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Etienne Ret (1900-1996) French/American Artist

A Los Angeles Times critic noted of a 1943 exhibit:  "Ret is a poet and his pictures are poetic paintings."

Etienne Ret (1900-1996), French (lived in California)
"Young Man Playing the Sitar"
Signed UL, watercolor and gouache, image approximately 22” x 17" - matted and framed.  


Ravi Shankar (1920 –  2012)
A prominent Indian musician who was best-known as a sitar musician and a  composer of Hindustani classical music. The photograph: Shankar, the guru of the sitar, 1966, belongs to Getty Images, Obituary was included in national publication.



Etienne Ret (1900-1996) French/American Artist

Born in Bourbonnais France, Etienne (Perret) Ret studied art in Paris at the Ecole des Arts Decoratifs, under Maurice Denis and G. Desvaileres. He first exhibited his original paintings, etchings and lithographs with the Societe des Independants, in Paris, and throughout France. In 1929 Ret published his own book of poems, Blindman’s Bluff; he won the Florence Blumenthal Prize and did…

Shirley Fearn Shaneyfelt: (1916 -2004) DC - Northern Virginia Artist

Composition “There is a Light” Oil on Canvas, 37” X 37”, in a silver leaf frame
The colorfield abstract impressionist canvas is like a radioactive sea of golden aspen with acidic spots of green and an undulating band of textured silver. The yellow works as a guiding light, directing us toward the thrill of fall colors and reminds us that bright colors encourage our souls.

Shirley Fearn Shaneyfelt: (1916 -2004) DC - Northern Virginia Artist
Sheneyfelt worked in a variety of artistic styles and media, from naïve to large abstract oil paintings, to delicate brush paintings and watercolors. Some of her most noted paintings were in a naïve style of the civil rights movement here in the Washington, DC area.

The Museum of Nebraska Art holds a painting called: Freedom March - see below - photo by MONA. The Museum states - the painting “is an excellent example of naïve art, as the perspective within the composition is awkward, contains a forceful use of pattern and color, but nonetheless s…