Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Leading Modern Watercolorist - John Marin

John Marin (American, 1870-1953)
Mark and Andrews Island from Deer Isle, Maine, 1920
watercolor on paper, 16 x 19 1/4 in.

As one of the first American abstract painters, John Marin was a visionary in his day; his work helped give rise to the Abstract Expressionist movement. Marin painted primarily in watercolor creating a unique blend of realism and abstraction in his depictions of American scenery. He devoted his energies to distinctly-American subject matter, particularly the energy and vitality of New York City, and the rugged beauty of Maine's coast.

This work depicts two small islands off of Deer Isle, Marin’s longtime summer home. The near-by 6-acre Mark Island once housed a working lighthouse, guiding marine traffic through the Deer Island Thorofare, while the tinier Andrews Island has long been one of the many uninhabited islands along the Maine coast. Marin first visited Maine in 1914, and from that point until the end of his life, the artist spent long periods there almost every year, often arriving in early summer and staying until Christmas. Maine became—along with New York—one of Marin’s enduring passions, its maritime vistas serving as a boundless source of inspiration.

During his life, Marin’s work was continuously shown at Alfred Stieglitz’s famed 291 Gallery, known for introducing America to many important avante-garde artists such as RodinMatisse, and Picasso. Marin participated in the seminal Armory Show in 1913, and was subsequently honored with exhibitions at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1924, and the Museum of Modern Art in 1936. Today Marin’s works can be found in many prominent museums including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the National Gallery of Art, and also in the Green Room of the White House.

Contact the gallery for additional information about this work:
art@cavaliergalleries.com or 203.869.3664

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Maritime Paintings Exhibit Open in Greenwich

Edward Moran (American, 1829–1901)
Sailing in the Moonlight
oil on canvas, 20 x 30 in.

Cavalier Galleries of Greenwich, CT is pleased to present an exhibition of Maritime Paintings which is on view now through June 7. This exhibit showcases exceptional examples of maritime works by contemporary and historic painters including George CurtisJames BardEdward MoranWilliam Stanley HaseltineMaarten PlatjeJohn StobartNicholas Berger, and John Terelak.

View the entire selection on our website: 

Maritime Paintings Exhibition
James Bard (American, 1815–1897)
Towboat William Tittamer
oil on canvas, 30 x 50 in.

Nicholas Berger (American, b. 1949)
Backing Down
oil on panel, 60 x 96 in.

William Stanley Haseltine (American, 1835–1900)
Foggy Day, Castle Rock, Nahant, Massachusetts 
oil on canvas, 12 1/2 x 22 in.

Maarten Platje (Dutch, b. 1967)
Last of the Great East India Fleet
oil on canvas, 27 9/16 x 39 3/8 in.

Charles Henry Gifford (American, 1839–1904)
Sailing off the Coast
oil on canvas, 13 x 18 in.

For additional information, please inquire at 203.869.3664 or art@cavaliergalleries.com 

Monday, May 9, 2016

America's Cup Returns to New York!

In August of 1851, the yacht America, representing the New York Yacht Club, triumphed over her British competitor in what would become the most revered trophy in international sport. The victors donated the trophy to the New York Yacht Club under a Deed of Gift, which stated that the trophy was to be “a perpetual challenge cup for friendly competition between nations.” And, thus was born the America’s Cup, named after the victorious 
schoonerAmerica. This weekend, for the first time in 96 years, the challenge returns to the waters of New York Harbor!
In celebration of the historic return of the America’s Cup Race to New York City, we pay tribute to the time-honored genre of maritime art.

George Curtis (American, 1826-1881)
Harbor View with Sailing Vessel Lizzie
Oil on canvas, 30 x 25 inches

Massachusetts artist, George Curtis, was a distinguished maritime painter of the19th Century. Inspired greatly by Fitz Henry Lane, his thoughtfully rendered paintings of ships also embrace the atmospheric feel of luminism. Here Curtis depicts a variety of vessels along the Massachusetts coast under the haze of the morning sun.

Maarten Platje (Dutch, b. 1967)
The Fleet of the New York Yacht Club leaving Newport in 1896
oil on canvas, 27 1/2 x 35 3/8 in.

Contemporary Dutch artist Maarten Platje expertly recreates scenes of historic harbors and yacht races, honoring the glorious ships of America’s maritime past. This piece depicts the Annual regatta of the New York Yacht Club off the coast of Newport, RI as Constellation and the Comanche pass by the Castle Hill Lighthouse in 1896. 

See more by Maarten Platje

Nicholas Berger (American, b. 1949)
Uncertain Wind, 2014
oil on board, 27 1/2  x 48 in.

Nicholas Berger has found great beauty in the active harbors of New York City, often commemorating the hardworking tugs, ferries, pilot boats, and locomotives that have kept the waterways running. Historically-accurate skylines and ships capture the splendor of mid-20th century New York and its maritime industry.

Louis Guarnaccia (American, b. 1958)
Sailing Nantucket, Opera House Cup, 2015    
oil on linen, 24 x 30 in.

Nantucket artist Louis Guarnaccia faithfully observes the annual classic yacht race, the Opera House Cup, creating several paintings of its races off the island’s coast. This celebrated event is depicted here with the classic yacht in the foreground preparing to head to the start, as the famous Rainbow Fleet rounds the coast off Brant Point Lighthouse in the distance.

Michael Kahn (American, b. 1960)
Cambria on the Solent, Ed. 4/50, 2001   
silver gelatin photograph, 19 x 19 in.

With his medium-format camera, Michael Kahn travels extensively to photograph the world’s finest classic boats and exquisite seascapes. His hand printed, silver gelatin photographs, have captured the magnificent glory of the sea, its coast, and the impressive vessels that grace these waters. Pictured here,Cambria, was the first (unsuccessful) UK challenger to the New York Yacht Club’s America’s Cup in 1870.  This image shows the ship in the 2001 America’s Cup Jubilee, in the 150 year anniversary race off the coast of Cowes.

See more by Michael Kahn