'We Are Not Fembots' by Van Orley (circa 1960s-70s)
'We Are Not Fembots', oil on board, by unknown artist, signed Van Orley (circa 1960s- 70s). A 20th Century interpretation of independent, resilient, gifted androgynous women who are anything but robots. The portrait's colour quadrants represent their many dimensions, their intelligence and their creativity. There is ample beauty in the painting's symmetry and in the geometry of its lines, angles and curves. Hard to resist from an aesthetic point of view as well with soft hued colours like scoops of ice cream. There are pronounced strokes of paint on the board surface adding dimension and style. The artwork has been newly framed with French-style linen slip and is in fair overall condition with minor nicks and blemishes commensurate with age. Signed: 'Van Orley' in the lower right hand corner. Please enjoy the many photos accompanying this listing. Upon request, a video of the piece will be provided.
About the Artist: Our gallery has access to a cache of paintings from the 1940s to the 1980s 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. So much so 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 46.5 cm / 18.3"
W 54.5 cm / 21.5"
Dimensions without Frame:
H 32.8 cm / 12.9"
W 41 cm / 16.1"