Hernando Gonzalo Villa, (American 1881-1952)
Ol on canvas,
25″ x 18″
Hernando Gonzalo Villa (born 1881, died 1952) was a prominent commercial artist and muralist whose work primarily depicted Native Americans, Mexican vaqueros, California missions, Spanish colonialists, and coastal views.
Villa was born in Los Angeles to Esiquia and Miguel de Villa. His parents came to Los Angeles as children from Baja California in 1846 when the area was still part of Mexico. He graduated from the Los Angeles School of Art and Design in 1905. Villa established himself as a commercial artist, illustrating magazines as well as a variety of artwork ranging from sheet music covers to newspaper advertisements, and a poster for the 1933 World’s Fair in Chicago.
Villa also executed easel paintings throughout his career which he showed primarily in California. He was also a celebrated muralist who created murals for Tally’s New Broadway Theater in Los Angeles in 1916, the New Rialto Theater in Phoenix in 1921, and Citizen Bank in Los Angeles in 1926. Villa won a gold medal for a mural exhibited at the Panama-Pacific International Exhibition in 1915. More on Hernando Gonzalo Villa
The Siam in choppy Sea, c. 1936
Oil on canvas
70,5 x 100 cm
The Siam, a fairly speedy ship of 745 tons, made four consecutive voyages to Auckland from 1865 till 1868, in command of Captain William Ashby. She was a favourite ship with passengers, and the whole of her berthing accommodation was taken up both on the outward and homeward passages.
The ship was unfortunate in striking severe gales on all the outward passages. More on THE SIAM
Johannes Holst, (October 22, 1880 in Hamburg-Altenwerder – July 5, 1965 in Hamburg). Influenced by the profession of his father, he was a skipper, and by the closeness to Elbe and sea, Johannes became interested in shipping at an early age.
He completed an apprenticeship as an ornamental painter at the studio of Julius and Hinrich Lüdders.
At first he painted fishing boats, his later works were of sailing ships and steamers on the high seas. Stormy weather at sea are characteristical for his paintings. Holst created works of very high quality in a realistic manner of painting. The ships painted by him show every detail. The water is also depicted very realistically.
Holst was a very active artist and was tasked by many shipowners to paint portraits of their ships because of his high quality works. Portraits of sailing ships, for the shipping company F. Laeisz in Hamburg et al., form the main part of his complete works that consists of about 1000 paintings. The paintings of Holst are especially valued in northern Germany. More on Johannes Holst
The Pourquois-Pas? in Greenland
Oil on canvas
50,5 x 65 cm
The Pourquoi Pas ? IV was the fourth ship built for Jean-Baptiste Charcot. She completed the second Charcot expedition of the Antarctic regions from 1908 to 1910. Charcot died aboard when she was wrecked on 16 September 1936, off the coast of Iceland. Of the forty men on board, only one survived.
In September 1936, returning from the mission to Greenland, and after carrying out a survey mission, the Pourquoi-Pas ? IV stopped at Reykjavík to re-provision on 13 September. They set out for Saint-Malo two days later, on 15 September, but on 16 September the ship was caught in a violent cyclonic storm and lost on the reefs of Álftanes at Mýrar. More on The Pourquoi Pas ?
Roger Chapelet (25 September 1903 – 30 June 1995) was a French maritime painter, born in Versailles, France. He discovered his maritime passion boarding the Rollo in 1927, where his brother was a radio operator in the port of Marseilles. This was the beginning of his painting career at sea. He would then make a series of paintings in various ports: Le Havre, Antwerp, and Rotterdam. He sailed for the first time in 1929 to explore new horizons, and he boarded sailing boats to paint the fishermen on the banks of Newfoundland and Greenland. In the 1930s, he became the painter of the main French naval armaments, and in 1936, he was named Peintre de la Marine and became a member of the Naval Academy. During World War II, Chapelet served on the transatlantic convoys between 1939 and 1940. From 1942 to 1945, he served as commissioner of the navy in the Mediterranean, and in 1946, in Indochina. Meanwhile,he continued to paint different military operations and naval battles. He returned to civilian life after the war, and he became the painter of several ship companies: Mixed Company, Paquet, Compagnie Générale Transatlantique, National Navigation Company, etc. Chapelet died in Montpon-Ménestérol, France on 30 June 1995.
Mary Blood Mellen, 1819 – 1886
Ship Leaving Harbor by Moonlight (Castine Harbor)
Oil on canvas
16 1/8 x 22 inches
Castine is a town in Hancock County in eastern Maine, USA, which served from 1670 to 1674 as the capital of Acadia. Castine is the home of Maine Maritime Academy, a four-year institution that graduates officers and engineers for the United States Merchant Marine and marine related industries.
Mary Blood Mellen, 1819 – 1886 is most known as a collaborative artist and friend to American Luminist master Fitz Henry Lane. Her known works are mostly of the greater Gloucester, Massachusetts region, although she studied art early in Sterling, Mass. Married at 21 to Rev. Charles Mellen in 1840, Mellen would visit family living in Gloucester and is known to have worked there alongside Lane, both in emulating his style and directly collaborating on at least one painting, a Maine coastal view which is signed by both, in the permanent collection of the Cape Ann Museum.
