Matthias Stom-Making the Darkness Conscious

One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious. The quotation from Carl Jung seems apt when discussing the work of this seventeenth century artist, for Matthias Stom is one of the masters of using chiaroscuro to reveal what would usually be hidden. The term, chiaroscuro is defined … Continue reading Matthias Stom-Making the Darkness Conscious


Constantin Meunier and 19th Century Realism

A year ago I visited Brussels for a concert and, for the first time, didn't visit an art gallery!  Shortly afterwards I discovered a beautiful painting by a Belgian artist, Leon Spilliaert and vowed to go back to the Musee de Beaux Arts to see his work: Haunting Symbolism:Leon Spilliaert Serendipity struck again when I returned … Continue reading Constantin Meunier and 19th Century Realism

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…