Jonathan Novak Contemporary Art
Modern & Contemporary Masters
Modern & Contemporary Masters
Fernando Botero, Marc Chagall, Richard Diebenkorn, Jim Dine, Jean Dubuffet, Sam Francis, David Hockney, Joan Miro, Wayne Thiebaud,
We are pleased to present this extraordinary collection of unique works on paper and iconic sculpture by some of the most recognized modern and contemporary masters spanning four decades from 1950s to 1980s
Jean Dubuffet, Paysage Chamanique Avec Un Personnage (D 372), 1980 China ink on paper with one piece of collage
Fernando Botero: (born 1932) one of Latin America’s best-known living artists, is internationally renowned for his figurative subjects which explore the exaggerated and inflated human form. Botero’s sculptures, canvases, and works on paper celebrate voluptuousness, playing with pre-conceived notions of sensuality, fertility, and power.
Marc Chagall: (1887-1985), is considered one of the great masters of the School of Paris; acclaimed as a forerunner of Surrealism and an early pioneer of Modernism. In a career spanning more than 70 years, Chagall worked in virtually every artistic medium: painting, drawing, set design, ceramics, tapestries, engraving, pottery, sculpture and stained glass. Chagall’s artistic oeuvre and expressive lyricism is emotionally charged, full of rich imagery, and is profoundly thematic.
Richard Diebenkorn: 1922–1993) was a twentieth-century American painter and printmaker and an important member of both the Abstract Expressionist movement—specifically in California in the 1950s—and The Bay Area Figurative movement. His approach was highly original, often incorporating the unique layering of colors he experienced throughout his travels. During the late '60s and early '70s, Diebenkorn struck an extraordinary balance between his Abstract Expressionist and figurative styles in an open-ended series of paintings based on aerial landscapes called "The Ocean Park Series" for which he received much acclaim.
Jim Dine: (born 1935) is a painter, printmaker, and sculptor often associated with the American Pop Art and Neo-Dada movements. Dine incorporates images of familiar objects including tools, rope, shoes, neckties, and other articles of clothing into his colorful works. Dine depicts everyday objects in his art, but he diverges from the coldness and impersonal nature of pop art by making works that fuse the personal with the universal.
Jean Dubuffet: (1901–1985) was one of the most important artists of the Post-War generation. His technique embraced what he referred to as “low-art” and demonstrated an instinctual—almost sub-conscious—approach to image making. Bold colors, emotive line-work, and an aggressive naïveté define his oeuvre and his contributions to the Art Brut movement. His distorted portraits contain an emotional immediacy, preferring the primordial archetype to an individualized subject. In addition to paintings, Dubuffet created drawings, graphics, sculptures, and assemblages of found objects.
Sam Francis: (1923–1994) was an American Abstract Expressionist whose paintings and prints have received international acclaim. Often associated with the second generation of Abstract Expressionists whose work emerged in the 1950s, Francis’ pioneering style helped to establish the movement on the West Coast as well as throughout the world. His vibrant canvases—often massive in scale—have also been claimed by the Color Field movement of the 1950s because of their richly saturated hues. Francis's dripping, organic forms can at times appear brooding and contemplative and his original motifs and evocations of vast space demonstrate his energetic curiosity and absolute mastery of color.
David Hockney: (born 1937) is one of the most influential British artists of the twentieth century. A painter, printmaker, photographer, and stage designer, Hockney has had a growing impact since his emergence from the British Pop Art movement of the 1960s. His work tests the boundaries of Modernism by shifting between abstraction and realism—often within a single piece. Hockney’s subject matter often draws on his extensive world travel and his sustained concern for his native northern England. Hockney’s complex body of work demonstrates his command of a wide range of media and styles.
Joan Miro: (1893-1983) was a Spanish painter, sculptor, and ceramicist. Miro is associated with the Surrealists, although he was not officially part of the group and developed his own distinctive style. He was notable for his interest in the unconscious or the subconscious mind, which is evident in his childlike representations and his choice of subject matter.
Wayne Thiebaud: (born 1920) is a painter, draughtsman, and printmaker known for his richly saturated still life paintings. His frequent depictions of delis and desserts are described with thick, velvety paint that radiates the full spectrum of light. While renowned for his images of plenty—especially cakes and pies—Thiebaud is also known for his unconventional landscapes, cityscapes and portraits. Thiebaud has proclaimed that he merges the perceptual with the conceptual in a process in which he often paints from memory; perhaps this approach is what gives his paintings the quality of materialized dreams.