For some reason, Pierre Bonnard always leaves me a little cold, despite the vibrant colour. His works are everywhere, always sitting alongside works by Matisse, Vulliard, Gauguin yet, I find myself giving them a cursory view before moving on. I think it is because of the subjects: Small vignettes of domestic life but nothing startling, … Continue reading Pierre Bonnard … War Artist?
The use of gas as a weapon was described in detail by Wilfred Owen but is brought to life in this painting by FH Varley - Gas Chamber at Seaford: The beautiful East Sussex landscape is depicted in blues and pinks, fresh air, green grass, a meandering road leading to the sea but the horrors … Continue reading “Dim through the misty panes and thick green light”
http://www.dailyartmagazine.com/art-of-the-war-wounded Really enjoyed writing this, despite the grisly nature of the art! Nevinson, CRW; The Doctor (Art.IWM ART 725) © IWM. Original Source: http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/20221
If you take a look at the word cloud on the front page of the blog, it will instantly tell you about the art I have a real desire for. One of the larger tags is for war art. However, the link will take you to mainly first world war and a little of the … Continue reading Peter Howson
Thanks to Trent Art for tweeting this amazing oil - The Massacre of the Innocents Held at Newlyn Art Gallery in Cornwall, there is no detail on when this was painted. The second line of writing says 'How terrible are the Disasters of War' and the clothing of the victims and their murderers would seem … Continue reading Let’s hear it for the girls 9: Hilda Jillard
At Tate Liverpool until 18th March is an interesting exploration of John Piper's work. If honest, I wasn't that gripped by his landscapes and abstractions although found the influence of Picasso et al on his abstract pieces interesting. However, when it came to his contribution as an official war artist in WW2, I was completely … Continue reading John Piper and the artistic war effort
In New York is an exhibition exploring the visual arts of World War 1. Marsden Hartley and Wilfred Owen: Queer voices of Memorial in Wartime This article about Marsden Hartley and Wilfred Owen, who feature in the exhibition, mentioned my favourite curmudgeon, CRW Nevinson, and how he was inspired by a poem by Siegfried Sassoon … Continue reading Nevinson at The Met
Check out @Sothebys’s Tweet: https://twitter.com/Sothebys/status/931516114621943808?s=09 To advertise their sale of the Nevinson painting: https://travelswithmyart.wordpress.com/2017/10/31/nevinson-reaches-dizzy-heights/ Sotheby's are using Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark's video for La Mitrailleuse: https://travelswithmyart.wordpress.com/2017/05/16/la-mitrailleuse-as-muse/ Art really does eat art!!!
https://amp.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2017/oct/30/first-world-war-painting-expected-to-reach-up-to-1m-at-sothebys Can just imagine Nevinson's delight at this piece of news "About bloody time!" you can hear him cry! Mind you, as lovely as this is, I still love our Column on the March at the BMaG http://www.bmagic.org.uk/objects/1988P105 And we all know how much I adore La Mitrailleuse!
When your favourite band decide to pay tribute to your favourite war painting and produce a video to compliment the musique concrete on offer, well it would be rude not to include it in the blog! Yesterday, Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark released a track from their forthcoming album, The Punishment of Luxury (named after … Continue reading La Mitrailleuse as muse
Don't often write about a venue but I can't recommend a visit to the Estorick Collection in Islington enough. Estorick Collection Website Nestled behind an brick wall, the newly extended and renovared building houses a magical collection of Italian Futurist art, collected by Mr and Mrs Estorick. If you want to see Balla, Carra, Russolo … Continue reading Estorick Collection
PBS - American War Art The exhibition in Philadelphia was covered by PBS in this short bulletin. Really is a fascinating aspect of War art. Claggett Wilson – War Artist
Reading this article in the New York Times revealed a large gap in my art history knowledge of America: http://mobile.nytimes.com/2017/01/05/arts/design/review-world-war-i-the-quick-the-dead-the-artists.html I've been reading a lot about the Ashcan Group, the Precisionists, Abstract Expressionism, and Pop Art, but seemed to have totally missed the War art produced by a range of American artists. One, whose work … Continue reading Claggett Wilson – War Artist
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