JMW Turner* Snowstorm - Steamboat off a harbour's mouth (detail) 1840
Hilma af Klint* Altar piece 1907
Maurice De Vlaminck* Chatou 1905
Frantisek Kupka* Red and blue discs 1911
Henri Matisse* Zulma 1950
You are visiting a private collector's virtual Art venue, conceived to facilitate private-party transactions and avoid cumbersome and costly mediation.
Collecting the MODERN MOVEMENT - an eclectic journey across a revolutionary period
Our chosen period 1860-1960 followed closely upon the centenary of the first industrial revolution; that unique turning point in western civilisation that brought unprecedented change to our ways of being.
The period's early phase was no doubt one of excitement and hope. The revolutionary mood intensified and new ideas stirred unrest, overturned beliefs and uprooted patterns. But soon aspirations would spiral into confusion, and new mindsets and sober pragmatism would force tabula rasa onto a world already shattered by war.
Throughout those turbulent times the visual arts never stopped pushing boundaries. Early tentatives to depart from conventional imagery, from documentary and idealism, matured and morphed into unabashed artistic licence. A steady evolution towards the abstract and the conceptual seemed inevitable, albeit seldom linear...
From Turner's late avant-la-lettre impressionism to Fontana's spatialism, the leap was large and once beyond, the outcome certain. Lack of formal artistic training, denigration of classical aesthetics, inadequacy of contextualisation, banality of materials, haphazard execution... all contributed to an ultimate post-war art where the mantra became novelty for novelty's sake, and anything goes.
The final and most emancipated phase of the modern movement got energized by the heightened creative challenge coming from an universally shared medium, spatially limited and practically exhausted as to expressiveness and subject matter. In ultimately abandoning the flat, two-dimensional surface and the familiar rectangular framework, the critical rein loosened and modern painting vanished in the upheaval of the 1970's. Art's rising conceptualism brought not only a natural end to the modern era, but also to three centuries of easel painting.
The modern movement in painting is a closed chapter. While it lasted, it grew into a vast panoply of images, each bearing witness to the forces that transformed the world, obscured the past and shaped our present. Collecting the pictorial legacy of the period 1860-1960 is exploring a remarkable richness in personal take on that "rectangle"; that familiar form so fittingly seen as a "window to the soul", curiously and simultaneously allowing for both outward and inward vision.
Kazimir Malevich* Black Square (1915)
Lucio Fontana* Concetto spaziale (1964)
Claude Monet* Gare Saint-Lazare (detail) 1877
Max Beckmann* Self- portrait as a nurse 1915
Ernst Ludwig Kirchner* Red Nudes 1916
Paul Klee* Park bei Lu
Robert Motherwell* Elegy to the Spanish Republic
Know that I'm not an art dealer but simply - and since more than 30 years now - an inveterate and passionate art collector. All proposed items stem from reputable and trustworthy sources and were private or public acquisitions in an on-going and consistently pursued art collecting activity. They represent just a sampling of an extensive private collection that took root in-between the two wars and that is still actively added to today. Most of the art on sale here has been with me for years and the sole reason for selling these pieces today is to enable purchases of new and exciting items... as every collector knows, collecting is also refining, and thus inevitably parting with...
This venue takes advantage of the facilities of interaction that the digital age has brought us. It's stimulated by the buoyant idea of networking.
While we were somewhat forced in the past to use the intermediary of "the art professionals”, these middlemen whose own subtle art is to make money on our obsessions, it seems today more and more evident to encourage and develop direct contact between collectors.
Art can't be money and money can't be Art, irrespective of what some contemporary artists want us to believe. For any true collector, investment potential simply isn't the primus motor for action and money issues will always be secondary to the Art itself.
So let’s concentrate on Art here, that true cornerstone of humanity, and on all what Art brings us. Let us share Art, trade Art, discuss Art and let us be blissful...
The Artdealer by Amadeo M.*