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An eclectic collection

16th to 21st Century

Stuart Denenberg opened his first gallery in Boston in 1965. Beverly Denenberg, an art historian, former museum director, and museum curator joined Denenberg Fine Arts in 1986. The gallery has placed important archives in museums, has organized complex estate inventories for liquidation, and has acted in an advisory capacity to private and public collections. Inquiries are welcome regarding outright purchase or consignment.

Denenberg Fine Arts actively buys and sells museum quality American and International paintings, sculpture, drawings, fine graphics, dating from the 15th to the 21st century, as well as ancient to modern objets d’art. Our inventory holds a wide range of art carefully chosen with respect to quality, rarity, beauty, and condition for both beginning and advanced collectors. The private gallery permits relaxed viewing and contemplation. Authenticity is always guaranteed.

EVERY PORTRAIT TELLS A STORY

A CURATED, PUBLISHED, PRIVATE COLLECTION
18TH THROUGH 21ST CENTURY

This exhibition of portrait drawings and oil sketches includes 31 works from the collection of Robert Flynn Johnson. For over 30 years Johnson was Curator of the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Art at the Fine Art Museums of San Francisco. His unerring eye, tender humanism, and expansionist sensibility have consistently informed his acquisitions, all on a curator’s salary!!

In Johnson’s words, “the challenge of any truly successful portrait is to capture the soul beneath the surface of appearance to discover a variety of expression– from beauty and dignity, satire, sadness, and the macabre. This exhibition attempts to broadly answer the question of portraiture as the “contemplation of character. “

In contrast to tired portraits flattering the rich and powerful typical of the eighteenth century, invigorating movements of Neoclassicism, Romanticism and Realism took hold at the end of the 18th and into the 19th century in a desire for “unvarnished truth” and more honest depictions. A primary driver of this was the invention of photography in the late 1830s freeing artists from providing a mere likeness.

The gallery has added two dozen works from our inventory to create a rare opportunity for Los Angeles collectors to view and to acquire exceptional works of art in a modest range of prices.

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