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    Elegant and rare dining chairs by Miroslav Navratil, made in former Czechoslovakia, 1960s, set of 4

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    Elegant and rare set of 4 dining chairs designed by Miroslav Navratil and made in former Czechoslovakia in the 1960s. The chairs feature a clean, geometric, minimalistic design. The upholstery is made of purple fabric and black faux leather. The set is in good vintage condition with only minor signs of use (see photos).
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    Petre Velicu, Arlechin, pastel, 40×32 cm, signed lower left with black

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    Petre Velicu was born in 1950 in Bucharest and studied art at the Institute of Fine Arts Nicolae Grigorescu with Gheorghe Șaru. Beneficiary of the Theodor Aman scholarship, granted by the Bucharest City Hall until 1980, begins, after this date, to participate in group exhibitions (Orizont galleries, Atelier 35, Simeza gallery). He also exhibits abroad - Bulgaria, Switzerland, China, and, since 1990, he has settled in France where he participates in the Paris Autumn Show. He opens many personal exhibitions at: Sébastien Art Center in Saint-Cyr-sur-Mer and Carrousel du Louvre in 1996, France's Bastion in Porto Vecchio in 1999, Manege Royal in Saint Germain en Laye in 2000 and 2002, Fine Art Gallery in 2002. The surrealist universe of the painter seems to have the same origin as that of Stefan Câlția, Mircea Ciobanu or Ana Ruxandra Ilfoveanu - populated by timeless characters who borrow from the symbolism and mystery of the medieval carnival, stuck in precious attitudes, on neutral backgrounds that deconstruct them.
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    Jules Perahim, Personnages surréalistes, lithograph ex. 17/40, lithograph Michel Casse, signed, dated (19)81

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    Jules Perahim (born Iuliș Blumenfeld) was a Romanian artist of Jewish origin. After being associated with Surrealist circles at the beginning of the 1930s, he has contributed to the early development of what was to become Socialist Realism. In spite of the success he gets during the Communist regime, he grows frustrated by the lack of artistic liberty and, at some point during the 1960s, leaves the country to settle in Paris, where he continues to paint in surrealist style
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    Chiru Chakravarty, Dream, oil on canvas, 40×30 cm

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    Chiru Chakravarty is among contemporary India’s most prominent and thoughtful artists. Born in Faridpur, now in Bangladesh, Chiru Chakravarty studied briefly at the Indian School of Art, Kolkata. A disatisfied draftsman with the West Bengal Government, he became a cinematographer in Mumbai and started showing his work. After an exhibition in 1968, he started painting full-time. In 1993, he was invited to participate in Gallery Gaghardi, London, and later in Australia's Gallery Art Sans Frontiere. He has exhibited with Marc Chagall, Picasso, Dali, etc. Resourcefully, Chakravarty has produced paintings, ceramics, relief in various metals, stone carvings, mosaic, photographs, sculpture and enameled copper and steel: both abstract with lines and raw color, away from perceived exteriors, and expressionist with distorted forms, cataloguing emotion into order.
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The 1950s were marked by optimism, by rebirth, by the desire for a better, snug life. It is then no wonder that today, in the rush of the 21st century, we openly, admiringly and nostalgically look back to the atmosphere of those days.

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Mid-century modern is an architectural, interior, product and graphic design that describes mid-20th century developments in modern design, architecture and urban development from roughly 1933 to 1965. The term, employed as a style descriptor as early as the mid-1950s, was reaffirmed in 1983 by Cara Greenberg in the title of her book, Mid-Century Modern: Furniture of the 1950s (Random House), celebrating the style that is now recognized by scholars and museums worldwide as a significant design movement. The Mid-Century modern movement in the U.S. was an American reflection of the International and Bauhaus movements, including the works of Gropius, Florence Knoll, Le Corbusier and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. Though the American component was slightly more organic in form and less formal than the International Style, it is more firmly related to it than any other. Brazilian and Scandinavian architects were very influential at this time, with a style characterized by clean simplicity and integration with nature. Like many of Wright’s designs, Mid-Century architecture was frequently employed in residential structures with the goal of bringing modernism into America’s post-war suburbs. This style emphasized creating structures with ample windows and open floor plans, with the intention of opening up interior spaces and bringing the outdoors in. Many Mid-century houses utilized then-groundbreaking post and beam architectural design that eliminated bulky support walls in favor of walls seemingly made of glass. Function was as important as form in Mid-Century designs, with an emphasis placed specifically on targeting the needs of the average American family. In Europe the influence of Le Corbusier and the CIAM resulted in an architectural orthodoxy manifest across most parts of post-war Europe that was ultimately challenged by the radical agendas of the architectural wings of the avant-garde Situationist International, COBRA, as well as Archigram in London. A critical but sympathetic reappraisal of the internationalist oeuvre, inspired by Scandinavian Moderns such as Alvar Aalto, Sigurd Lewerentz and Arne Jacobsen, and the late work of Le Corbusier himself, was reinterpreted by groups such as Team X, including structuralist architects such as Aldo van Eyck, Ralph Erskine, Denys Lasdun, Jorn Utzon and the movement known in the United Kingdom as New Brutalism. Pioneering builder and real estate developer Joseph Eichler was instrumental in bringing Mid-Century Modern architecture (“Eichler Homes”) to subdivisions in the Los Angeles area and the San Francisco Bay region of California, and select housing developments on the east coast. George Fred Keck, his brother Willam Keck, Henry P. Glass, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, and Edward Humrich created Mid-Century Modern residences in the Chicago area. Mies van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House is extremely difficult to heat or cool, while Keck and Keck were pioneers in the incorporation of passive solar features in their houses to compensate for their large glass windows. (source: wikipedia.org)

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