Edouard Cortes was a French post impressionist painter who became famous during the 1950's and 1960's for his Parisian paintings. He is known as 'Le Poete Parisien de la Peinture' or 'The Parisian Poet of Painting' because of his diverse paintings in a variety of weather and night settings. He was born in 1882 and lived a long life passing away in 1969. In the book by gallery owner, David Klein, Cortes is quoted as saying ' Art, literature & music is the bridge that spans time, love, hate, peace, war, beliefs, and whatever else there is that divides people....Art is the essence that really matters as time goes by'. We are therefore extremely proud to display his works in the gallery and presently we are handling the sale of five wonderful paintings. We have an early work from 1905 of Porte St Martin, a later work of the same scene, a work depicting the Arc de Triomphe and the Champs-Elysees, plus a charming pair of small paintings showing the Place de la Republique and Boulevard St Denis. This small pair and the scene of the Champs Elysees with the George V metro in view (from 1937) are extremely sought after because of their size. All five paintings are beautifully framed and ready to hang. Our gallery also stocks a fine selection of paintings by Eugene Galien-Laloue and Antoine Blanchard so if Parisian scenes tick your box then we are a must visit. Come to leafy Long Melford in Suffolk right on the border with Essex for a little bit of Olde world English charm. Please visit www.famousgalleries.co.uk and go to the European section for our full selection of French paintings.
The Arc De Triomphe & Champs Elysees by Edouard Cortes
We have always been very privileged to handle works by the artist Cecil Kennedy. He is regarded as one of Britain's finest 20th century painters of detailed floral still life subjects. His wife would arrange the flowers in fine vases and then Cecil would set about capturing what he saw onto canvasses in incredible and meticulous detail. His work has always been in high demand and his paintings are therefore in collections all over the world. So we are very fortuitous indeed to have four beautiful examples of his work on display in our gallery and for sale at this current time. Two canvasses are a good size 20 x 16 inches but we also have two larger works, one of 30 x 25 inches and the largest being 36 x 28 inches. Without doubt, if you are a collector of fine art and like floral arrangements then these four examples are a must see and you never know you might even be tempted to purchase one and be the proud owner of a Cecil Kennedy original painting! We also stock fine floral works by Harold Clayton and Marcel Dyf so we have a real choice for any discerning buyer. Check out the Modern British section of our website for more details go to www.famousgalleries.co.uk
A Spring Bouquet by Cecil Kennedy
Well here we are, January 1st 2018! A very Happy New Year to you all. For all those folk that are interested in East Anglian art we have a real feast on display in our wonderful gallery rooms at The Famous Old House Gallery in Long Melford, Suffolk. We currently have works by Sir Alfred James Munnings, Edward Seago, Sir John Alfred Arnesby Brown, Campbell Archibald Mellon, Edward Ladell, Margaret Glass, Ian Houston and Clive Madgwick. Over 30 paintings by British artists with connections to East Anglia. The top work is a lovely landscape by Sir Alfred Munnings dating from 1909 which is priced at £39,500. At the lower end we have over 20 paintings by local artist Clive Madgwick and these range from £3,000 for a large canvas of Great Waldingfield right down to less than £1,000 for a nice little number called 'Salmon Fishing on the Tweed'. For a full selection please visit our website at www.famousgalleries.co.uk
Snow & Ice, St Benet’s Abbey, Norfolk by Edward Seago
Well where has the year gone? I don't know about you but the year has totally flown by and soon we will be celebrating the arrival of 2018. I wonder what the New Year will bring? It is a great time to reflect. In doing so we ask ourselves about the highs and lows of the present year. The highs surely has to include our two nonogenarians who bought paintings this year, both lovely people and we do hope to see them again soon. Also on this list must include the large numbers of people who have purchased the work of Clive Madgwick this year. We have sold around 40 works since the turn of 2017 and they are still selling well. So a big thank you to all the Madgwick lovers out there. On the low side, I haven't been too well lately and have been into hospital. Not just any hospital, but the 'great Addenbrookes Hospital' They are fixing me up and so soon I hope this will become a high point for 2018! There