Post Modern Art

Umbrellas in Art
The first artists I would like to present is a huge favorite of mine. Victor Figol is a Ukrainian artist. He paints lovely modern almost impressionistic pieces along with some scrupling and ceramics. He was born in 1958 and Graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in 1985. He sold his first painting at age 14 and has been a success all over the world ever since. There is a scarce amount of information on Figol and an even smaller amount on his paintings, but they are too epic to resist.
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Walking in the Rain, Victor Figol (Year Unknown)
Walking in the Rain is a beautiful and captivating oil painting. I love the bright colors and its entire feel. It fits perfectly with my theme as it is a man walking with an Umbrella. It shows how rain doesn’t always mean sad but can be peaceful bright and beautiful.
Image Autumn Rain, Victor Figol (Year Unknown)
Figol’s next piece shows a couple walking in the rain. They share an umbrella which makes the rain bring them together. It makes me smile when I look at Autumn Rain because of the happy fall colors, I can’t get enough of Figol’s brightness.
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Road to Happiness, Victor Figol (Year Unknown) 
The final Figol piece in my collection is Road to Happiness. You can see a couple walking together sharing an umbrella like the previous pieces but this painting seems darker. Instead of bright colors all around we see the people walking to a brighter place, or walking to happiness. I love this painting, the rainy themes make beautiful reflections and the bright colors make it exciting to look at.
The next artist I chose are Christo and Jeanne-Claude. They are a married couple who create amazing environmental works. Their art is planned, assembled, documented, and then taken down. It is the sketches and photographs after that sell.  Christo and Jeanne-Claude are from Morocco and Bulgaria, they met in Paris in 1958.
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Christo
The Umbrellas (Project for 6-8 Miles – 3.000 Umbrellas; Hight 12 Feet Diameter 18 Feet)
Collage 1985
The first sketch is by Christo. It is the beginning plan of what their monumental art was going to be. If you read the description you can’t really imagine that many umbrella in such a distance. It is inspiring to think that someone actually goes out and creates one of their ideas.
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Christo and Jeanne-Claude
The Umbrellas, Japan-USA, 1984-91
Photo: Wolfgang Volz
© 1991 Christo
The two photos are pictures of the Umbrellas that Christo and Jeanne-Claude created. Its spectacular how they came out. The blue umbrellas are in Japan while the Yellow are in California. They were constructed simultaneously and stood as a tribute to each other. They were constructed by thousands of volunteers. It amazes me to see how the two different communities pulled together to make this art project happen.
Sources:

“Christo and Jeanne-Claude.” Christo and Jeanne-Claude. N.p., n.d. Web. 13 Nov. 2013.
Mayer, Steven. “TheBakersfieldCalifornian.com.” The Bakersfield Californian. N.p., 29 Oct. 2011. Web. 13 Nov. 2013.
“Yessy Paintings & Prints Landscapes & Nature Cityscapes.” Yessy Paintings & Prints Landscapes & Nature Cityscapes. N.p., n.d. Web. 13 Nov. 2013.
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10 thoughts on “Post Modern Art

  1. Kate says:

    I love these pictures now too. The umbrellas in California and Japan look like flower arrangements for each other in the wild.

  2. amforde says:

    Wow!!!! What a cool theme!! I love it in all of it’s simplicity, but not so simple. To see that each umbrella had to be placed strategically and deliberately, and then with others, such as the first painting, it is simply that. An umbrella providing shelter and also an artistic visual. I LOVE this! I’m really glad I saw this today. Art does bring joy. 🙂 Thanks, and great job!!

  3. raye20 says:

    This was very nice. I usually do not go for the hotter colors but I’m glad I saw these. Very beautiful and gentle at the same time. There were two things I did see that could use a bit more here. The first was you had good descriptions but I felt you could dive in just a sentence or two more about the works. The second and last was you didn’t provide links. You cited sources but it’s also nice to have links to click and check out. Very good blog with a smooth presentation otherwise. I like your theme as well 🙂

  4. llyell says:

    What a fantastic blog you wrote. I thoroughly enjoyed the umbrella theme. I have never heard of the painter Victor Figol until reading your blog. This may be the very first painter that reminds me of impressionism that I actually enjoy his pieces, specifically “Walking in the Rain”. I found the two pictures by Christo and Jeanne-Claude to be strangely relaxing. The scenes are very peaceful, but it also signifies that although we live in such a hectic cruel world it is remarkable that communities can come together to assist one another. You could say it strangely instilled a little faith in humanity for me, especially since these were created in very different cultures, let alone countries.

  5. Therese says:

    Hello Rachel! I like your blog. I’m a swedish art student who recently discovered Victor Figols paintings on the internet and I’m trying to find out more about him but, as you probably know, i’s very hard! I was wondering if you know how to find out more about him than you already posted here on your blog? Greatful for an answer 🙂 /Therese

    • rachellasota says:

      I had trouble finding what I did, I found it useful to use the goodleimage search and put his pictures in to find cite that have more info. Goodluck sorry about the slow reply!

  6. Amber R says:

    Do you know where I can purchase a Victor Figol?

  7. Christ1islam says:

    What is the typical price tag on a Victor original, or replacement insurance value? I happen to know where one is hanging in someone’s living room.

  8. Does anyone know how to CONTACT Victor Figol? I’d like to have a friend’s painting authenticated, or at least figure out the title, if it has one.
    Thanks.

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