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    LONG LOST HOAX SELF-PORTRAIT RE-SURFACES

    Sunday, July 8th, 2018

    The story behind this long lost Canova painting from London Art Week goes back to Rome in 1792.  Prince Abbondio Rezzonico, a patron of Canova, presented a self portrait by Giorgione, the 16th century Venetian painter, to a group of assembled artists then in Rome including Angelica Kauffman, Gavin Hamilton, Antonio Cavallucci, Giovanni Volpato and others.  All agreed it was an authentic self portrait.

    One year later Canova revealed that he was in fact the painter of the self portrait of Giorgione. The portrait was on a 16th century panel of the Holy Family.  Canova, best known now as a sculptor, was also a skilled painter but he seemed to regard painting as a hobby and rarely sold any of his works.  The story of the fake was known, but the painting was long thought to have been lost.  It was discovered during a valuation in Rome in 2016 and is now on the market in London for one million pounds.

    AN IRISH SELF PORTRAIT AT LONDON ART WEEK

    Saturday, June 30th, 2018
    THIS oil self portrait by the Irish artist Peter J. Keelan is among the highlights at London Art Week which runs at various galleries around Mayfair and St, James’ in central London until July 6.
    Redolent of the more Bohemian artists of the late Victorian and Edwardian periods the portrait is offered by Bagshawe Fine Art of Bury St.  Keelan spent time in Paris and Pont-Aven at the end of the 19th century.  He exhibited at the Royal Hibernian Academy and around 1890 he sent work to the RHA from an address at Pont-Aven.  This was a time when Gauguin, Roderic O’Conor and Walter Osborne were all in residence at Pont-Aven.
    The style of this 18″ x 15″ portrait is naturalistic with broad brush strokes and a stance that is close the viewer.  This work shows that he was plainly an artist of ability.  He remains for now a shadowy figure about whom information is hard to come by.  Bagshawe Fine Art remain confident that they will be able to make a fuller appraisal when more of his work surfaces.

    RARE WORK BY IRISH ARTIST CHARLES COLLINS AT LONDON ART WEEK

    Friday, July 3rd, 2015
    CHARLES COLLINS  1680 - 1744 A Peacock, a Gamecock, Three Tufted Hens with Chicks and other Birds, including a Bullfinch, in a Landscape

    CHARLES COLLINS
    1680 – 1744
    A Peacock, a Gamecock, Three Tufted Hens with Chicks and other Birds, including a Bullfinch, in a Landscape

    A rare and impressive picture of a peacock and chickens by the Irish artist Charles Collins (1680-1744) is a feature of London Art Week from July 3-10.  London Art Week is the most important gallery-based celebration of traditional art, highlighting the unrivalled quality, riches and expertise available within the galleries of Mayfair and St. James’s. Bringing together over 40 leading art galleries and three auction houses, the event includes dedicated exhibitions and presents a wealth of paintings, drawings, sculpture, and works of art from antiquity to the 20th century.  A Grand Menagerie: Animals Depicted by Master Painters and Sculptors at neighbouring Duke St. galleries Rafael Valls and Tomasso Brothers depicts The Painter’s Menagerie and The Sculptor’s Menagerie.  From an exotic rhinoceros carved in coloured marble to an early study of a mouse by Jan Brueghel the Younger, the featured animals hail from all corners of the globe, and encompass the variety of wild and domestic creatures that have captured the imagination of artists for millennia. The Collins work is part of these exhibitions.

    Johnny van Haeften and Lowell Libson, Senior Committee members of London Art Week said: “’London Art Week’ is a key moment of the year which celebrates the resounding importance of the art gallery. It also highlights the position of Mayfair and St. James’s as the global centre of the traditional art market, and the leading destination for expertise. We look forward to welcoming collectors, curators and enthusiasts to this year’s event which will offer the strongest and most diverse selection of art to date.”