Art in Print

 British Museum helps return stolen artefact to Uzbekistan



The British Museum has helped to recover an important medieval Islamic artefact that surfaced in a London gallery after it was stolen from a monument in Uzbekistan in 2014. The giant calligraphic glazed tile was stolen from the façade of a 12th century monument, 12 miles from the UNESCO World Heritage site Bukhara. The tile was thought to be lost forever until it surfaced in the Simon Rey gallery, where it was offered for sale. The artefact was not reported as stolen, however an Oxford scholar spotted the till in the catalogue. Mr. Ray, who bought it unaware the tile was stolen, immediately contacted the British Museum. Abdulla Aripov, prime minister of Uzbekistan, has expressed his “sincere gratitude”. The Uzbek government is now committed to restoring the monument.


Via: The Guardian 


‘Richard Gerstl’ Review: The First Austrian Expressionist



Current exhibition at the Ronald S. Lauder Neue Galerie on Richard Gerstl show that this Austrian modernist painter should be acclaimed for his daring expressionist painting and for his tumultuous personal life. Although he is seen as “the first Austrian Expressionist,” Gerstl is still less well-known than his compatriots Gustav Klimt or Egon Schiele. It might be because of his premature death at the age of 25 when he committed suicide in 1908. Moreover, his bourgeois family hid his work for more than 20 years. Richard Gerstl also had a complicated friendship with composer Arnold Schönberg, as he had a brief affair with Mathilde, his wife. Gerstl last painting was an unfinished life-size nude of Mathilde, painted in Autumn 1908, before the affair was discovered, which triggered the painter to commit suicide.
Via: The Wall Street Journal 

Earliest known painting of Bronte sisters bought for 'a couple of hundred' sells for £50k


After it was identified as a portrait of the Bronte sisters, a painting bought ‘by mistake’ at an auction was sold for £50,000. The watercolour is believed to be a work by Sir Edwin Landseer. The anonymous seller acquired the painting ten years ago, when he had successfully bid for another painting, but when he arrived to collect it, he has told the painting was lost and given this one instead. Jonathan Humbert, an auctioneers that specialises in Bronte memorabilia said that clues in the picture included Charlotte’s protruding front tooth” and jewellery that matches objects on display in the Bronte Parsonage in Haworth. However, Mr. Humbert said that it was not possible to prove this 100 per cent as it is a cold case.
Via: The Telegraph