Mary Manion

About Mary Manion

Mary Manion is associate director of Landmarks Gallery and Restoration Studio in Milwaukee, Wis. A columnist for Antique Trader since 2006, Manion is a member of the New England Appraisers Association.

Today’s artists are still being inspired by Hugo Brehme photography

Taxco, Oro print Hugo Brehme photography

Mexican artists may have been introduced to modernity through photography, and one of the foremost Mexican photographers of the early 20th century, Hugo Brehme (1882-1954), has been cited as an influence on the country’s best known artist from the period, Diego Rivera. Brehme was a German immigrant imbued with the European Romantic tradition, which sought the sublime essence of nature and reveled in the beauty of ancient ruins. Read More +

The paintings of Red Arrow, Wisconsin’s Clarence Boyd Monegar, growing in popularity

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Artist Clarence Boyce Monegar is one of Wisconsin’s most beloved painters, executing landscape commissions for professionals and institutions. Monegar’s watercolors could often be found in doctor’s offices and bank lobbies. Since his death in 1968, his work has only increased in value and interest in his paintings has surfaced as far away as California. Read More +

Marc Chagall’s love affair with Paris

The Paris discovered by Marc Chagall (1887-1985) when he arrived by train in 1910 was still the city of the art world’s dreams. It was a metropolis of broad boulevards and crooked cobbled alleys lined with ateliers and cafes where Picasso might be found sitting with Braque. Chagall was able to subsist in a city where credit was extended to artists as a matter of course, where meals could sometimes be paid for in sketches and intellectuals could occupy a corner table for an entire afternoon of animated discussion for the price of a cup of coffee.
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Art Markets: Depicting industry in art defined the 20th century modernity

For the first half of the 20th century, images of industry were synonymous with progress. As assembly lines increasingly supplied the needs and wants of the world’s growing urban population, factory scenes became shorthand for the brave new world of modernity. Industrial art became an international genre, crossing political borders and economic systems alike. The scenes of laborers working within the shadows of enormous machines assumed similar form whether in the Soviet Union, Nazi Germany or the United States.
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