This is a difficult time for everyone, and humour has always been a default setting, even in the darkest of times. Over the past week or so, there have been an explosion of art related quarantine gags that definitely show that we are not alone! Michaelangelo understood a thing or two about hygiene! Munch's study … Continue reading Quarantine Giggles
Today started with a walk to the Old National Gallerie. Gorgeous building, suitably grand and with beautiful staircases. Came for the Wanderlust exhibition with the prize of Caspar David Friedrich's Wanderer above a Sea of Fog. My eye tended to skim over the Romantic Period and rested ever so pleasingly on the likes of Kirchner, … Continue reading Alte Nationalgalerie, Berlin
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-43868925 Fantastic report on the unveiling of Gillian Wearing's statue in Parliament Square today with film, photos and a fact file on the Suffragist, Millicent Fawcett. As the great, great niece of someone who fought for our right to the vote but who died before she saw the benefit, it is marvellous to see such … Continue reading Gillian Wearing and the Millicent Fawcett statue
http://www.dailyartmagazine.com/cultural-legacy-of-albert-prince-consort/ Albert has been in the news lately with a digitisation of his papers related to his role in the arts. Thought I'd write about that!
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
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!
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
Found the recent documentaries on Spencer inspired this piece for Daily Art Magazine.http://www.dailyartmagazine.com/stanley-spencers-home-in-cookham/
My three favourite words and the perfect way to describe the paintings of American realist artist, Andrew Wyeth. The first of the three is the famous Christina's World. This painting has a personal resonance for me and is difficult to write about. Wyeth knew the owners of the farm, a brother and sister. Due to … Continue reading Andrew Wyeth:beauty, tranquility and melancholy
This painting by Matthijs Maris appeared on my twitter feed from the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam and I love the description in Dutch. "Sprookjesachtig, wonderlijk, mysterieus."
Who dropped by my blog in 2017. Your support is greatly appreciated!! Hope 2018 is just as interesting for me as 2017 was.
After visiting the exhibition at IWM North, it seemed right to write about this particular twisted, bitter genius! http://www.dailyartdaily.com/wyndham-lewis-life-art-war/
https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2017/nov/13/banned-by-the-police-the-true-stories-behind-modiglianis-langourous-nudes Informative article on the exhibition at Tate Modern. Genuinely love Modigliani's nudes, it must be confessed!
I had started to think about literary quotes that fit my favourite paintings. Hopper's 1931 Hotel Room exudes the melancholy that anonymous rooms can convey. The quotation is from Virginia Woolf's The Waves. The idea of nothingness is a theme that so many of Hopper's works reveal to us.