Alte Nationalgalerie, Berlin

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


Gillian Wearing and the Millicent Fawcett statue 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

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

A discussion on Elsie Driggs’s Pittsburgh

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: Enjoy!

Judith beheading Holofernes…again and again

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

Andrew Wyeth:beauty, tranquility and melancholy

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

Beata Beatrix

I have avoided writing too much on the Pre Raphaelites as 1. I am a complete bore about this subject and 2. there are much better blogs than mine out there on the subject but as I am off to Liverpool for their PreRaphaelites: Beauty and Rebellion, I couldn't resist adding my favourite Rossetti oil painting to … Continue reading Beata Beatrix