“yes, everything that has truly been seen must become a poem!”
-RAINER-MARIA RILKE (1875-1926)
Fine Art Specialist and Design Consultant, Andrea Fisher brings to her work a vision honed through a career in dance and a passion for 18th- and 19th-century French art.
Andrea Fisher has auctioned fine art and antiques at Christie’s and Sotheby’s, and is an art lecturer on the subject of 18th- and 19th-century French academic art. An art dealer and former antiques dealer, she enjoys researching and procuring fine period art for collectors and design clients. She is a former grant recipient and grant panelist for the New York State Council on the Arts. Fisher is the Official Garden Designer of the Mission of Argentina to the United Nations, and a designer of exquisite classic interiors, integrating fine art, antiques and contemporary furnishings. Her designs are elegant and timeless, and inspire a level of beauty which lifts one’s soul.
Albert de Belleroche (1864-1944)
This exquisite oil on canvas painting by Albert de Belleroche – friend and colleauge of John Singer Sargent – is available to purchase through our online gallery. It is part of our selection of fine 18th- and 19th-century French academic paintings, drawings and engravings from artists who exhibited at the Paris Salons. These artists are represented in fine art museums throughout the world, including Le Musée du Louvre and The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Note: The art pages on this site are under revision, and will be restored shortly.
inspired by beauty – a journey through time
A new direction in my work began with my lecture-presentation, Exquisite French Period Art and Interiors – A Journey Through Time. First presented in 2010, the lecture explored the art of the 18th-century French rococo through 19th-century French academic movements, and its influence on culture. Enlightenment thinking was discussed, as it was the force that set these movements into motion. Stories of the artists’ lives and work brought to life the colors, tones and textures of this wondrous past.
I was so excited by my study of these subjects, that I was inspired to continue exploring and sharing about this era. We continue the journey in the form of a blog. Together we will travel from Enlightenment to Romanticism, and onward to modern times. Here we will also delve further into concepts of beauty and aesthetics. Eighteenth and 19th-century philosophers and poets will join us, as they are the guardians of beauty and truth.
Above is an image of the stunning fine art photography of Brooklyn-based artists Scott Irvine and Kim Meinelt of Waxenvine. It is one of a number of their works that will be featured on the blog.
I am delighted to also share with my readers how my passion for these subjects, sparked by my desire to create beauty, evolved into a book – details forthcoming. To visit the blog, go to the menu at the top of the page or click this link: Blog
Our elegant cream and white bedroom features sumptuous fabrics among fine art and furnishings, both period and modern. Its gentle tones and textures set the mood for a luxurious retreat, which I hoped would be both a respite and an inspiration. A white boudoir pillow, embroidered by Frette Linens of Italy, wears our original, scripted letter ‘A’ logo. Behind a velvet headboard, one can see a contemporary print displayed on a silk-covered wall. The print, titled “Seated Young Woman,” is after an 18th-century French chalk drawing by master rococo painter and draughtsman Jean-Antoine Watteau. The original drawing belongs to the Morgan Library and Museum of New York City. Its fluid, poetic lines capture the sensuality of the era – it is the exemplar of French rococo.
Watteau’s remarkable life and art will be explored in an upcoming post.
Photo by Phillip Van Nostrand
In our contemporary tea salon, modern furnishings with clean and elegant lines blend harmoniously with the refined Louis XVI style. Luscious shades of lavender, mauve, pink and purple envelop our senses, while heady scents of fresh-cut blooms fill the air. The hand-painted, paper flowers – perched atop books like a crown of confection – are the work of Danish sculptress Marie-Louise Otte. Their soft, chalky hues evoke the delicate shades of 18th-century France.
The console is made today by Maison Taillardat. Inspired by the superb craftsmanship of 18th-century French master ébénistes, its refined and graceful lines are the quintessence of Louis Seize style.
An elegant setting of pastel-colored pastries and soft, fluffy roses beckons one to tea. Hand-painted, Chinese murals, after an 18th-century design, makes for an enchanting background.
The English silver teapot is a treasured possession. A family heirloom – it is filled with my mum’s memories of growing up in war-torn London, and stories of love.
Pastries from Ladurée – Cachepot by AERIN – Fine French porcelain by Maison Bernardaud
— Rainer-Maria Rilke quote used with kind permission of W.W. Norton & Company, Inc., New York —
my vision: from dance to design and the telling of stories
As a choreographer, I began the creation of each dance from a single idea. With an open heart and an open mind, the creative process itself would lead me in new directions. The result was a synthesis of all the elements which led to a finished work of art. I was moved as I noticed moments when my audience members shed tears from the experience. The transformative nature of art and beauty runs deep.
I find the creative process of design to be similar to dance. I begin with one idea. It could be tone, color, style, rhythm or concept. In storytelling – when I am writing from my imagination – the process unfolds in like manner. I allow this initial idea to lead me through magnificent doors which I had not known were before me. The openness of this creative process is what I love about art, beauty and life itself. Choreographer Merce Cunningham called this ‘chance operations,’ and the poet John Keats used the term ‘negative capability.’
When I create, my desire is always to ignite and inspire that place in our soul where we experience beauty. This wondrous process of creating and bringing beauty to others, brings me more gifts than I could have imagined.
“- but I have lov’d the principle of beauty in all things”
-john keats (1795-1821)
from a letter to fanny brawne, 1820