Book Review: Symbols on Chinese Porcelain demystifies culture, artistry and nature

Symbols on Chinese Porcelain: 10,000 Times Happiness

Second only to the stunning photography, “Symbols on Chinese Porcelain” offers valuable context on why this porcelain style matters to the fine-art world, collectors and even philosophers. The book reveals the secrets of the symbols of good luck and the visual imagery of Chinese decorative elements by means of approximately 80 masterpieces of Chinese porcelain spanning 1,000 years. Read More +

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 +

How Jean Cocteau influenced the bohemian art movement in Paris

Jean Cocteau, “Jeune Fille de Milly,” 1951, $75,276, Sept. 23, 2010.

During the golden years of Paris, Jean Cocteau (1889-1963) was the man who knew everyone and could do almost anything.

Nowadays, he’s probably best remembered by cinema buffs for such artful films as “The Blood of a Poet” (1930), “Beauty and the Beast” (1946) and “Orpheus” (1950), but Cocteau began his creative life as a poet and went on to write novels, critical essays, a scenario for Diaghilev’s Ballet Russes, memoirs and stage plays. He also dabbled in visual art. Read More +