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Primitive Bronze Horse India

'Tribal Coast', Expressionist Woman artist, Museum of Modern Art, Guggenheim
By Ynez Johnston
Located in Santa Cruz, CA
Margaret Peterson. Her work is characterized by "jigsaw" shapes reminiscent of primitive, tribal designs
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1960s Modern Abstract Prints

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Paper, Engraving

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By Ynez Johnston
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Johnston, Ynez (American, 1920-2019). DYNASTIC SCENE. Colored etching, not dated. Edition of 50, numbered, titled, and signed in pencil. 11 3/4 x 8 5/8 inches (Plate), 16 1/2 x 12 3/...
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Large Italian Glazed Terracotta Leopard Cheetah Statue, 1960s Hollywood Regency
Located in Antwerp, BE
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Antique Tibetan Copper Brass Bronze, Gem-inlaid Water Vessel
Located in Louisville, KY
Copper vessels such as this have been made for literally centuries by Tibetan monks and other cultural sectors. The craftsmanship is wonderfully primitive with hammered copper, brass...
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Antique 19th Century Tibetan Tibetan Urns

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Pair of Antique Kashmiri Vases
Located in Palm Beach, FL
Lofty pair of antique vases with hand painted panels alternating floral and mystical deities in stages of enlightenment. Crafted with papier mâché and lacquer in ancient traditional ...
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Antique 19th Century Indian Anglo-Indian Vases

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  • Pair of Antique Kashmiri Vases
  • Pair of Antique Kashmiri Vases
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The Coldest Stone (Lembark, 15), S/N, from the estate of Wolf Kahn & Emily Mason
By Sam Francis
Located in New York, NY
Sam Francis The Coldest Stone (Lembark, 15), 1960 Lithograph on BFK Rives wove paper with deckled edges 25 × 36 inches Signed and numbered 8/65 by Sam Francis on the front in graphit...
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1960s Abstract Expressionist Abstract Prints

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Antique Asian Bronze Large Camel Toy on Wheels 19th C
Located in North Hollywood, CA
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By Rajhastani
Located in North Hollywood, CA
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Large Vintage Ceramic Sci-Fi Inspired Cat Head Sculpture, 1970s
Located in Bristol, GB
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Terracotta Happy Man Sculpture
By Walter Bastianetto
Located in Delray Beach, FL
Large Pre Columbian style clay, terracotta sculpture Limited Edition 6/30, signed. Walter Bastianetto, was born in Venice Italy. He graduate of the Ca' Foscari University of Arch...
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1980s Modern Figurative Sculptures

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Cuban Artist Pastel Drawing African American Emilio Cruz Bonnie & Clyde Painting
Located in Surfside, FL
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Pablo Picasso Signed Madoura Ceramic Tile Plaque 'Tête Polychrome' Ramié 455
By Pablo Picasso
Located in Studio City, CA
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Vintage 1960s French Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Terrestrial Table Globe by Félix Delamarche, Paris, 1821
By Félix Delamarche
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Terrestrial table globe Félix Delamarche Paris, 1821 It measures 20.47 in height, Ø max 14.17 in; the sphere Ø 9.44 in (h 52 cm x Ø max 36.5 cm; the sphere Ø 24 cm) Wood, printed...
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Antique 1820s French Restauration Scientific Instruments

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UNTITLED
By Ynez Johnston
Located in Portland, ME
Johnston, Ynez (American, 1920-2019). UNTITLED. Color woodcut, not dated. Edition size, if any, not known. Inscriibed "Trial Proof" in the left margin, and signed in pencil in the lo...
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Mid-20th Century Abstract Prints

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THE COSMIC MOUNTAIN
By Ynez Johnston
Located in Portland, ME
Johnston, Ynez. THE COSMIC MOUNTAIN. Etching in colors printed from two plates, 1981. Edition of 100, numbered 64/100, titled, signed, and dated, all in pencil. 18 x 11 3/4 inches (o...
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1980s Abstract Abstract Prints

