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The Forgotten Virtuoso: Blanche Hoschedé-Monet

January 17th, 2017

With a glorious oeuvre that radiates with the influence of her mentor, step-father and father-in-law Claude Monet, Blanche Hoschedé-Monet’s canvases are amongst the most stunning Impressionist paintings ever composed. Even though, in many ways, her paintings are almost indistinguishable in beauty and technical prowess from the works of the Impressionist master, Hoschedé-Monet has only recently […]

Our Top Acquisitions of 2016

December 30th, 2016

From Renaissance-era paintings to silver teacups owned by Abraham Lincoln, 2016 has been full of exceptionally rare, exciting acquisitions! With 2017 quickly approaching, we’ve sifted through our 753 purchases of the past year and chosen 5 of our most powerful pieces. #1       Au Large by Claude Monet With the luminosity and spontaneity […]

Impressions of Innocence: Dorothea Sharp

August 11th, 2016

Born in an age when women were expected to aspire solely to a good marriage and motherhood, Sharp’s path to artistic fame was far less idyllic. Like many female artists of her day, Sharp was deeply discouraged by her family to pursue her interests in the arts. Thus, her career did not begin in earnest until the age of twenty-one, when she inherited £100 from an uncle and was able to fund her own education. Her early years as an artist were largely influenced by the English painter George Clausen, and echoes of his style – particularly his renderings of light – can be seen even in her later works. Yet, a visit to Paris would have the most profound effect on her stylistic development, for it was there that she first encountered the work of Claude Monet and the Impressionists.

The Master of Maritime: John Steven Dews

July 26th, 2016

Coming from a long lineage of seagoers, Dews developed a fascination with the sea at a young age. He was just 5 when he composed his first marine sketches while visiting his grandfather, an assistant harbor master. His keen fascination with the large boats and ocean vessels that glided by him every day inspired him to constantly sketch the bustling Hull Docks of Beverly, North Humberside. A decade later, he was studying at the Hull Regional College of Art.

America, Illustrated: An Exhibition of Saturday Evening Post Cover Illustrations

December 17th, 2015

The great illustrators of the 20th century captured American history unlike any artist before, and the famed Saturday Evening Post carried their images to millions of Americans, into their hearts and homes. At M.S. Rau Antiques, we are exploring the nation’s rich story as told by six decades of original Post illustrations in our current […]

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