Antoine Louis Barye was a sculptor of the romantic period, most famous for his dynamic animalier works which captured the vitality of nature so beautifully. Barye was born in Paris on September 24th 1796 to a modest family, it is noted he did not receive any formal education, but had a notable creative flair from a young age. In 1818 he was admitted to the École des Beaux Arts, he discovered his passion for drawing animals at the Jardin des Plantes as part of his studies, later transforming his visions into sculptures.
In this day and age of constant change where everything is now digitized on plasma screens the desire for authenticity has never been more prominent. Antiques are one of the few things we have today that keep the spirit of beauty from times gone by alive with us.
Since 1936, for over 80 years, Hickmet Fine Arts has been fortunate enough to work with some of the most renowned works of art from the Art Nouveau era. Over three generations we have witnessed the style fundamentally changed the course of art history, with it’s impact still felt today. Here we explore the origins of the movement and how it came to be one of the most defining styles of the 20th century.
Isidore Jules Bonheur (1827 – 1901) was one of the most renowned artists of the French Animalier school. Born on May 15th in Bordeaux, as a young boy he exhibited great artistic aptitude from an early age, being tutored in drawing and painting by his father. In 1849, at the age of 22, he enrolled at the École des Beaux Arts, but had already made his debut at the Paris Salon of 1848.
A definite highlight of this year’s Olympia Antiques Fair was listening to Emma Burns, an Interior Designer from Sibyl Colefax & John Fowler, talk about using antiques in decoration today. The ideas Emma discussed with Giles Kime, Interiors Editor at Country Life, were so interesting and inspiring that we very much wanted to share them with you. We were therefore delighted when Emma agreed to publish her expertise on our blog.