Italian 1500 years: Expulsion from Paradise

Possibly Paolo Fiammingo or his workshop in Venice.

The main motive is the dramatic expulsion of Adam and Eve. In the the background the earlier events are depicted in a sort of comic book fashion.

Satan is shown with a fury head with small horns and a beak, the torso of a man, and a snake's tail winding around the tree.

Man in trouble.

John Constable (?) 1776-1837

Self portrait with the brother Abram Constable

According to the small tag on the frame, this is a self- portrait by John Constable with Adam Constable. However, there can be little doubt, that the person to the left is the younger brother Abram Constable. The year must be around 1796-1798, when John was in the beginning of his 20's and Abram was a teenager.

It is doubtful, if the painter is actually John Constable, since the picture may have been painted at any time during the last 200 years. It isn't signed and its provenance is not known before it was aquired from a seller in England a few years ago. It could have been painted at some later point of time in the 1800 years, when pictures and busts of cultural personalities were often part of the household decoration.

Under any circumstance it is a wonderful portrait of a young energetic artist with his palette and brushes, and the easel in the background. It contains some of the same dynamic expression as some of Constable's later portraits such as the one of his spouse  Mary Bicknell.

John's later portrait of the brother to the right

John's well known drawn selfportraits at the age of around 30 in the Tate and National Portrait Gallery

Phantasy-presentation of John being 20 by Thomas Maguire 50 years later

                                       Marc Chagall (1887-1985)


Marc and Bella

Quotes by Chagall:

"Great art picks up, where nature ends."

" The colours are the friends of their neighbours and the lovers of their opposits."

"In our life there is one colour, like on an artist's pallette, that provides meaning to art and life. That is the colour of love."

The picture is a litographic poster from Mourier for the 1969 Reims exhibition. It has been folded in the frame and displays a hand signature by Chagall with a dedication for Carl Roux. Traded via auction in Germany 2009.

Emil Nolde (1867-1956)

Anne Marie Carl-Nielsen

After the bath

Probably painted 1940-1956.

The watercolour is signed in Nolde's usual way, and it has a good provenance,

since it is documented, that it was aquired by a gallery in (pre-revolutionary)

Habana in 1956.

It has been traded by Omnia Auctions in Florida, USA.

The painting is signed and has been sold through Bruun-Rasmussen's auctions.

Anne Marie Carl-Nielsen (1863-1945) is most of all known for her sculpture work. From childhood she modeled the farm animals in clay.

Her paintings are extremely rare. The bathing women may be inspired by her own sea bathing with her two daughters, known from a contemporary photo. You could easily call her a nordic Picasso and wish, that she had spent much more time behind the easel.

With her husbond the composer Carl Nielsen, often described as a phenomenal power pair of Danish art.

They were together all their adult life, however also apart for some periods of time, because of their travels - and his unfaithfulness.

Her largest official task was the statue of Christian VIII (reigned 1863-1906, father of queen Alexandra of Britain and empress Maria of Russia), placed in the inner yard of Christiansborg.

However, queen  Dagmar in Roskilde og the memorial of Carl as a naked piper boy on a wild horse are more modern in their expression.

Émile Henri Bernard:

Portrait of the son Antoine

Émile Bernard (1868-1941) is especially remembered today, because as a young man, he was a close friend of Vincent van Gogh and Paul Gauguin. He was one the few persons to support and help van Gogh during the Paris years, 1886-1888. From Arles Van Gogh wrote a number of letters to Bernard, now in the van Gogh-museum in Amsterdam, which has made them accessible on the net.

Bernard himself was a very productive artist, writer and art theorist, more or less inventor of the concepts of Cloisonism (the colour divided by black lines) and Synthetism, which emphazises the trinity of artist, motive, and media - a very modern perception. This is also reflected in the actual painting, which seems to us to express both the feelings of the father and the son in a strict, almost cubistic composition of a red triangle in a dark square.

Over the years he moved towards a more traditional figurative style, as can be seen from this portrait of the son Antoine, born 1900. It is no coincidence, that Antoine is painted in his choir boy attire, since Bernard unlikemany of the modernists kept a close relation to the catholic church.

The Portrait is from around 1912. It wears a beuatiful signaure and has been traded through Auktionsverket, Stockholm.

Bernard                                                          Antoine with his mother

                                                                         Hanenah Saati around 1904 

Swans in Moon Light

E.C. 1923

Two photos exist of Bernard og van Gogh from the Paris-years. It is however disputed, whether no. 3 from the left is realle van Gogh.

No.s 2 and 6 from the left are Bernard og Gauguin.

Madonna with the child

Italy, around 1875

The painter is not know.

It is a toucingly simple depiction of the well known motive.

It reminds the spectator of the franciscan concept of beatification from below. - That is to say through a life modest and quiet, humanitarian and to god devoted.

The painting is done on wood. In a modern context, it may be more charming without the frame. However, the frame of stucco and with a glass front, in need of restauration follows the painting.

The painting is done on a simple piece of wood

and comes with a small well kept contemporary


Transport Fleet in Svendborg Sound 1848

The origin  of the picture is not known. It is painted on a solid wooden board, and the text is in English: Transport Fleet in Svendborg Sound 1848. It has some holes on the surface looking like buckshot! - Could it be a panel from an inn or a ship's pantry, perhaps one of more depictions of contemporary navel expeditions?

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