'Futurist Woman' by Van Orley, Berlin School (circa 1960s)
'Futurist Woman', oil on soft board, by Van Orley, Berlin School (circa 1960s). A thoroughly modern interpretation of an independent, resilient, gifted woman who is on top of the world. The portrait's colour quadrants represent her many dimensions, her intelligence and her creativity. Her symmetry is her beauty and the geometry of lines, angles and curves, her rationality. Hard to resist from an aesthetic point of view as well, the artwork has been newly framed with a French-style linen slip, recently cleaned professionally and is in fair overall condition with characterful but small blemishes evident on the surface in keeping with its age. Signed: 'Van Orley' on the lower left hand of the artwork. Upon request, a video of the piece will be provided.
About the Art: Our gallery has access to a cache of paintings from the 1940s to the 1970s attributed to an art collective whose traces start with Germany. Berlin to start, but also Dresden, along the Saale, Weimar, Brera in Milan and Brussels. From the post-war period and onwards, they hosted young people who experimented with different painting techniques with exceptionally creative results. Over the years, dedicated art-seekers managed to unearth a treasure trove of these works from forgotten repositories. Once examined, the paintings were presented first to the Italian art market and then beyond, to art lovers in Europe and the United States.
Quietly, but surely, word of mouth scattered the news of the existence of these found artworks: cubist, expressionist, futurist and avant-garde. Trying to label these pieces doesn’t do them justice truly, but to call them studies, sketches, or simply, creations, would be more accurate.
It is interesting to note the artworks were very often unsigned, but often as not, initialled or monogrammed. Using known masterpieces as reference, their mentors suggested a particular style with which to experiment. Regrettably, this makes it impossible to pinpoint who amongst these bright creatives ‘made it’ in the world of art. But it really doesn’t matter. Each piece we've selected is extraordinary and therein lies the interest in these works. Notwithstanding that, several galleries have acquired and are now selling these works. This clearly speaks to the widespread assessment of the quality and interest of the art.
Today, these creations hang on the walls of art lovers in London, Paris, New York, Hong Kong, Miami and Los Angeles. Galleries scramble to acquire the works having recognised the outstanding potential in the international art markets for these pieces with such fascinating origins.
Dimensions with frame:
H 47 cm / 18.5"
W 38 cm / 15"
Dimensions without frame:
H 33.5 cm / 13.2"
W 24.7 cm / 9.7"