“If you gods can give all things, may I have as my wife, I pray… one like the ivory maiden.” Picasso and the myth of Pygmalion

At the Picasso exhibition yesterday, there were a series of paintings that the catalogue mentioned as being like the myth of Pygmalion, where Picasso gradually brought Marie-Thérèse to life in art from sculpture to real woman. The mythical story goes like this: The Story of Pygmalion and Galatea Pygmalion was a sculptor par excellence, a … Continue reading “If you gods can give all things, may I have as my wife, I pray… one like the ivory maiden.” Picasso and the myth of Pygmalion

Advertisements

Picasso 1932 at Tate Modern

Love the fact I am a Tate Member so I can rock up and slip straight into something as deliciously sensuous and seductive as the new Picasso exhibition, Picasso 1932:Love Fame Tragedy. With works specifically from a tumultuous year in the life of the artist, you cannot fail to be stopped in your tracks by … Continue reading Picasso 1932 at Tate Modern

Georgia O’Keeffe City Lights

Having visited the mammoth retrospective at Tate Modern of Georgia O'Keeffe, I could wax lyrical about her flower paintings and argue whether or not she was exploring the female form a la Freud:  Or, I could describe the majestic beauty of the New Mexican landscapes she knew and understood:  But I won't, as there was … Continue reading Georgia O’Keeffe City Lights

Tate Modern -Permanent Collections

There is an article in today's Observer by Jonathan Jones which reminded me of the trip I made at Easter to look at the permanent collections.  http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2015/may/10/tate-modern-at-15-shock-of-the-new-art  Jones asks "Why are the permanent collection galleries still so aggressively anti-chronological?" and I think I know why. He bemoans the fact that you learn nothing, but what … Continue reading Tate Modern -Permanent Collections