A surprise

I am probably late to this particular party, but I was surprised to come across a comment in a transcript of a talk given by Sue Malvern on Christopher Nevinson. In her talk, she mentioned that Henri Gaudier-Brzeska had sketched a mechanized man, Homme-machine in 1914: She went on to say that he had sent … Continue reading A surprise

Lest we forget? IWM North

At the end of this interactive, immersive exhibition, we are asked to consider the question posed by its title and vote on a scale of how in danger of 'forgetting' the First World War we are. The title is normally to be found on war memorials all over the world. Originally used by Rudyard Kipling … Continue reading Lest we forget? IWM North

Top 5 of 2018

Here we are again; end of another year of travels with my art... really must think of a new name for this! Another great year of art, with old favourites and new artists arriving at art galleries I made my way to.  With visits to Oslo, Belgium, Berlin and Vienna, this year, there were more … Continue reading Top 5 of 2018

Happy birthday Mr Nevinson!

Born on this day in 1889, CRW Nevinson never fails to surprise me. Last week, in Ghent, I stumbled across this work: Titled The Strafing and painted in 1916, this is an exquisite example of the paintings Nevinson made 'unofficially' about the war befire his appointment as an official war artist. Nevinson did not fight … Continue reading Happy birthday Mr Nevinson!

Cranes …yes, cranes

Not the feathered type either, but the industrial kind. Coming from the Midlands, our industrial heritage has always been a fascination. I was born not far from where James Watt had his factory and my family research has uncovered just how many of my ancestors worked in the industries of Birmingham and the Black Country. … Continue reading Cranes …yes, cranes

Nevinson Connects

The Strand at Night, 1937 Amongst the Nerves of the World, 1930 I love Mr Nevinson's work, even if he was a somewhat irascible type of man! These two are from his later period and, especially in Amongst the Nerves, we can see all the influences of his past coming together. Saint Paul's almost fades … Continue reading Nevinson Connects

Nevinson at The Met

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

Art eats Art

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!!!

Nevinson reaches dizzy heights

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!

Gems in a quiet spot

Summer holidays mean schools and universities are quiet little spots where it is usually a hotbed of movement. At the Brynmor Jones Library at the University of Hull, there is a spot full of some beautiful pieces that just exude peace and quiet! Some of my favourite artists are represented here and it was a … Continue reading Gems in a quiet spot

La Mitrailleuse as muse

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

Claggett Wilson – War Artist

Reading this article in the New York Times revealed a large gap in my art history knowledge of America:  https://www.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

Nevinson’s ‘Broken Reeds’

Studying this work by CRW Nevinson, 'Rain and Mud After the Battle' brought to mind a poem by Edward Thomas from 1916, called 'Rain': Rain, midnight rain, nothing but the wild rain  On this bleak hut, and solitude, and me  Remembering again that I shall die  And neither hear the rain nor give it thanks  … Continue reading Nevinson’s ‘Broken Reeds’