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UNTITLED
By Ynez Johnston
Located in Portland, ME
Johnston, Ynez. UNTITLED. Etching, not dated (but likely 1950s). Edition of 20, signed in pencil and numbered 4/20. 6 7/8 x 9 inches (plate), 8 x 10 5/8 inches (sheet). In excellent ...
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Intersecting Magic Square
By Charmion von Wiegand
Located in New York, NY
Charmion von Wiegand Intersecting Magic Square, ca. 1963 Gouache on paperboard Signed and titled on the back of the artwork. The signature shown on the frame back is a photo of the a...
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Frances Ynez Johnston (May 12, 1920 – 2019) was an American painter, sculptor, printmaker and educator. Her artwork is modernist and abstract with a narrative of imaginative lands or creatures, and often featuring collage. Johnston was born on May 12, 1920, in Berkeley, California. She attended University of California, Berkeley to study with Worth Ryder and received her bachelor of fine arts in 1941. She traveled to Mexico in the early 1940s to continue her studies, returning to Berkeley in 1943, earning her Masters of Fine Arts in 1946. In 1960 she married novelist and poet John Berry. In the years following she produced prints through the Tamarind Lithography Workshop. Johnston started teaching art classes at various universities and colleges in 1950 and ended teaching in 1980.[8] She began at University of California, Berkeley (1950–1951) and then continued her teaching career at Colorado Springs Fine Art Center (1954–1955), Chouinard Art Institute (1956), California State College (1966–1967, 1969, 1973), the University of Jerusalem (1967), and Otis Art Institute of Parsons School of Design (1978–1980). Her work is featured in various permanent collections including the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), the Spencer Museum of Art, the National Gallery of Art, Fullerton College, the McNay Art Museum, the University of Michigan Museum of Art, the Indianapolis Museum of Art, and others. Johnston was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1952 for fine art, which allowed her travel to Italy. In 1955–1956 she was awarded the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation grant for painting and printmaking, and was awarded the National Endowment for the Art (NEA) grant in 1976 and 1986. In addition to her intricate prints and paintings, Johnston also created three dimensional pieces in collaboration with her husband and with ceramic sculptor Adam Mekler. Her watercolors, oils and etchings of the 1950s and 1960s were rich with complex imagery, and displayed a disciplined, restrained use of color. In later mixed-media pieces, she examined the tactile qualities of surface. Her paintings incorporated soil, acrylic, dyes, encaustic on cloth, canvas, and raw silk. Composite forms suggest ambiguous architectural, human, animal and plant shapes. Johnston cited Persian and Indian miniatures as influences but also drew inspiration from European abstract artists Matisse, Miro, Klee and Picasso. Ynez Johnston died in 2019 in Los Angeles, California.

A Close Look at modern Art

The first decades of the 20th century were a period of artistic upheaval, with modern art movements including Cubism, Surrealism, Futurism and Dadaism questioning centuries of traditional views of what art should be. Using abstraction, experimental forms and interdisciplinary techniques, painters, sculptors, photographers, printmakers and performance artists all pushed the boundaries of creative expression.

Major exhibitions, like the 1913 Armory Show in New York City — also known as the “International Exhibition of Modern Art,” in which works like the radically angular Nude Descending a Staircase by Marcel Duchamp caused a sensation — challenged the perspective of viewers and critics and heralded the arrival of modern art in the United States. But the movement’s revolutionary spirit took shape in the 19th century.

The Industrial Revolution, which ushered in new technology and cultural conditions across the world, transformed art from something mostly commissioned by the wealthy or the church to work that responded to personal experiences. The Impressionist style emerged in 1860s France with artists like Claude Monet, Paul Cézanne and Edgar Degas quickly painting works that captured moments of light and urban life. Around the same time in England, the Pre-Raphaelites, like Edward Burne-Jones and Dante Gabriel Rossetti, borrowed from late medieval and early Renaissance art to imbue their art with symbolism and modern ideas of beauty.

Emerging from this disruption of the artistic status quo, modern art went further in rejecting conventions and embracing innovation. The bold legacy of leading modern artists Georges Braque, Pablo Picasso, Frida Kahlo, Salvador Dalí, Henri Matisse, Joan Miró, Marc Chagall, Piet Mondrian and many others continues to inform visual culture today.

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Unlike figurative paintings and other figurative art, which focuses on realism and representational perspectives, abstract art concentrates on visual interpretation. An artist may use a single color or simple geometric forms to create a world of depth. Printmaking has a rich history of abstraction. Through materials like stone, metal, wood and wax, an image can be transferred from one surface to another.

During the 19th century, iconic artists, including Edvard Munch, Paul Cézanne, Georgiana Houghton and others, began exploring works based on shapes and colors. This was a departure from the academic conventions of European painting and would influence the rise of 20th-century abstraction and its pioneers, like Pablo Picasso and Piet Mondrian.

Some leaders of European abstraction, including Franz Kline, were influenced by the gestural shapes of East Asian calligraphy. Calligraphy interprets poetry, songs, symbols or other means of storytelling into art, from works on paper in Japan to elements of Islamic architecture.

Bold, daring and expressive, abstract art is constantly evolving and dazzling viewers. And entire genres have blossomed from it, such as Color Field painting and Minimalism.

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