Ambroise Vollard was born in 1867 in the French colony of Réunion, an island in the Indian Ocean. At age 19 he was sent to study law in Montpellier, France, and from there moved on to Paris at age 21.
Amélie Matisse, born Amélie Parayre, grew up in Beauzelle and Paris the daughter of Armand and Catherine Parayre. Not much is known about her young life, except that her parents were part of a political, free, and forward thinking circle.
Dora Maar was born Henriette Theodora Markovitch in Paris on November 22, 1907. She was the daughter of a Croatian architect, Joseph Markovitch, and a French woman named Julie Voisin.
The Litho Shop and The Lapis Press were established by artist Sam Francis later in his career. The Litho Shop was established by Francis in 1970. Incorporated in 1974, the Santa Monica print shop became a haven for experimentation for Francis and other artists.
Jacques Villon was part of the group that founded the Salon d’Automne, along with Renoir and Rouault. This exhibition was established as a counterpoint to the more traditional Salon, and was held in the fall.
Georges and Suzanne Ramié are best known as founders of the Madoura Pottery studio in Vallauris, and the magnificent collaborations that they undertook with Pablo Picasso creating the wonderful and extensive oeuvre of Picasso ceramics.
In 1979, Andy Warhol created a series of prints which showcased repeated imagery of grapes. Unknown to many, each of the prints also shows a different grape variety, although they are uniformly referred to as “Grapes”.
Paul Rosenberg was born in Paris in 1881 to Jewish merchant turned antiques dealer Alexandre Rosenberg. Alexandre had emigrated from Bratislava to Paris and established an antiques gallery. Alexandre moved into fine art, beginning to collect Monet, Cézanne, Manet, and Renoir.
Andy Warhol was undoubtedly intrigued by Goethe’s gaze as well. In each screenprint, Warhol removes the landscape background and instead focuses on Goethe’s portrait profile. Seen at a glance, Warhol’s imagery of Goethe even appears like a sculpture bust.
The three-piece series depicts the silver screen actress in some of her most famous roles as well as a glamorous headshot profile, re-imagined with glowing hues and graphic color blocks.
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