Top 10 Exhibitions of 2015 Part 2

The first half of this top ten was quite a struggle to put together as I thoroughly enjoyed my visits this year.  So, to decide on a top 5 was even harder, but here goes: Number 5 Picasso-Dali; Dali-Picasso at Museu Picasso, Barcelona I have been so lucky this year with the travelling and … Continue reading Top 10 Exhibitions of 2015 Part 2


2015 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog. Here's an excerpt: A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 710 times in 2015. If it were a cable car, it would take about 12 trips to carry that many people.         Thank … Continue reading 2015 in review

Michael Palin’s Quest for Artemisia review: rape, torture and sexism – all in a day’s work for a 17th-century artist | Culture | The Guardian This is well worth watching on catch up. Read the novel years ago and was always interested in Artemesia's work. This one, Judith and her maid servant, is particularly powerful. Check out Holofernes' head in the basket - as Palin said, almost an afterthought!!

It’s all about the light…

Have been thinking about particular paintings I have seen this year that have impressed with the way in which the artist creates light and shadow : Chiaroscuro This large canvas, Isaac Blessing Jacob by Matthias Stom (1635),  at The Barber Institute in Birmingham has become a particular favourite:     The BBC Your Paintings website says … Continue reading It’s all about the light…

More on David Bomberg

Sometimes insomnia can be a good thing as I've just discovered the online collection of the Ben Uri Gallery Particularly liked Ghetto Theatre from 1920. Painted in 1920, this is a tightly composed work reflects Bomberg's unease following his war experiences. The gallery's website had this to say: In Ghetto Theatre, set in Whitechapel’s lively … Continue reading More on David Bomberg

Top 10 Exhibitions of 2015 Part 1

Having hit my target of 50 exhibitions or gallery visits in a year, it seemed apt to put together a top ten and, oh my, making those sort of decisions took a lot of work! For Christmas Eve, we have places 6-10 to fill: Number 10 Pollock: Blind Spot at Tate Liverpool Simply because … Continue reading Top 10 Exhibitions of 2015 Part 1

ER Hughes:Enchanted Dreams at BMAG

My first love was the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood - could not get enough of that Rosetti, Byrne Jones and Hunt! Despite all the reading I have done over the years, this young acolyte has passed me by...that is until yesterday. It was surprising that I recognised quite a few pieces but that is because Hughes's works … Continue reading ER Hughes:Enchanted Dreams at BMAG

Felix Nussbaum 1904-1944

I came across Felix Nussbaum's work in a book I'm reading about 'Degenerate Art' and his subject matter resonates with me through my interest in World War II history and particularly, The Holocaust. Born in Osnabruck in 1904, Nussbaum travelled to Hamberg and Berlin to study. Influenced by Otto Dix, Max Beckmann and Henri Rousseau, … Continue reading Felix Nussbaum 1904-1944