunity to have a first look and chance obtaining a print or maybe buy them as a collection or investment.  

The owner was of great help sending me many biographical facts about Pirkhhoff for the combined posting on this untill then very obscured painter and printmaker two years ago (use the search option of the Blog).

Most prints have never been framed and look in very fine condition having been stored for maybe 80 years.  I'll forward any interest without interfering in the "business" to owner Miroslav. Just give me a note in the comments section (below) or email me through the contact button (above). 

The pictures shown are thumbnail size, high resolution pictures can be send on request. Enjoy !

Wednesday, 20 February 2013

Hélène Mass (Maß), printmaker (V)

Yes all right, I know this scene is not a beergarden (Biergarten), just a garden idyll. But recently it has led me to some great works of art that are related to this theme by contemporary artists (most were born approximately 1865-1875) in the time the subject of my recent postings, Hélène Maß, created this charming woodblock print.

At least I think she must have been acquainted with many of the artists and their works shown in this posting. Although it is a totally different medium Maß’ woodblock prints rival with the paintings in oil by her colleagues. The use of light, shade and colour by Maß are very reminiscent of the paintings and style of Max Uth (1863-1914) (above) maybe there’s an unknown connection somewhere. I’ll do a posting on this charming painter soon.
I just couldn’t resist creating a posting with this theme because I couldn’t find anything similar, discovering many new to me painters: very rewarding indeed. 

The great Max Liebermann (1847-1935) enjoyed the charms of the Biergarten very much, sketches, etchings and great paintings, Berlin, Hamburg, Munich and visiting Leiden in the Netherlands. Capturing the filtered light and always the easy summer atmosphere.
Painter printmaker Daniël Staschus. 
What better place to be the in a traditional German Beergarden. After a Sunday stroll along iconic avenues or in one of the many parks enjoying a cool beer or lemonade in the shade of age-old trees. 
My favorite:  Hans Hartig (1873-1936)
Richard Bloos (1878-1956)
Seeing and being seen. Nothing much has changed in 100 years, but imagine the magic of beautiful cities like Berlin, Amsterdam, Paris and London without omni present motor vehicles and planes overhead but the pleasant noises of horse and carts, civilized conversation and laughter around you.

Georg Jauss (1867-1922) and Fritz von Uhde ((1848-1911)

There are and were many famous beer gardens (guesthouse, brasserie) in Berlin, around the Tiergarten, the famous central park with it’s equally famous Zoo and of course the Prater Biergarten and I cannot imagine this particular charming scene chosen so often but by the Berlin (post-)impressionist artists.

Fritz Gartz (1863-1960)
Max Stern (1872-1943)
Otto Eduard Pippel (1878-1960)
One more posting on Hélène Maß, her great times and her circle to go. For those who think they’ve had enough: I believe one is obliged finishing what was begun although I’m anxious to show some great new discoveries, new  forgotten printmakers and some great prints soonest. 

All pictures borrowed freely from the Internet for friendly, educational and non-commercial use.