July 2, 2018

We have all heard of the stone age and the bronze age, but such a thing as the “porcelain age” is something that is not always recognized. It is much more recent to the Western world than would be suspected. Porcelain: your grandma’s figurines, dolls, mugs, dishes, jew...

July 2, 2018

Walking down the street in a big city, like here in Chicago, one often notices nothing at all. We are often consumed in where we’ve come from, or where we’re going, to pay any close attention to our surroundings, much less interact with them. But not Vivian Maier, a lo...

June 1, 2018

Many might describe art as an outlet for tranquility and understanding in this world. It has proven to be necessary as such in difficult times of war and confusion, especially in the United States. During periods such as the Great Depression and the devastation of Pear...

June 1, 2018

A young woman, at the age of seventeen, found herself pushing a wheelbarrow full of canvases and an easel in the 1882 summer air. She was following her step father, Claude Monet, who, by a turn of events, was also her father-in-law. She already had six years of paintin...

May 11, 2018

Rebelling against the ideas of rationalism brought on through the course of the Enlightenment, Surrealism was rooted in the principal that the irrational, unconscious self was the basis for mankind’s creative potential. Provoked by the psychoanalytical theories of Sigm...

April 2, 2018

The last few months of Van Gogh’s life were spent frantically creating artwork, with the artist often finishing entire canvases in a single day. While many events of his life, such as his time in the Saint Paul’s Asylum in Saint Rémy de Provence offered the tortured ar...

March 9, 2018

MIR Appraisal Services has recently had the opportunity to appraise a lifetime of work for Lithuanian artist Aleksandra Kasuba. Scheduled to have a retrospective showing of her work, the 95 year old artist has had an extensive career.

Aleksandra Kasuba has been variousl...

March 2, 2018

MIR Appraisal Services has come

across a wide selection of artists

to research over

the years. From small town Impressionists of the Midwest, to the modernists who helped shape the movements of the 20th century, our knowledge of these individuals is constantly expanding....

January 12, 2018

Alexander Calder was born on July 22, 1898 in Lawnton, Swatara Township, Pennsylvania. The famous mobile-creating artist was born into a strong artistic legacy with both his father and grandfather being accomplished sculptors, and his mother being a successful portrait...

January 5, 2018

Lucien Clergue’s career was shaped by tragedy, opportunity, and experimentation. In a time where photography was just beginning to artistically evolve, Clergue saw to it that his pictures would capture the same beauty, shape, and engagment that other art forms had been...

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