Let’s Hear it for the Girls 10:Emily Carr

Time to resume the series on female artists. This one is from Victoria, British Columbia and her incredible forest scenes. Emily Carr 1871-1945 Biographical details are nicely summarised on the Vancouver Art Gallery website with the online collection. https://www.vanartgallery.bc.ca/collection_and_research/emily_carr.html If you like these, you may like Lawren Harris, who was a friend and mentor to … Continue reading Let’s Hear it for the Girls 10:Emily Carr

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Maurice Wade: Painter of light and shade

“In answer to the question as to why I paint in the way I do, employing mostly a hard formalism with an emphasis on geometrical shapes and sombre-toned colours, I would say that in this way I am best able to interpret the particular character of the situation.”   Thanks to a good and knowledgeable … Continue reading Maurice Wade: Painter of light and shade

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!

Franz Sedlacek and Magic Realism

Twitter is useful for finding artworks and artists that I have not come across before...and it strikes again with Franz Sedlacek. Biog details first: Born in 1891 in Breslau and moved to Linz when he was 6. Sedlacek was already showing a talent for drawing, especially characters and after graduating he moved to Vienna whete … Continue reading Franz Sedlacek and Magic Realism

Valerius de Saedeleer

Came across these landscapes by Valerius de Saedeleer, a Belgian landscape painter, whose works are informed by a symbolist and mystic-religious sensitivity and the traditions of 16th-century Flemish landscape painting. (As noted in wikipedia) Certainly, I am reminded of Breughal's Hunters in the Snow when looking at these and those skies are really brooding. Perfect … Continue reading Valerius de Saedeleer

Leon Spilliaert and the Beauty of Nothingness

Femme nue tenant une coupe, 1910 My love for Leon Spilliaert keeps growing and this painting reminded me of one of my favourite passages from Virginia Woolf's The Waves: Alone, I often fall down into nothingness. I must push my foot stealthily lest I should fall off the edge of the world into nothingness. I … Continue reading Leon Spilliaert and the Beauty of Nothingness

Lyonel Feininger

A while ago I came across a crazy painting by Lyonel Feininger but promptly forgot about him until this appeared: I was going to do my customary research into this interesting man, but came across a far better piece of writing and more works than you can shake a paintbrush at!! Enjoy the fragmented world … Continue reading Lyonel Feininger

Those most English of English Painters

Having spent my childhood gazing at Constable's Flatford Mill on our living room wall, I had an antipathy towards Constable, this most English of English landscape painters. To me, his images were too simple, too real or just too boring. However, this is clearly not the case. With the Academies laying down the rules as … Continue reading Those most English of English Painters

Paul Nash at the Tate

During my travels I have come to love Paul Nash as his work was so varied and always interesting whether it is about the embodying of humanity in nature; the destruction of war on the land and soul or a surrealist viewpoint of the landscape. The news that there would be a retrospective this year … Continue reading Paul Nash at the Tate

Painters of Light – Italian Journey

Rovereto, Trento, Italy: a Tuesday and one of the best exhibitions my journeys have taken me to! 40mins from Verona, Rovereto is a picturesque town that clearly loves its art and culture. The Museo d'Arte dear Rovereto-Trentino was a surprise in itself: This review of the exhibition describes it much better than I can, so … Continue reading Painters of Light – Italian Journey

Painting with Light

The latest Tate Britain exhibition has been a little quiet: no one I know has been, no reviews that I've spotted but it's got the Pre Raphaelites, so what's not to like? To be honest, there wasn't much and this one left me a little cold - I even felt weary of seeing the Pre … Continue reading Painting with Light

Suffering withdrawal symptoms

Spending seven weeks touring round art galleries and exhibitions was brilliant but two weeks back at work has left me with withdrawal symptoms! Thank goodness for The Barber Insitute of Fine Art, stepping in with this series of lectures:http://barber.org.uk/bedfas-barber-2/ So, think I'll be pootling over tomorrow night for the Images of the Wilderness one. Any … Continue reading Suffering withdrawal symptoms