The Forgery Show

The Art Roster Painters of Mt. Shasta have graciously allowed The Forgery Show to remain in place at Liberty Arts and we now invite you to view the show in person.

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Participating Artists
Carl Adams • Tom Bussler • Karen Copsey • Cindy Corrales • Janet Crittenden Lynda Hardy • Deanna Herrera • Ann Jensen • Anne McTavish
Suzanne VanSummern • Lou Wandro • Michael Wecksler

Ann Jensen, Vertumnus, Oil on wood panel
Giuseppe Arcimboldo 1590-1591

This painting is Arcimboldo’s most famous work and is a portrait of the Holy Roman Emperor Rudolf the 2nd, re-imagined as Vertumnus, the Roman god of metamorphoses returned under the Emperor’s rule.

Deanna Herrera, Inspired by Aether, Oil on wood panel
Jason de Graaf  2014

Jason de Graaf specializes in hyper realistic still-life paintings. He states that his paintings are about staging an alternate reality, the illusion of verisimilitude on the painted surface, filtered so that it expresses his unique vision. Though his paintings may appear photo-realistic his goal is not to reproduce or document faithfully what he sees 100%, but also to create the illusion of depth and sense of presence not found in photographs and to explore the relationship of light with reflective and transparent surfaces.

 Cindy Corrales, Pilgrims in Rome, Oil on canvas
Paul Delaroche

Delaroche was a French painter who achieved his greater successes painting historical scenes. He became famous in Europe for his melodramatic depictions that often-portrayed subjects from English and French history. Delaroche aimed to depict his subjects and history with pragmatic realism. He did not consider popular ideals and norms in his creations, but rather painted all his subjects in the same light regardless of their social status.

Lou Wandro, Escaping Criticism, Oil on canvas
Pere Borrell del Caso 1874

Pere Borrell del Casio’s most famous work uses trompe l’oeil to blur the boundary between real and fictitious space. As an artist who came from a cabinet maker background, Borrell rejected the whimsy and idealism of Romanticism and instead chose to focus on Realism. Specifically, his style of choice was trompe l’oeil – optical illusions. Produced in 1874 this painting proved not only to be his best work, but one of the most popular examples of this painting style ever created.

 Deanna Herrera, Lilacs in a Glass, Oil on canvas. Edouard Manet 1882

During the last months of the artist’s life, he lived in a hospital far from Paris, the city he loved. Many of dearest friends brought him flowers, including Monet who brought the white lilacs which became the subject of what is often described as greatest painting. One can imagine that painting these small bouquets, so different from his images depicting characters and scenes of bustling Paris, provided comfort during his most painful and lonely moments.

Suzanne VanSummern, A Roman Beggar Woman, Oil on canvas
Edgar Degas 1857

As Degas journeyed through Italy to incorporate his French style into the classic elements of Italian art, he witnessed an ordeal of events that influenced his work. This painting is based on Degas’s encounter with poverty throughout the country. The nation of fabulous paintings showcasing a rich history of art and luxury was paired with poor villages of Italian families barely able to obtain food.

Cindy Corrales, Bashi-Bazouk, Oil on canvas.
Jean-Léon Gérôme 1868 – 1869

This painting depicts a dark-skinned model dressed as a Bashi-bazouk, a levy of irregular Ottoman soldiers infamous for their brutality, looting, and lack of discipline. The soldiers were traditionally unpaid and did not adopt a standardized uniform, resulting in the soldiers wearing whatever they could acquire on a march. This a key point of the painting, as the brutal reputation of a Bashi-bazoukis contrasted by the silk tunic, quality clothes, and noble bearing of the subject.

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 Deanna Herrera,  Bouquet of Flowers, Oil on canvas
Edouard Manet 1882

Édouard Manet, a French painter was one of the first 19th century artists to approach modern-life subjects. He was a pivotal figure in the transition from Realism to Impressionism. His early masterworks The Luncheon on the Grass and Olympia engendered great controversy and served as rallying points for the young painters who would create Impressionism. Today these are considered watershed paintings that mark the genesis of modern art.

Tom Bussler, Young Girl Reading, Oil on canvas,
Jean-Honoré Fragonard 1770-1772

Honoré was a prominent name within the Rococo artistic movement, which was filled with light colors, asymmetrical designs, and curved, natural forms. The Rococo style emerged in Paris during the reign of Louis XV in the 18th century. The French upper class experienced a new social and intellectual freedom which gave rise to a healthy skepticism toward well-worn truths as Aristocrats and wealthy bourgeois focused on play and pleasure.

Lynda Hardy, View on the Venetian Lagoon, Oil on canvas
Ivan Aivazovsky  1841

Ivan Aivazovsky  was a Russian Romantic painter who is considered one of the greatest masters of marine art.  This painting, View of the Venetian Lagoon, is an example of his ability to convey the effect of moving water and of reflected sun and moonlight.

