'The Garden' by STM (circa 1950s - 70s)
'The Garden', oil on board, by STM (circa 1950s - 70s). Two stunning women portrayed in the abstract glance at the viewer. One has a gaze filled with confidence, the other's is demur. The curves of the luxuriant, flowing hair are offset by the lines and angles of the Picasso-like cubist composition. In the background, leaves hover poised over each of the figures seemingly floating. The colours are magnificent: mahogany, yellow, orange and white project forward from the deep, rich blue of the backdrop. The painting is in good vintage condition commensurate with age. It is initialed 'STM' in the lower left of the composition. The work has been newly framed with a linen slip. Upon request a video may be provided.
About the Artist: 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 was extraordinary and therein lies the interest in these works. Notwithstanding that, several galleries have acquired and are now selling STM'S works. This clearly speaks to the widespread assessment of the quality and interest of the art.
Today, the artists’ 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 46.5 cm / 18.3"
W 56.5 cm / 22.2"
Dimensions without frame:
H 28.5 cm / 11.2"
W 38.5 cm / 15.2"