The Dead Artists Gallery presents “Colliseum and Arch of Titus as viewed from Via de Fori Imperiali”


O/Relined Canvas

Unsigned italian canvas c. 1880, as observed by a group of tourists, in mid century closed corner gold painted frame. May we use the descriptive adjective “epic” here? Having walked the Via Imperiali, I assure you, the scene remains largely the same, save some food carts and hundreds of cats.

48″ x 42″

$2,800

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The Dead Artists Gallery presents “Empire State Building”

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Signed and inscribed on verso, “Dmitri Proshkin”

This twentieth century Russian painter best known for his Impressionistic cityscapes joins the ranks of our special “Not-so-Dead” artists. Proshkin’s images of New York are reminiscent of Childe Hassam and Marsden Hartley’s early work. The open brushwork of this painting encourages hanging strategies which include long vistas, allowing the composition space to come together at distance.

27 x 21 in appropriate silver gilded Italian frame

$675

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The Dead Artists Gallery presents “Cinco Velas, Costa Brava”

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 Initialed L/L “MR” with BARCELONA canvas stamp, verso

 This mid-century Spanish portscape executed in the quasi-cubic style is clearly influenced by the more controlled, grid-like synthetic cubism of Georges Braque, although it bears a visual resonance with the simplified forms and color palettes of Diego Rivera’s murals.

27.5 in x 33 in, original frame, circa 1960

$750

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The Dead Artists Gallery presents “Japanese Triptych”

Japanese Woodblock

Signed with seal by “Utagawa Kunisada (Toyokuni III)” (1786-1865). These woodblocks are additionally embellished with multiple descriptions.

Kunisada was the most prolific and commercially successful designer of Ukiyo-E woodblock prints in 19th century Japan.  In his own time, his reputation far exceeded that of his contemporaries, Hokusai, Hiroshige and Kuniyoshi. Kunisada, a part of the Utagawa school of print making, concentrated mostly on depicitions of kabuki actresses and models. Among his oeuvre, only about 100 prints of samurais or landscapes exist- strict trade agreements between artists and schools kept woodblock artists more or less bound to a set of genres. This individual piece is a museum quality print, unique in subject matter when compared across the rest of Kunisada’s work.

 19 x 37 in contemporary gold-leafed frame

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The Dead Artists Gallery presents “Eyes on You”

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 Signed L/R (Charles) “Kellner”

 A striking visual exploration of an American Goldfinch (Cardulus tristis) following every movement of the monarch butterfly below. Painted by Philadelphia naturalist Charles Kellner in the last quarter of the 20th century. Inspired by the long lineage of scientific illustration, the imaginative and dynamic Audubon prints of the mid 19th century inspired later naturalists to infuse otherwise straight forward depicitions of nature with tension. The predator/prey relationship here heightens the drama, as does the clever camouflage of the butterfly. Tight brushwork lends itself to a close encounter, however the broader forms of the leaves and contrast of dry and verdent vegetation also makes this a statement piece that can be appreciated from afar.

31 in x 31 in, original silver leafed frame

 $750

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The Dead Artists Gallery presents “Approaching Rider”

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 Signed w/ unique initials and dated L/R “TB, ’79” (Thomas Blinks, 1860-1912)

 This equestrian painting by the English artist Blinks was completed in his 19th year. The drayage horses in the foreground are definitely alert to the approaching rider. Blinks has a very good auction record and is well known for his depiction of animals. Although the horses appear foreground, with acutely blended shading strokes that perfectly capture the haunches of these powerful animals, the painting also demonstrates Blinks’ skill in landscape. The texture of the trees contrasts brilliantly against the glassy surface of the water.

 21″ x 31″ in original gilt frame

$1650

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The Dead Artists Gallery presents “Réflexions verticales”

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Signed and dated, L/R “Ruth Sweetin, 1947”

 Another expatriate Brit, Sweetin spent her post-war years in the south of France. Though biographical information is scarce, the quality of the artist is evident in her combination of two of the most technically demanding aspects of mimetic painting- depicting not only moving water, but reflections couched within that movement. Brilliantly executed in almost divisible brushstrokes, this somewhat large piece lends itself to a close encounter where the viewer is invited to travel into the space of the painting, guided by the gentle bend in the river.

 25 x 29 1/2 in earlier gilt/gessoed frame

$650

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The Dead Artists Gallery presents “Autumn Still Life with Pumpkins and Corn”

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Signed L/L “Carl Spencer Campbell”

This appealing still life was done by the Indiana artist, Campbell, in a unique style somewhat reminiscent of the post-Impressionists. brushstrokes are individual blobs of paint, laid in concertina to create a visual unity. The demure palette is inviting and non-threatening, and yet the accents of orange against the slate background makes this particular piece versatile in terms ofhanging strategy. Campbell was best known for his plein air woodland scenes as well as still lifes.

22 x 22 in period closed corner frame, c.1915

$575

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