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Van Gogh and the Vibrancy of Drawing

Among the team at Nitram Charcoal, the mere mention of painter Vincent van Gogh is sufficient to recall images of brilliant yellow sunflowers, radiating red night cafés or the vibrating cobalt of the night sky. Equally captivating – though less appreciated – are the bevy of Van Gogh’s drawings. Van Gogh was a prolific draftsman, […]

A Look at the Albertina:
The Art of Collecting

Jakob Alt, The Palace Duke Albert Alongside the Augustiner Bastion, 1816. For the art fan, the moment inevitably arises wherein a piece inspires the thought “I wish I could own that.” Depending on the price point, though, that dream is not always realized. For the great families of past generations, however – those with endless […]

Master Drawings at the
Art Institute of Chicago

Posted 29 Aug 2016 | Artists, Artwork, General

The museum’s new exhibition, entitled “Master Drawings Unveiled: 25 Years of Major Acquisitions,” which launched on 27 August pays homage to this rich assortment of world-class drawings that span the course of history.

Contemporary Charcoals:
Jimmie Arroyo

Artist Jimmie Arroyo is arguably a contemporary artist with an Old Master’s soul. Channeling some of his most substantial artistic inspiration from the masters of the Renaissance and Baroque eras, Arroyo updates their determined draftsmanship with his modern sense of design, resulting in a body of work that is both complex and compelling. Arroyo graciously […]

In Case of Fire… Rock on

Posted 03 Aug 2016 | General, News, Nitram

The “conflagration” which is what I am now calling the fire at the Nitram factory, had overwhelmed me – psychologically and even physically. I did not feel inspired to paint or draw or even doodle. These sort of events are life changing. I needed a diversion. Something to focus my mind and body on. Several […]

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