Chalk & Vermilion Fine Arts has loaned two oil paintings—La Dialectique appliquée and Les Grands rendez-vous—and a 1950 sketch by renowned Belgian surrealist René Magritte to “The Pleasure Principle,” a traveling exhibition that just completed a run at the Albertina Museum in Vienna. Featuring 250 works from public and private collections throughout Europe, North America and Japan (many of them rarely seen), “The Pleasure Principle” represents the largest showing of Magritte’s work in the last two decades.
Known for his thought-provoking images, Magritte used such ordinary objects as green apples, bowler hats and pipes in unfamiliar contexts, giving new meaning to familiar things and challenging the viewer’s perception of reality. His work has been an inspiration to a diverse slate of artists, from Jasper Johns to Andy Warhol.
The Tate Liverpool exhibition focused on the inspiration for the artist’s style and featured drawings, collages and examples of the early commercial work of Magritte and rarely seen photographs and films. The Albertina exhibition retraced the artist’s progress in chronological order from his mind games to his pop culture-inspired “Periode Vache” and his later focus on mystery. “This exhibit brings a new level to Magritte,” says Tate Liverpool director Christoph Grunenberg. “He’s an artist you can rediscover.”
Chalk & Vermilion Fine Arts has loaned prominent works by artists such as Marc Chagall, Sam Francis, Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol, George Tooker and Jean Dubuffet to major museums worldwide, including the Whitney Museum of Art in New York, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C., the Museu Picasso in Barcelona, the Pompidou in Paris, the Royal Museum of Brussels and the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Denmark, Kunstsammlung Nordrhien-Westfalen in Germany, The National Museum of Modern Art in Tokyo and the Yamaguchi Prefectural Museum of Art.
Also one of America’s foremost publishers of contemporary fine art prints and sculpture, Chalk & Vermilion Fine Arts and its Martin Lawrence retail galleries represent a number of today’s most popular artists from around the world, such as Philippe Bertho, Fanny Brennan, Robert Deyber, Erté, François Fressinier, Kerry Hallam, Liudmila Kondakova, Felix Mas, and others.
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