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      Martin Lawrence Galleries Dallas Celebrates the Spirit and Genius of 20th-Century Masters with an Opening Reception on Saturday, April 27th, 2019 in Dallas

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      April 27, 2019

      Saturday   6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

      Galleria Dallas, Level 1
      Dallas, Texas 75240

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      Martin Lawrence Galleries Dallas Celebrates the Spirit and Genius of 20th-Century Masters with an Opening Reception on Saturday, April 27th, 2019

      Martin Lawrence Galleries Dallas Celebrates the Spirit and Genius of 20th-Century Masters with an Opening Reception on Saturday, April 27th, 2019
      Pablo Picasso, Marc Chagall, Joan Miró and Salvador Dalí hardly need an introduction. These world-renowned iconic artists captured the public's imagination, and to this day each remains a touchstone of 20th-century art, a symbol of the best of the best.
      Today, Martin Lawrence Galleries (MLG) Dallas is proud to announce that it will be offering breathtaking works by these artists in its Galleria Mall location, beginning with an opening reception on Saturday, April 27th. Masterpieces to be presented for acquisition include Marc Chagall, The Bay of Angels, Salvador Dalí, La mer séparée par Jehovah, Pablo Picasso, Bacchanale: Couple and Flutist by a Lake.

      “My hands were too soft. I had to find some special occupation, some kind of work that would not force me to turn away from the sky and the stars, that would allow me to discover the meaning of life. “Marc Chagall

      Marc Chagall, poet-painter, was a Russian-French artist. An early modernist, he drew from several major artistic styles and created works in virtually every format, from paintings to book illustrations to fine art prints. He lived through and helped create modernism's "golden age in Paris," synthesizing the art forms of Cubism, Symbolism, and Fauvism-which gave rise to Surrealism-and combining that expression with Russian icon painting and folk art. Chagall's works reflect love, joy, beauty, and sadness, and he believed that color must be integrated with drawing. Pablo Picasso once remarked, "Chagall will be the only painter left who understands what colour really is." MLG is proud to exhibit originals, suites and individual prints by Marc Chagall.

      No place inspired Chagall more than Nice, and this great partnership of love and admiration is perfectly encapsulated in his magical work, The Bay of Angels, a stunning blue siren floats above the beautifully detailed city, wistfully reaching for an enchanting bouquet. A sense of longing and desire fill the page, as the siren refuses to make contact with the viewer and instead appears to delight in her dreamlike world. The scene is quintessentially Chagall: romantic, whimsical and surreal, like a dream; inviting you in and invoking all of your emotions and senses and memories.
      Created in 1962, this color lithograph was designed for the French Tourist Commissariat to attract tourists to the town of Nice and the Cote d'Azur outside France.
      Chagall's Jewish identity was essential to him throughout his life, and much of his work can be described as an attempt to reconcile old Jewish traditions with styles of modernist art. However, he also occasionally drew on Christian themes, which appealed to his taste for narrative and allegory and his works have been exhibited in the Museum of Biblical Art in Dallas, TX.

      The fact that I myself, at the moment of painting, do not understand my own pictures, does not mean that these pictures have no meaning; on the contrary, their meaning is so profound, complex, coherent, and involuntary that it escapes the most simple analysis of logical intuition." Salvador Dalí

      Salvador Dalí is one of the greatest Surrealist artists in history. A skilled draftsman born into a prominent Spanish family in Catalonia Spain, Dali is best known for the striking and bizarre images of extraordinary landscapes of his inner world. Dalí painted his first picture in 1910 at the age of six. At ten he discovered Impressionist art, and at fourteen the Pompiers (a 19th-century group of academic genre painters). By 1927 he was Dalí-a recognized genius. MLG's collection of ‘The Great Dali’ includes wood engravings, lithographs, watercolors, and etchings. The largest Dalí painting ever created can be seen at MLG Las Vegas and located in the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace.

