A Perfect Moment

When I returned to the art world four years ago, I came across a watercolour by Turner that reduced me to tears:  Today, I flew out to Copenhagen with the express wish to discover more about Vilhelm Hammershoi and headed out to the Davids Samling collection. I walked into a room full of Hammershois - … Continue reading A Perfect Moment


Those most English of English Painters

Having spent my childhood gazing at Constable's Flatford Mill on our living room wall, I had an antipathy towards Constable, this most English of English landscape painters. To me, his images were too simple, too real or just too boring. However, this is clearly not the case. With the Academies laying down the rules as … Continue reading Those most English of English Painters

Inventing Impressionism: Paul Durand-Ruel and the Modern Art Market

Yesterday was a new experience - an exhibition at the National Gallery and it was all about the impressionists.  Apart from the iconic pieces, I did not know a great deal about the main artists of the time until I read 'Claude and Camille' by Stephanie Cowell:  https://travelswithmyart.wordpress.com/2015/02/16/claude-et-camille/ The exhibition centres on Durand-Ruel's relationships with … Continue reading Inventing Impressionism: Paul Durand-Ruel and the Modern Art Market

Loving Turner

This is Turner's Temple of Poseidon at Sunium (Cape Colonna) from around 1834. I confess that I was not a huge fan of Turner's but that probably was more to do with a lack of knowledge more than anything else. He just did landscapes and seascapes, didn't he? That changed when I visited the Tate … Continue reading Loving Turner