Half term and I needed an arty break! Off I travelled to Paris for the third time in a year, primarily to see Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark on the last night of their tour, but also to go to one of my favourite places: Musee d'Orsay. Went along early and found some more gems. So, … Continue reading What I did on my travels pt1
Just about to start reading my Van Gogh and Britain catalogue but popped onto Instagram first. Discovered this gorgeous Van Gogh with the catchy title: Houses seen from the back. Held by the Van Gogh museum in Amsterdam. Think a visit could be on the cards!
This is a significant painting by Van Gogh and the piece from Christie's makes for an interesting read. I have twice been moved to tears when viewing a Van Gogh and I do wonder whether a work can retain an element of its maker's personality...or is that too romantic a notion?? https://www.christies.com/features/From-the-outside-in-Van-Goghs-Vue-de-lasile-et-de-la-Chapelle-de-Saint-Remy-8961-1.aspx?sc_lang=en&cid=EM_EMLcontent04144A27A_0&cid=DM170745&bid=127902980
Saw The Olive Trees (1889) in the Scottish National Gallery: And was struck by the vibrancy of the colours he used. The contrasting interweaving he employs makes the canvas shimmer under the hot sun: And when did you last see a blue tree? However, if you look into a densely leafed tree on a sunny … Continue reading Van Gogh close up
Did my fourth country visit in the Six Week holidays by going to Scotland this week - yes, I know it's a technicality but I'm having this as a stat! I visited the Scottish National Gallery for the exhibition 'Inspiring Impressionism' which explored Charles Francis Daubigny's influence on the artists who became known as the … Continue reading Daubigny – Inspiring Impressionism
Saw this on Twitter, of all places, but think it will be my guide for 2016. There is far too much ugliness in this world. Jan. 1874 Vincent van Gogh wrote to his brother, Theo: "find things beautiful as much as you can, most people find too little beautiful”