Hilma af Klint: Mystic Abstractionist

Born in Stockholm in 1862, Hilma af Klint was unknowingly one of the earliest abstract painters. Aside from being an artist, Klint was a practicing mystic, holding seances and channeling ancient spirits. Her occultist beliefs, particularly those of theosophy, formed the crux of her work. Her goal was to gain a spiritual unity by reconciling […]

ARSHILE GORKY – Armenian-American Visionary

Arshile Gorky (1904-1948), was a talented Armenian born American painter who is regarded as the connection between American Abstract Expressionist movement and the European Surrealist themes in painting.  His mature sense of spontaneity was decades ahead of his time and influenced artists that followed in his footsteps, including Willem de Kooning, Mark Rothko, Jackson Pollock, […]

Robert Indiana’s Legacy of LOVE

Prominent American artist Robert Indiana, best known for his iconic 1960’s LOVE series, died on May 19, 2018 in his home on Vinalhaven Island in Maine – he was 89 years old. Indiana’s adaptation of LOVE, the L & O stacked on top of V & E with the O tilting slightly to the right, […]

The Stressed Soutine

Chaim Soutine was a French-Russian painter born in 1893 and raised in a small Jewish settlement near Minsk, Belarus. From a young age he expressed a strong interest in drawing. He was often faced with opposition from his mostly Orthodox community due to Talmudic proscriptions regarding images. At age 16 Soutine set off to study […]

Philip Guston: Visionary Stumblebum?

  Philip Guston was born in Montreal, Canada and moved with his family to America (Los Angeles) when he was 6. He went to the Manual Arts High School with Jackson Pollock (they both were expelled) and received a scholarship to Otis Art Institute, which he attended briefly. In the 30’s he painted murals for […]

Jackson Pollock: Drip Discovery

“Painting is self-discovery. Every good artist paints what he is.” Jackson Pollock was an influential American painter and the leading force behind the abstract expressionist movement. He transformed the art world when he introduced his first drip paintings in 1947. His work brought together elements of Cubism, Surrealism and Impressionism, and with this method he […]

Jasper Francis Cropsey Painting Discovered

At the Woodshed Gallery, we never know what masterpiece will arrive next. Our auction consignments are a source of constant fascination. So are the paintings which come to us for cleaning, restoration and conservation. A few months ago a friend arrived with a painting discovered in storage at the estate sale of a Marlboro, Mass […]

The Visual Art of Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan’s musical career has spanned more than fifty years.  He has sold over 110 million records around the world. Two of his  most famous songs “Blowing in the Wind” and “The Times they are a-Changin’” became counter culture anthems in the 1960s signaling a new era of protest and civil rights.  What is less […]

The Transcendental Abstraction of Mark Rothko

Mark Rothko, 1903 - 1970

The name Mark Rothko has become synonymous with the term “color field painting” a style of abstract painting that emerged in New York City during the 1940s and 1950s.  Often thought of as an Abstract Expressionist, Rothko arrived at his iconic style after a long artistic and spiritual journey.   Born Markus Yakovlevich Rothkowitz in […]

DALÍ’S MUSE

In his long and flamboyant career, artist Salavador Dalí was known as much for his and attention grabbing stunts as he was for his considerable creative talent both as a draftsman, and a creative force. He was Born Salvador Domingo Felipe Jacinto Dalí i Domènech, Marquis of Dalí de Púbol  on May 11, 1904 in […]