Roderic O’Conor

A post by Sotherby's brought this Irish artist and this work to my attention: SEASCAPE, ORANGE AND RED ROCKS Born in 1860 in Ireland, O'Connor spent most of his adult life in France. Friends with both Van Gogh and Gauguin, whose influence is apparent, O'Conor was being 'fauve' before the Fauves! An exhibition at the … Continue reading Roderic O’Conor

Easy Virtue: Prostitution in French Art 1850-1910

This exhibition was fascinating, sumptuous and just a little bit naughty.  The Van Gogh Museum has put together a thorough exploration of 'venal' women.  From the book to accompany the exhibition: The nineteenth century obsession with prostitution is a constant.  It is characterised first by a desire to control it, notably in order to prevent … Continue reading Easy Virtue: Prostitution in French Art 1850-1910