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 […]

Roy Lichtenstein and the End of Abstract Expressionism

Roy Lichtenstein

American artist Roy Lichtenstein was an influential force in the Pop Art movement of the 1960s. Along with  Andy Warhol,  Jasper Johns, and James Rosenquist the group forged a new and varied approach to art making that signaled the end of the Abstract Expressionist movement of the 1950s. Born in 1923 to an upper middle class family […]

New Sales Records at Major Art Auctions

Sotheby’s auction house in New York made news and set a new record at its recent auction on May 18, 2017.  Jean Michel Basquiat’s Untitled (1982) was originally estimated to fetch almost $60m. That appraisal alone shocked people, then the bidding began. All eyes were on lot #24 when it  came up for bid.  The room […]

Jean Cocteau, The Reluctant Surrealist

Jean Cocteau, a reluctant Surrealist was accomplished in a variety of media Perhaps one of the most versatile artists of his generation, Jean Cocteau was an accomplished writer, visual artist, and film maker. Cocteau, however, always considered himself primarily a poet. In 1889 Cocteau was born to a politically prominent family in Maison-Lafitte, a small [...]