Francis Picabia – Idyll (1927)

A playboy that loved women, luxury and fast cars, French artist Francis Picabia was as non-committal in his art as in his personal life. Although he is best known as one of the leading figures of the Dada movement, he was not afraid to experiment or take himself and his art too seriously. Idyll is…

August Macke – Woman in a Green Jacket (1913)

As one of the leaders of the short-lived German Expressionist group Der Blaue Reiter (The Blue Rider), August Macke shared the belief that colors should express moods and feelings instead of representing an objective reality. The German’s preoccupation with color is evident in Woman in a Green Jacket where the main subject is set against…

Natalia Goncharova – The Cyclist (1913)

Born into an aristocratic family descended from the poet Alexander Pushkin, Russian artist Natalia Goncharova was destined for greatness. Eccentric, audacious and fully aware of her capabilities, at only 32 Goncharova became the first woman and avant-garde artist to have a retrospective show in Moscow.  Ultimately, she would be known for co-founding Rayonism, a style…

Salvador Dalí – Galatea of the Spheres (1952)

When Salvador Dalí fell in love with Gala she was married to the French poet Paul Éluard, while the Spaniard was on the brink of gaining recognition for his visionary talent. It was three years before Dalí would paint his memorable work, The Persistence of Memory. Perhaps Gala had an innate ability to spot undetected talent,…

Otto Griebel – The Ship’s Stoker (1920)

The Nazis ultimately deemed his art as degenerate, for its modern look, criticism of the militia and portrayal of nudity. There aren’t that many works left from German artist Otto Griebel, since many of them got destroyed during the bombing of Dresden in 1944. Others were confiscated by the Nazis or looted during World War…

José Manuel Capuletti – Romeo and Juliet with a Witness

There is little we know about Spanish painter José Manuel Capuletti. Largely forgotten since his death, among his admirers and collectors were the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, Ayn Rand, Arthur Rubinstein and the former King of Spain Juan Carlos I. Influenced by Dali’s Surrealism, Capuletti’s art is serene and contemplative, a refreshing meditation on…