Wednesday, December 17, 2008


If you distrust or esteem that Contemporary Art market got nuts or unaffordable, you don't have to throw the towel regarding your aspiration to become a wise collector. You can buy for instance works by French "Orientalist" painter Germain Fabius Brest (1823-1900) whose pictures are still very much in demand.

Bouquet de tulipes et pivoines dans un intérieur ottoman -an oil on canvas measuring 24.02" x 19.92" in.- is part of the "tableaux orientalistes" category made by this artist from my home city of Marseille (France) ; it fetched this week at Christie's Paris the respectable sum of €20,000 vs. an estimate of 6,000 /8,000.

Fabius Brest learnt his art with famous painters like Émile Loubon in Marseille and Constant Troyon in Paris. Advised by Loubon who had lived in Palestine to visit The Middle East, Brest went to Turkey where he stayed 5 years until 1859. He came back from this region with a lot of landscape paintings. The Middle East and its architecture will stay a source of inspiration during his entire life. Some of his paintings (see upper pictures) are amazingly vivid and good and can be viewed at the Istanbul sanatevi (Istanbul art house) from which you can even buy on line very solid and promising art..

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