      Born to a Catholic mother and an atheist father, Salvador Dalí's views on religion were complicated. However, in the 1940s-after attending a private audience with Pope Pius VII-the artist had a change of heart, and a year later announced his return to the Catholic Church. With the renewal of his religious beliefs, Dalí began to incorporate iconic religious events into his art. He became obsessed with the absolute, and the classical iconography of religion afforded him a means of exploring a different artistic territory; the territory of the sacred.

      The work featured ‘La mer séparée par Jehovah’ (The Sea Parted by Jehovah was created for the Moses and Monotheism suite of lithographs released in 1974. Each print from the series was produced first as gouache, watercolor and ink painting on paper. La mer séparée par Jehovah (The Sea Parted by Jehovah) illustrates the moment when Moses becomes the hand of God and parts the waters of the Red Sea by placing his staff (Dali's iconic crutch) into the ground. The image puts Moses squarely in the center of the waters, his hands seemingly pulling back the waters like curtains. In the foreground are relatively large but ghostly handprints that suggest God's hand. Depicting Moses' staff as a crutch implies that the connection with God was the support to Moses, that God worked through him and made him more than he was. Rather than ‘religion as a crutch,' it has been interpreted to suggest religion as empowering, bolstering the believer to achieve works and miracles that were impossible without God.

      Traditional rabbinic teaching concentrates on Moses as the ‘man between' – a liminal figure – existing in the uncomfortable borderland between God on the one hand and the people on the other. Moses was not born perfect or holy, and he became so as a model of transformation – the flawed human rising to a more enlightened and righteous state, and in doing so reaching his true heroism. Dalí, of course, was fascinated by the liminal, that mediating space between the fantastic and the mundane. He understood this crucial aspect of Moses and so his placement of Moses in the dead center of this image, in the center of the Red Sea itself, reveals his thoughts on what he considered most relevant in this story.

      "Art is a lie that makes us realize the truth." Pablo Picasso

      Pablo Picasso is considered the most celebrated and influential painter and the most innovative sculptor of the twentieth century. Picasso was also a master printmaker, and his graphic oeuvre spans more than seven decades. His published prints total 2,000 different images, pulled from metal, stone, wood, linoleum, and even celluloid. Picasso's graphic work intermittently followed his preoccupations and style as a painter. MLG's collection of hand-signed linocuts reveal the full breadth of his visual genius and invention of on-block technique which enabled him to achieve brilliantly colored and richly textured works on paper.

      Couple and Flutist were included in an exhibition The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Picasso in 2010 and his works are included in the permanent collections of The Nasher Center, Dallas, TX and the Dallas Museum of Art.

      Martin Lawrence Galleries
      Opening Reception, Saturday, April 27th,2019 from 6:00-8:00 pm
      Galleria Dallas, Level 1
      13350 Dallas Parkway
      Dallas, TX 75240
      RSVP: (972) 546-2988

      About Martin Lawrence Galleries

      Since 1978, Martin Lawrence Galleries (MLG)-headquartered in Greenwich, Connecticut with nine gallery locations nationwide including New York, Chicago, Dallas, Las Vegas, New Orleans, San Francisco, Costa Mesa, La Jolla, Maui has been assisting and advising collectors as they consider acquiring fine art. (MLG), has prided and defined ourselves as both publishers of fine art prints and sculpture from the most talented contemporary artists-both North American and European-and home to modern and contemporary masters like Picasso, Chagall, Warhol, Calder, Magritte, Basquiat, and Murakami. We are incredibly proud to have lent and exhibited over 200 masterworks, created by more than 30 different artists, to 30+ world-class museums around the globe…including the Louvre, the Pompidou, the Metropolitan, the Whitney, the National Gallery, the Tate and the Hermitage- where we are the sole sponsor of the first ever exhibition of the work of Erté, the father of art deco and we proudly publish works by artists including Kondakova, Hallam, Bertho, Fressinier, Lalonde and Deyber. For more information visit

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