Lou Wandro, Pines in Sunlight, Oil on canvas
Ivan Ivanovich Shishkin 1886

Ivan Shishkin was a landscape painter whose representations of Russian nature evoke the beauty and vastness of his country. In five decades and hundreds of paintings, Shishkin probably painted thousands of trees. His love of nature brought him to prefer daytime scenes as they allowed him to depict the interplay of natural light and lush greenery.

Lou Wandro, Salvator Mundi, Oil on wood panel.
Leonardo da Vinci 1500

Salvator Mundi by Italian Renaissance artist Leonardo da Vinci was long thought to be a copy of a lost original veiled with overpainting. It was rediscovered and restored in 2011–12. Although most leading scholars have considered it to be an original work by Leonardo, this attribution has been disputed by other specialists, some of whom have suggested that he only contributed certain elements. However, preparatory chalk and ink drawings of the drapery by Leonardo are held in the British Royal Collection.

Ann Jensen, Lady Godiva Oil on canvas
John Collier 1898

English artist John Collier worked in the style of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. The portrayal of Lady Godiva and her well-known ride through Coventry, England, is held in Coventry’s Herbert Art Gallery and Museum.

Karen Copsey, Self-portrait as a Lute Player, Oil on canvas
Artemesia Gentileschi 1616 -1618

Artemisia Gentileschi was an Italian Baroque painter, now considered one of the most accomplished 17th century artists working in the dramatic style of Caravaggio . In an era when women had few opportunities to pursue artistic training or work as professional artists, Artemisia was the first woman to become a member of the Accademia di Arte del Disegno in Florence and had an international clientele as well.

 Deanna Herrera, Roses mousseuses dans un vaseis. 
This beautiful French title translates to
Sparkling Roses in a Vase, Oil on canvas
Edouard Manet 1882

While roses were out of season and costly, as were many of the flowers given to during his illness, the bouquets lived beyond the artist in the lovely paintings that are poignant in their lasting beauty. “We can imagine each painting made as a response to a visit, perhaps started in company, with the studio filled; or in silence as his guests left. The bouquet is the trace of the departed visitor; the painting is like an answering visit—the flowers given in return now committed to another life, a picture” -Gordon and Forge.

Carl Adams, The Sheep Pen, Moonlight, Oil on canvas
Jean-François Millet 1872-1873

Jean-François Millet (October 4, 1814 – January 20, 1875) was a French painter and one of the founders of the Barbizon school in rural France. Millet is noted for his scenes of peasant farmers; he can be categorized as part of the Realism art movement.

Janet Crittenden, Presentation in the Temple, Oil on oak wood panel
Rogier van Der Weyden 1455

The three original panels depict a narrative in which Mary is visited by the archangel Gabriel; she gives birth in a stable, and she presents the infant at the temple. The left wing shows the Annunciation, the center depicts the Adoration of the Magi after Christ’s birth, and the Presentation in the Temple appears on the right wing.

Janet Crittenden, The Art of Painting, Oil on oak wood panel
Johannes Vermeer. 1666 – 1668

The Art of Painting, also known as The Artist in His Studio and he Allegory of Painting is a celebrated genre painting by the Delft painter Johannes Vermeer  The largest example of Vermeer’s style of Dutch Realism, it is believed to be a full-blown allegory – commenting on the art of painting and the artist’s role in society – and maybe even a self-portrait of himself in action: hence the work’s various titles.

Anne McTavish, Tie Rack, Oil on wood panel
Wayne Thiebaud  1969

Best known for his paintings of cakes, pies, pastries, and toys, Thiebaud apprenticed as a cartoonist at Walt Disney studios. Though he is most often grouped with the Pop art movement for his subject matter, the artist considers himself “just an old-fashioned painter”. He remains best known for his still-life renditions of confections which he considers interpretations of “Americanness.” In his works, objects and their shadows are characteristically outlined in multiple colors, creating a visual effect he calls akin to vibration.

Suzanne VanSummern, Kimono with Iris Pattern, Oil on canvas Okada Saburosuke 1927

Japan opened up to the outside world in 1868 with some artists from the then defunct samurai class traveling and studying in Europe. By 1900 there were enough Western-style artists and sufficient general public enthusiasm for their work to sustain the new European style movement. While traditional artists were not displaced, they found themselves altering their styles in consonance with the new possibilities. This piece seems to be a perfect intermingling of a Japanese subject depicted in a European style.

Michael Wecksler, Nighthawks Oil on canvas
Edward Hopper 1942

Nighthawks portrays people sitting in a downtown diner late at night. It is Hopper’s most famous work and the most recognizable painting in American art. This piece captures the night-time effects of manmade light with multiple light sources which, in turn cast multiple reflections and shadows, none of which would be visible in daylight.

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Gallery photos by Sharon LoMonaco

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