I actually checked to see if this was a likeness of one of the famous six Mitford sisters. I am completely absorbed by their highly eccentric era, and voluminous correspondence spanning a deeply condensed period of political transformation and subsequent world wars. Some were attracted to fascism and communism, while others remained firmly in the patriotic British camp. Their stories are tragically and triumphantly played out. We have to remember, few people understood the dangers ahead. Despite their upheavals, they remained loving and loyal to each other. This beautiful portrait captures the horrific losses of the era while maintaining an outward dignity. She really stops my heart. I will not make this purchase, but as I ramble through Scott's and miles of detritus, I give her a wink and a bow secretly telling her that she is remembered. Art is indisputably an emotional medium.
This is Mida. Can you believe her? Karen Berryman of Old and Proud had her. I was tempted by her intelligent wisdom with a touch of insouciance that is oh so French. Someone will rescue her soon, so meanwhile...I am moving over to landscapes. Yolande Ardisonne, a late to the party French impressionist born in 1927, did a brisk Palm Beach trade via The Wally Findley Gallery. I've seen quite a few of them and like them.
With an asking price of $1,500.00 I was squirming. Ardisonne prices gyrate at auction and range from $400.00 to $3,250.00. A good way to collect art is to go through Scott's, see what you like or establish a long term relationship with reputable dealers. You can do some quick homework on your smart phone, if you are desperately tempted. Live Auctioneers, is a favorite free auction price history site. The painting below sold recently for $1,500.00 so we know above price is a good one . The dealer, Mihnea Nastase has a good reputation and I would contact him or shop on his website.