Ravilious & Co:The Pattern of Friendship

Went to Compton Verney to see this exhibition today. I'm not the biggest fan of watercolours but there were some interesting works here from Ravilious and his friends and contemporaries. The design parts did nothing for me, but when you have a Nash landscape in front of you, you have to pay attention! Here are … Continue reading Ravilious & Co:The Pattern of Friendship

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A discussion on Elsie Driggs’s Pittsburgh

Elsie Driggs's 'Pittsburgh' is one of my 'favourite paintings I want to see one day' as you'll know from this post: Let's hear it for the girls 1: Elsie Driggs Imagine my delight in finding this video from the Witney in New York: https://www.facebook.com/whitneymuseum/videos/10155070023181433/ Enjoy!

Cranes …yes, cranes

Not the feathered type either, but the industrial kind. Coming from the Midlands, our industrial heritage has always been a fascination. I was born not far from where James Watt had his factory and my family research has uncovered just how many of my ancestors worked in the industries of Birmingham and the Black Country. … Continue reading Cranes …yes, cranes

Van Gogh’s Vue de l’asile et de la Chapelle de Saint-Rémy | Christie’s

This is a significant painting by Van Gogh and the piece from Christie's makes for an interesting read. I have twice been moved to tears when viewing a Van Gogh and I do wonder whether a work can retain an element of its maker's personality...or is that too romantic a notion?? https://www.christies.com/features/From-the-outside-in-Van-Goghs-Vue-de-lasile-et-de-la-Chapelle-de-Saint-Remy-8961-1.aspx?sc_lang=en&cid=EM_EMLcontent04144A27A_0&cid=DM170745&bid=127902980

America’s Cool Modernism review – soulful struggles against a skyscraping new world | Art and design | The Guardian

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2018/mar/22/americas-cool-modernism-review-ashmolean-museum Am not going to this until May but what I'm seeing is making me want to jump in the car right now. Ekphrasis and Charles Demuth

Judith beheading Holofernes…again and again

In the Book of Judith, the story of the Assyrian army laying siege to the Jewish city of Bethulia brought to the fore a heroine in Judith, a widow, who with her maid, dressed in a seductive manner to attract the Syrian leader, Holofernes. Her plan worked. The commander, so enamoured with Judith, gave a … Continue reading Judith beheading Holofernes…again and again

“If you gods can give all things, may I have as my wife, I pray… one like the ivory maiden.” Picasso and the myth of Pygmalion

At the Picasso exhibition yesterday, there were a series of paintings that the catalogue mentioned as being like the myth of Pygmalion, where Picasso gradually brought Marie-Thérèse to life in art from sculpture to real woman. The mythical story goes like this: The Story of Pygmalion and Galatea Pygmalion was a sculptor par excellence, a … Continue reading “If you gods can give all things, may I have as my wife, I pray… one like the ivory maiden.” Picasso and the myth of Pygmalion

Picasso 1932 at Tate Modern

Love the fact I am a Tate Member so I can rock up and slip straight into something as deliciously sensuous and seductive as the new Picasso exhibition, Picasso 1932:Love Fame Tragedy. With works specifically from a tumultuous year in the life of the artist, you cannot fail to be stopped in your tracks by … Continue reading Picasso 1932 at Tate Modern

I’ve found another precisionist!

Joy!  The UK has come to a standstill today - bit of snow, usual drill...PANIC!!! To pass the time, I have had a rummage around the internet and spotted this: and thought that has a touch of the Sheeler's about it, but surely I hadn't missed one of his paintings!  Looked a little closer and … Continue reading I’ve found another precisionist!

The Divine Ms Driggs

I wrote about the precisionist artist Elsie Driggs previously: Let's hear it for the girls 1 But have to share this gorgeous example of her work that is held at the Museum of Fine Art in Houston. You can hear the wind buffering against the sleek, metal casing and that sky is full of menace. … Continue reading The Divine Ms Driggs