Naples International Art & Antique Fair opened with a preview and Collectors’ Invitational last Thursday night that possessed all of the glitz, glam and savoir faire of the Oscars in L.A. on Sunday night. Since then, southwest Florida art enthusiasts have been treated to red diamond rings more rare than the Argyle Pink Jubilee, bronze sculptures of Degas-esque dancers, and exceptional 19th and 20th century English and European paintings culled by London’s most venerable galleries from their inventories and private stocks. The names jump off the page: Monet, Renoir, Sisley, Dufy, Chagall, Pissarro, Picasso, Miro and Benjamin Williams Leder.
If you’d like to experience art dealers, galleries, jewelers and artworks of this caliber, there’s still time. Naples International Art & Antique Fair has one more day to run. The show closes for 2012 at 5:00 p.m. tomorrow, Tuesday, February 28.
Naples International exhibitor Callaghan Fine Painting & Contemporary Bronze also hails from the United Kingdom, but they’re located in the medieval town of Shrewsbury, about two hours north of London. In addition to bronze dancers by octogenarian Benson Landes, mythological figures by Carl Payne and works with a touch of humor by Rachel Tolbert, Callaghan has a particular fondness for the style and flair of the French painters it has brought to Naples International.
“Whether your taste gravitates to modernist works or impressionists, everyone can appreciate a truly well-painted work of art such as these,” declares Stella Callaghan in her distinctive British accent as she points toward three small pictures by Eugene Galien-Laloue.
Born in Paris in 1854, Laloue studied under this father, Charles, who was a set designer. Early on, he painted landscapes, coastal and river scenes in Normandy and around Paris, the Seine and the River Marne. In contrast to his later works, these show a broad technique with significant use of impasto.
Around the turn of the century, Galien-Laloue shifted to detailed gouaches depicting Parisian life. During World War I, he painted scenes in the ruined towns behind the front lines and continued to depict Paris in wartime.
Laloue’s adeptness in working in oil as well as watercolor, pastel and gouache was a talent few artists mastered. Purists and academics marveled at his abilities and would argue his achievements in oil paints are more atmospheric and gain in depth through this medium.
The paintings on display at Naples International illustrate Galien-Laloue’s eye for detail and color, and are significant because of the way in which they record a bygone era of Parisian life, one that was denoted by trams, omnibuses, flower stalls and news stands, but above all, the architecture of the city and its people.
For more information about Callaghan Fine Painting & Contemporary Bronze, please visit www.callaghan-finepaintings.com or telephone 615-870-7639. For more information about Naples International Art & Antique Fair, please telephone 239-949-5411 or visit www.ifae.com.
The Naples International Pavilion is located at 4835 Immokalee Road in North Naples. It’s located at the intersection of Immokalee Road and Livingston Road and is just one-half mile west of the I-75 interchange.