Matthias Stom-Making the Darkness Conscious

One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious. The quotation from Carl Jung seems apt when discussing the work of this seventeenth century artist, for Matthias Stom is one of the masters of using chiaroscuro to reveal what would usually be hidden. The term, chiaroscuro is defined … Continue reading Matthias Stom-Making the Darkness Conscious

Monet’s Garden

A while ago I visited The Barber Institute in Birmingham to see their loan of one of Monet's Lily Pond paintings Monet and the Water Lily Pond…in Birmingham! This visit inspired me to take the pilgrimage to Giverny in order to see for myself what inspired such outpourings onto canvas of some of the most … Continue reading Monet’s Garden

Picasso comes to Birmingham

Like Byron, Pablo Picasso seems to have been "mad, bad and dangerous to know".  I heartily recommend Sue Roe's 'In Montmatre' for an insight into the early work of Picasso, Matisse et al. It was a delight to read and made going to see his 'Woman Sleeping in a Chair' from 1927 at The Barber … Continue reading Picasso comes to Birmingham