aren't too many other low moments but I do find it exasperating when folk leave a review on trip advisor about our gallery. Firstly, we don't subscribe to tripadvisor, secondly we are not an attraction or a 'thing to do'. But nevertheless some people seem to think that leaving bad reviews is a necessity. One kind fellow suggested he would like my business to fail, well what a lovely thing to say. Another wrote 3 bad reviews in one day because he was so mad he had been refused entry. Oh dear, surely I must let in all the time wasters, rogues, vagabonds and nasty people to ruin each and every day according to him. Nope, that won't be happening, we only let in people with a purpose and those we want to. People with a real interest in buying quality art. It is our prerogative. We are a high quality gallery and it will stay that way. If we allow everybody to come in we will become a 'browsing shop for the general public' and that I am afraid is not what we are. I am personally looking forward to the New Year and may 2018 be happy and successful
Our Christmas exhibition 'The Magic of Clive Madgwick at Christmas' continues until 21st December or until sold out. We still have 20 paintings remaining from the 34 paintings we had when the exhibition launched plus 5 new arrivals; 'Long Melford Green', Castle Coombe in The Cotswolds', 'Two pheasants at a Gate' (winter scene), 'Bluebell Woods', & an 'Autumn scene with a man and his dog'. We will also be opening late until 8.30pm on Friday 24th November along with The Hunter Gallery, The Jessica Muir Gallery & Lime Tree Gallery so for a real shopping experience and to see the latest Christmas art exhibitions....Long Melford is the place to be. With a great choice for evening dinner it is well worth the trip out! Why not come and take a look?
The preview of our winter exhibition 'The Magic of Clive Madgwick at Christmas' is on next weekend Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th October from 11.00am till 6.30pm. For the best choice of 30 original works by this hugely popular Suffolk artist please don't be late. The exhibition continues until Thursday 21st December, with appointments preferable, or until sold out. With prices from under £1,000 up to £3,000 there is sure to be something to tempt you that will suit your pocket! Refreshments will be served so why not come along and see the largest live Clive Madgwick art exhibition for years in one of Long Melford's historic houses. Free entry and all welcome at the preview.
Long Melford Green & Holy Trinity Church by Clive Madgwick
We are really pleased to advise that our gallery is now stocking a select number of quality 19th & 20th century French bronze sculptures. We have selected key sculptors' work including charming pieces by Hippolyte Moreau, Auguste Moreau, Pierre Louis Detrier, Henri Honore Ple & Edouard Drouot. For a full selection please visit our website at www.famousgalleries.co.uk and go to the sculpture section.
Our Autumn Exhibition of fine paintings and sculpture is almost here! The preview is on Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th of September from 11.00am until 8.30pm and will continue until Saturday 30th September with appointments preferable. This exhibition will show 150 original paintings from 19th & 20th century artists and is a real must see for art connoisseurs & collectors alike. We have works by Sir Alfred Munnings, Edward Seago, Cecil Kennedy, Donald Grant, Edouard Cortes, Eugene Galien-Laloue, Antoine Blanchard, Antoine Bouvard, Charles Spencelayh, Sir John Arnesby Brown, Campbell Archibald Mellon, Ian Houston & Clive Madgwick to name just a few of the key artists. We have landscapes, cityscapes, coastal scenes, portraits, still life, in fact a real choice of subjects. For a selection of the very best works please come to the preview and doors open sharp at 11.00am on Saturday 9th September. Refreshments will be available. If you would like a personal viewing in advance just give us a call on 07572 903363. Look forward to seeing you on the day.
A Modest pension by Charles Spencelayh
Due to the continued success of selling works by Cecil Kennedy we now have one new painting that has recently arrived. The work is called A Spring Bouquet. Measuring 20 x 16 inches the canvas is in wonderful condition and housed in the original frame from the 1960's. A great painting. We also have one new work by artist Harold Clayton called Flowers in a White Marble Vase which is dated from 1963. The painting measures 18 1/2 x 22 inches. Both of these charming works are ready to hang. These would make ideal birthday, anniversary or Christmas presents when you might be stumped what to buy! Please see our Modern British section for further details.