Bellus Featured on Award-Winning Design Blog


Ashby and I are thrilled that Jennifer Sergent of DC by Design blog featured Bellus Fine Art. She writes about Bellus in terms of our accessibility, expertise and quality offering.

Read the blog piece here.

Three Once-in-a-Lifetime Summer Shows in DC


Richard Diebenkorn: The Ocean Park Series at the Corcoran Gallery of Art from June 30 through September 23. The only east coast venue, this exhibition brings together 80 works from the artist’s most celebrated period. (Image: A view of “Richard Diebenkorn: The Ocean Park Series,” at the Orange County Museum of Art. Photo: Colin Young-Wolff)


George Bellows at the National Gallery of Art from June 10 through October 8. The first major retrospective of this quintessential modern artist in three decades. Art, politics, and urban grit combine to make quite a compelling show. (Image: George Bellows, Both Members of This Club, 1909, oil on canvas, National Gallery of Art, Washington, Chester Dale Collection)


Jasper Johns: Variations on a Theme at the Phillips Collection from June 2 through September 9. Experience the American modernist’s innovative approach to printmaking 1960-2011. (Image: Jasper Johns, Savarin, 1977. John and Maxine Belger Foundation © Jasper Johns and ULAE / Licensed by VAGA, New York)

Book — An Object of Beauty by Steve Martin

Steve Martin (actor, comedian, writer AND art collector) wrote a page turner about a young woman’s ascent in the art world, An Object of Beauty (Grand Central Publishing, 2010). Set in New York in the 1990s, the reader follows the woman’s escapades from lowly Sotheby’s mailroom girl to high stakes art dealing. Martin peppers the plot with real events and people like the infamous and flamboyant art dealer who is nearly convicted of murder and other luminaries of the 1990s art world.

This book is humorous, irreverent and revealing. You do not need to be an art world insider to enjoy it, but if you are you’ll like it all the more. Read more…

Opening Today: The Steins Collect: Matisse, Picasso, and the Parisian Avant-Garde

Opening today at The Met, is a landmark exhibition tracing the collecting habits of Gertrude Stein and her brothers. In early 20th-century Paris, they were among the first to recognize the talents of Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse. Gertrude in particular, was thought of as the epicenter of the arts of her day. She held regular Salons at her home in Paris in which artists shared their work with peers and received her criticism. She was a king maker for artists you know today — Cezanne, Degas, Manet, Renoir, and many others.

This exhibition is a unique opportunity to see the Steins’ unparalleled holdings of modern art, bringing together, for the first time in a generation, dozens of works by Matisse, Picasso, Paul Cézanne, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, and many others.

The Steins Collect: Matisse, Picasso, and the Parisian Avant-Garde
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
February 28 – June 3, 2012


Real of Fake?

Can you tell if this work is by Jackson Pollock? It sold for $17 million so one would assume everyone on both sides of the sale did their homework. However, according to paint analysis (pigments used in this work were not invented until years after it was allegedly painted) it’s a fake.

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Matisse using bold colors and a compromised picture plane.

Henri Matisse (1869-1954) was a French painter, sculptor, and printmaker and one of the most influential modernists of the 20th century. He is known for his still lifes and nudes. Here I’ve featured some of his still lifes to compare with one done by an artist in our inventory, Harold Cohn (American 1908-1982). Click here to view the work: Harold Cohn.

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