Henri Gaudier-Brzeska

Am reading a book on HG-B by Evelyn Silver and David Finn and came across this sketch that he sent to Edward Wadsworth (he of the 'Dazzle Ship' design) from the front line at the end of 1914.  Titled 'One of our shells exploding', he has captured the ferocity of the blast and the beautiful, … Continue reading Henri Gaudier-Brzeska

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Gino Severini, Cannoni in azione 1915

Anyone who knows me will know how much I love the period 1910-1920 and I am bowled over by this wonderful work by Severini that I found in Rovereto. Immediately, I knew it had to be the companion to one of my most favourite paintings of all...drum roll... CRW Nevinson's La Mitrailleuse.  Wouldn't you agree? … Continue reading Gino Severini, Cannoni in azione 1915

Paul Nash Mash-up

My love of war art and Vorticist collided yesterday at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park in a piece by Phillip King called Shogun. Although King said that he was inspired by a ball bearing he saw on the side of the road, what I could see in this sculpture of wood and metal was a merging … Continue reading Paul Nash Mash-up

It’s that Bomberg again!

Of Mr Bomberg it would be  rash to prophesy as yet, but this much may be said, that he has the ambition, the energy, and brainpower to strike out a line of his own Roger Fry, 1913 This post should  have been about Andy Warhol at the Ashmolean but I was so underwhelmed that I … Continue reading It’s that Bomberg again!

My 100th Post: The 1910 Room at The Tate

To celebrate my 100th post, I thought a quick look at my favourite art period was called for. These two photographs epitomise what it is I love about the 1910 room at The Tate. I hadn't considered the way in which the pieces are placed together before so decided to photograph the statues alongside the … Continue reading My 100th Post: The 1910 Room at The Tate

Rock Drill on tour

https://travelswithmyart.wordpress.com/2015/07/13/now-you-see-him-now-you-dont/ Back in July I found out that Rock Drill had gone out on tour from the Tate and was appearing at a gallery near to me!  Thursday was preview night and I was almost first through the door to take a peek at the little friendly torso and his not so friendly reconstructed self. … Continue reading Rock Drill on tour

Henri Gaudier-Brzeska

On a wet day in Leeds I had a small encounter with Henri Gaudier-Brzeska, the young artist-sculptor whose prodigious talent was cut short by WWI. This exhibition, at Harewood House, is a cut-down version of the one from Kettle's Yard in Cambridge that I missed earlier in the year. The key pieces of sculpture were … Continue reading Henri Gaudier-Brzeska

Rock Drill deconstructed…again

Ahead of its appearance at Walsall New Art Gallery in September, Birmingham's reconstructed Rock Drill has been, erm, deconstructed. See how that took place here: https://twitter.com/bm_ag/status/628888832168099840 https://twitter.com/bm_ag/status/628931047770746880 https://twitter.com/bm_ag/status/628931468539113472 Jacob Epstein on Rock Drill: “I made and mounted a machine-like robot, visored, menacing, and carrying within itself its progeny, protectively ensconced. Here is the armed, sinister … Continue reading Rock Drill deconstructed…again

Now you see him…now you don’t!

My favourite section of Tate Britain has to be the moment I turn into the 1910 and 1915 rooms. Everyone I love is there: Nevison, Epstein, Gertler, Bomberg, Wyndham Lewis to name but a few. There has been a rehang and the two rooms are now combined. Bomberg's Mud Bath is now pride of place: These … Continue reading Now you see him…now you don’t!

David Bomberg: When a Vorticist is not a Vorticist

I have been purchasing old exhibition catalogues and two are of particular interest at the moment: Wyndham Lewis and Vorticism: The Tate Gallery, 6th July -19th August, 1956 and one from the 2nd March-9th April 1967 retrospective of David Bomberg. Everywhere I go at the moment, there seems to be a Bomberg.  Love popping into … Continue reading David Bomberg: When a Vorticist is not a Vorticist

The New Art Gallery, Walsall

Sometimes you just forget what is practically on the doorstep. Enjoyed a visit to the Garman Ryan Collection in Walsall - an eclectic mix of paintings, sculpures, drawings, furniture ...you name it, they have it! Jacob Epstein's widow, Kathleen Garman, along with her good friend, sculpter, Sally Ryan, collected these works over a number of … Continue reading The New Art Gallery, Walsall