Heather James Fine Art in Palm Desert
Our gallery in Palm Desert is centrally located in the Palm Springs area of California, adjacent to the popular shopping and dining area of El Paseo. Our clientele appreciates our selection of Post War, Modern, and Contemporary art. The gorgeous weather during the winter months draws visitors from all over the world to see our beautiful desert, and stop by our gallery. The mountainous desert landscape outside provides the perfect scenic backdrop to the visual feast that awaits inside.
45188 Portola Avenue
Palm Desert, CA 92260
Open by appointment only
Dibujo a la Manera de Velasquez, 1960charcoal and pastel on cardboard, 60 1/2 x 47 1/2 in.
Best known for his rotund human figures, Botero created this drawing while living in Madrid. During this time, Botero made his living by copying paintings housed in the Prado Museum—particularly those of his idols like Diego Velázquez. Here, the artist appears to be riffing on Velázquez’s painting, The Jester Don Diego de Acedo (c. 1640) in creating this larger-than-life re-interpretation.
Still Life (“I Belong to Samuel Fastlicht”), 1951
oil on Masonite, 11 1/4 x 14 1/8 in.
Even in her still life works, Kahlo painted from her own reality. As the phrase itself notes, a “still life” creates a permanence where none can exist. Flowers and fruits do not last. Therein lies a tension, what is before the viewer is both everlasting and fleeting. Enduring chronic pain and surgeries after a bus accident when she was 19, who else would comprehend the fragility of life as well as Frida Kahlo? A gift to her close friend and dentist, Samuel Fastlicht, this painting gives us succulence and life even as we understand that the fruit will decay. We peel away the layers of the painting and see a painter bound by her story but who also transcends it.
Few names evoke the same artistic reverence as Jackson Pollock. As Willem de Kooning generously noted, Jackson Pollock “broke the ice” so that he and his fellow New York School artists could explore the possibilities of abstraction. Before he painted his definitive “drip” paintings, Pollock toyed with expressionist imagery and painted a series of “compositions” inspired by the works of José Clemente Orozco. Today, many of these works are in museums, including The Flame, at the Museum of Modern Art, and Composition with Figures and Banners, at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Here, we are pleased to share Composition with Angular Forms alongside paintings from other defining series of Abstract Expressionism.