Epstein, the hero! 

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/jonathanjonesblog/2017/jan/31/jacob-epstein-immigrant-ban-winston-churchill-oval-office-donald-trump With all that has transpired in the US over the past few weeks, the story of Churchill's bust being returned to the Oval Office was low on the list of priorities, having never taken too much notice of this little nugget of controversy in the past. Discovering that it was sculpted by Jacob Epstein, … Continue reading Epstein, the hero! 

The Holy Story: The Driving Force of Renaissance Art?

​The sudden expansion in trade, banking and the textile industry in the late 1200s.  brought an influx of labouring classes to the cities of Renaissance Italy. The Roman church, whose depictions of God were designed to control the congregation with the might and majesty of the Lord, was ill-equipped to deal with the vast numbers … Continue reading The Holy Story: The Driving Force of Renaissance Art?

Claggett Wilson – War Artist

Reading this article in the New York Times revealed a large gap in my art history knowledge of America:  https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/05/arts/design/review-world-war-i-the-quick-the-dead-the-artists.html I've been reading a lot about the Ashcan Group, the Precisionists, Abstract Expressionism, and Pop Art, but seemed to have totally missed the War art produced by a range of American artists.  One, whose work … Continue reading Claggett Wilson – War Artist

Contemporary art since 1980

​The latest module on my art history course asked to consider the various factors that have shaped the practice of art since 1980. This is a particularly interesting topic for someone growing up during that time. The political and social aspect of our society has, naturally, forged a link with art and artists through the … Continue reading Contemporary art since 1980

Beyond Caravaggio

Following on from seeing The Seven Acts of Mercy at the RSC, I thought I had better get to the NG before this exhibition ended, especially as I had read Waldemar Januszczak's review and loved it! http://www.waldemar.tv/2016/11/waldemar-januszczak-on-art-caravaggio-saw-things-in-a-new-light/ I was very much looking forward to seeing Caravaggio's Supper at Emmaus and was not disappointed: The theatrical … Continue reading Beyond Caravaggio

Post 200-Balla and Stravinsky

I was looking for a suitable painting to evoke the thrill of fireworks in order to wish everyone a happy new year and came across this work from one of my favourite Futurists, Giacomo Balla:  Further investigation revealed that this was from the set of Ivor Stravinsky's ballet  This blog has an extract from Stravinsky's … Continue reading Post 200-Balla and Stravinsky