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
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
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
http://www.dailyartmagazine.com/george-tooker-a-purveyor-of-modern-alienation/ A new artist for me. This is just one of the many themes Tooker used in his paintings. However, there does seem to be such an air of sadness about them, as these examples show. Worth exploring a little deeper.
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
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
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!
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
http://www.dailyartmagazine.com/art-of-the-war-wounded Really enjoyed writing this, despite the grisly nature of the art! Nevinson, CRW; The Doctor (Art.IWM ART 725) © IWM. Original Source: http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/20221
Found the recent documentaries on Spencer inspired this piece for Daily Art Magazine.http://www.dailyartmagazine.com/stanley-spencers-home-in-cookham/
If you take a look at the word cloud on the front page of the blog, it will instantly tell you about the art I have a real desire for. One of the larger tags is for war art. However, the link will take you to mainly first world war and a little of the … Continue reading Peter Howson
Thanks to Trent Art for tweeting this amazing oil - The Massacre of the Innocents Held at Newlyn Art Gallery in Cornwall, there is no detail on when this was painted. The second line of writing says 'How terrible are the Disasters of War' and the clothing of the victims and their murderers would seem … Continue reading Let’s hear it for the girls 9: Hilda Jillard
Two programmes on Stanley Spencer from 10pm on BBC4. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03yggd0 http://www.radiotimes.com/news/tv/2018-02-04/why-stanley-spencer-tore-apart-his-family-for-a-lesbian-muse/
Banning artworks such as Hylas and the nymphs is a long slippery slope Here are the reader responses to the removal of Waterhouse's Hylas and the Nymphs by Manchester Art Gallery. In case you missed the story: Manchester art gallery removes Waterhouse naked nymphs painting to prompt conversation Why have mildly erotic nymphs been removed … Continue reading Banning artworks such as Hylas and the Nymphs is a long, slippery slope | Letters | Art and design | The Guardian