Pierre Bonnard … War Artist?

For some reason, Pierre Bonnard always leaves me a little cold, despite the vibrant colour. His works are everywhere, always sitting alongside works by Matisse, Vulliard, Gauguin yet, I find myself giving them a cursory view before moving on. I think it is because of the subjects: Small vignettes of domestic life but nothing startling, … Continue reading Pierre Bonnard … War Artist?


Modern Couples

Visited the Barbican for the first time for Modern Couples: Art, Intimacy and the Avant-garde. While Waldemar Januszczak loved it, and I love what he said about it: http://www.waldemar.tv/2018/10/modern-couples-barbican-elmgreen-dragset-whitechapel-gallery/ However, I can't get as excited as he was. For me, there were too many artists to explore, the 'booths' were too small, and although it … Continue reading Modern Couples

Op reis met Vlaamse meesters: Leon Spilliaert en het mysterieuze spel van licht en duisternis op de Zeedijk van Oostende | VRT NWS

https://www.vrt.be/vrtnws/nl/2018/10/25/hoe-s-nachts-licht-en-duisternis-een-spel-spelen-op-de-zeedijk/ No, I don't speak Dutch, sadly, but thanks to translation software, an excellent piece on the melancholic Leon Spilliaert and this divine painting, The Night.

The Art and Relationship of Scottish Colourists Johnj Duncan Fergusson and Anne Estelle Rice | Scottish Art | Sotheby’s

https://www.sothebys.com/en/articles/the-art-and-relationship-of-scottish-colourists-john-duncan-fergusson-and-anne-estelle-rice Started reading a lot of articles from Sotherby's and found this a delight; just like the art works described. Really wish I could write like this! JOHN DUNCAN FERGUSSON, ALPES MARITIMES.ESTIMATE £30,000-50,000 ANNE ESTELLE RICE, IN THE VALLEY . ESTIMATE 12,000- 18,000.

Roderic O’Conor

A post by Sotherby's brought this Irish artist and this work to my attention: SEASCAPE, ORANGE AND RED ROCKS Born in 1860 in Ireland, O'Connor spent most of his adult life in France. Friends with both Van Gogh and Gauguin, whose influence is apparent, O'Conor was being 'fauve' before the Fauves! An exhibition at the … Continue reading Roderic O’Conor

“Dim through the misty panes and thick green light”

The use of gas as a weapon was described in detail by Wilfred Owen but is brought to life in this painting by FH Varley - Gas Chamber at Seaford: The beautiful East Sussex landscape is depicted in blues and pinks, fresh air, green grass, a meandering road leading to the sea but the horrors … Continue reading “Dim through the misty panes and thick green light”

Why Magritte Was Fascinated with Bowler Hats

https://www.artsy.net/article/artsy-editorial-magritte-fascinated-bowler-hats This article has made me realise I have never written about Magritte, despite having one of his works in my local gallery; seeing him as part of a surrealist show in Edinburgh; finding a wonderful work in Peggy Guggenheim's place in Venice; an exhibition in the Pompidou centre and finaĺly, an afternoon in Musee … Continue reading Why Magritte Was Fascinated with Bowler Hats

David Barnes -on my wall!

When I was introduced to Kyffin Williams, I had a real sense of shock - shock at seeing such melancholic, intense landscapes, shock at the depth of the impasto paint that he employed and shock that I had not come across him before! Having made a trip to Swansea to see their collection, I did … Continue reading David Barnes -on my wall!

Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark Share Mind-Boggling New Video | News | Clash Magazine

https://www.clashmusic.com/news/orchestral-manoeuvres-in-the-dark-share-mind-boggling-new-video Anyone reading this blog will know that I am a little bit in love with Leonora Carrington and her painting and writings. Chloe Aridjis, author and curator, turned her hand to a docudrama entitled FemaleHumanAnimal, in reference to the anthropomorphic, mythical creatures that populate her paintings and fill her stories. The end titles has … Continue reading Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark Share Mind-Boggling New Video | News | Clash Magazine

Mandy Payne: Out of Place

I came across Mandy Payne's work in 2014 at the John Moore's Prize at the Walker Gallery in Liverpool with 'Brutal'. I can distinctly remember walking into the room and spotting it from a distance.  As approached, I was struck by the way you are drawn onto the walkway.  Realising that it was painted onto … Continue reading Mandy Payne: Out of Place

August Strindberg paints!

When I was at uni did a module on plays by Ibsen and August Strindberg and although I liked and understood Ibsen’s work, I did find myself more drawn to Strindberg, especially, the play, Miss Julie. This morning, while sleepless and scrolling I came across this painting by Strindberg called Packis i stranden, which translates … Continue reading August Strindberg paints!