For years thought of principally as Lane’s student, it has been suggested that there was more of a professional equilibrium between the two artists, as their paintings as early as 1860 show strong similarities, and that Lane traveled with Mellen to paint a scene of her family’s home in Sterling. More works have been discovered, some unsigned, and attributed to both Mellen and/or Lane. While she followed his original luminist style, she was to become a marine master in her own right, painting on through the and one of very few women to paint 19th Century marine works. More on Mary Blood Mellen
WILLIAM SADLER II (C.1782-1839)
The Mouth of the Liffey with the Poolbeg Lighthouse and Shipping
Oil on panel
34.5 x 54.5cm
The present work is an atmospheric panorama ranging from the north of Dublin city on the right with it’s church spires over to south county Dublin on the extreme left, with views of Killiney and Dalkey and the Sugarloaf Mountain beyond. The main concentration however is on the myriad of ships that are heading into or exiting Dublin port. Sadler conveys the busyness of the channel leading into the city and the River Liffey, with an anchored coastal trader in the foreground and nearby a British naval frigate heading into port. Numerous other large sailing ships are evident further into the port area.
The architectural landmarks are accurate, as you’d expect with the artist, whose skill in describing the topography of the city is well regarded. The Poolbeg Lighthouse is prominent, standing as it does at the end of the four kilometer long Great South Wall. Also visible is the Pigeon House Fort, built around the time of the 1798 Rebellion and which housed an armory, magazine, stores, a hospital and quarters for officers and men. A little further in several domes are visible, perhaps amongst them, the Custom??s House on the Liffey quays. More on this painting
William Sadler II (c.1782 – 1839) was an Irish painter, the son of the portrait painter and engraver William Sadler. Two of his sons became painters, the eldest being William Sadler III. Sadler, who grew up in Dublin, exhibited his paintings between 1809 and 1821 in the city. In 1828 and 1833 he exhibited at the Royal Hibernian Academy. Sadler also taught painting and one of his pupils was James Arthur O’Connor.
Sadler lived at a number of different addresses before settling in Manders’ Building, Ranelagh, where he died in December 1839.
Mihály Zichy, (1827-1906)
Lifeboat, c. 1847
Oil on canvas
Height: 135 cm (53.1 in). Width: 190 cm (74.8 in).
Hungarian National Gallery
Mihály Zichy (October 15, 1827 in Zala, Hungary – February 28, 1906 in St. Petersburg, Russia) was a Hungarian painter and graphic artist.
Zichy was a significant representative of Hungarian romantic painting. During his law studies in Pest from 1842, he attended Jakab Marastoni’s school as well. In Vienna he was Waldmüller’s pupil in 1844. “Lifeboat”, his first major work, comes from this time. On Waldmüller’s recommendation, he became an art teacher in St. Petersburg. He swore allegiance to freedom by painting the portrait of Lajos Batthyány, the first Hungarian prime minister, in 1849. From 1850 onwards, he worked as a retoucher, but he also did pencil drawings, water colours and portraits in oil. His erotic drawings have a particular warm intensity in which both members of the couple seem equal partners. He settled down in Paris in 1874.
In 1881 he was in Tbilisi, Georgia, where he started working on illustrations for “The Knight in the Panther’s Skin” at the request of the Georgian intelligencia. He painted 35 pictures in total. The publishing commission of the work of “The Knight in the Panther’s Skin” chose 27 pictures to be included in the publication. The painter refused to take payment for the works, so impressed was he by the poem itself. Instead, he gifted the works to the Georgian people. More on Mihály Zichy
William Skilling, after Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida, British/American (18?? – 1964)
Afternoon on the Beach (Beach at Zarauz), c. circa 1955
Oil on Canvas
48 x 60 in. (121.92 x 152.4 cm)
Zarautz is a coastal town located in central Gipuzkoa, in Spain. It is bordered by Aia to the east and the south and Getaria to the west. It’s located about 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) west of San Sebastián. As of 2014, Zarautz has a population of 22,890, which usually swells to about 60,000 in the summer.
The Palace of Narros, located adjacent to Zarautz’s 2.8 km long beach, is where Queen Isabella II and Fabiola of Belgium once spent their summer holidays. The beach is known for being the longest in the Basque Country and one of longest of the Cantabrian cornice. More on Zarautz
William Skilling, British/American (18?? – 1964) was a California artist known for portrait and landscape painting, he served in World War I and then settled in San Francisco where he died on April 8, 1964. He also did copies of work by artists including Edward Hicks, Parson Fisher and Giuseppe Arcimboldo. More on William Skilling
Lena Luckey, Prague, Czech Republic
By Land and Sea
Mixed Media on Canvas
30″ x 48″
Lena Luckey, born in Prague, Czech Republic, traveled throughout Europe, Northern Africa and Indonesia where she was exposed at an early age to diverse cultures. Lena’s travels were not always pleasant – much of her traveling was done during an extremely tumultuous period of her life – and it was only ten years ago that Lena finally found the balance in her life and her ability to express her deepest emotions through her artistic process (Lena is self-taught). Her life experiences are reflected in the diversity of subjects, styles, textures and colors in her artwork. More on Lena Luckey
Howard Chesner Behrens, (August 20, 1933 – April 14, 2014)
Oil on canvas
41.5 x 47.5 in. (105.4 x 120.6 cm.)
Howard Chesner Behrens (August 20, 1933 – April 14, 2014) was American popular artist whose original works of art are sold in fine art galleries, at auction on cruise ships, and at Costco. Behrens’ limited and open editions are sold internationally. Behrens was also one of the top-selling artists on Princess Cruises.
Behrens was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1933. He grew up near Washington, DC. He began drawing at age seventeen after being confined to bed following a sledding accident. His formal education in art was at the University of Maryland, College Park, where he earned a master’s degree in painting and sculpture. Behrens was hired by the United States Government Printing Office, where his father was employed as a printer, and worked there for the next seventeen years. Behrens resided in Potomac, Maryland and died on April 14, 2014 after a long battle with Parkinson’s Disease. More on Howard Chesner Behrens
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