The Easel (by Park West Gallery)

Oct 17

Countdown to Halloween

halloween, anatole krasnyansky, park west gallery

TITLE: “Dancing Masks”

ARTIST: Anatole Krasnyansky

DATE: 1999

WHY WE CHOSE IT: Halloween is only two weeks away, so it’s definitely time to get into the “spirit” of the holiday! Is your costume ready? 

SOURCE: The Park West Gallery Collection

Fine art by Anatole Krasnyansky is available through Park West Gallery and its cruise art auctions at sea. Learn more at www.parkwest-krasnyansky.com.

Oct 08

Columbus Day

William Hogarth, Columbus Day, Park West Gallery

TITLE: “Columbus Breaking the Egg”

ARTIST: William Hogarth

DATE: 1752

WHY WE CHOSE IT: According to legend

Columbus was dining with many Spanish nobles when one of them said: ‘Sir Christopher, even if your lordship had not discovered the Indies, there would have been, here in Spain which is a country abundant with great men knowledgeable in cosmography and literature, one who would have started a similar adventure with the same result.’

Columbus did not respond to these words but asked for a whole egg to be brought to him. He placed it on the table and said: ‘My lords, I will lay a wager with any of you that you are unable to make this egg stand on its end like I will do without any kind of help or aid.’

They all tried without success and when the egg returned to Columbus, he tapped it gently on the table breaking it slightly and, with this, the egg stood on its end. All those present were confounded and understood what he meant: that once the feat has been done, anyone knows how to do it.

Happy Columbus Day!

SOURCE: National Portrait Gallery, London

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Oct 04

Happy Birthday, Millet

TITLE: “The Gleaners”

ARTIST: Jean-François Millet

DATE: 1857

WHY WE CHOSE IT: French painter Jean-François Millet (October 4, 1814 – January 20, 1875) was born on this day, 198 years ago. Millet is recognized as one of the founders of the Barbizon school, an art movement that embraced the splendors of nature and focused on depicting the native landscape.

"To tell the truth, the peasant subjects suit my temperament best; for I must confess, even if you think me a socialist, that the human side of art is what touches me most." —Jean-François Millet

SOURCE: Musée d’Orsay, Paris

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Oct 02

Happy Birthday, Charlie Brown

Charlie Brown, Peanuts, animation, Park West Gallery

TITLE: “Charlie Brown and Snoopy”

ARTIST: United Feature Syndicate, Inc.

DATE: 2004

WHY WE CHOSE IT: The very first “Peanuts” comic strip, written by Charles M. Schulz, appeared in nine newspapers on October 2, 1950. The comic was four panels long and showed Charlie Brown walking by two other young children, Shermy and Patty. Snoopy was also an early character, first appearing in the third strip, on October 4. “Peanuts” ran in more than 2,600 papers worldwide, for a total of 17,897 strips, before it finally concluded on February 13, 2000.

SOURCE: The Park West Gallery Collection

A wide variety of animation art is available through Park West Gallery and its cruise art auctions at sea. Learn more at www.parkwestgallery.com.

Oct 01

Yosemite National Park Established

Alexander Chen, Yosemite National Park, Park West Gallery

TITLE: “Yosemite Cowboys”

ARTIST: Alexander Chen

DATE: 2000

WHY WE CHOSE IT: Yosemite National Park was established on October 1, 1890 by an act of Congress. Yosemite is located within central California’s Sierra Nevada mountain range and is famous for its natural wonders like Half Dome and giant sequoia trees.

SOURCE: The Park West Gallery Collection

Fine art by Alexander Chen is available through Park West Gallery and its cruise art auctions at sea. Learn more at www.parkwestgallery.com.

Sep 21

Autumn Begins

autumn, erte, park west gallery

TITLE: “Autumn”

ARTIST: Erté

DATE: 1975

WHY WE CHOSE IT: Autumn 2012 officially begins tomorrow — Saturday, September 22. It’s the time of year when the leaves change into a beautiful spectrum of colors, everyone gets excited about visiting their local cider mills and kids begin planning out their Halloween costumes. What do you most enjoy about the upcoming season?

SOURCE: The Park West Gallery Collection

Fine art by Erté is available through Park West Gallery and its cruise art auctions at sea. Learn more at www.parkwestgallery.com.

Sep 17

L’Shanah Tovah (Happy New Year)!

Alexander/Wissotzky, Rosh Hashanah, Park West Gallery

TITLE: “Apples and Pears”

ARTIST: Alexander/Wissotzky

DATE: 2003

WHY WE CHOSE IT: Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, began on Sunday evening and continues until Tuesday at sundown. Traditionally, the holiday is celebrated by enjoying sweet treats, like apples dipped in honey, symbolic of a sweet year ahead. L’Shanah Tovah!

SOURCE: The Park West Gallery Collection

Fine art by Alexander/Wissotzky is available through Park West Gallery and its cruise art auctions at sea. Learn more at www.parkwestgallery.com.

Sep 13

Rare Renoir Painting Found at a Flea Market

Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Park West Gallery

TITLE: “Paysage Bords de Seine (Banks of the River Seine)”

ARTIST: Pierre-Auguste Renoir

DATE: 1879

WHY WE CHOSE IT: The art world is buzzing this week over an unlikely flea market find. According to reports:

A woman who paid $7 for a box of trinkets at a West Virginia flea market two years ago apparently acquired an original painting by French impressionist Pierre-Auguste Renoir without knowing it.

Painting No. 24349 turns out to be Renoir’s painting “Paysage Bords de Seine,” which translates to Banks of the River Seine. It dates to about 1879 and measures 6 inches by 10 inches.

The painting is set for auction Sept. 29. It could fetch $75,000 or more.

SOURCE: AP

Fine art by Pierre-Auguste Renoir is available through Park West Gallery and its cruise art auctions at sea. Learn more at www.parkwestgallery.com.

Sep 11

Remembering 9/11

9/11, Yaacov Agam, American flag, Park West Gallery

TITLE: “Blessing Rainbow USA (9/11)”

ARTIST: Yaacov Agam

DATE: 2002

WHY WE CHOSE IT: Our thoughts and prayers today are with everyone affected by the tragic events of September 11, 2001.

SOURCE: The Park West Gallery Collection

Sep 04

End of Summer

Yuval Wolfson, Park West Gallery, Summer

TITLE: “End of Summer”

ARTIST: Yuval Wolfson

DATE: 2006

WHY WE CHOSE IT: The official start of autumn isn’t until September 22, but now that Labor Day weekend is over and kids are heading back to school, summer seems to be quickly fading away. What’s your fondest memory from this summer?

SOURCE: The Park West Gallery Collection

Fine art by Yuval Wolfson is available through Park West Gallery and its cruise art auctions at sea. Learn more at www.parkwestgallery.com.